• DA203 Perspectives in World Dance

    4 Credits

    Focuses on learning to ""see"" and ""hear"" the form and music of the art of dance across world cultures. Students focus on specific dance ethnographies to understand cultural difference through a study of dance and human movement and to explore contemporary anthropological concerns about representation, globalization, history, and identity. Throughout their study, students focus on various theoretical models in anthropology for studying dance/performance. Fulfills the Aesthetic Perspective and the General Education Global Diversity requirements.

    Instructors Jennifer Farrell
  • DA231 Dance Composition I: Improvisation

    4 Credits

    Guides students in the discovery, development, and exploration of their own movement and imagery. The stimuli for dances include personal experiences, abstract ideas, relationships, emotions, and a variety of real or imagined materials. Prerequisite: permission of the dance area head.

    Instructors Tyler Catanella
  • DA233 Ballet Technique

    2 Credits

    Explores the fundamentals of ballet technique for beginning students. Through the traditional class sequence, students become familiar with ballet terms and technique. The class begins at the barre and progresses to center combinations, which emphasize the development of musicality, flexibility, strength, and control.

    Instructors Kristen Katsimpas
  • DA234 Modern Dance

    2 Credits

    Presents the fundamentals of the concert dance form exemplified in the styles of Graham, Limon, and Cunningham for beginning students. It focuses on the development of technique, including floor work, center, and traveling components. Students explore a wide range of axial and spatial movement while developing flexibility, placement, control, and a concept of dance as a performing art.

    Instructors Jenny Oliver
  • DA235 Tap Dance

    2 Credits

    Explores the technique, style, and rhythmic structure of tap dancing. Students work toward expanding the movement vocabulary.

    Instructors Shaina Schwartz
  • DA237 Jazz Technique

    2 Credits

    An introduction to the American dance form of jazz, including blues and musical theatre dance. Utilizing East Indian and African-Cuban rhythms, this technique is based on exercises and movement developed by choreographer Jack Cole. Classes focus on the development of strength, flexibility, isolation, and control through a series of stretches, strengthening exercises, and center floor combinations.

    Instructors Alison Neill
  • DA331 Topics in Dance: Hip Hop

    2 Credits

    Selected topics examine specific dance genres, styles, periods, choreographers, and/or works of dance.

    Instructors Ashton Lites
  • DA331 Topics in Dance: Hip-Hop

    2 Credits

    Explores the foundational techniques of dances under the Hip-Hop umbrella via the historical and contemporary commercial context of the culture. Students will expand their movement vocabulary and develop strength, stamina, flexibility, and control.

    Instructors Ashton Lites
  • DA333 Ballet Styles

    2 Credits

    The class begins with a ballet barre designed to allow the dancer to focus on ballet fundamentals while preparing for work in the center. The dancer then proceeds to center floor combinations, which enable the dancer to utilize and expand upon principles learned at the barre.

    Instructors Kristen Katsimpas
  • DA337 Jazz Styles

    2 Credits

    Training in American jazz dance integrates a number of jazz styles, including Jack Cole, Fosse, and African-Cuban, which are performed today in the musical theatre and in concert. Students work to develop control, strength, and speed, with an emphasis on movement isolation and a clear jazz style.

    Instructors Jennifer Farrell