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Dance Course Descriptions

DNC 1200

Exploration of Modern Dance

An introductory dance class that focuses on the development of technical skills utilized in modern dance, exploring rhythmic perception, spatial awareness, and expressive qualities. Concepts move through the spectrum of contemporary movement vocabulary as well as the etiquette and protocol of the modern dance classroom and performance. Four credits. (A)

 

DNC 2001

Contemporary Dance Studio I

In this course, students focus on the qualitative aspects of modern dance technique and develop accuracy in movement comprehension and application. Attention is placed on alignment, use of weight and space, musicality, expression, and aesthetic and kinesthetic understanding of the genre. One credit. Prerequisite DNC 1200

 

DNC 2100

Ballet Dance

In this course, concepts move through the spectrum of ballet vocabulary as well as the etiquette and protocol of the ballet dance classroom and performance. Students will be able to illustrate the development of technical skills utilized in ballet technique that may include alignment, strength, flexibility, distribution and the use of weight, and balletic positions and artistry. Students will investigate rhythmic perception and spatial awareness. Students will be able to identify and discuss historical works, figures, and trends responsible for shaping ballet as an art form and technique. Four credits. Prerequisite: DNC 1200.

 

DNC 2101

Ballet Studio I

In this course, students focus on the qualitative aspects of ballet dance technique and develop in movement comprehension and application. Attention is placed on alignment, use of weight and space, musicality, expression, and aesthetic and kinesthetic understanding of the genre. One credit. Prerequisite: DNC 2100.

 

DNC 2200

Jazz Dance

In this course, concepts move through the spectrum of jazz dance movement vocabulary as well as etiquette and protocol of the jazz dance classroom. Students will be able to illustrate development of the various styles, techniques, and rhythmic structures of contemporary and traditional jazz dance, exploring different dance performance forms from Hip Hop to Broadway-style. The course is based upon the philosophy that each unique body type has natural aptitude for the application of jazz movement principles. Students will be able to identify and discuss historical works, figures, and trends responsible for shaping jazz dance as an art form and technique. Four credits. Prerequisite: DNC 1200.

 

DNC 2201

Jazz Dance Studio I

In this course, students focus on the qualitative aspects of jazz dance technique and develop in movement comprehension and application. Attention is placed on alignment, use of weight and space, musicality, expression, and aesthetic and kinesthetic understanding of the genre. One credit. Prerequisite: DNC 2200.

 

DNC 2300

Tap Dance

In this class, students will learn the American art form of tap dancing. Students will be introduced to both Broadway and rhythm tap styles. Execution of basic tap steps and simple combinations will be taught, as well as complex rhythmic variations. Vocabulary for the steps will be presented. The class concludes in an informal performance, which includes pieces choreographed by the instructor, as well as work choreographed by the students. Four credits.

 

DNC 2800

Dance and New Media

Students will explore the presence of dance in new visual media, including film, television and the World Wide Web. Students will discover the history of dance and new media, and be able to describe the ways in which dance has grown and changed because of its integration of new technologies, and how society has been affected by the presence of dance in mass media. Students will also gain a practical knowledge of the subject, through hands-on exploration in collaborative projects that will include the creation of original digital dance media. Four credits. Prerequisite DNC 3800.

 

DNC 3001

Contemporary Dance Studio II

This course is a movement course in modern dance technique employing various techniques for a more complete development of skill and proficiency in modern dance. Theoretical knowledge of dance as a movement based, expressive art form is analyzed through lecture/discussion based on class work, reading, written assignments and attendance at dance concerts. One credit. Prerequisite: DNC 1200, DNC 2001 or permission by the instructor.

 

DNC 3101

Ballet Dance Studio II

This course is a movement course in ballet dance utilizing a more complete level of skill and competence for the technique. Students will demonstrate a greater proficiency of movement, rhythm, and spatial design. Theoretical knowledge of the history of ballet as well as current trends are analyzed through lecture/discussion based work, reading, written assignments and attendance at dance concerts. One credit. Prerequisite: DNC 2100, DNC 2101 or permission by the instructor.

 

DNC 3201

Jazz Dance Studio II

This course is a movement course in jazz dance utilizing a more complete level of skill and competence for the technique. Students will demonstrate a greater proficiency of movement, rhythm, style, and expression. Theoretical knowledge of the history of jazz dance as well as current trends are analyzed through lecture/discussion based work, reading, written assignments and attendance at dance concerts. One credit. Prerequisite: DNC 2200, DNC 2201 or permission by the instructor.

 

DNC/GBS 3700

World Dance

A course that provides students with a broader experience and understanding of various movement practices in a globalized society. The course is intended to expose students to all aspects of dance and dance-making, including social, historical, ritual, and cultural influences. Having experience with and knowledge of dance from non-‐western traditions will not only broaden students’ understanding of dance, but will enlighten them to non-‐western cultures and traditions. Four credits. (GS)

 

DNC 3800

Dance Composition

Students explore choreographic devices such as levels, spatial relationships, patterns, timing, phrasing through short improvisational exercises, and longer assignments resulting in the staging and performance of a culminating project. Four credits. Prerequisites: DNC 1200, DNC 2100, DNC 2200

 

DNC 3900

Dance Pedagogy

Students discover the theory and apply the practice of teaching correct dance techniques in order to assess and train students from beginner levels through advanced levels in a logical, progressive, and sensible method. Students gain an understanding and appreciation of how subjects and issues within the dance curriculum are prepared, represented, and modified to the diverse abilities of the various learning styles. Two Credits.

 

DNC 4800

Thesis/Final Project

This course will represent the culmination of a student’s experience in the Department of Theater and Dance at High Point University. Over the course of the semester the student will conceive and produce an original dance project in the medium of his or her choosing. The student will research and develop a project proposal at the beginning of the semester and produce the project at the end of the semester. Two Credits. Prerequisite: Senior standing.

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