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Dance

D 170, 171, 172 World Dance I - III (1 each)
An introduction to the performance of traditional and popular dance styles from a selection of world dance perspectives. Emphasizing practice and performance, the course examines dance forms in relation to their specific cultural contexts.

 

D 177, 178, 179 Beginning Hip Hop (1 each)
An introduction to the performance of selected contemporary dance styles from urban-American street dance. Emphasizing practice and performance, the course examines a variety of dance forms from break dancing to voguing. To be taken in sequence.

 

D 180, 181, 182 Beginning Modern Dance I – III (1 each)
Modern dance technique heightens awareness of the expressive use of the body, builds physical, aesthetic and performance skills, and develops appreciation for the art form of dance. Creative expression is developed as rhythm, movement patterns and dynamics are explored. An introduction to choreographic ideas may also be introduced. To be taken in sequence.

 

D 185, 186, 187 Beginning Ballet I – III (1 each)
Introduction to the basic concepts of body alignment, the technical movement vocabulary in traditional ballet, the accompanying French terminology and the basic movement sequences that will develop strength and flexibility. To be taken in sequence.

 

D 188, 189, 190 Beginning Jazz Dance I – III (1 each)
Introduction to the varied styles of contemporary jazz technique with an emphasis on the uses of rhythm, syncopation, isolation of the various body parts and varied rhythmic accompaniment. To be taken in sequence.

 

D 196, 197, 198 Beginning Tap I – III (1 each)
Introduction to the basic elements of tap dancing steps and techniques in a variety of styles from military to rhythm or jazz tap to waltz clog. Improvisation will also be introduced. To be taken in sequence.

 

D 199 Special Studies (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

 

D 251 Introduction to Dance (3)
This course is designed to introduce the origins of the various forms of dance, such as ballet, modern, musical theatre, jazz, tap, folk and popular dance forms. Also examined will be how and why people dance as well as how and why people watch dance, with concern for becoming more conscious and informed viewers.

 

D 260 Dance Improvisation (1)
Explorations to foster movement invention and spontaneity. Structures and open improvisations incorporating other media such as music, text and props. Class participation informal discussion. Concurrent registration in a dance technique class is strongly advised.

 

D 280, 281, 282 Intermediate Modern Dance I – III (2 each)
Introduction to the elements of an intermediate level of modern dance movement with emphasis on developing technique, expanding movement vocabulary, improvisational work, personal expression and performance. Prerequisite: Beginning Modern Dance sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 285, 286, 287 Intermediate Ballet I – III (2 each)
Introduction of an intermediate level of adagio, barre, petite and grande allegro. Emphasis will be placed on work in the center and across-the-floor combinations. Prerequisite: Beginning Ballet sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 288, 289, 290 Intermediate Jazz Dance I – III (2 each)
Intermediate level of contemporary jazz dance styles. Includes an introduction to a more advanced level of technique focusing on rhythm, syncopation and body isolations. Some emphasis will be placed on improvisatory jazz dance and compositional applications. Prerequisite: Beginning Jazz Dance sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 300 Human Movement Notation (3)
A survey of notation methods used for the recording and analysis of basic movements of the human body. The methods will include: Labanotation, computer generated notation and video notation. These methods are applicable to those fields in which there is a need to record human motion: dance, athletics, anthropology and physiotherapy.

 

D 301, 302, 303 Pointe Technique l – III (1 each)
This course will introduce basic classical ballet vocabulary and pointe technique, historical perspectives, anatomy, as well as pointe related injuries and their prevention. Prerequisite: Intermediate Ballet sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 310 Women in Dance (3)
Women’s contributions to the art of dance from the Renaissance to the present. Performers, choreographers and arts supporters will be emphasized.

 

D 330 Rhythmic Awareness (3)
An exploration of the musical components of rhythm in relation to dance. Elements such as beat, meter and form are studied and developed in the context of movement and choreography. Also explored is the potential for collaboration between dancers and musicians and basic elements of rhythmic notation. Prerequisite: MUS 213, Beginning Dance sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 351 Dance Composition I (3)
This course will explore choreographic concepts as they relate to the elements of space, time and force. Emphasis will be placed on solo compositions. Prerequisite: Beginning Modern Dance sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 352 Dance Composition II (3)
This course will explore choreographic concepts as they relate to the elements of spatial design, musical form, character study and textural differences. Prerequisite: D 351 or consent of instructor

 

D 357 Dance in Musical Theatre (3)
Examines the development of musical theatre dance from the 19th century to present. Includes selected choreographers, their works and the role they played in the development of American musical theatre.

 

D 360, 361, 362 Intermediate Modern Dance IV, V, VI (2 each)
For intermediate level students taking the intermediate modern sequence for a second year. A continuation of the work outlined under intermediate modern D 280, 281, 282 with emphasis on a higher level of technical, improvisational and expressive skills. Prerequisites: D 280, D 281, D 282

 

D 363, 364, 365 Intermediate Ballet IV, V, VI (2 each)
For intermediate level students taking the intermediate ballet sequence for a second year. A continuation of training the ballet student in traditional ballet and the accompanying technical movement vocabulary. Prerequisites: D 285, D 286, D 287

 

D 370, 371, 372 Intermediate Modern Dance VII, VIII, IX (2 each)
For intermediate level students taking the intermediate modern sequence for a third year. A continuation of the work outlined for intermediate modern with emphasis on an advanced level of technical, improvisational and expressive skills. Prerequisites: D 360, D 361, D 362

 

D 373, 374, 375 Intermediate Ballet VII, VIII, IX (2 each)
For intermediate level students taking the intermediate ballet sequence for a third year. A continuation of the training outlined for Intermediate Ballet with emphasis on an advanced level of training. Prerequisites: D 363, D 364, D 365

 

D 376, 377, 378 Advanced Ballet I, II, III (2 each)
Further development and mastery of advanced barre, adagio, petit and Grand allegro technique. Emphasis will be placed on an advanced pre-professional level of technical and performance skills. Prerequisite: Intermediate Ballet sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 380, 381, 382 Advanced Modern Dance I – III (2 each)
Further develops the technical level of the student through advanced study in past and contemporary dance trends. Included will be individual and group improvisational explorations, focus on exploring personal expression through movement, as well as an emphasis on performance. Prerequisite: Intermediate Modern Dance sequence or consent of instructor

 

D 383, 384, 385 Advanced Modern Dance IV, V, VI (2 each)
For advanced level students taking the Advanced Modern sequence for a second year. A continuation of the work outlined under Advanced Modern D 380, 381, 382 with emphasis on a higher level of technical, improvisational, personal expression and performance skills.

 

D 386, 387, 388 Advanced Modern Dance VII, VIII, IX (2 each)
For advanced level students taking the Advanced Modern sequence for a third year. A continuation of the previous advanced level work with emphasis on an advanced, pre-professional level of technical, improvisational, personal expression and performance skills.

 

D 390 Kinesiology for Dance (3)
Survey of kinesiology principles as related to basic movement. The areas stressed are anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, movement behavior, and various alignment and conditionary techniques. Students become aware of their personal movement behavior and investigate ways of becoming movement efficient.

 

D 391, 392, 393 Advanced Ballet IV, V, VI (2 each)
For advanced level students taking the advanced ballet sequence for a second year. A continuation of the previous advanced level work with emphasis on an advanced, pre-professional level of technical and performance skills. Prerequisites: D 376, D 377, D 378

 

D 394, 395, 396 Advanced Ballet VII, VIII, IX (2 each)
For advanced level students taking the advanced ballet sequence for a third year. A continuation of previous advanced level work with emphasis on an advanced, pre-professional level of technical and performance skills. Prerequisites: D 391, D 392, D 393

 

D 399 Special Studies: Dance Concert and/or Musical (1-3)
Participation, by performing or crewing, in a dance concert or musical theatre production. By audition only. May be repeated for credit.

 

D 405 Senior Project (2)
Each graduating senior with a B.A./B.S. in dance or a B.A./B.S. in the arts with a dance emphasis will complete a final capstone experience on a selected topic in the field of dance. Students are responsible for the creation, rehearsal, research and the presentation of the project. Prerequisite: senior standing in dance

 

D 406 Independent Studies in Dance (1-3)
For students who wish to study in depth selected topics in dance history, theory, education or criticism. Only 3 credit hours of D 406 and D 408, singly or combined, count as electives in the dance minor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: intermediate level dance study and consent of instructor

 

D 407 Seminar (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. May be repeated for credit.

 

D 408 Workshop (1-15)
Terms and hours to be arranged. (To allow for various workshops in dance, i.e., Pas de Deux, men’s techniques, African dance, etc.) May be repeated for credit.

 

D 409 Internship (1-6)
Terms and hours to be arranged. Supervised practical experience in a professional dance field. Such experiences may include performing in a dance company, teaching at a dance studio/school and choreographing for studios or companies or schools. May be repeated for credit.

 

D 450 Repertory Company (1-3)
Intermediate and advanced students have an opportunity to work with regionally and/or nationally renowned guest artists who set repertory works, historical works or create new work on WOU dance students. The piece will be performed in the annual dance concert at WOU and is often performed and adjudicated at the regional American College Dance Festival. By audition only. May be repeated for credit.

 

D 451 Dance Production (3)
Provides the practical and theoretical knowledge of the various areas of dance production. Included will be practical experience in sound production, lighting, costume, makeup, management and publicity.

 

D 451L Dance Production Lab (1)
Designed to give students a hands-on experience in the study and practical application of the aesthetic and technical aspects of the production of a dance concert. To be taken concurrently with D 451.

 

D 453 Ballet History (3)
Covers development of ballet from its roots in the Renaissance Courts through the Romantic and Classical eras to the present.

 

D 454 Evolution of Modern Dance (3)
Covers the development of modern dance and the philosophies of the leading modern dancers of the 20th century from Duncan to the present.

 

D 455 Group Choreography (3)
Examines the use of groups of dancers as they relate to design, shape, focus, space and balance. Introduction to and experience with formal dance structure will be included as well as analysis and evaluation of well known choreographic works. Other special considerations of group choreography will also be addressed. Prerequisites: D260, D 351, D 352 or consent of instructor

 

D 460 Dance and Technology (3)
Introduction to the use of desktop multimedia applications and peripherals applied specifically to dance production and the creative process.

 

D 491 Creative Dance for Children (3)
Course explores dance concepts and expressive movement. Included will be how these areas apply to foster creativity, and how they may be used both as a format for understanding other cultures and as a tool for teaching other subject areas at an elementary education level. Prerequisites: A beginning level dance technique sequence or consent of Instructor

 

D 493/593 Dance for the Classroom from Around the World (3)
Study and experience ethnic dances from various geographical and cultural areas of the world. These dances will be examined in relationship to their cultural context and relevance within the given society.

 

D 494 Dance Pedagogy (3)
Study and evaluation of methods and materials for teaching dance in a studio setting. The topics examined include: how to build a dance class, what to teach and methodology involved. Practical application of the methods will be emphasized.

 

D 496 Creativity (3)
Investigates why creativity is important to us personally and globally. How creativity works and how culture evolves as domains are transformed by creative individuals will be examined. Included will be experimentation with different ways to develop and enhance our own creativity, with a focus on how creativity can benefit our artistic expression as well as every other area of our lives.

 

 

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