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Courses listed below are representative of those offered by the School of Dance. An exact listing of courses offered each year may be obtained from the School of Dance office.

DAN 101, 102, 103
DAN 201, 202, 203
DAN 301, 302, 303
DAN 401, 402, 403
Ballet Technique (Ballet Concentration) (3 credits each term)
Classical ballet training with an emphasis on establishing a strong, artistically expressive and technically facile dancer/performer; a performer that is well versed in the traditional forms of Classical ballet, while being able to function in a pure and flexible way relevant to today’s standards and repertoire.  Course requirements also consist of (1) successful completion of Pilates/General Wellness; (2) attendance at or performance in at least two School of Dance performances per term throughout the academic year including Fall Dance, Fall Workshop, “The Nutcracker,” Winter Dance, Winter Workshop, Emerging Choreographers, Spring Dance, Spring Workshop.
 
DAN 101, 102, 103
DAN 201, 202, 203
DAN 301, 302, 303
DAN 401, 402, 403
Contemporary Technique (Contemporary Concentration) (3 credits each term)
Contemporary dance training with an emphasis on establishing a strong, traditional technical foundation while avoiding stylization in movement.  Classes consist of multi-level and spatial combinations designed toward developing a technically facile dancer/performer; a performer that is also able to express his/her artistic vision. Course requirements also consist of (1) successful completion of Pilates/General Wellness; (2) attendance at or performance in at least two School of Dance performances per term throughout the academic year including Fall Dance, Fall Workshop, “The Nutcracker,” Winter Dance, Winter Workshop, Emerging Choreographers, Spring Dance, Spring Workshop.

DAN 104, 105, 106
DAN 204, 205, 206
DAN 304, 305, 306
DAN 404, 405, 406
Ballet Technique (Contemporary Concentration) (2 credits each term)
Fundamentals of ballet technique. Classes are designed toward developing a greater comprehension of the (ballet) technique with an awareness of how it assists in developing the full potential of the contemporary dancer/performer in the competitive field of dance.

DAN 104, 105, 106
DAN 204, 205, 206
DAN 304, 305, 306
DAN 404, 405, 406
Contemporary Technique (Ballet Concentration) (2 credits each term)
Fundamentals of contemporary dance technique. Special emphasis is given to the ballet student in the area of developing more spinal/torso flexibility, a sense of weight and dynamic use of space. Classes are designed to assist the student in obtaining expanded aesthetic sensibility and allow for further discovery in self-expression.

DAN 111, 112, 113
DAN 211, 212, 213
DAN 311, 312, 313
DAN 411, 412, 413
Pointe/Variations/Repertory (2 credits each term)
Basic technique of ballet on pointe. Ballet repertory and variations will be introduced to the student.

DAN 114,115,116
DAN 214,215,216
DAN 314,315,316
DAN 414,415,416

Men’s Training Camp (2 credits each term)
A class in which special attention is given to the technical and physical requirements of dance as it pertains to the role of the male dancer.  Men’s ballet vocabulary, repertory, variations, conditioning and athletic enhancement will be introduced to the student.
 
 
DAN 120, 220, 320 Character Dance (1 credit each term)
Basic ethnic dance styles as used in dance performance. Required in ballet concentration.
 
DAN 131, 132, 133
DAN 231, 232, 233
DAN 331, 332, 333
DAN 431, 432, 433
Ballet Partnering (1 credit each term) 
Basic technique of partnering in dance performances. Required four years in ballet concentration. 
 
DAN 134, 135, 136
DAN 234, 235, 236
DAN 334, 335, 336
DAN 434, 435, 436
Contemporary Partnering (1 credit each term) 
This course will introduce first year students to the manipulation, lifting and supporting of each other in a kinetic relationship.  Traditional as well as improvisational material is presented in order to allow for possibilities of interaction in partnering that are not limited by gender alone.  Required for incoming contemporary freshmen.
 
DAN 151, 152, 153 Music and Motion (1 credit each term)
Provides students with the knowledge of basic elements of music as they relate to the study of dance and choreography. These concepts are developed through improvised and choreographed studies, playing of percussion and keyboard instruments, music listening, and concert reviews. The course culminates in a student-directed presentation of music and dance.
 
DAN 251, 252, 253 Music Perspectives (1 credit each term)
An overview of music history relevant to the performer/choreographer, including music from the Renaissance to the present. Library research and concert reviews serve to broaden knowledge of musical styles, develop listening skills, and aid in music choices for choreography. Students select a dance-/music-related topic for a collaborative research performance project with Dance Perspectives at the end of the year.
 
DAN 161, 162, 163 Dance Perspectives (2 credits each term)
A multi-level survey of the evolution/revolution of dance throughout the 20th century. Through the use of current dance periodicals, library research, videos and text, the course culminates in live performance bringing dance lineage to life in the present day.
 
DAN 171, 172, 173 Dance Composition and Improvisation (2 credits each term)
Through improvisation the students are offered a deep exploration of movement, which acts to extend their technical vocabulary for dance composition. These two skills are taught concurrently in order that the freshman student is made aware of how he/she integrates in the choreographic form.
 
DAN 177, 178, 179 Theatre Dance (1 credit each term)
A variety of dance and dance-related courses such as Yoga, Tai Chi, Acting for Dancers and Jazz are explored. The experience broadens the dancer’s vocabulary, provides additional choreographic materials and promotes open-mindedness and discovery.
 
DAN 181, 182, 183
DAN 281, 282, 283
DAN 381, 382, 383
DAN 481, 482, 483 Contemporary Repertory (2 credits each term)
Emphasis is placed on developing both technical and practical skills necessary to adjust to a wide variety of contemporary repertory. Faculty direct classes working from video or personal experience in works of traditional and more contemporary choreographers. Consideration is given to solo as well as group choreographies. Repertory classes are part of scheduled workshop performance.
 
DAN 271, 272, 273 Dance Composition (1 credit each term)
The class prepares the student toward the creation and organization of movement materials into small studies that have as their base the substance of dance: time, space and motion. Emphasis is placed on the development of basic theatrical communicative skills enabling the student to utilize these elements toward greater self-expression. Solos and duets allow for simple exploration while providing incentive toward more demanding work in the third year.
 
DAN 274, 275, 276 Improvisation (1 credit each term)
The course is designed to build on earlier foundations of movement exploration and present opportunities for further investigation in personal movement vocabulary as a means toward developing spontaneous performance skills. 
 
DAN 277, 278, 279 Theatre Dance (1 credit each term)
Continuation of DAN 177, 178, 179. Prerequisites: DAN 177, 178, 179.
 
DAN 371, 372, 373 Dance Composition (1 credit each term)
Development of choreographic skills on a more advanced level. Group choreographies will be encouraged in order to acquire a more facile technique in larger works. Students will also be expected to articulate their ideas on paper, in the form of a grant presentation, as part of the requirement.
 
DAN 374, 375, 376 Improvisation (1 credit each term)
Extending the exploration of movement for choreographic intent through expansion of the theatrical vision. Selection of environments and spaces outside of the formal studio which will provide new stimulus for improvisational work.
 
DAN 199, 299, 399 Directed Studies (3 credits each year)
Based on technical proficiency, students may be selected for special projects such as performing with the modules or additional performances away from the School which would require additional work and time from the regular curriculum. No more than 3 credits per year. Pass/Fail grade. Prerequisite: technical proficiency.

DAN 499: Emerging Choreographers (2 credits each term)
All graduating seniors in contemporary dance are required to choreograph a work. Those designated for public performance on the Emerging Choreographers program shall be juried by the dance faculty.
 
DAN 599: Intensive Arts Projects (2 credits)
Special projects, programs, classes, seminars and performances developed by each of the arts areas, during the two-week period immediately following the Thanksgiving break. These may be either intradisciplinary or interdisciplinary among the arts areas and/or academics. Students must enroll in this course each fall term they are in attendance at NCSA. The course will be graded Pass/Fail.