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Course Descriptions

A performance final may be required for all dance courses. All dance technique courses may be repeated for credit a maximum of four semesters. Crew work on theatre and dance productions may be required in any dance course at the discretion of the instructor. Unexcused rehearsal or crew absences may be subject to fines. Repertory requirements may be adjusted for students transferring into the degree program.

DNC 1 Beginning Movement 1

This course is an introduction to basic technique within one of the following dance forms: African Modern, Jazz, or floor barre. Emphasis is on body alignment and body awareness, which is explored through both exercise and improvisation. Fulfills Fine Arts Core requirement for non-majors. A performance may be required.
Every Semester, 3 credits

DNC 101 Critical Thinking for Dance

This course is an introduction to movement analysis and critical thinking about technique, performance and history for the incoming dance studies major. Emphasis is placed on the many approaches to dance and the many career options available in the world of dance.
Fall, 2 credits

DNC 2 Beginning Movement 2

This course is a continuation of DNC 1 emphasizing personal discipline and technique.
Prerequisite: DNC 1.
Every Semester, 3 credits

DNC 103 Laban Movement Analysis

Students learn to analyze the body in motion, become a more dynamic mover, understand individual movement preferences and habits and investigate the diverse ways the body shapes itself in space.
Spring, 3 credits

DNC 105, 106 Modern Dance

Training that stresses the discipline and vitality of longer phrases of movement to help the student understand the distinction between dance and exercise. May be repeated for two semesters for credit.
Prerequisite for DNC 106: Dance major or permission of instructor.
Every Semester, 3 credits per semester

DNC 108 History of Dance

This course is a history of Western dance from the Greeks to the present, exploring the function of dance and its position in various cultures.
Every Other Spring, 3 credits

DNC 109 Current Dance in New York City

This course provides meetings once a week in New York City to attend dance concerts, performances and meet with dancers and choreographers. Special ticket charge.
Every Other Spring, 3 credits

DNC 111, 112 Composition and Choreography

This course studies new and individual modes of expression and the process of giving them order and form. Improvisation is explored, both for its value as an experience to individual participants and its potential as a group performance event.
Prerequisite: Dance Major or permission of instructor.
Fall, 3 credits per semester

DNC 211 Choreography Practicum

This course offers the dance major the opportunity to choreograph in a mentored situation for the Post Concert Dance Company. Students meet weekly with faculty in a rehearsal environment.
DNC 211 required for all student choreographers
May be taken 6 times for credits.
Prerequisite: DNC 111.
Fall and Spring, 1 credit each semester

DNC 115, 116 African Dance

This course is an introduction to the complex rhythms and movements common to the many varieties of African dance, their cultural and historical perspectives and the pioneering spirits who introduced the genre to this country. May be repeated for two semesters for credits.
Every Semester, 3 credits each

DNC 123, 124 Ballet

Applying the elements of ballet, barre and center floor work to alignment, healthy dance techniques and discipline. The ballet form is applied to standard and non-traditional repertory. May be repeated for four semesters for credit.
Prerequisite for DNC 123, 124: Dance Major or permission of instructor.
Every Semester, 3 credits each

DNC 125 Pointe & Partnering

Applying the elements of classical ballet technique while working on pointe. Issues of balance, gravity, and alignment are explored.
Prerequisite: DNC 123 or permission of instructor.
Fall, 1 credit

DNC 126 Floor Barre

This course promotes healthful alignment and core strength for the dance major through implementation of the Zena Rommett Floor Barre technique.
Prerequisites: DNC 123 or permission of the instructor.
Fall, 2 credits

DNC 131, 132 Applied Technique

This course is the development of an original composition with the instructor/choreographer and culminates in public performance.
Prerequisite: Dance Major or permission of instructor.
On Occasion, 1 credit each

DNC 139, 140, 139-002, 140-002 Repertory

This course is intensive experience in dance production including synthesis of performance, design, technical, management, musical elements and production concept, planning, rehearsal, performance, evaluation with the Post Concert Dance Company. Required for every semester in residence.
Prerequisite: Dance Majors only.
Every Semester, 1 credit each

DNC 144 Jazz

This course is a skills approach for theatrical performers and others. The emphasis is on technique and floor combinations including the development of new jazz compositions with the instructor/choreographer. May be repeated for two semesters for credit.
Prerequisite for 144: Dance Major or permission of instructor.
Fall, 3 credits each

DNC 147 Tap

This is an introduction to the basics of tap dance and is usually offered in conjunction with a musical theatre production. May be repeated for two semesters for credit.
Spring, 3 credits

DNC 150 Kinesiology for Dancers

The study of the anatomical and mechanical principles of movement with specific applications to the dancer. Analysis of dance movements, prevention of injuries, conditioning and relaxation techniques will be examined.
Fall, 4 credits

DNC 151 Professional Skills: Showcase

This course is a practicum with guest choreographers leading to a New York City showcase performance. May be repeated for two semesters for credit.
Prerequisites: Junior and Senior Dance. Majors only.
Spring, 3 credits

DNC 189 Advanced Individual Study in Dance

Individual faculty-guided projects in dance are appropriate when existing courses in student’s area of interest have all been taken. Dance majors may repeat for a maximum of four semesters.
Prerequisite: Departmental permission.
Every Semester, 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits

DNC 199 Internship

This is an opportunity for the student to work in a professional venue and to be directly and meaningfully involved in day-to-day operations with an emphasis in an area of special interest.
Prerequisite: Departmental permission.
On Occasion, 3 credits