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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 2013  Ballet II
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: DAN 1013 or the equivalent.
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 center floor work.

DAN 2103  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.

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.)