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Dance Course Descriptions

DAN 103   Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern   1-3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work on the principles of modern dance technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 104  Professional Workshops and Master Classes  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work on the principles of dance technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 105  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work on the principles of classical ballet technique designed for the inexperienced dancer.

DAN 150  Elementary Ballet I  3 hours
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1‚ 2; Fee: yes
Principles of classical ballet technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 151   Elementary Ballet II   3 hours
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: DAN 150A; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Principles of classical ballet technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 170  Elementary Modern I  3 hour
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Principles of modern dance technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 171  Elementary Modern II  3 hours
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: DAN 170A; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Principles of modern dance technique designed for the non-major.

DAN 180 Elementary Jazz  3 hours
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Principles of jazz dance technique designed for the non-major.                   

DAN 190  Elementary Tap  1 hour
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1; alternate years; Fee: yes
Elementary level tap dance technique. This course is designed to develop the rhythm and coordination of basic steps and routines. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

DAN 201   Dance/Theater/Performance I  2 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A performance course for the first-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DAN 202   Dance/Theater/Performance II  1-2 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A performance course for the second-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DAN 203  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 204  Professional Workshops and Master Classes  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 205  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the second-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 250  Ballet I   3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the first-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 251  Ballet II  3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the second-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 252 Partnering I  1 hour
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1; alternate years; Fee: yes
Theory and basic technique in the art of partnering. This course explores partnering in all dance forms. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits.

DAN 254   Movement for Actors and Singers  2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1; Fee: yes
Theory and practice of elementary level dance, applicable to theatre productions, music concerts, auditions, etc. This class is designed to give the non-dancer, specifically theatre and music students, a fundamental background of dance movement, dance vocabulary, and dance composition.

DAN 270  Modern I   2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1‚ 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance techniques for the first-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 271  Modern II  2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the second-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 272  Dance Improvisation  1 hour
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes
This course will explore the foundation of dance improvisation including individual work, as well as work with part­ners and in groups. The class will combine the basic history, theory, and practice of dance improvisation to include work of contributors to the field. Course work is intended to serve as an introduction to dance composition and/or choreography through the medium of improvisation.

DAN 273 Dance Composition I   1 hour
Prerequisite: DAN 272; Term: 1
Designed as a method for beginning choreography students to investigate different approaches to dance com­position. This course combines the theory and practice of dance composition including individual work as well as work with partners and collaborative group studies.

DAN 275  History of Dance I  2 hours
Prerequisite: None; Term: 1
This course surveys the development of dance in its many forms; trends, philosophies, dance activities, and dance personalities, from its multi-cultural roots in primitive expression to the rise of ballet, concluding with the Romantic Era.

DAN 276   History of Dance II   3 hours
Prerequisite: DAN 275; Term: 2
This course surveys the development of dance in its many forms; trends, philosophies, dance activities, and dance personalities, from the Romantic Era through current experimental trends in dance. Writing intensive.

DAN 301  Dance/Theater/Performance III 2 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A performance course for the third-year student participating in concert as a member of the Marygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.

DAN 302 Dance/Theater/Performance IV  2 hours
Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A performance course for the fourth-year student participating in concert as a member of the M arygrove College Dance Company or Company II. Under the supervision of the dance faculty, this course includes practical experience in stage makeup, stagecraft and the fundamentals of acting. May be repeated for a maximum of four credits.

DAN 303  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 304  Professional Workshops and Master Classes  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 305  Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the third-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 307  Pointe I or II  1 hour
Prerequisite: Intermediate level ballet technique required; Term: 1, 2; alternate years; Fee: yes
Study of ballet technique “en pointe”. Pointe I course work is designed for the dancer with little or no previous experience in the pointe technique. Pointe II course work is designed for the dancer with previous experience in the pointe technique. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

DAN 310  Men’s Dance Technique 1 hour
Prerequisite: Intermediate level ballet technique required; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Study of dance technique for the male dancer. The course explores the broad range of movement required of the male dancer within the ballet idiom. Practical study of large jumps and complex turns based on the musculature of the male physique. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits.

DAN 350  Ballet III   3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the third-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 351  Ballet IV 3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the fourth-semester dance major.

DAN 352  Contemporary Partnering II 1 hour
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 2; alternate years; Fee: yes
Continuation of studies in the art of partnering. This course explores partnering techniques in all dance forms. May be repeated up to a maximum of four credits.

DAN 370 Modern III 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the third-semester dance major/minor.

DAN 371 Modern IV 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the fourth-semester dance major

DAN 376 Tap Dance 1 hour
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; alternate years; Fee: yes
Intermediate and Advanced level tap dance technique. This course is designed to further develop and master the rhythm and coordination of more complex tap steps and routines. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

DAN 377 Jazz Dance 1 hour
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Intermediate and Advanced level jazz dance technique; emphasis on more complex jazz dance exercises and routines. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

DAN 379 Ethnic/World Dance Forms 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
A studio course exploring the traditional dances of countries throughout the world; course content varies with instructor (e.g. Primitive Dance, Black Dance, Latin Dance, Irish Dance, Spanish Dance). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits.

DAN 380 Ballet V 3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the fifth-semester dance major.

DAN 381 Ballet VI 3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the sixth-semester dance major.

DAN 388 Cooperative Field Experience 2-6 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair. Term: 1, 2, 3, summer
Supervised work experience or internship in the professional dance field. This course is supervised and planned, in coordination with the dance department.

DAN 390 Modern V 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the fifth-semester dance major.

DAN 391 Modern VI 2 hours
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the sixth-semester dance major.

DAN 400 Dance Composition II 1 hour
Prerequisite: DAN 273; Term: 2
This course has been designed to give the more experienced student the tools with which to use in dance composition on an exploratory basis. This course will also review the theories and techniques of composition garnered in earlier courses.

DAN 403 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Modern  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Placement of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the fourth-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 404 Professional Workshops and Master Classes  1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the fourth-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 405 Professional Workshops and Master Classes: Ballet 1-3 hours 
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work for the fourth-year student under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 406 Professional Workshops and Master Classes 1-3 hours 
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Concentrated course work under the direction of faculty and/or guest artists.

DAN 450 Ballet VII 3 hours 
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the seventh-semester dance major.

DAN 451 Ballet VIII 3 hours 
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Ballet technique for the eighth-semester dance major.

DAN 470 Modern VII 2 hours 
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the seventh-semester dance major.

DAN 471 Modern VIII 2 hours 
Prerequisite: Placement audition; Term: 1, 2; Fee: yes
Modern dance technique for the eighth-semester dance major.

DAN 491 Independent Studies in Dance 1-3 hours 
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Independent work or study that is relevant to the field of dance. This course is supervised by members of the dance faculty.

DAN 494 Directed Studies in Dance 1-3 hours 
Prerequisite: Permission of department chair; Term: 1, 2, 3, summer; Fee: yes
Advanced work or research in the field of dance, supervised by members of the dance faculty.

DAN 496 Senior Seminar 3 hours 
Prerequisite: Senior Status, dance major; Term: 1
This course is designed for the graduating senior as a completion of studies in technique and choreographic skills for the undergraduate dance degree (BFA/Performance, BA/ Performance, BA/Dance, and BA/Dance Education). A final theatre performance showcases the culmination of student design, choreography and performance.

TRE 161 Fundamentals of Acting 3 hours
General Education Option – Creative Expression; Prerequisite: None; Term: 1, 2 Fee: yes
This course is an introduction to acting. Through improvisation, acting exercises, monologue and scene work, students will study and practice techniques of relaxation, vocal, physical and emotional freedom, concentration, observation, improvisation, sense memory, textual analysis, and character work.

TRE 266 Production Technology 3 hours 
Prerequisite: None; Term: 2; Fee: yes
Project based course involving in-depth study of the practical aspects of Theatre Production through the rehearsal and public staging of a major work of theatre. Students engage in a detailed study of theoretical and practical perspectives of applied theatre including technical production, stage management, and design that provide the framework for student involvement in a large-scale production, which is the focus of the course.

 

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