Dance

DANA-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

This course provides an introduction to African dance technique rooted in both traditional and contemporary styles. Students will learn steps from numerous African dances that reflect cultural lifestyles of people of Africa and the African diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on style and increased sensitivity to music through intensive work with accompanying musicians. The course’s goals are to develop an awareness of African dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific African and African rooted dances; to increase versatility; to increase listening skills by working with live music using signals instead of counting; to increase cardiovascular conditioning; and to increase cultural awareness and familiarity with specific non-western dance styles.

DANB-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

A studio course designed to give students an introduction to classical ballet. Students will learn beginning ballet vocabulary and movement with a focus on proper alignment, placement, use of breath, musicality, and expression. Classes will include exercises at the barre as well as the classical progression of center work.

DANB-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: DANB-P111 or comparable experience
Department Code: CODA

A studio course designed for students with some previous training in classical ballet technique. Students will learn intermediate ballet vocabulary and movement, refining and deepening their understanding of proper alignment, placement, use of breath, musicality, and expression. Classes will include exercises at the barre as well as the classical progression of center work.

DANH-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

This course provides an introduction through movement to the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance.  Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock n’ roll throughout the 20th century in America. Historical and philosophical perspectives will be integrated into movement activities. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.

DANH-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: None
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

This course provides an in depth exploration of the theory, practice, aesthetics, and historical foundations of hip-hop dance. Students will explore the roots of funk and hip-hop dance in the social fabric of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cultures while examining reinventions of ragtime, swing, and rock 'n' roll throughout the 20th century in America. Students will explore personal, social, and cultural dynamics of race and the diversity of hip-hop culture in the United States. The course's goals are to develop an awareness of hip-hop dance technique and styles; to learn steps from specific hip-hop dance forms; to increase cardiovascular conditioning, strength, coordination, and flexibility; and to increase understanding of hip-hop dance as a cultural document and to gain understanding of the history and impact of this form.

DANJ-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

This course provides an introduction to the study of jazzdance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazzdance from its African roots to the fusion of styles today. The warm-up integrates elements of foundational dance technique with the stylization and rhythmic complexity characteristic of jazzdance. The course focuses on developing strength, flexibility, coordination and clarity in movement. Students will learn jazz dance styles in relationship to the musical forms which inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). The course emphasizes signature elements of jazzdancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness. The course’s goals are to explore the traditions of jazz dance and its unique American heritage; to learn the elements of jazzdance and its stylistic range from the inherent influence of African dance through the American vernacular forms of the 20th century to the contemporary styles of today; to explore the fundamental connection between music and movement in jazzdance; and to develop foundational movement technique and skills, including an understanding of correct alignment, correct use of breath, coordination, and depth of physicality.

DANJ-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

This course provides an in-depth study of jazzdance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazzdance from its African roots to the fusion of styles today. The warm-up integrates elements of classical and "release" techniques with the stylization and rhythmic complexity characteristic of jazzdance. We will focus on developing strength and flexibility through alignment and correct use of the muscles and joints, in order to move with clarity and ease. Students will learn a wide range of jazz styles in relationship to the musical forms which inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). We will emphasize signature elements of jazzdancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness. The course's goals are to explore the traditions of jazzdance and its unique American heritage; to learn the elements of jazzdance and its stylistic range from the inherent influence of African dance through the American vernacular forms of the 20th century to the contemporary styles of today; to explore the fundamental connection between music and movement in jazzdance; and to develop dancers who are technically strong, somatically sophisticated, musical, and expressive.

DANS-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

The beginning salsa dance course is for all students who have little to no salsa dance experience. Basic salsa dance technique is taught from a social-cultural perspective.

DANS-211

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Required of: Fall, Spring
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: DANS-P111 or comparable experience
Department Code: CODA

The intermediate salsa dance course is for all students who have experience with salsa dance. Intermediate level technique and skills are taught from a social-cultural perspective.

DANT-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Tommy Neblett
Semesters Offered: Fall
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: CODA

A studio course designed to give students an introduction to tap dance. Students will learn beginning tap dance vocabulary and skills, with a focus on musicality, precision, dynamic, rhythm, articulation and expression. Classes will include a warm- up and long danced combinations, emphasizing both choreographed and improvised sequences.

DANV-111

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: None
Department Code: VOICE

This course focuses on development and execution of dance and movement skills as they relate to vocal performance. It is an introductory level course meant to expose musicians to a wide variety of movement styles used for stage and video performance. During the semester, students participate in physical conditioning to improve strength and flexibility, practice applicable dance techniques rooted in jazz, musical theater, popular, and social dance, and learn and create multiple pieces of choreography in order to improve dance and performance ability and confidence on stage, in rehearsals, and at auditions. Outside of class, students are required to practice conditioning exercises and choreography, research dance styles and history, and keep a journal of practice time and reflections. The course requires physical commitment and focus. Students are evaluated through weekly class participation; memorization, performance, and creation of choreography; demonstrated outside practice; a graded midterm and final project; and through discussion, presentations, and practice/reflection journal. There is a strong focus on using dance as a method of enhancing—not distracting from—vocal performance. Students will gain a better understanding of how dance and choreography create and bring performances to life.

DANV-311

1 credit(s)
Course Chair: Anne Peckham
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
Required of: None
Electable by: All
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in ENVC-370
Department Code: VOICE

This course focuses on development and execution of dance and performance skills as they relate to musical theater dance style and using dance as a method of storytelling as it relates to musical theater. Students gain a better understanding of how dance and choreography create and bring dramatic elements to life. Students participate in physical conditioning to improve strength and flexibility, practice applicable dance techniques rooted in ballet, jazz, and social dance, and learn multiple pieces of choreography in order to fast-track dance performance ability and confidence on stage, in rehearsals, and at auditions. Outside of class, students are required to practice conditioning exercises and choreography, research dance styles and history, and keep a journal of practice time and reflections. The course requires full commitment and focus. While not considered an advanced course in terms of prerequisites, this course has advanced expectations. Students are evaluated through weekly class participation, memorization and performance of choreography, demonstrated outside practice, a graded midterm and final project, and through discussion, presentations, and practice/reflection journal.

While recommended as a companion to ENVC-370 Musical Theater Ensemble, this course is open to all interested students with instructor permission.