Dance Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
DAN 101 Introduction to Dance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

An introduction to the discipline of dance studies, this primarily lecture/discussion course investigates dance as a cultural form and as an artistic, meaning-making system.  Through lectures, discussions, readings, video screenings, attendance at performances, critical writing, and occasional movement sessions, students will build a well-rounded, foundational understanding of major concepts and issues engaged in the study of various dance forms.  No previous dance experience is necessary. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

DAN 240 Modern Dance Technique I
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Emerging at the turn of the twentieth century, modern dance encourages the development of physical capacities for creative expression. Focusing on proper alignment, body mechanics, and anatomical efficiency, this course introduces the basic principles and technical components involved in performing techniques of Modern Dance.  Though the primary work is in the studio, course work will also include readings, video viewing, discussion, and written analysis. 

No previous dance experience is necessary.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement. 

DAN 250 Dance Repertory: Composing, Crafting, & Collaborating
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240, or permission of the instructor

Instructor
Bory

In this course, students will experience and develop choreography as an unfolding practice, an act of creative research, and a collaborative endeavor. Working closely with the instructor and with others in the class, students will work though the choreographic process to develop an original composition from a predetermined site of instigation, selected by the instructor. Throughout the semester, students will work together to research choreographic themes, craft and revise performance material, refine performance strategies and approaches, and publicly present their work. The making and performance process will address issues related to composition and collaboration, including: questioning aesthetic values and assumptions about the dancemaking process; prioritizing experiences; cultivating presence in rehearsal and performance; and challenging traditional ideas about authorship and meaning-making. Throughout the semester, physical practice will be supported by dramaturgical research and reflective writings.

Fulfills an elective requirement or serves an alternative to the composition requirement (DAN 260) in the Dance Studies minor.
Satisfies a Visual & Performing Arts distribution requirement.

DAN 260 Dance Composition I
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Bory

An introduction to the fundamental skills of dancemaking, this course explores the development and crafting of movement for performance. Examining a range of compositional methods and performance approaches, students will develop the basic tools for dance choreography. Coursework will include studio practice, readings, performance viewings, and written assignments.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Fine Arts distribution requirement.

DAN 282 Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Through a transhistorical study of a various styles and forms, this lecture/discussion class examines a variety of issues around gender and sexuality illuminated in the staging, performance, and practice of dance. Understanding dance as a focused site for conceptualizing how bodies make meaning, this course explores the social and historical configuration of dancing bodies and dance's capacity to form and transform social identities. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Satisfies a major requirement in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a requirement in the Interpersonal/Intercultural track in Communication Studies

DAN 284 Dancing Diaspora: The African American Theatrical Dance Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Drawing on scholarship about the African Diaspora, this lecture/discussion course examines how United States dance performance has shaped and been shaped by ideas about Africanist aesthetics and cultural identities.  Exploring entertainment and concert performances from late minstrelsy to the present day, the class will investigate both how black dance artists have staged their cultural experiences, and how those theatrical representations have been received and interpreted. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.

Satisfies a major requirement in Africana Studies. 
Students entering 2012 or after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.

DAN 286 (Dis)ability: A Creative Laboratory of Self and Society
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Anderson

In this course students can expect to investigate the idea of disability in a multimodal environment of learning and knowledge production.  Students will engage with lecture, discussion, videos, readings, and creative intersectional explorations that expound upon upon how society and individuals construct the meaning of disability. An undercurrent of this course to examine how the pathologizing of the body (at times disability) is linked with several different identity politics and how depathologizing disability is intertwined with deconstructing interconnected systems of oppression. A few specific examples include the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) in pathologizing homosexuality, the construction of humanness with notions of intellect and consciousness and problematic racial constructions, and the connection between mental health and homelessness.  Therefore this class intersects disability with race, class, gender, sexuality, and education and has the opportunity for students to make connections to other identity categories. This course welcomes students from all background who are open to exploring ideas regarding ability, identity, and our society.

 

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Dance.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Health and Human Values.
Satisfies a
Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.

DAN 340 Modern Dance Technique II
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Bory

Designed for students with prior dance training, this movement practice course builds upon student awareness of the principles and techniques of modern dance. Emphasizing further development of the skills of movement execution and expressively, course work will include studio practice, readings, video screenings, and written work.

Students entering 2012 or after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts distribution requirement.
Students entering before 2012 or after: satisfies the Fine Arts distribution requirement.

DAN 360 Dance Composition II
Prerequisites & Notes

Prerequisite: DAN 240 or permission of the instructor

Instructor
Bory

Building upon the choreographic ideas introduced of Dance Composition I, this course explores compositional practices and processes in more depth. Through the coursework, students will research performance making methods, engage various approaches to performance making, and develop methods for crafting their own performance work. In order to begin to define their own dancemaking aesthetics, each student will be asked to create their own set of research questions, which will drive their movement and compositional explorations throughout the semester.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts/Fine Arts distribution requirement.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Dance.

MUS 233 American Musical Theatre
MUS 261 Introduction to Composition
THE 335 Fundamentals of Stage Design