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Dance (DAN)

DAN-100: 

Introduction to Ballet Technique 

1 credits 

This course is an introduction to the techniques of the classical ballet, including alignment, positions, port de bras, and allegro combinations. It includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to ballet. 

DAN-101: 

Introduction to Jazz Technique 

1 credits 

This course is an introduction to the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of jazz dance with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. It includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to jazz. 

 

DAN-120: 

Introduction to Modern Technique 

1 credits 

This course is an introduction to the movement techniques of modern dance. It includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to modern dance. 

DAN-130A: 

Dance Ensemble I 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisite: Audition. 

DAN-130B: 

Dance Ensemble I 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisite: Audition. 

DAN-180A: 

Elementary Dance Tour 

0 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for the GCU Elementary Dance Tour, a multi-media production composed through collaboration by faculty and students. Topics include choreography, dramatic dialogue, elementary teaching methods, technical production, and artistic expression in a range of different dance styles. Participation is determined by audition. 

DAN-180B: 

Elementary Dance Tour 

0 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for the GCU Elementary Dance Tour, a multi-media production composed through collaboration by faculty and students. Topics include choreography, dramatic dialogue, elementary teaching methods, technical production, and artistic expression in a range of different dance styles. Participation is determined by audition. 

DAN-200҂: 

Somatics for the Dancer 

2 credits 

This course is a study of somatic practices in dance. Students explore and discuss issues related to one body practice. Topics include body awareness, alignment, injury prevention, and movement observation. 

DAN-210: 

Improvisation for Dance 

1 credits 

This course focuses on creating and developing movement through dance improvisation in solos, duets, and groups. Contact improvisation and partnering, the uses of improvisation in choreography and performance, and the creative process are explored. Students are guided toward finding their own artistic voice through movement, discussion, and writing. 

DAN-250: 

Ballet Technique II 

1 credits 

This technique course is designed to increase skill in classical ballet. It includes intermediate concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to ballet. Prerequisite: DAN-100. 

 

DAN-260: 

Jazz Technique II 

1 credits 

This course is a refinement of beginning skills, with an emphasis on development of technical abilities and performance qualities. It focuses on intermediate concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to jazz. Prerequisite: DAN-101. 

DAN-270: 

Modern Technique II 

1 credits 

This course is a refinement of beginning skills with an emphasis on development of technical abilities and performance qualities. It includes intermediate concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to modern dance. Prerequisite: DAN-120. 

DAN-280A: 

Dance Ensemble II 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisites: DAN-130A, DAN-130B, and Audition. 

DAN-280B: 

Dance Ensemble II 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisites: DAN-130A, DAN-130B, and Audition. 

DAN-300: 

Alignment and Pilates for Dance 

2 credits 

This course addresses alignment for dancers, using Pilates mat exercises. The course addresses how breath , strength, and coordination may facilitate greater ease and efficiency in movement. 

DAN-310: 

Technology for Dance Educators 

3 credits 

Students study and utilize a variety of dance technologies, such as computer software, hardware, networking, multimedia, interactive media, and the Internet in order to foster inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in the classroom in order to meet the needs of a diverse student population. 

DAN-312: 

Vernacular Dance: Tap I 

1 credits 

This course is an introduction to the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of tap dance with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. It includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to tap. Students will explore tap dance through historical, social, and improvisational contexts. This course is available for non-majors. 

 

 

DAN-313: 

Vernacular Dance: Urban & Hip Hop I 

1 credits 

This course is an introduction to the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of urban dance. Students will explore street dance styles with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. Development of proficiency includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to Urban dance. Students will explore urban dance through historical, social, aesthetic, and improvisational contexts as well as most current forms found in popular urban culture. This course is available for non-majors. 

DAN-315Δ: 

Dance History I 

4 credits 

This writing intensive course is a study of the histories and aesthetic systems of selected world dance traditions emphasizing interconnections between aesthetic practice, religious and social needs, and the impact of cultural convergence on dance. 

DAN-320҂: 

Technology for Dance Educators 

2 credits 

Students study and utilize a variety of dance technologies, such as computer software, hardware, networking, multimedia, interactive media, and the internet in order to foster inquiry, collaboration, and interaction in the classroom to meet the needs of a diverse 21st century student population. 

DAN-335: 

Foundations of Dance and Culture for Diverse Learners 

4 credits 

Students study the historical, philosophical, and sociological influences that have shaped dance, dance education, and the issues faced by educators today, as well as the challenges of the future that await persons now entering the teaching profession. The course also examines the unique learning needs of exceptional students. Emphasis is placed on definitions, etiology, characteristics, and prevalence of various exceptionalities; laws and litigation protecting the rights of students with special needs and their families; current issues affecting persons with special needs; social perceptions, assessment, inclusion, and transition; and basic curriculum accommodations and supportive services for teaching students with special needs in the dance classroom. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. 

DAN-340Δ: 

Dance History II 

4 credits 

This writing intensive course is a comprehensive comparative study of Western theatrical dance forms. The focus is on significant trends and individuals who shaped the development of modern dance, ballet, jazz, and vernacular dance, from ancient Greece to the modern era. 

DAN-350: 

Ballet Technique III 

1 credits 

This course is designed to increase skill in classical ballet technique. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to ballet. Prerequisite: DAN-250. 

DAN-353: 

Ballet Technique IV 

1 credits 

This advanced course is designed to increase technical proficiency and performance skill in classical ballet technique. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to classical ballet. Prerequisite: DAN-350. 

 

DAN-355Δ: 

Dance Kinesiology and Injury Prevention 

4 credits 

This writing intensive course focuses on the anatomical and mechanical principles that relate to human movement; the analysis, management, and prevention of dance injuries; the analysis of body types and technical ability; and the means by which to improve dance ability. Aspects of teaching safe technique classes and alternative methods will also be explored. 

DAN-360: 

Jazz Technique III 

1 credits 

This course is designed to increase skill in jazz technique. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to jazz. Prerequisite: DAN-260. 

DAN-363: 

Jazz Technique IV 

1 credits 

This advanced course is designed to increase technical proficiency and performance skill in jazz technique. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to jazz. Prerequisite: DAN-360. 

DAN-370: 

Modern Technique III 

1 credits 

This course focuses on the exercises and activities necessary to develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and technical dance skill. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to modern dance. Prerequisite: DAN-270. 

DAN-373: 

Modern Technique IV 

1 credits 

This advanced course is designed to increase technical proficiency and performance skill in modern technique. It includes advanced concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to modern dance. Prerequisite: DAN-370. 

DAN-380A: 

Dance Ensemble III 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisites: DAN-280A, DAN-280B, and Audition. 

DAN-380B: 

Dance Ensemble III 

0.5 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisites: DAN-280A, DAN-280B, and Audition. 

DAN-385: 

Choreography I: Space and Time/Design and Dance 

2 credits 

This course focuses on the elements of time, space, and energy as related to choreographic design. It is a study of these primary dance elements and their intrinsic role in developing diverse understandings of dance.The course considers design in the related fields of music and art as relevant to choreographic design and communication in dance. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. 

 

DAN-390҂: 

Choreography II: Process 

2 credits 

This course is a study of and experience in various approaches to the choreographic process as related to artistic concepts and to the philosophy of art as espoused by various traditional and contemporary dance artists and as developed by the individual student. Prerequisite: DAN-385. 

DAN-395҂: 

Dance Production 

4 credits 

This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of technical theater specific to a dance production and to prepare students to organize a production in a variety of media. The course covers the fundamentals of lighting and costume design; sound/music/video recording and other multimedia devices; and basic elements of production management, such as contracts, labor issues, budgets, facility rentals, marketing and fundraising. 

DAN-398: 

Dance Methods and Assessment in the Secondary School 

4 credits 

This course is a study of methods for developing and conducting the dance program in middle schools and high schools. Methods, materials, topics, and issues in dance education are used to prepare dance education majors to enter the teaching profession. Practicum/field experience hours: 25. Fingerprint Clearance required. Prerequisite: ARE-337. 

DAN-412: 

Vernacular Dance: Tap II 

1 credits 

This course is a continuation of the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of tap dance. Students will explore various tap styles with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. Development of proficiency includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to tap dance. Students will explore tap dance through historical, social, aesthetic and improvisational contexts. Prerequisite: DAN-312. 

DAN-413: 

Vernacular Dance: Urban & Hip Hop II 

1 credits 

This course is a continuation of the style, technique, and rhythmic structures of urban and hip hop dance. Students will explore various urban styles with emphasis on increasing movement capabilities and personal expression. Development of proficiency includes fundamental concepts, skills, movement vocabulary, and artistic expression specific to urban dance. Students will explore urban dance through historical, social, aesthetic and improvisational contexts. Prerequisite: DAN-313. 

DAN-430: 

Dance Research Seminar I 

2 credits 

This course provides an opportunity for students to define their career goals and to network in preparation for a career and/or further dance studies. Students will explore current issues and career trends in dance. Topics will include professional portfolio creation, statement of artistic philosophy, academic research skills and business applications. 

 

DAN-435: 

Dance Research Seminar II 

2 credits 

This course is a continuation of Dance Research Seminar I, which provides an opportunity for students to define their career goals and to network in preparation for a career and/or further dance studies. Students will explore current issues and career trends in dance. Topics will include professional portfolio creation, statement of artistic philosophy, academic research skills and business applications. 

DAN-450: 

Dance Pedagogy 

2 credits 

This course encompasses traditional and contemporary approaches of dance education and examines effective teaching practices in settings including elementary and secondary schools, private dance organizations, and community-based settings. Practicum/field experience hours: 10. Fingerprint clearance required. Prerequisite: DAN-355. 

DAN-453: 

Ballet Technique V 

1 credits 

In this course, ballet technique will be studied to enhance mastery in technical and artistic expression. This course will examine pointe for women and conditioning for men, in preparation for partnering work. Partnering skills and classical ballet variations will be included for both men and women. 

DAN-465A: 

Master Class: Ballet, Jazz 

1 credits 

This course is designed for the pre-professional dancer. Students will further their studies in each dance form to enhance mastery in technical and artistic expression. Jazz studies in this course will include mock auditions and informal performance opportunities to reflect professional contexts such as commercial dance and musical theatre. Ballet studies will include pointe for women and conditioning for men, in preparation for partnering work. Partnering skills and classical ballet variations will be included for both men and women. Prerequisites: DAN-353 and DAN-363. 

DAN-465B: 

Master Class: Modern 

1 credits 

This course is designed for the pre-professional dancer. Modern dance technique will be studied with faculty and guest artists to enhance mastery in technical and artistic expression. Students choose either DAN-465A or DAN-465B. Prerequisite: DAN-373. 

DAN-470: 

Choreography III: Performance 

2 credits 

This course is a supervised experience in choreographing a dance for public performance arranged through a cooperative effort of the student and supervisor. Prerequisite: DAN-390. 

DAN-475: 

Dance in Sacred Contexts 

4 credits 

This course will examine dance within both Christian and non-Christian contexts. Students will apply this knowledge to design dances, text and other materials for ministry, worship services, workshops, and outreach. 

DAN-480: 

Dance Ensemble IV 

1 credits 

This course is designed to prepare the student for a dance concert production in a theatrical setting. Through the rehearsal process and culminating performances, students gain dance proficiency by working in a range of styles and choreographic approaches. Students audition choreography and may be cast as dancers, understudies, stage managers, and production assistants. Prerequisites: DAN-380A, DAN-380B, and Audition. 

 

DAN-485: 

Creative Practices 

4 credits 

In this course, students conduct artistic research through the practices of improvisation, choreographic choice making, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Students will engage in various creative projects with dance faculty, scholars, performers, and researchers across the College of Fine Arts and Production.