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updated 5/11/2009

Theatre and Dance

James Hunter, Chair/Artistic Director

Professors
Susan E. Anderson, M.F.A., University of California, 1973
Robyn Hunt, M.F.A., University of California, San Diego, 1978
Richard Jennings, M.F.A., California Institute of the Arts, 1979
Jim O’Connor, M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1969
Steven Pearson, M.F.A., Carnegie-Mellon, 1978

Associate Professors
Sarah Barker, M.F.A., Southern Methodist University, 1974
James Hunter, M.F.A., University of Virginia, 1991
Lisa B. Martin-Stuart, M.F.A., University of Texas, Austin, 1984, Undergraduate Director
Erica Tobolski, M.F.A., Purdue University, 1989
Nic Ularu, M.F.A., University of Arts, Bucharest, Romania, 1980, Graduate Director

Assistant Professors
Miriam Barbosa, M.F.A., University of Fine Arts of SP/Brazil, 1991
Walter Clissen, M.F.A., National Institute for Theatre and Performing Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1985
Amy Lehman, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996

Instructors
David Britt, M.F.A., University of South Carolina, 2007
Stacey Calvert, Soloist, New York City Ballet
Sam Gross, M.F.A., Indiana University, 2005
Andrew J. Mills, M.F.A., University of South Carolina, 1996
Eric Morris, M.F.A., Western Illinois University, 1986
Valerie Pruett, M.F.A., University of South Carolina, 1996
Kyra Strasberg, Soloist, Boston Ballet
K. Dale White, B.F.A., Webster University, 1981

Distinguished Professors Emeriti
Elbin Cleveland, M.F.A., University of Iowa, 1972
Russell E. Green, M.F.A., Yale University, 1956
James A. Patterson, M.A., University of Michigan, 1959

Professors Emeriti
Ann Dreher, M.A., Northwestern University, 1068
Jayne F. Mulvaney, M.A., University of Michigan, 1970


Overview

The Department of Theatre and Dance offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in theatre and dance. The theatre major is especially suitable for persons wishing a strong liberal arts education and/or preparation for careers in theatre, the entertainment industry, communication, education, law, medicine, the ministry, etc.
The dance major offers two concentrations: 1) performance and choreography with focuses on ballet or contemporary dance and 2) dance education K-12. The concentration in dance education is pending approval as a teacher certification program from the State Board of Education. Requirements for the dance performance and choreography concentration include 53-62 credit hours in general education requirements, 39 credit hours in major courses, 12 credit hours in cognate courses (or 18 credit hours in minor courses), and 7-16 credit hours of electives. Requirements for the dance education concentration include 53-62 credit hours in general education requirements, 50 credit hours in major courses, 24 credit hours in professional education courses, and 12 credit hours in cognate courses.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts, Theatre

(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

For a general outline, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I.
Pre-major: THEA 201 (3) Introduction to Theatre Studies and THEA 119 (1) Introduction to Theatre Production Laboratory

2. Major Requirements (30 hours)

Required courses: THEA 270, THEA 280, THEA 561, THEA 562, THEA 578
Majors are required to complete 4 hours of Theatre Production Laboratory: THEA 120, 121, 122, and 123. Of these 4 laboratory credits, only 2 credits may be in performance. THEA 120 and 121 must be completed within the first two years of declaring the theatre major.

An additional 6 hours from THEA 200 and/or 300 levels.
An additional 6 hours from THEA 400 or above.
Special requirement in dramatic literature: Students must take 6 hours of dramatic literature (ENGL 300 or above). May count toward cognate.

3. Cognates, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I (12 hours)

The cognate will be satisfied by 12 hours of non-production/performance courses related to the major and must include at least 6 hours of dramatic literature.

4. Electives, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I (22-31 hours)

Bachelor of Arts, Dance (Concentration in Performance and Choreography)

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in dance offers two concentration: 1) performance and choreography with focuses on ballet or contemporary dance and 2) dance education K-12. The performance and choreography concentration focusing on classical ballet requires 7 ballet technique classes as well as 7 classes from contemporary and other forms of dance. The contemporary dance focus requires 7 contemporary technique classes as well as 7 classes from ballet and other forms of dance. Academic course work such as choreography, dance history, and theory courses are in ballet or contemporary dance, depending on the focus. Dance performances include full-length ballet productions, classical repertory and contemporary works. All majors are required to be in dance company for 7 semesters.

Admission Requirements

1. Entering freshmen and transfer students must meet University admissions requirements and academic standards.

2. Initial acceptance into the performance and choreography concentration is dependent upon a qualifying dance audition in ballet or contemporary dance.

3. Dance majors in performance and choreography are encouraged to complete all four years at USC, Columbia campus, due to the rigorous and ongoing nature of the technical proficiency, as well as company requirements. If a student chooses to transfer into the dance major, additional course work may be necessary to remedy deficiencies.

4. Students who wish to enter the program from another major on the Columbia campus or from another USC campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.

Progression Requirements

1. At the end of each semester, dance majors will be evaluated for proficiency and progression to the next level of dance technique based on rubrics and syllabi. To graduate, students must move up at least one level beyond their entry level in ballet or contemporary dance.

Degree Requirements

(120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

For a general outline, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I.

It is strongly suggested the following courses be taken as part of the general education requirements: BIOL 243/243L, BIOL 244/244L, DANC 150, ANTH 356, ANTH 352, DANC 300, SPCH 140, CSCE 101, and CSCE 102. DANCE 150 and DANC 300 must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

2. Major Requirements (39 hours)

Dance Performance/Choreography focus in ballet or contemporary dance

DANC 203; DANC 250; DANC 382; DANC 480; DANC 490
3 hours from DANC 350 or DANC 450
3 hours from DANC 281 or DANC 282
7 hours dance technique courses selected from one focus (ballet or contemporary dance)
7 hours additional dance technique courses
7 hours dance company and production courses

3. Cognates, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I (12 hours)

4. Electives, see "College of Arts and Sciences," curricula section I (16 hours)

Bachelor of Arts, Dance (Concentration in Dance Education K-12 Certification)

The B.A. in Dance with a concentration in dance education is pending approval as a teacher certification program from the State Board of Education.

Admission Requirements

1. New freshmen who meet University admissions standards are eligible for admission to the dance program with a concentration in dance education offered by the College of Arts and Sciences in cooperation and collaboration with the College of Education.

2. Students who enter the program from a regionally accredited college or university outside the USC system must meet current admissions standards of the University. Students may not transfer credit for any course that carries a grade lower than a C. Students who wish to enter the program from another college on the Columbia campus or another USC campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher if they have completed less than 30 semester hours of credit or have a GPA of 2.25 if they have 30 semester hours or more.

3. Initial acceptance into the dance education concentration is dependent upon a dance audition in ballet or contemporary dance.

4. Dance majors are encouraged to complete all four years at USC Columbia due to the rigorous and ongoing nature of the technical proficiency, as well as company and world dance requirements.

5. If a student chooses to transfer into the dance major, additional course work may be necessary due to deficiencies.

Degree Requirements

(136-145 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

For a general outline, see “College of Arts and Sciences,” curricula section I. It is required the following courses be taken as part of the general education requirements: BIOL 243/243L, DANC 150, ANTH 356, DANC 300, and SPCH 140.

It is strongly recommended the following courses be taken as part of the general education requirements: BIOL 244/244L, ANTH 352, CSCE 101, and CSCE 102. DANC 150 and DANC 300 must be passed with a grade of C or higher.

2. Major Requirements (47 hours)

DANC 203, DANC 250, DANC 281, DANC 282, DANC 350, DANC 382, DANC 480

Majors are required to enroll in ballet and contemporary technique for 7 semesters.

Majors are required to enroll in world dance sequence for 7 semesters.

Majors are required to enroll in dance company and production for 7 semesters.

3. Professional Education (24 hours)

DANC 270, DANC 270P, DANC 370, DANC 370P, DANC 479, DANC 470, DANC 471

4. Education Cognate (12 hours)

EDFN 300, EDPY 401, PEDU 515, ARTE 360

Professional Education Program Requirements

The dance major with a concentration in dance education supports prospective teachers in developing both in-depth content knowledge and appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions of teaching required in today’s classrooms. Extensive clinical experiences in a variety of appropriate PreK-12 classrooms and schools are a central component of the program.

Application and admission to the Professional Program in Education (typically at 60 credit hours) and admission to Internship are required for all majors seeking teacher certification. All teacher education candidates must adhere to all education policies and procedures related to clinical experiences. Information on education applications, policies, and procedures is available from the College of Education, Office of Student Affairs at 803-777-6732.

Specific requirements in dance education for Admission to Internship II/Student Teaching include the following:

a. admission to the Professional Program
b. maintain a collegiate summary grade point average of a 2.50 or higher
c. completion of DANC 270, 270P, 370, 370P, 470; 6 dance content courses; and all performance, choreography, and production requirements
d. a grade of C+ or better in all dance, dance education, and education courses
e. successfully complete EDFN 300, EDPY 401, and ARTE 360
f. satisfactory personal interview
g. a passing score on a dance proficiency written exam

Graduation Requirements (For both concentrations in dance)

1. To graduate with a major in dance, students must move up at least one level beyond their entry level in ballet or contemporary dance.

2. Capstone course: Each concentration has a capstone experience for its majors--a senior concert for the performance and choreography concentration and the student teaching internship for the concentration in K-12 teacher certification.

3. Dance students must complete performance requirements for graduation that consist of choreographing, performing, and producing original work.

4. Dance majors concentrating in K-12 teacher certification must meet USC and South Carolina Board of Education requirements in order to be recommended for certification (includes passing state-required examinations). An application for certification is required. Contact the College of Education, Office of Student Affairs, 803-777-6732.


Course Descriptions

Theatre (THEA)

  • 119 -- Introduction to Theatre Production Laboratory. (1) Study of health, safety, and other laboratory procedures in preparation for participation in scenic, lighting, costume, promotions, performance, and production labs. May not be repeated for credit.
  • 120 -- Theatre Production Laboratory I. (1) (Prereq: THEA 119) Supervised participation in scenic, lighting, costume, promotions, performance, and productions of Mainstage Production Program. Course content will vary according to season production program.
  • 121 -- Theatre Production Laboratory II. (1) (Prereq: THEA 120) Supervised participation in scenic, lighting, costume, promotions, performance, and productions of Mainstage Production Program. Course content will vary according to season production program.
  • 122 -- Theatre Production Laboratory III. (1) (Prereq: THEA 121) Supervised participation in scenic, lighting, costume, promotions, performance, and productions of Mainstage Production Program. Course content will vary according to season production program.
  • 123 -- Theatre Production Laboratory IV. (1) (Prereq: THEA 122) Supervised participation in scenic, lighting, costume, promotions, performance, and productions of Mainstage Production Program.
  • 170 -- Fundamentals of Acting. (3) An introduction to the craft of acting that explores Stanislavski's techniques through nonverbal and scripted scene work.
  • 172 -- Basic Stage Makeup. (1) The study and application of the principles of the art of makeup for the theatre.
  • 181 -- Shakespeare in Performance. (3) Introduction to Shakespeare’s works on page, stage, and screen. Emphasis placed on performances of scripts. History of Shakespeare’s works/productions, stage/screen technique. Viewings of film adaptations required.
  • 200 -- Understanding and Appreciation of Theatre. (3) An introduction to the understanding and appreciation of theatrical experience. Attendance at theatrical performances required.
  • 201 -- Introduction to Theatre Studies. (3) (Prereq: Theatre major or consent of instructor) Introduction to methods of analyzing and interpreting drama, with emphasis on play structure, genre, and style. Designed for the theatre major in preparation for theatre scholarship, performance, production, and design.
  • 221 -- Stage Management Laboratory. (2) (Prereq: THEA 119) Supervised participation in theatre stage management. May be repeated once for credit.
  • 230 -- Make-up Design for Theatre and Film. (3) Theory and practice of make-up design for theatre and film. The application of analytical and research skills in the visual development of the character.
  • 240 -- Voice and Diction. (3) The analysis, evaluation, and improvement of speech through a study of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism, voice production, and articulation.
  • 241 -- Voice Laboratory. (1) (Prereq: THEA 240) Training in vocal skills needed by actors such as dialect and verse speech. May be repeated for a total of seven hours.
  • 252 -- Stage Costume Construction. (3) An introductory course in the principles and practice of costume construction.
  • 253 -- Scenic Technology. (3) A beginning course in the principles and practice of scenic technology.
  • 270 -- Beginning Acting. (3) (Prereq: THEA 170 or declaration of major) An exploration of the acting process through scene study. Focus will be on developing the actor's personal technique.
  • 280 -- Introductory Theatre Design. (3) Basic principles of design in scenery, costumes, and lighting. Related topics include play analysis, creative and visual thinking, and graphic representation.
  • 283 -- Introduction to Theatre Sound Design. (3) Introduces the students to the basic principles of sound design and technology. Related topics include physics of sound, use and maintenance of equipment, script analysis, and creative thinking.
  • 288 -- Introduction to Stage Lighting. (3) Principles and practices of theatrical lighting design. Course not available for major credit.
  • 340 -- Literature and Performance. {=SPCH 340} (3) Introduction to the study of literature through performance; reading, analysis, and performance of prose, poetry, nonfiction, and drama.
  • 359 -- Theatrical Imagery. (3) The theory and application of visual imagery in theatrical design; identification and selection of historical motifs.
  • 369 -- Japanese Culture and Society through Theatre. {=JAPA 351} (3) Introduction to Japanese traditional theatre and its influences on Japanese culture and society. Taught in English.
  • 370 -- Intermediate Acting. (3) (Prereq: THEA 170) A continuation of THEA 170.
  • 372 -- Movement for the Actor. (3) An introduction to theoretical principles and kinesthetic practices involved in the development of characterization through the body.
  • 373 -- Movement Laboratory. (1) Training in specific physical skills for actors: stage combat, mime, folk dance, tap dance, etc. May be repeated for credit.
  • 399 -- Independent Study and Research. (3-6) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and department chair is required for undergraduate students.
  • 440 -- Advanced Voice and Speech. (3) (Prereq: THEA 240) Further study and practice of voice and speech topics as applied to performance. Specific skills covered may include vocal flexibility and range, vocal dynamics, dialects, and voice-over technique.
  • 452 -- Special Topics in Costume Technology. (3) (Prereq: THEA 252 or permission of instructor) A specialty skills course for advanced students of theatrical costume design and technology. Topics will include tailoring, fabric modification, needle arts, millinery, etc. Course may be repeated as topics vary.
  • 480 -- History of Cinema I. {=ARTH 365, ENGL 474, and FILM 365} (3) Survey of the international cinema from its inception until 1945.
  • 481 -- History of Cinema II. {=ARTH 366, ENGL 475, and FILM 366} (3) Survey of the international cinema from 1945 to the present.
  • 489 -- Introduction to Costume Design. (3) (Prereq: THEA 280 or permission of instructor) Introduction to the basic principles and elements of design as they apply to the costume designer. Script and character analysis, costume rendering, and production unity.
  • 500 -- Selected Topics in Theatre. (1) A series of courses, each lasting one-third of a semester. Topics and prerequisites are announced in the class schedule for each semester.
  • 510 -- Rendering Techniques for the Theatre. (3) Rendering techniques for the communication of concepts and mood in the design process.
  • 520 -- Playwright's Workshop. (3) Principles and practice of playwriting. Writing, adapting, and revising plays. May be repeated with consent of department chair.
  • 522 -- Creative Drama. (3) Methods and techniques in developing and leading informal dramatic activity with children.
  • 526 -- Children's Theatre. (3) (Prereq: THEA 170 and 253, or consent of instructor) Special problems in producing plays for child audiences.
  • 529 -- Theatre Management. (3) Problems involved in organizing, administering, and promoting the non-professional theatre.
  • 530 -- Period Styles for Wig and Hair Design. (3) (Prereq: THEA 230 and 550 or permission of instructor) Research and execution of period styles for wigs, hair, and facial pieces as related to theatrical and media design.
  • 531 -- Theatre Graphics. (3) Specialized graphic techniques used in the preparation of a theatrical production. Practice in the execution and interpretation of working drawings, perspective sketches, color renderings, scale models, etc.
  • 550 -- History of Costume. (3) A survey of clothing through the ages with emphasis on the dress of the actor in significant periods of theatrical activity. From ancient times to present day.
  • 552 -- Stage Costume Pattern Drafting and Drawing. (3) The principles of pattern making for costume construction using flat-pattern and draping techniques.
  • 553 -- Advanced Stagecraft. (3) (Prereq: THEA 253 or equivalent) Advanced principles and practices of stagecraft.
  • 554 -- Performing Arts Safety. (3) Study of health and safety hazards for actors, technicians, and audience members.
  • 555 -- Scene Painting for the Stage. (3) Techniques of scene painting. Application of principles of painting to the stage.
  • 556 -- Stage Design. (3) Survey of the history and principles of scene design. Assignments will involve drawings, watercolor sketches, and scale models.
  • 557 -- Advanced Scenic Design. (3) (Prereq: THEA 556 or consent of instructor) Advanced procedures and techniques of scenic design.
  • 561 -- History of the Theatre I. (3) A survey of plays, playwrights, actors, production, and the physical development of theatres from the time of the Greeks to 1660; reading of representative plays required.
  • 562 -- History of the Theatre II. (3) A survey of plays, playwrights, actors, production, and the physical development of theatres from 1660 to the present; reading of representative plays required.
  • 563 -- History of Modern Theatre. (3) History of Western Theatre since the early 20th century. Students will be introduced to major figures, plays, and movements and explore influences from the broader culture on theatrical expression.
  • 565 -- African American Theatre. {=ENGL 565} (3) The major movements, figures, plays, and critical strategies that have marked the development of African American theatre in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries.
  • 567 -- Dramatic Theory I. (3) A survey of the major works of dramatic theory and criticism, with emphasis on theories of theatrical performance. from Aristotle through 18th-century neo-classicism.
  • 568 -- Dramatic Theory II. (3) A survey of the major works of dramatic theory and criticism, with emphasis on theories of theatrical performance from the 18th century to the present.
  • 569 -- Dramaturgy. (3) A study of dramatic structure as it relates to theatrical production. Emphasis on script reading and analysis. Production and new-works dramaturgy will be covered.
  • 570 -- Advanced Acting I. (3) (Prereq: THEA 240 and 372 and 370 with a grade of B or above) Theory and practice in the development of a role and an understanding of the psychology of the audience-actor relationship.
  • 571 -- Advanced Acting II. (3) (Prereq: THEA 240 and 372 and 370 with a grade of B or above) Technique of performing play scripts with heightened language and styles other than naturalism/realism. Some examples of genres that may be taught are Classical Greek, Elizabethan, absurdist.
  • 572 -- Advanced Makeup. (2) (Prereq: THEA 172 or consent of instructor) Specific character types, prosthetics, wig making, and corrective makeup. Special attention to the development of files of character illustrations and the designing of specific makeups.
  • 575 -- Rehearsal and Performance. (3) An intensive laboratory course in theatrical and media performances.
  • 576 -- Rehearsal and Performance. (3) An intensive laboratory course in repertory theatre.
  • 577 -- Special Topics in Physical Theatre. (3) Research and performance training in selected topics related to physical theatre. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title. May be repeated as topics vary.
  • 578 -- Play Direction I. (3) (Prereq: THEA 270, 280, and 6 hours from 300 level or above) A study of the principles, procedures and practice of stage direction, with the selection, analysis, casting, and rehearsal of a one-act play to be presented in the laboratory theatre.
  • 579 -- Play Direction II. (3) (Prereq: THEA 578) A continuation of THEA 578.
  • 581 -- Film as Performance. (3) Study and analysis of film production, performance, and aesthetics.
  • 582 -- Costume Design. (3) Theory and practice in the design of theatre costumes.
  • 583 -- Advanced Practice in Sound Design. (3) Advanced study in sound, production and design. Emphasis will be on mounting designs and refining design skills for Theatre, Music, and Media Arts students.
  • 585 -- Design for Communications Media Production. (3) (Prereq: THEA 253, THEA 351) The study and application of techniques in theatrical stagecraft, design, lighting, costuming, and makeup applicable to specialized fields of communication media.
  • 586 -- The Articulate Body. (3) Theoretical and experimental exploration of the major body systems and developmental movements to bring more articulation to the body and more awareness and physical ease in performance.
  • 587 -- Film and Television Acting. (3) (Prereq: THEA 170) Theory and practice of film and television acting.
  • 588 -- Stage Light Design I. (3) The interrelationship of stage lighting and other production elements. Design techniques, equipment, and script analysis. Laboratory work on department productions. Restricted to theatre majors or those having special permission of instructor.
  • 589 -- Advanced Stage Lighting Design II. (3) Stage lighting equipment and design techniques. Laboratory work on departmental productions.
  • 599 -- Special Topics in Theatre. (3) Reading and research on selected topics. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title. May be repeated once as topics vary.

Dance (DANC)

  • 101 -- Dance Appreciation. (3) An eclectic survey of various dance forms including primitive, historic, ballet, modern, and Broadway musical.
  • 102A or B -- Ballet Technique I. (1) A beginning study of ballet with emphasis on alignment, classical historical traditions, and combinations or movement. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 111A or B -- World Dance I. (1) World Dance is dance experience in diverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 112A or B -- Contemporary Dance Technique I. (1) An introduction to modern dance with the beginning practice of movement technique. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 113A or B -- World Dance II. (1) World Dance is dance experience indiverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 150 -- Introduction to Dance. (3) An introductory course on dance as art, communication, and cultural expression as it applies to a career in dance. Fine arts requirement for the Dance Major. Open to nonmajors.
  • 170 -- Ballroom Dance I. (1) Introduction of six major dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Cha Cha, Swing, and Rumba) to students with no dance experience. The emphasis will be on learning dance figures and patterns.
  • 171 -- Ballroom Dance II. (1) (Prereq: DANC 170 or equivalent) Intermediate steps will include challenging choreography or patterns. The emphasis in technique will be based on developing speed and elegance while dancing complex patterns.
  • 177 -- Dance Company I. (1) This course is designed for rehearsals leading to dance performances; and including student choreography, on stage productions, the dance touring ensemble and components of dance production. Repeat seven times.
  • 178 -- Jazz Dance Technique I. (1) A beginning level class focusing on coordination, rhythm, alignment, jazz vocabulary, and jazz dance positions. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 202A or B -- Ballet Technique II. (1) (Prereq: DANC 102 or equivalent) Second level of classical ballet technique facilitating skill in allegro and adagio work. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 203 -- The Dancer's Body. (3) Anatomy and movement analysis for dancers.
  • 204 -- Pointe II. (1) (Prereq: DANC 202 or equivalent) Pointe technique and skills on pointe, an extension of ballet technique at the foundational level. May be repeated four times.
  • 211A or B -- World Dance III. (1) World Dance is dance experience in diverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 213A or B -- World Dance IV. (1) World Dance is part for dance experience in diverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 250A or B -- Dance Improvisation and Composition. (3) An introductory course on dance composition and the creative process. Exploration and improvisation of different dance forms; specific choreographic tools. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 260 -- Laban Movement Analysis. (3) (Prereq: DANC 250 or permission of instructor) An examination of Laban Movement analysis--a language for understanding, observing, describing and notating all forms of movement. Experiential, analytical and performance teaching methods will be used.
  • 270 -- Dance Education I. (3) (Prereq: DANC 250, 281, or 282, at least one. Not open to freshmen or sophomores. Minimum of 90 hour in program of study. Recommended students have completed at least three semesters of technique) An overview of teaching dance as art in K-12, foundations for dance curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
  • 270P -- Practicum in Dance Education I. (1) (Coreq: DANC 270) This practicum is to observe and assist only; no teaching, dance educators teaching in school-based settings: Elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 275 -- Pilates I. (1) Innovative system of exercises for the mind and body. Teaching posture, body awareness, and easy graceful movement at a beginner's level.
  • 278 -- Jazz Dance Technique II. (1) (Prereq: DANC 178 or permission of instructor) An intermediate level class focusing on coordination, rhythm, alignment, jazz vocabulary, jazz dance positions, and expanded knowledge of theatrical jazz dance. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 281 -- Ballet Dance History. (3) (Prereq: DANC 150) A survey of ballet from pre-classical to contemporary ballet, including aesthetic perspectives. This course will be primarily lecture and will include demonstrations and videos from distinguished repertories and choreographers.
  • 282 -- Contemporary Dance History. (3) (Prereq: DANC 150) The study of historic developments in contemporary dance, to include selected major choreographers and their works. This course will focus on dance in relationship to culture, aesthetics, and philosophy.
  • 300 -- Music for Dancers. (3) Rhythmic analysis, reading and metric patterns, construction and use of scores from musical theatre to symphonic orchestration with exercises to enhance the knowledge of relationship between dance and music.
  • 302A or B -- Ballet Technique III. (1) (Prereq: DANC 102, 202 or equivalent) Third level of classical ballet technique. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 303 -- Pointe III. (1) (Prereq: DANC 202 or equivalent) Pointe technique and skills on pointe, an extension of ballet technique at the intermediate level. Study and execution of female variations from classical repertory. May be repeated four times.
  • 304 -- Intermediate Tap Dance. (3) (Prereq: permission of intsructor) Advanced fundamentals of tap dance, including intermediate/advanced rhythmic structure and incorporation of alignment and style.
  • 307 -- West African Dance I. (3) The history and practice of indigenous West African dance.
  • 311A or B -- World Dance V. (1) World Dance is for dance experience in diverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 312A or B -- Contemporary Dance Technique III. (1) (Prereq: DANC 112, 212 or equivalent) A third level technique with refinement skills, and complex combinations. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 313A or B -- World Dance VI. (1) World Dance is dance experience in diverse world dance forms. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 350 -- Choreography I. (3) (Prereq: DANC 250; recommend students have completed at least three semesters of technique) An intermediate level choreography and composition course designed to create and adapt work in different dance forms in modern, jazz, and ballet.
  • 370 -- Dance Education II: Creative Dance for Children. (3) (Prereq: DANC 270, 270P. Not open to freshmen and sophomores. Recommend students have completed at least four semesters of technique and world dance. coreq: DANC 370P) A second level of teaching dance as art in K-12, foundations for dance curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • 370P -- Practicum in Dance Education II. (1) (Coreq: DANC 370) This practicum is to assist the coordinating teacher to lead creative dance activities, and observe dance educators facilitating creative dance at selected primary and/or elementary schools.
  • 375 -- Pilates II. (1) (Prereq: DANC 275 or equivalent) Innovative system of exercises for the mind and body. Teaching posture, body awareness, and easy graceful movement at an intermediate level.
  • 377 -- Historic Dance. (3) A course open to all students interested in gaining knowledge of early dances from the 15th Basse, Pavanne and Gaillarde of the Renaissance era to the Baroque dances from the court of Louis XIV.
  • 378 -- Jazz Dance Technique III. (1) Advanced-level jazz dance technique. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 380 -- Movement and Dance for Musical Theatre. (3) Styles of movement and dance in musical theatre from the '20s, '30s, and '40s to modern contemporary musical theatre. Choreographing for musicals, cultural forms of dance, staging for vocal pieces.
  • 381 -- Dance History. (3) A survey of dance from ethnic and social to professional dance, from the time of the Greeks through the twentieth century.
  • 382 -- Body Conditioning/Gyrokinesis Method. (1) Body conditioning technique designed to increase strength, flexibility, and coordination, enhancing the dance students' performance ability and body awareness.
  • 385 -- Men’s Ballet. (1) (Prereq: 4 semesters of ballet or equivalent) Study of the art of classical ballet for men with increased emphasis on facilitating skill in allegro and adagio work specific to male technique.
  • 390 -- Dance Studio Operation. (3) Advanced training methods and techniques in all forms of dance. Emphasis on recent research in dance curriculum and operational technique. For experienced dance teachers.
  • 399 -- Independent Study and Research. (3-6) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and department chair is required for undergraduate students.
  • 402A or B -- Ballet Technique IV. (1) (Prereq: DANC 102, 202, 302 or equivalent) Intensive fourth level of classical ballet technique. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 403 -- Pointe Variations for Intermediate/Advanced Ballet. (1) (Prereq: consent of instructor) Pointe technique, an extension of ballet technique skills on pointe. Study and execution of female variations from classical repertory. May be repeated four times.
  • 407 -- West African Dance II. (3) (Prereq: DANC 307 or permission of instructor) Study of the development of West African music and dance, emphasizing cultural, social, and physical influences. Exploration of the relationship between dancer and the drummer at an intermediate level.
  • 411A or B -- World Dance VII. (1) World Dance is part of the core curriculum for dance experience in diverse world dance forms and history. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 412A or B -- Contemporary Dance Technique IV. (1) (Prereq: DANC 112, 212, 312 or equivalent) Intensive advanced level contemporary dance technique. Suffix A is for dance majors and minors; suffix B is for nonmajors. May be repeated up to six times for credit.
  • 420 -- Teaching Methods of Ballet. (3) (Prereq: recommend students have completed at least four semesters of ballet technique) The foundations of ballet technique are analyzed systematically. Students will learn to teach ballet technique and organize course work for all levels.
  • 421 -- Teaching Methods of Contemporary Dance. (3) (Prereq: recommend students have completed at least four semesters of contemporary dance technique) The foundations of contemporary dance technique are analyzed systematically. Students will learn to teach contemporary dance technique and organize course work for all levels.
  • 440 -- Pas de Deux (Partnering). (1) (Prereq: DANC 302 or equivalent) Study of the art of classical ballet pas de deux for men and women. Special attention will include adagio work from classical ballet repertory and contemporary dance.
  • 450 -- Choreography II. (3) (Prereq: DANC 250, 350, or permission from instructor; recommend students have completed at least five semesters of technique) An advanced level choreography course. Specialized work in dance using musical forms and based on different dance techniques.
  • 470 -- Dance Education III: Dance Pedagogy for Middle and High School. (3) (Prereq: DANC 270, 270P, 370, 370P, five semesters of ballet, five semesters of modern dance. Not open to freshmen or sophomores. Minimum of 90 hours in program of study.) The application of teaching dance as art for middle and high school. Elements to be taught will be foundations for dance curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  • 471 -- Synthesis of Dance Education Constructs (pre-internship seminar). (1) (Prereq: DANC 270, 270P, 370, 370P. Open only to teacher certification candidates in dance education. coreq: DANC 470) Seminar allows students to synthesize content and skills from all previous course work for dance and education before their student teaching experience.
  • 475 -- Inner Mastery Through Movement. (3) A mind/body integration course designed for performing artists.
  • 476 -- Production Design for Dance. (3) Technical theatre functions, the structure and purpose of production design, and stage production as it relates to the whole of dance and theatrical performance.
  • 478 -- Integrated Approaches in Dance Education. (3) The application and integration of instructional technology; interdisciplinary, integrated, and immersion instructional strategies; and approaches to cultural dance pedagogy.
  • 479 -- Teaching Internship in Dance Education. (12) (Prereq: minimum of 90 hours in program of study and a 2.5 GPA or higher, formally admitted to the professional program, completed 6 hours of approved courses in the field of education, and completed the additional course requirement for dance education; coreq: EDSE 484 should be taken the same semester) The student will demonstrate the pedagogical knowledge, skill, and disposition necessary to effectively teach K-12 dance education as defined by NASD and NCATE and as measured by a departmental student teaching evaluation.
  • 480 -- Dance Analysis and Criticism. (3) (Prereq: DANC 250, 281, 282, 350, two dance forms (8 hours), junior status recommended) This is an advanced course in dance analysis and criticism, labonotation, analysis of major choreographic work, and an analysis through interactive CD-ROM (Technology).
  • 482 -- Body Conditioning/Gyrokinesis Method II. (3) (Prereq: DANC 382 or permission of department) Body conditioning technique that simultaneously stretches and strengthens the body at an intermediate level. Gyrokinesis teaches complete freedom of movement through exercises synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns enhancing aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation and promoting neuromuscular awareness. Restricted to dance majors/minors only.
  • 490 -- Senior Capstone Concert. (2) (Prereq: DANCE 250, 350, plus other dance and major requirements before last semester of senior year) this course is the culmination of the performance/ choreography dance major. A senior project that encompasses a complete choreographic work leading to stage production and performance.
  • 500 -- Selected Topics in Dance. (1) A series of courses, each lasting one-third of a semester. Topics and prerequisites are announced in the class schedule for each semester.
  • 573 -- Dancer's Workshop. (1) (Prereq: graduate standing or three credits in dance) Individual advanced training in movement, improvisation, flexibility, and precision in dance styles including modern and ballet.
  • 577 -- Dance Performance. {=PEDU 577} (3) Rehearsal, choreographic analysis, and dance performance. All components of dance production--including music, costume, lighting, and scenery--will be considered.
  • 599 -- Special Topics in Dance. (3) Reading and research on selected topics. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title. May be repeated once as topics vary.

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