DANC - Dance


Course Descriptions

DANC 1010 Ballet I (2)

Analyzes and practices fundamental laws of ballet, principles of correct placement for stability, action, and movement of the body. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1020 Ballet I (2)

Continues DANC 1010. Prerequisite: DANC 1010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANCE 1030 Dance As An Artform (3)

Students experience the basics of ballet, modern and jazz dance techniques, as well as elements of composition and improvisation. The course provides a focus on the movement experience, with some theory and history that can lead the participant to confident, comfortable aesthetic discussions of dance. The course develops future audiences, critics, administrators and supporters of dance.

DANC 1040 International Dance (3)

Provide students with an international dance experience from countries such as Africa, China, India, Thailand or Spain.  The course is theoretical and experiential, with students receiving information on all that might relate to the understanding of a particular dance, such as its relationship to its history, culture, or music. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1090 Jazz I (1-2)

Introduces techniques of dance for contemporary and musical theatre. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1100 Jazz I (1-2)

Continues DANC 1090. Prerequisite: DANC 1090 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1110 Modern Dance I (1-2)

Fundamental course studies such as Graham, Humphries, or Limon philosophies in studio situation. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1120 Modern Dance I (1-2)

Prerequisite: DANC 1110 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1220 Improvisation (2)

Explores space, time, weight, energy, contact, props, games, grids, scores, relationships, and group dynamics. Appropriate for dance majors and non-dance majors. Class members are expected to invent their own approaches to their work.  May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1230 Tap Dance I (2)

Studies fundamental steps and techniques necessary for rhythmic coordination of simple tap routines. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1240 Tap Dance I (2)

Continues DANC 1230. Prerequisite: DANC 1230 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 1310 Composition I (1-3)

Explores basic elements of space, time, and dynamics through experiences in class and assigned studies. Explores motivations, phrasing, gesture, and utilization of thematic material, as well as working with music. Develops critical faculties for viewing dance. Prerequisite: DANC 1220 and MUSC 1000, or by permission of instructor.

DANC 1320 Composition I (1-3)

Continues DANC 1310. Prerequisite: DANC 1310.

DANC 1410 Introduction to Professional Dance I (1-2)

This course introduces the serious dance student to the aesthetics of a concert dancer. Several aspects necessary for a dancer’s successful career are explored, including nutrition, cross training, the psychology of dance, injury prevention and training.

DANC 1420 Introduction to Professional Dance II (1-2)

This course focuses on the BFA candidate and continues to develop the knowledge of the serious dance student in the aesthetics of a concert dancer. Dance philosophy and criticism are introduced. Continues DANC 1410. Prerequisite DANC 1410, Introduction to Professional Dance I, or permission of instructor.

DANC 1550 Stagecraft for Dance I (3)

Dance students will experience various applications, and work on technical crews, learning the basics of behind the scenes preparations for productions.  Lighting, sound and costuming are some of the possible areas for experience. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1560 Stagecraft for Dance II (1-2)

Dance students will continue to experience various applications, and work on technical crews, learning the behind the scenes preparations for productions.  Lighting, sound and costuming are some of the possible areas for experience. Prerequisite: DANC 1550 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 1600 Introduction to Global Dance (3)

In this on-line course, students will explore a diverse range of dance traditions from around the world and throughout history to gain a greater understanding of the role of dance in different cultures. Students will play an active role in defining "what is dance" by contributing video examples of their favorite styles of dance, creating their own dances, and discussing their selections and projects with fellow classmates.

DANC 2010 Ballet II (1-3)

Aims to reinforce the still-growing beginning skills. Adds these skills to a combination of exercises designed to evolve style of ballet. Prerequisite: DANC 1020 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2020 Ballet II (1-3)

Continues DANC 2010. Prerequisite: DANC 2010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2050 Pointe (1-2)

The objective of the class is to give the students an understanding of the role of the female dancer in the world of ballet. Correct anatomical placement is defined with attention to the artistry of the ballerina in the execution of the steps performed on pointe. Prerequisite: DANC 3010 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 2060 Men’s Class (1-2)

This class gives students an understanding of the role of the male dancer in the world of ballet and dance in general. There is a focus on jumps, beats and turns to enhance the technical performance of the man. Prerequisite: DANC 3010 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 2090 Jazz II (1-3)

Studies contemporary dance techniques using an approach toward concert jazz dance. Prerequisite: DANC 1100 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2100 Jazz II (1-3)

Continues DANC 2090. Prerequisite: DANC 2090 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2110 Modern Dance II (1-3)

Continues basic modern dance techniques. Student continues to develop skills leading to performance quality. Prerequisite: DANC 1120 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2120 Modern Dance II (1-3)

Continues DANC 2110. Prerequisite: DANC 2110 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated once for credit.

DANC 2210 Dance History: Lineage Based to 20th Century (3)

Studies and analyzes a series of aesthetic revolutions that have led to the art of dance as we know it today. Students study development of classical ballet and beginnings of modern dance in America, beginning with social, ethnic, religious, and ritualistic roots, and following the widening distance between audience and performer. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of dance or permission of the instructor.

DANC 2230 Tap Dance II (1-3)

This course is designed to go beyond the fundamentals necessary for rhythmic coordination in tap combinations. Emphasis is on musicality and phrasing as well as rhythmic improvisation. Prerequisite: DANC 1240. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 2240 Tap Dance II (1-3)

This course is designed to go beyond the fundamentals necessary for rhythmic coordination in tap combinations. Emphasis is on musicality and phrasing as well as rhythmic improvisation. Prerequisite: DANC 2230. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 2310 Composition II (1-3)

Continues Composition I. Emphasizes phrasing, form, content, the utilization of music, props, and other visual effects, and manipulation of larger groups. Prerequisite: DANC 1320 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 2320 Composition II (1-3)

Continues DANC 2310. Prerequisite: DANC 2310 or permission of the instructor.

DANC 2520 Living Anatomy and Movement (3)

Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology course is for dancers and non-science majors. Class members learn to feel and understand each part studied in their own bodies. Mechanisms of coordination, balance, and breathing are discussed. Muscle testing and toning techniques are used to demonstrate physiology of motion and kinesiology. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

DANC 3000 Topics in Dance (1-3)

Intensive studies in a specialized area of dance, such as: ballet, modern, jazz, tap, improvisation, choreography, repertory, history, anatomy/kinesiology, technical theatre, criticism, arts administration, therapy. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3010 Ballet III (1-3)

Develops intermediate skills into unified forms. Students build on technique by increasing strength, flexibility, balance, and precision. Students will expand upon ballet vocabulary and increase skill and artistry, including turns, jumps and beats. Prerequisite: DANC 2020 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3020 Ballet III (1-3)

Continues DANC 3010. Prerequisite: DANC 3010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3050 Partnering (1-2)

In this class, the student will develop an awareness of the mutual respect needed between the partners working in a particular duet, be it classical or modern, or being danced by one male and one female, two males or two females. The student will grasp the myriad of possibilities that exist in the art of choreography when one understands how to move the male dancer and develop the pas de deux, or duets, into a work. Prerequisite: DANC 3010 and DANC 2050, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3060 Variations(1-2)

The student learns and performs specific variations/choreography from a variety of renowned classical ballets. The student becomes familiar with some of the most influential choreographers, composers, and artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: DANC 3010 or DANC 2050, or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3090 Jazz III (1-3)

Studies contemporary dance techniques using an approach toward concert Jazz dance. Expand upon Jazz II by understanding more complicated rhythms and movement vocabulary. Prerequisite: DANC 2100 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3100 Jazz III (1-3)

Prerequisite: DANC 3090 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3110 Modern Dance III (1-3)

Develops intermediate skills into unified forms. Students continue to gain strength, articulation, flexibility, and alignment while working on longer movement phrases demanding wide range of qualities, off-balance turns, elevations, and falls. Prerequisite: DANC 2120 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3120 Modern Dance III (1-3)

Continues DANC 3110. Prerequisite: DANC 3110 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3150 Performance Techniques I (1-2)

Create a dance lecture demonstration; this includes writing and performing the text, choreographing the movement, conducting rehearsals and performing the dance lecture demonstration. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3160 Performance Techniques II (1-2)

Performance skills are developed and deepened through rehearsal and performance of the Webster University Dance Ensemble and the Dance Lecture Demonstration Touring opportunities.

DANC 3210 Dance History: 20th Century to the Present (3)

Studies and analyzes a series of aesthetic revolutions that have led to the art of dance as we know it today. Students study dance in the 20th century to the present day. Prerequisite DANC 2210 or permission of instructor.

DANC 3220 Improvisation II (1-2)

Explores advanced techniques in the exploration of space, time, weight, energy, contact, props, games, grids, scores, relationships and group dynamics. Class members expected to invest their own approaches to work. Prerequisite: DANC 1220 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3250 Somatics (1-2)

Develop greater awareness, an ability to sense oneself, to discover ways for self-organization in movement and its connection to ways of feeling, thinking and learning. Often provides fresh ways of approaching movement and assists in breaking old movement patterns. Good for prevention and treatment of injuries. Techniques such as taiji, Feldendrais and Alexander are possible offerings. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 3550 Lighting & Costume Design for Dance I (1-2)

This course has a theoretical design focus on dance lighting and costuming, also stage management instruction and experience are explored in this course.

DANC 3560 Lighting & Costume Design for Dance II (1-2)

An experiential design focus on dance lighting and costuming, also continued stage management instruction and experience, with crew/design experience on both costumes and lighting comprise this course.

DANC 4010 Ballet IV (3)

Advanced training in the classic skills of ballet leading to performance. Prerequisite: DANC 3020 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 4020 Ballet IV (3)

Continues DANC 4010. Advanced training in the classic skills of ballet leading to performance. Prerequisite: DANC 4010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 4110 Modern IV (1-3)

Advanced training in the contemporary skills of modern technique. Prerequisite: DANC 3120 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 4120 Modern IV (1-3)

Continues DANC 4110 Advanced training in the contemporary skills of modern technique leading to performance. Prerequisite: DANC 4110 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 4210 BA Capstone (3)

This is the BA Capstone: It can include a thesis or paper, creative project, or internship. All include in-depth research on a topic of the students’ choice. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

DANC 4310 Choreographic Project (3)

Requires a written proposal for a dance work(s), including music to be used, number of dancers, length, and brief description of intended choreographic approach. Mentor views and criticizes the work several times during semester. Public performance of the work constitutes satisfactory completion of course requirements. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

DANC 4320 Choreographic Project (1-3)

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

DANC 4400 Dance Pedagogy (3)

Student learns to teach dance, to create and execute lesson plans, and develops an understanding of how to create curriculums for various populations and dance forms. This is both a theoretical and an experiential course recommended for students accomplished in at least an intermediate level of modern or ballet technique.

DANC 4410 Dance Seminar (0-2)

This course is required for all Dance Majors each semester. The content of the course may include opportunities such as: community based learning, guest artists, master classes, showings of student works-in-progress. May be repeated for credit.

DANC 4610 Reading Course (1-3)

Prerequisite: filing of the official form.

DANC 4900 Senior Seminar (1-2)

Integrate knowledge and focus on the development of self-marketing skills, creating materials such as promos, resumes, websites to assist in the job search and sustainability of one’s career. Research prospective job market. Prerequisite: Student must be in senior year or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

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