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 High School Courses

The following courses are offered to middle and high school students based on their technical achievement.

DAN 001, 002, 003: Ballet Technique (Ballet Concentration)
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 001, 002, 003: Contemporary Technique (Contemporary Concentration)
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 004, 005, 006: Ballet Technique (Contemporary Concentration)
Fundamentals of ballet technique. Classes are designed toward developing a greater comprehension of the 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 004, 005, 006: Contemporary Technique (Ballet Concentration)
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 011, 012, 013: Pointe/Variations/Repertory
Basic technique of ballet on pointe. Ballet repertory and variations will be introduced to the student.

DAN 014, 015, 016: Men’s Training Camp 
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 020: Character Dance
Basic ethnic dance styles as used in dance performances.
 
DAN 031, 032, 033: Ballet Partnering
Basic technique of partnering in dance performances.
 
DAN 034, 035, 036: Contemporary Partnering
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.

DAN 071, 072, 073: Dance Composition
Principles of techniques of choreography for students in contemporary concentration.
 
DAN 074, 075, 076: Improvisation
Offers students a deep exploration of movement which acts to extend their choreographic vocabulary for dance composition. It also offers the opportunity to develop sensitivity working with groups in an instant “performance” situation.
 
DAN 077, 078, 079: Theatre Dance
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 him/her with additional choreographic materials and promotes open-mindedness and discovery.
 
DAN 081, 082, 083: Contemporary Repertory
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 performances.
 
DAN 087, 088, 089: Theatre Dance
Continuation of DAN 077, 078, 079. Prerequisites: DAN 077, 078, 079.

DAN 098: Introduction to NCSA
For all new high school students, this required course is an extended orientation to NCSA: to academic, arts, and social aspects of the campus community. Pass/Fail.

DAN 0599: Intensive Arts Projects
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.