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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 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 - Beginning Ballet for Non-Majors (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 1150 - Creative Habit (1)

A component of the Department of Theatre and Dance First Year Initiative program (FYI), Creative Habit is part of the introductory learning community established at the entry level for incoming theatre and dance students. Centering on Twyla Tharp’s book The Creative Habit, the learning community examines strategies for successful studies in theatre and dance. Co-requisites: THE 1130 and TROY 1101.


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 2228 - Contemporary Partnering (1)

Designed for all skill levels, this class will focus on contemporary partnering and weight-sharing technique. The course will introduce special vocabulary vital to the enhancement of skills needed to become a complete and secure partner.


DAN 2232 - Beginning-Intermediate Contemporary for Non-Majors (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 - Beginning-Intermediate Ballet for 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 2240 - Writing for Dance (2)

This class will guide the student through a variety of ways to write for and about dance. From free writing to formal research, students will gain skills to think and write critically about dance as an artistic, cultural, educational, social art form. Prerequisite: ENG 1102 Corequisite: DAN 4410


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 - The Dance Professional (1)

A preparation course that provides upper-level students with the tools to launch their professional dance career and livelihood. Prerequisite: Junior status


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, DAN3352 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 (1-3)

Supervised study of dance through travel abroad or within the United States. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.


DAN 3389 - Creative Project Conception (1)

Part one of a two-part creative process, this course gives students a practical opportunity, working closely with faculty, to conceive, propose, and plan for the presentation of their project: any faculty-approved creative venture focused on the art of dance. Prerequisite: Junior status and DAN 2289.


DAN 4400 - Repertory Ensemble (1)

Designed for auditioned members of the TROY Dance Repertory Ensemble. Prerequisite: Audition or invitation.


DAN 4410 - The History of Ballet (3)

A survey of ballet history from the 16th century through the Balanchine era, focusing on the rise of ballet as a communicative art form. Prerequisite: ENG 1102 passed with at least a “C’ Corequisite: DAN 2240


DAN 4411 - The History of Modern-Contemporary Dance (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 4478 - Pedagogy for Contemporary Dance (2)

A comprehensive study of the pedagogical skills required to plan and deliver an effective class for contemporary dance trends. Students will learn to identify goals, develop objectives, construct, and sequence class instruction with focused attention to phrasing, musicality, proper alignment, and injury prevention particular to trends studied.


DAN 4480 - Pedagogy for Ballet (2)

A comprehensive study of the pedagogical skills required to plan and deliver an effective classical ballet class. Students will learn to identify goals, develop objectives, construct, and sequence the ballet class with focused attention to phrasing, musicality, proper alignment, and injury prevention.


DAN 4489 - Creative Project Presentation (2)

Part two of a two-part process, this course is designed to give students practical autonomy over the preparation, production, and presentation of the creative project begun in DAN 3389. Prerequisite: Senior status and DAN 3389.


DAN 4494-94 - Guided Independent Study (1-3)

Information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.