Dance Courses (DAN)

DAN 1112
Contemporary Technique I (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 1112 is the study of beginning/intermediate Contemporary dance, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, increased vocabulary and musicality, with emphasis on artistry through the contemporary aesthetic. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 1115
Ballet Technique I (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 1115 is the study of beginner/intermediate ballet technique, including safe and efficient alignment and clear articulation of movement vocabulary with emphasis on increased vocabulary and musicality. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 1130
Social Dance in the 21st Century (1)
  A cross-cultural survey of theories and styles of dance, their relationship to societal contexts and other art forms.
   
DAN 1132
Beginning-Intermediate Contemporary for Non majors (1)
  Refinement of technical skills in contemporary/modern dance at the intermediate level, including intermediate movement capabilities, rhythmic structures, spatial relationships, movement vocabulary with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive qualities that lead to performance. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 1134
Ballroom Dance
  An introduction to social dancing with an emphasis on American ballroom dances (foxtrot, waltz, swing) and Latin ballroom dances (cha cha, mambo, tango). Equivalent to KHP 1134.
   
DAN 1135
Ballet I (1)
  The development of technical skills in beginning ballet, including safe and efficient alignment and clear articulation of movement vocabulary with emphasis on increased vocabulary and musicality.
   
DAN 1136
Jazz I (1)
  The study and application of the fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to beginning jazz dance.
   
DAN 1137
Tap I (1)
  Progressive development of beginning to low/intermediate movement concepts, skills, vocabulary, and styles specific to tap dance.
   
DAN 2200
Orientation to Dance (2)
  Introduction to the basic concepts and principles common to ballet, contemporary and jazz dance through studio experience, discussions and concert attendance. This is a skills class.
   
DAN 2212
Contemporary Technique II (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 2212 is the study of intermediate modern, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, complex center and across the floor phrase work with increased vocabulary and musicality. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 2214
Pointe Ballet Technique I (2)
  Designed for the female dance major, DAN 2214 is the foundational study of pointe work technique using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. Students will focus on Barre and center work that will introduce the foundation and basics needed to strengthen the student’s legs and torso to overcome the demands of dancing in pointe shoes. The class will offer an increased vocabulary specific to dance on pointe.
   
DAN 2215
Ballet Technique II (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 2215 is the further development of technical skills in intermediate ballet, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, with emphasis on self-expression through the ballet aesthetic, increased vocabulary and musicality. Prerequisite: Placement
   
DAN 2232
Contemporary II (2)
  Refinement of technical skills in contemporary/modern dance at the intermediate/high intermediate level, including complex movement capabilities, rhythmic structures, spatial relationships, movement vocabulary with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive qualities that lead to performance. Prerequisite: Audition placement or permission of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
   
DAN 2235
Intermediate-Beginning Ballet: Non-majors (2)
  Further development of technical skills in beginner/intermediate ballet, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, with emphasis on self-expression through the ballet aesthetic, increased vocabulary and musicality. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 2236
Jazz II (2)
  The study and application of the fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary and artistic expression specific to jazz dance.
Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 2237
Tap II (1)
  Progressive development of intermediate to intermediate/high movement concepts, skills, vocabulary, and styles specific to tap dance. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 2250
Music Fundamentals for Theatre and Dance (2)
  Fundamental music skills for theatre and dance, including those for musical theatre, stage management, dance, and actors. The course focuses on reading music (rhythm and melody), vocabulary, development of aural skills, and an introductory recognition of the piano keyboard.
   
DAN 2252
Methods of Teaching Dance (3)
  Social, folk and square dancing, including basic rhythmic activities which can be taught in elementary, middle and high schools. Equivalent to KHP 2252.
   
DAN 2289
Dance Practicum I (1)
  This course is designed to provide the student individual practical performance, choreographic, teaching, or dance industry support.
   
DAN 3300
Musical Theatre Dance I (2)
  The exploration of the genre of musical theatre dance examining storytelling, script, music, and mood through movement. This course will focus on early American jazz and tap styles related to theatre production by working with selected pieces from the mid-20th century including that of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Jerome Robbins, and other icons of this period. Prerequisites: DAN 1135
   
DAN 3312
Contemporary Technique III (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 3312 is the study of advanced modern dance, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, and increased vocabulary with emphasis on artistry through the contemporary aesthetic. Students will focus on complex center and across the floor combinations with an emphasis on musicality and a greater understanding of anatomical alignment. Prerequisite: Placement
   
DAN 3314
Pointe Ballet II (2)
  Designed for the intermediate/advanced female dance major, DAN 3314 is the further development of pointe work technique using specially reinforced shoes called pointe shoes. Barre and center work will strengthen the student’s legs and torso, increasing vocabulary, comfort, and ease of movement while dancing on pointe. Prerequisite: Pointe Ballet I or Placement.
   
DAN 3315
Ballet Technique III (2)
  Designed for the dance major, DAN 3315 is the further development of technical skills in advanced ballet, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, increased vocabulary, with emphasis on the qualities of self-expression and musicality
which lead to performance. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 3330
Special Topics in Dance (1 to 3)
  Special topics in dance.
   
DAN 3332
Intermediate Contemporary for Non- majors (2)
  Continued refinement of technical skills in contemporary/modern dance at the high intermediate/advanced level, including complex movement capabilities, rhythmic structures, spatial relationships, movement vocabulary with emphasis on aesthetic and expressive qualities that lead to performance. Prerequisite: Placement
   
DAN 3335
Intermediate Ballet for Non-majors (2)
  Further development of technical skills in advanced ballet, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, with emphasis on self expression through the ballet aesthetic. Prerequisite Placement.
   
DAN 3336
Jazz III (2)
  The study of the advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary and artistic expression specific to jazz. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 3340
Dance Composition and Choreography I (2)
  An exploration of movement and an analytical study of the art of making dances. The course will concentrate on the four basic elements of composition: space, shape, time and energy. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
   
DAN 3350
Conditioning (2)
  Designed to complement the dancer’s regimen, DAN 3350 will focus on a hybrid conditioning experience to include pilates, yoga, floor barre, jogging, and swimming, improving the dancer’s overall strength, stamina, flexibility and muscle tone and will assist in overcoming specific musculature weaknesses.
   
DAN 3351
Men’s Ballet Technique (2)
  Designed for male dance majors, the course will focus on the elements necessary for improving the vocabulary of the male dancer, such as jumps, turns, and line. The course will focus on dynamics necessary to increase speed, coordination, and elevation, especially as needed to execute big jumps. Anatomical placement, strength, and musicality will be the emphasis to build confidence in men’s variations, in classical and contemporary styles.
   
DAN 3352
Pas de deux (2)
  Designed for the intermediate dance major, DAN 3352 is the study of partnering technique. The course will focus on the elements needed for the female and the male dancer to develop a foundation for dancing together, progressing technically through promenades, lifts, turns, and jumps. The course will introduce special vocabulary that is used only in partnering which enhances the skills needed to become a complete and secure dancer.
   
DAN 3353
Anatomy and Alignment (3)
  This course covers aspects of anatomy and kinesiology that directly apply to correct development of dance technique, emphasizing exercises and imagery for floor and center work to correct insufficient muscle patterns and is designed to give dance majors a practical, functional, and theoretical understanding of kinesiology such as identifying bony landmarks, muscles, and joint actions as well as injury prevention.
   
DAN 3354
Improvisation (2)
  This course introduces students to the art of improvisation. They will examine the elements of and approaches to the improvisational process as they develop their ability to react imaginatively to extemporaneous situations created through dance. This course will focus on spontaneous problem solving through the exploration of movement and will evoke the student’s individual creative process while maintaining the sense of ensemble.
   
DAN 3355
Commercial Dance I (2)
  This course addresses the needs of dancers who aspire to perform in television, music videos, or on stage. Students will receive intermediate technical instruction in a variety of dance forms and styles that will introduce them to the commercial industry. With an emphasis on the artistry of the commercial dance aesthetic, students will develop technical skills, including dynamic alignment and body/mind connection, increased musicality, and movement vocabulary. Special attention will be placed on tricks, jumps, and turns.
   
DAN 3356
Commercial Dance II (2)
  This course addresses the needs of advanced dancers who aspire to perform in television, music videos, or on stage. Students will receive advanced technical instruction in a variety of dance forms and styles, which will expand on principles established in Commercial Dance I. Prerequisite: DAN 3355
   
DAN 3360
Musical Theatre Dance II (2)
  Further exploration of the genre of musical theatre dance examining storytelling, character, script, score, and mood through movement. This course will focus on late 20th century (1975 forward) and contemporary dance and movement styles related to theatre productions. Prerequisite: DAN 1135
   
DAN 3380
Travel Study in Dance (3)
  Supervised study of dance through travel abroad or within the United States. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
   
DAN 3389
Dance Practicum II (2)
  A highly individualized practical experience course designed for the student to continue work in choreography, teaching, performance, production, design, or management with the purpose of focusing on career plans. Prerequisite: DAN 2289.
   
DAN 4400
Repertory Ensemble (1)
  Designed for auditioned members of the TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble. Prerequisite: Audition or invitation.
   
DAN 4410
Dance History I (3)
  A survey of dance history from the 16th through the 19th centuries, DAN 4410 examines the evolution of dance forms which have been influenced by both cultural world dance and ballet, focusing on the rise of ballet as a communicative art form. It will explore the theoretical underpinnings of these forms as they have shaped dance today.
   
DAN 4411
Dance History II (3)
  A survey of the purposes, functions, and manifestations of American and European dance forms from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Dance History II covers the forerunners and pioneers of modern dance; avant-garde and post-modernists; and the artists of jazz, tap, Broadway, film, and current media, introducing dance students to the innovators, dancers, and choreographers responsible for shaping 20th and 21st century dance.
   
DAN 4412
Contemporary Technique IV (2)
  For the Dance major. Study of pre-professional modern dance, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, and increased vocabulary with emphasis on artistry through the contemporary aesthetic. Students will focus on complex center and across the floor combinations with an emphasis on musicality and a greater understanding of anatomical alignment.
Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 4415
Ballet Technique IV (2)
  For the advanced major. Further development of technical skills in a semi-professional level ballet class, including dynamic alignment, body/mind connection, increased vocabulary, with emphasis on the qualities of self-expression and musicality, which enhance performance abilities. Prerequisite: Placement.
   
DAN 4440
Composition and Choreography II (3)
  Exploring movement and analytical study of the art of making dances at the advanced level. Concentration on the four basic elements of composition—space, shape, time, and energy. By Choreography II, students should be crafting full-length dances.
Prerequisite: DAN 3340 passing with a grade of C or higher.
   
DAN 4480
Pedagogy (3)
  Exploration of teaching methods in dance that can be adapted to diverse populations and to use these methods in classroom teaching situations, offering the student simulated hands-on experience. Through experiential pedagogy, students will gain a deeper appreciation for the instructor and develop a more thoughtful approach to taking class. This course is designed to provide students with the ability to integrate their professional studies of technical and conceptual content knowledge with pedagogical content knowledge related to dance.
   
DAN 4489
Dance Practicum III (2)
  A final departmental assessment course for the dance major to include the exit exam, this course completes the broad based strategies for career development. Prerequisite: DAN 3389.
   
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