This is a complete listing of all dance courses (DNCE). Note that not all classes are offered each semester.

You can also view a listing of classes in the current semester, or view the Course Directory.

An examination of dance as it exists in contemporary life, art, culture, entertainment and/or performance. Topics vary. Emphasis on reading, writing, viewing videos/films, and attending live performances, mixed with practical/creative experiential learning.

Credit(s): 3.00

Survey of global dance traditions, including a variety of dance forms from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, South and East Asia, and the Middle East.

Credit(s): 3.00

Survey of traditional dance/theatre forms in Asia, including performance traditions from China, Korea, Japan, India, Indonesia and other locations, focusing on the religious, historical, and cultural backgrounds and their influences on contemporary performance. Cross-listed with: THE 077.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to applied practice in contemporary dance. Open to students with no previous dance training. Emphasis on fundamentals of contemporary dance technique and movement mechanics. Includes basic composition and experiential anatomy. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.

Credit(s): 2.00

Beginning/intermediate level applied practice in contemporary dance. Training in dance technique, including an investigation of historical contributions to modern/contemporary dance technique and choreography. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. Prerequisite: DNCE 011 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 2.00

Designed for dancers, introduces the language, philosophy, history, and concepts of Yoga. Emphasis on asanas (poses) for increased flexibility, improved health, relaxation, and reduced stress in daily living. Appropriate for all levels of fitness.

Credit(s): 1.00

Kinesthetic and intellectual introduction to the physical conditioning techniques of Joseph Pilates. Matwork exercises to develop strength, flexibility, stamina, coordination and mind/body awareness. Appropriate for all levels of fitness.

Credit(s): 1.00

Introduction to applied practice in ballet. Open to students with no previous dance experience. Training in classical exercises and vocabulary, with focus on placement, alignment, coordination, basic anatomy, and movement quality. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.

Credit(s): 2.00

Beginning/intermediate level applied practice in ballet. Emphasis on expansion of ballet vocabulary, mastery of barre and center floor exercises, and ballet technique for contemporary dance. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. Prerequisite: DNCE 021 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 2.00

Introduction to applied practice in Hip Hop dance. Open to students with no previous dance training. Emphasis on technique and movement; includes overview of the origins and history of Hip Hop. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.

Credit(s): 2.00

A detailed study of the practice, history, and cultural significance of African and/or African-derived dance forms. Major emphasis on physical training.

Credit(s): 3.00

Exposure to Brazilian culture through embodied dance practice, informed by studies of music, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic diversity in Brazil. Focus on Brazil's most popular and traditional dances. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.

Credit(s): 3.00

Introduction to Argentine tango, including how to dance, understand music, and interact within a tango community. Emphasis on tango roots in multiple cultures and engaging in gender-neutral partnering to fuel creativity and diversity awareness. Reading, writing, and live events required.

Credit(s): 3.00

Includes dancing, fighting, singing, drumming, reading, writing, and interacting within a specially tailored class-culture. The course uses methods from anthropology, science, philosophy, religion, history, and gender studies to form an analysis of cultural behavior.

Credit(s): 3.00

A survey of dance history in Western civilization from the Renaissance to the present. Emphasis on the dance idioms of ballet and modern dance.

Credit(s): 3.00

Guided exploration in dance elements for the creative development of personal movement vocabulary, spontaneous group interaction, as well as overall individual and environmental awareness.

Credit(s): 3.00

Explores the relationship between the human body and environment through movement practice, reading, writing, viewing, and discourse. Focuses on intersections between geography, history, identity, and performance. Students examine and build relationships between the moving body and space, time, nature, and context.

Credit(s): 3.00

An on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Introductory courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Intermediate level applied practice in contemporary dance. Emphasis on technical training; also includes movement and compositional exploration of somatic work. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DNCE 012 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

Intermediate/advanced level applied practice in contemporary dance. Strong emphasis on technical training, including the study of current developments in the field of contemporary dance. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DNCE 111 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

The art of dance in musical theatre with training in performance skills, vocabulary, choreography, and specific styles of musical theatre dance. Special emphasis on choreographers whose works influenced musical theatre dance. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. Prerequisite: DNCE 021.

Credit(s): 3.00

Intermediate level practice in ballet. Increased competence and stamina in the practice of classical vocabulary/exercises. Emphasis on expanded anatomical principles in dance, as well as developing expressive performance. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DNCE 021 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

An in-depth study of the influence of African-derived dance forms on American social/vernacular dance, as well as American Theatre Jazz, Modern Dance, and Ballet. Pre/co-requisites: DNCE 050 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

A study of performance forms from around the world with emphasis on how they reflect, shape, support and challenge cultural concepts of sex and gender. Reading, writing, basic dancing, and live events required. Prerequisite: DNCE 005, DNCE 050, or DNCE 150.

Credit(s): 3.00

A study of time, space, force, and design as they relate to dance composition. Focus on developing original movement in the creation of choreographic studies/projects. Pre/co-requisite: DNCE 060 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

Practical study of contact improvisation, a socially inclusive, radical movement practice in which two or more bodies make contact with each other, sharing skin, weight, and intention in improvised dances. Prerequisite: DNCE 060.

Credit(s): 2.00

Participation in the learning and rehearsal of dance choreography. May or may not be performed for the public. Pre/co-requisite: Audition or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00

Participation in faculty-supervised dance performances; includes focus on dance rehearsal, music accompaniment/ composition, and/or technical/design preparation leading to fully realized public performances. Prerequisites: Audition or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

Participation in faculty-supervised site-based performances. Emphasis on creative research that leads to performance. Includes focus on performance development/rehearsal, music accompaniment/composition, and/or technical/design preparation leading to a fully realized public performance. Prerequisite: Audition or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

On-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory-level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Department permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Department permission.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Advanced level contemporary dance technique. Focus on performance, skills development, anatomical awareness, and overall conditioning. Prerequisite: DNCE 112 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00

Advanced level contemporary dance technique. Focus on skills development, anatomical awareness, and performance training. Prerequisite: DNCE 211 or Instructor permission.

Credit(s): 1.00

Employing a variety of choreographic methodologies, students work toward developing their unique artistry in dance creation and performance through faculty-supervised projects. Special emphasis on creative collaboration with other artists and performance organization/marketing. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. Prerequisites: DNCE 060, DNCE 160.

Credit(s): 3.00

For experienced movers and improvisers. Continued investigation of movement's relationship to text, space, music, sound, contact, and solo/group dynamics. Special emphasis on compositional tools embedded in the creation of improvisational structures/scores. Reading, writing, and attending live performance or movement labs. Prerequisites: DNCE 060; DNCE 160 or DNCE 165 recommended.

Credit(s): 3.00

A senior-level capstone course for dance majors, involving independent creative work/research in close consultation with a faculty sponsor on a specific and advanced project. Prerequisites: Nine hours of 100-level DNCE courses; Senior standing; departmental permission.

Credit(s): 3.00

An on-site supervised work experience combined with a structured academic learning plan directed by a faculty member or a faculty-staff team in which a faculty member is the instructor of record, for which academic credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 3.00

Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Advanced courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

Credit(s): 1.00 to 18.00