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DANCE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

Faculty
Rodney Williams, B.A., Artist-in-Residence 

General Education Course * 

Courses cross listed with PHED may be taken as a general education course for Goal 9 if registered under the PHED discipline and included in the approved list for Goal 9. 

Dance 127 (PHYSICAL EDUCATION 127). Aerobic Dancing. An aerobic activity which combines different styles of music with vigorous jazz and modern dance movements to increase cardiorespiratory fitness. In addition to performing choreographed routines, students receive instruction in monitoring heart rate, injury prevention and a variety of other topics relevant to body/mind wellness.  1 credit. 

Dance 128 (physical education 128). Beginning Social and Recreation Dance. Beginning instruction in the fundamental skills of square dance, folk dance, novelty and contemporary rhythms and in the social dance steps. 1 credit. * 

Dance 129 (physical education 129). Beginning Ballet. Dance techniques that evolved over the past five centuries, combined with freer contemporary techniques. It includes barre work: plie, tendu, rond de jambe; center combinations: glisssade, assemble; and combinations across the floor: saute and soutenu. 1 credit. * 

Dance 130 (physical education 130). Beginning Jazz. Dance style based on a combination of African and European influences which has developed into the dance form seen on Broadway, film and television. Basic skills include stretching exercises for strength and flexibility, isolations and syncopated movements such as rib isolation, kicks, jump turns, and jazz runs. 1 credit.* 

Dance 131 (Physical education 131). Beginning Modern Dance.. Instruction in creative or interpretive dance utilizing specific stretching exercises and movement such as leaps, walks, bends, and turns. Emphasis on performing short dances and creating dances which can be performed with or without music. 1 credit. * 

Dance 132. Advanced Modern Dance. High level of skill required in any one of three dance forms: ballet, jazz, or modern dance. Prerequisite: audition. 2 credits. 

Dance 133 (physical education 133). Ballroom and Social Dance. Introduces the student to the steps, rhythms, and body positions that are fundamental to ballroom and social dances. Dances that will be taught include, but are not limited to the following: waltz, fox trot, cha-cha-cha, tango, rumba, shag, and electric slide. 1 credit. * 

Dance 136 (physcal education 136). International Folk Dance. Performance of dances from selected countries and early American culture, and an examination of the influence of the culture upon a country’s folk dance and costume. 1 credit. * 

Dance 138. African Dance. African dance is a movement and technique course designed to explore the dances, rhythms, and chants of Africa. It also focuses on cultural enrichment, history, language and customs of the people of African ancestry. 1 credit. 

Dance 228 (physical education 228). Intermediate Social and Recreation Dance. Advanced instruction in square dance, folk dance, novelty and contemporary rhythms and in the social dance steps. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. 1 credit. * 

Dance 229 (physical education 229). Intermediate Ballet. Emphasis on improving ballet skills and on allowing further opportunities for creating and learning dances. 1 credit. * 

Dance 230 (physical education 230). Intermediate Jazz. Emphasis on improving jazz dance skills and on allowing further opportunities for creating and learning dances. 1 credit. * 

Dance 231 (physical education 231). Intermediate Modern Dance. Emphasis on improving modern dance skills and on allowing further opportunities for creating and learning dances. 1 credit. * 

Dance 232. Advanced Modern Dance. High level of skill required in any one of three dance forms: ballet, jazz, or modern dance. Prerequisite: audition. 2 credits. 

Dance 267. Historical Perspectives of Dance. The growth and development of dance from its primitive beginnings to dance as a performing art (eg. ballet, modern dance). Study of the influence of society on modern dance, ballet, Broadway musicals, dance in the cinema, and dance for television. 4 credits (3 lecture hours, 1 lab hour). * 

DANCE 292.  Internship in Dance.  A semester-long, on-the-job learning experience designed to apply the principles of dance.  1-18 credits. 

DANCE 295.  Special Topics in Dance.  Selected topics in dance.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change.  1-3 credits. 

Dance 332. Advanced Modern Dance. High level of skill required in any one of the three dance forms: ballet, jazz or modern dance. Prerequisite: Audition. 2 credits. 

Dance 365. Dance Composition. Theory and practice in composition of solo and small group dances. An introductory course designed for those students interested in choreography. 3 credits. 

Dance 432. Advanced Modern Dance. High level of skill required in any one of the three dance forms: ballet, jazz or modern dance. Prerequisite: Audition: 2 credits. 

Dance 466. Teaching of Dance. Theory and practice in methods of teaching dance activities. 3 credits. 

DANCE 495.  Special Topics in Dance.  Selected topics in dance.  The topics may vary from semester to semester.  May be repeated for credit when topics change.  1-3 credits. 

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