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Dance (DAN) Course Descriptions

Department of Music, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


DAN 1013  Ballet I
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introductory course in ballet for those who have no previous ballet experience. Students will learn the format of a ballet class and incorporate ballet terminology with the positions and movements of the body.

DAN 1113  Introduction to Modern Dance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An introduction to modern dance technique. Students will learn basic modern dance techniques by studying various choreographers and movements throughout the history of modern dance. (Formally MUS 2763. Credit cannot be earned for both DAN 1113 and MUS 2763.)

DAN 2003  Introduction to Dance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A survey of various dance styles, including ballet, modern, social, and world dance. Designed to provide the opportunity for students to increase their awareness of dance and how dance informs cultural values.

DAN 2013  Ballet II
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An intermediate course designed for students who have had at least one year of ballet training. Further refinement of technique, alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility will be achieved through barre and centre floor work.

DAN 2113  Modern Dance II
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An intermediate course designed for students who have had at least one year of modern dance experience. Students will refine modern dance technique through floor and centre work, and by studying various movements and styles relevant to current modern dance technique.

DAN 2213  Jazz and Musical Theater Dance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introduction to jazz dance techniques with emphasis on how dance is applied in musical theatre. Dance styles will include but are not limited to tap, step, and swing. Students will also study the styles of known musical choreographers such as Bob Fosse and Jerome Robbins while developing performance technique and facial expression. (Formerly MUS 2773. Credit cannot be earned for both DAN 2213 and MUS 2773.)

DAN 2783  Topics in Dance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Studio dance instruction and survey focused on a genre of dance. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. (Formerly MUS 2783.)

DAN 3013  Ballet III
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An advanced course designed for students who have had at least two years of ballet training. Further refinement of technique, alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility will be achieved through barre and centre floor work.

DAN 3103  History of Dance
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An overview of the history of dance from ancient civilizations through the present. The importance and role of dance within major civilizations and historical periods will be presented. Students will study major dance movements, choreographers, and notable dancers throughout history. (Formerly DAN 2103. Credit cannot be earned for both DAN 2103 and DAN 3103.)

DAN 3113  Modern Dance III
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
An advanced course designed for students who have had at least two years of modern dance experience. Further refinement of technique, strength, balance, and flexibility will be achieved through floor and centre work.