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DANC Courses - Lower Division

Dance Technique

Note: Dance majors must take technique courses and composition in sequence and screen for level placement in all technique classes. Screening will take place the previous semester and the first day of class. Beginning non‑major technique classes are not screened; they are open to all students. DANC 216, Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, and DANC 316, Advanced Jazz, have a screening process.

LOWER DIVISION

100. Orientation to Dance (1)

Prerequisite: Dance Major or Minor.
Corequisite: DANC 152 or DANC 154.
Introductory information, degree requirements, career opportunities, current problems and issues in the field.
Letter grade only (A-F).

101. Introduction to Modern Dance (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Exploration of modern dance concert dance art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in modern dance technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors.

102. Introduction to Ballet (3)

Prerequisite: GE Foundation requirements.
Exploration of ballet as concert dance art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in ballet technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors.

103. Introduction to Jazz (3)

Prerequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Introduction to jazz dance as concert and entertainment art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in jazz technique.
Open only to non-dance majors.

104. Introduction to Tap (3)

Prerequisite: One GE Foundation course.
Introduction to tap as concert and entertainment art form through the study of its aesthetic principles and characteristics. Lectures and video viewing identify major choreographers, performers, choreographic works, and historical development; movement sessions explore elementary exercises in tap technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors.

105. Latin Jazz (2)

Basic skills and techniques in Latin Jazz.
Not open for credit to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (1 hour discussion, 2 hours studio)

106. African Dance (2)

Basic skills and technique in African dance designed to incorporate its role in African culture.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (1 hour discussion, 2 hours studio)

108. Beginning Flamenco (2)

Basic skills and technique in the style of Flamenco dance designed to incorporate its role in Spanish culture.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (1 hour discussion, 2 hours studio)

109. Beginning Hip-Hop (2)

Basic skills and technique in the style of Hip-Hop dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (1 hour discussion, 2 hours studio)

110. Viewing Dance (3)

Prerequisite/Corequisite:One GE Foundation course.
Introduction to contemporary dance theater through viewing dance films (modern dance, ballet and ethnic), dance performances, and lecture/discussions on dance.

111A. Beginning Modern Dance (2)

Basic skills and techniques in modern dance.
Not open to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

111B. Beginning Modern Dance (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 111A or consent of instructor.
Continuing beginning skills and techniques in modern dance.
Not open to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

112A. Intermediate Modern Dance (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 111B or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors.
Low intermediate skill and techniques in modern dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. Dance majors/minors must take for letter grade. (4 hours studio)

112B. Intermediate Modern Dance (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 112A or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors.
Intermediate skill and techniques in modern dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. Dance majors/minors must take for letter grade. (4 hours studio)

113A. Beginning Ballet (2)

Basic skills and techniques in ballet. Not open to dance majors.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters.
(4 hours studio)

113B. Beginning Ballet (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 113A or consent of instructor.
Continuing beginning skills and techniques in ballet. Not open to dance majors.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters.
(4 hours studio)

114A. Intermediate Ballet (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 113B or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors.
Low intermediate skill and techniques in ballet.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. Dance majors/minors must take for letter grade. (4 hours studio)

114B. Intermediate Ballet (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 114A or consent of instructor. Open to non-majors.
Intermediate skill and techniques in ballet.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. Dance majors/minors must take for letter grade. (4 hours studio)

115. Beginning Jazz (2)

Basic skills and techniques of jazz.
Not open for credit to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

116. Intermediate Jazz (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 115 of consent of instructor.
Basic theory and practice of modern jazz dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

117. Beginning Tap Technique (2)

Basic technique in the tap dance idiom, time steps, stylistic patterns, rhythmic patterns and tap combinations.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

119. Dance Activity I (1-2)

Basic skills and techniques in ballet, jazz, or modern dance technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2-4 hours studio)

120. Improvisation I (2)

Use of improvisation as an introduction to structural form; individual and group problems.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours studio)

131. Introduction to Music for Dance (2)

Basic music notation, simple and complex rhythmic patterns, poly-rhythms, skill in the use of percussion instruments and a brief survey of the historical periods of music for dance.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours studio)

152. Modern Technique I (3)

Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in modern dance technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (6 hours studio)

154. Ballet Technique I (3)

Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in ballet technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (6 hours studio)

161. Placement for the Dancer (2)

Prerequisites: Open to Dance Majors and Minors.
Application of movement principles and exercises from various sources including anatomy, biomechanics and rehabilitation to improve body alignment, core stabilization, and other aspects of technique in key dance movement patterns.
Letter grade only (A-F). (4 hours studio)

180A. Dance Performance (1)

Prerequisites: Audition, dance major or minor.
Participation in dance productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 hours studio)

180B. Dance Performance (1)

Prerequisites: Audition, dance major or minor.
Participation in dance productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 hours studio)

181A. Dance Production Technical (1)

Technical participation in Dance Department-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 hours studio)

181B. Dance Production Technical (1)

Technical participation in Dance Department-sponsored productions.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 hours studio)

214. Ballet Pointe (1)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Development of the technique of dancing in pointe shoes.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2 studios hours)

216. Intermediate/Advanced Jazz (2)

Prerequisites: DANC 116 and placement screening, or consent of instructor.
Intermediate/advanced theory and practice of modern jazz dance.
May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units in different semesters. Dance majors/minors must take for letter grade. (4 hours studio)

217. Intermediate Tap Technique (2)

Prerequisite: DANC 117 or placement screening.
Intermediate skills in tap technique concentrating on rhythmic complexity, heightened tempos, and contemporary tap styles.
May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (4 hours studio)

219. Dance Activity II (1-2)

Intermediate skills and techniques in ballet, jazz, or modern dance technique.
Not open for credit to dance majors. May be repeated to a maximum of 4 units in different semesters. (2-4 hours studio)

220. Dance Composition I (3)

Prerequisites: DANC 120. Corequisites: DANC 131.
Theory and practice in the basic elements of dance composition.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour lecture, 4 hours studio)

252. Modern Technique II (3)

Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in modern dance technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (6 hours studio)

254. Ballet Technique II (3)

Prerequisites: Dance Major or Minor, and placement screening.
Intermediate skill in ballet technique.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (6 hours studio)

260. Functional Anatomy for the Dancer (3)

Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor.
A thorough examination of major muscles, bones and joints as they relate to human movement. Performance of anatomical analyses of common conditioning exercises and key dance movements.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lecture, 2 hours studio).

261. Anatomy with Clay Laboratory (1)

Prerequisites: DANC 161 or consent of the instructor. Corequisites: DANC 260 or consent of the instructor.
Incorporates rendering muscles on manikens® with clay (user of Anatomy in Clay Learning Systems®) to aid in developing a three dimensional understanding of the location and actions of musculature vital for human movement.
Letter grade only (A-F). (2 hours lab)

262. Pilates I (3)

Prerequisites: DANC 260 or BIOL 208.
Beginning-intermediate level Pilates-based program, emphasizing the use of the Pilates apparatus, designed to enhance dance performance, movement coordination and physical conditioning.
Letter grade only (A-F). (1 hour seminar, 4 hours studio)

295. Repertory (1-3)

Prerequisites: Audition, dance major.
Experience in rehearsal and performance practice in an intensive format.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units in different semesters. (2-6 hours studio)


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