DANCE COURSES



DANC 102. Tap Dance I (2; max 4; F)
Two hours per week. May be taken for a maximum of two (2) times with departmental approval. An introduction to tap dance for those with little or no prior training. Emphasis on development of fundamental skills, origins of the technique, and basic vocabulary. This course is recommended for Musical Theatre students, but is open to all students interested in body coordination, rhythm and expressive exercise.

DANC 104. Body Conditioning & Stretch (1; max. 2)
Two hours per week. A physical approach to an increased understanding of the practical development of the individual student's muscular strength and flexibility. This class will focus on the proper approach to body alignment and physicality that aids in the prevention of injury.

DANC 106-107. Ballet I (2 each; max. 6)
Three hours each per week. Open to non-majors and majors with limited or no ballet training. An introduction to classical ballet which includes the study of basic theory, vocabulary and technique.

DANC 108-109. Modern Dance I (2 each; max. 6; S)
Three hours each per week. An introduction into modern dance for those with little or no prior training. Emphasis on the development of fundamental modern dance skills.

DANC 110-111. Jazz I (2 each; max. 6; S)
Three hours each per week. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Designed for students wanting an introduction to the mechanics of movement jazz dance originating from the syncopation rhythm of jazz music.

DANC 112. Aerobics I (1; max. 2; S)
Two hours per week. May be taken for credit a maximum of two (2) times. The student works on toning the muscles and increasing cardiovascular capability through aerobic movement, stretching and calisthenics with emphasis on the proper components of fitness for a healthy lifestyle.

DANC 113. Dance Appreciation (3)
Three hours per week. Fulfills University core curriculum Fine Arts requirement. A look at the art of dance from the audience perspective. Different styles of dance, the history and development of classical ballet and modern, and the direct cultural parallel of dance and society.

DANC 139. Choreography I (2; max. 4; S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: placement at the 200 level of ballet or modern or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of two (2) times with departmental approval. An introductory study of the elements of choreography, the creative process and problem solving, and the aesthetic tradition of dance.

DANC 206-207. Ballet II (2 each; max. 6)
Four and a half hours each per week. Prerequisite: DANC 106-107 or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Designed for the intermediate dancer. Emphasis on technical growth and strength with a total body awareness of port de bras and leg movement continuity. Barre and pointe work included. The theory, vocabulary and historical significance of ballet as an art form is emphasized.

DANC 208-209. Modern Dance II (2 each; max. 6)
Four and a half hours each per week. Prerequisite: DANC108-109 or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Continued exploration of dance aesthetics, movement skills, and the creative process. Students define and expand their movement awareness through technique, performance and improvisational opportunities.

DANC 210-211. Jazz II (2 each; max. 6;)
Three each hours per week. Prerequisite: DANC 110-111 or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Stylized jazz dance concepts are emphasized with increased focus on placement, coordination, isolations and rhythms.

DANC 220. JU Dance Ensemble (Apprentice Group/JU Dance Theatre) (1)
Prerequisite: Demonstrated ability to perform at the 200 level in at least two dance techniques and invitation of the dance faculty. May be repeated for credit. This ensemble works with the JU Dance Theatre as an apprentice group. Ensemble members have opportunities to learn by participation in performances, lecture-demonstrations, informal and formal concerts, the Student Choreography Concert and other programs involving the dance program.

DANC 239. Choreography II (2; max. 4; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite DANC 139 or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of two (2) times with departmental approval. Further development of the elements introduced in Choreography I concentrating on compositional form based on content created through improvisation and aesthetic discoveries with emphasis on individual and group movement style development.

DANC 306-307. Ballet III (3 each; max. 9)
Six hours each per week. Prerequisite: DANC 206-207 or permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. The study of more advanced technique and correct alignment with focus on an increased complexity of dance combinations. Pointe work is strongly emphasized for potential BFA candidates

DANC 308-309. Modern Dance III (3 each; max. 9)
Six hours each per week. Prerequisite: DANC 208-209 or permission of the instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Emphasis on the student's development of the body of knowledge and awareness necessary to further their technique, aesthetics, and creativity including increased proficiency of control, strength, flexibility and movement retention.

DANC 310-311. Jazz III (2 each; max. 6)
Three hours each per week. Prerequisite DANC 210-211 and permission of instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. A continuing study of advanced jazz technique, increasing the complexity of combinations with further development of style and performance qualities.

DANC 317. Dance History & Criticism I (3; F Odd)
Three hours per week. Study of the origins of dance from its earliest recorded times through the early 20th-century. Focus will be on the development of dance as a concert art and specifically the formation of ballet and its earliest creators and performers.

DANC 318WI. Dance History & Criticism II (3; S Even)
Three hours per week. Study of dance development from 1900 through today. Focus will be on the dynamic contributions of modern dance pioneers, the evolution of modern dance, dance in America and the development of "theatre dance," and the awareness of successful professional and pre- professional dance companies performing today.

DANC 320. Dance Theatre (1)
Prerequisite: Demonstrated ability to perform in ballet and modern dance at the 300 level. By invitation of faculty only. May be repeated for credit. The Jacksonville University Dance Theatre provides practical experience in the areas of performance, repertory, and choreography through an intense rehearsal process and public performances of university dance concerts presenting faculty and guest choreography. Each student is expected to strive toward professional standards in classical ballet, modern, and jazz dance performance and repertory.

DANC 335. Dance Teaching Methods (3: S Odd)
Three hours per week. This course will also incorporate requirements to fulfill the EDU 401 component to satisfy the Secondary Education minor. Develop skills for teaching all age levels of dance by understanding developmental ability, preparing concise and effective lesson plans, selecting age appropriate music and activities, setting goals and communicating with clarity. The fundamental business aspects of running a dance studio or dance company are also discussed.

DANC 339. Choreography III (2; max. 4; S)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: DANC 139, 239 or permission of the instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of two (2) times with departmental approval. Continued study in the creative process of choreography with more complex approaches to music, structure, philosophical intent and audience perception.

DANC 380. Dance Kinesiology (3; F) 

Three hours per week. The study of movement with emphasis on body-part relationships and anatomical and physiological functions before, during and after participating in dance and other physical activities.

DANC 406-407. Ballet IV (3 each; max. 9)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: DANC 306-307 or permission of the instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. Advanced study for the serious student with a high level of technical ability. Dance combinations will increase in length and complexity with emphasis on performance and artistry. Pointe work is required for BFA degree candidates.

DANC 408-409. Modern Dance IV (3 each; max. 9)
Six hours per week. Prerequisite: DANC 308-309 or permission of the instructor. May be taken for credit a maximum of three (3) times with departmental approval. The advanced level class stresses the development of professional, technical and aesthetic skills for performance. Improvisation is utilized to foster the kinesthetic experience.

DANC 420SI-421SI. Senior Seminar (3 each; max 6; S)
Three hours each per week. Prerequisite: Sophomore Review; co-requisite: DANC 320. May be taken for a maximum of six (6) credit hours. The Senior Seminar is designed as culmination of the four years of undergraduate study in dance incorporating the creative, aesthetic, and philosophical ideology acquired during that period. Requirements include research, performance and choreography. Optional is a service-learning component for the student experience.

DANC 439. Choreography IV: Workshop (2; max. 4; F)
Three hours per week. Prerequisites: Successful completion of DANC 139, 239 and 339. May be taken for credit a maximum of two (2) times with departmental approval. Class is open to both choreographers and performers. Preparation of compositions for individual dancers and groups. From these studies, pieces will be selected to be fully produced at the Student Choreography Concert. Students receive instruction in the design of costumes, lighting and sets for their compositions.

DANC 476. Special Topics: Seminar in Dance (var. 1-3)
Three hours per week. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes. Particular topics and subjects in the study of Dance.

DANC 490. Dance Internship (var. 1-6)
Minimum of 12-15 hours per week at an appropriate dance school or organization. The program provides the student with an opportunity to participate in dance, dance management, or other related studies to learn the skills, techniques and procedures which contribute to successful dance training and/or performance.

DANC 500. Graduate Seminar (2; max 4)
This course will be repeated in the second Summer Intensive for additional two (2) credits. This visiting lecture series will meet weekly during the Summer Intensive. The series will include six different visiting artists from around the world. In each of the six weeks with six different artists, a wide perspective on the various approaches to dance making will be presented and discussed. This course will allow candidates the opportunity to develop and articulate the writing skills necessary for MFA level work.

DANC 510. Examining Practice I (3)
This initial course is designed to offer a series of experiences that will help redefine and explore different approaches to choreographic processes. The focus of the component lies clearly in the physical realm of choreography as practiced-based research.

DANC 511. Examining Practice II (2)
Prerequisite DANC 510. Extended exploration of DANC 510. This course is designed to offer a series of experiences that will help redefine and explore different approaches to choreographic processes. The focus of the component lies clearly in the physical realm of choreography as practiced-based research.
 
DANC 512. Examining Practice III (2)
Prerequisite DANC 511. Extended exploration of DANC 511. This initial course is designed to offer a series of experiences that will help redefine and explore different approaches to choreographic processes. The focus of the component lies clearly in the physical realm of choreography as practiced-based research.
 
DANC 513. Examining Practice IV (3)
Prerequisite DANC 512. Extended exploration of DANC 512. This initial course is designed to offer a series of experiences that will help redefine and explore different approaches to choreographic processes. The focus of the component lies clearly in the physical realm of choreography as practiced-based research.
 
DANC 515. Methods of Practice (1; max 2)
This course will be repeated once for credit. The multi-disciplinary nature of current arts practice suggests that today's artists need to go beyond their particular art form, and understand the issues that confront making and presenting across the arts as a whole. Through a series of lectures- including those from practicing artists discussing their work in relation to the tensions of making and presenting - and through supporting discussions, related activities and self-directed tasks, this course is designed to broaden the students' understanding of the other arts, and to familiarize them with issues relating to practice. This in turn is intended to help students put their work in a broader arts context, to explore correspondences and differences, and to question their creative practice in light of other arts practices.
 
DANC 517. Dance History, Theory and Criticism I (2)
This course explores contemporary dance theory and methods of dance historiography from European practices. Close examination of Rudolph Laban's contribution to analyzing movement and a historical account of the development towards a physical theatre in Europe. Readings, performance viewings and discussion sections create context for consideration of the corporeal.
DANC 518. Dance History, Theory and Criticism II (2)
This course explores contemporary dance theory and methods of dance historiography from American practices.  Close examination of American Modern and Commercial dances contribution to field of Dance at large. Readings, performance viewings and discussion sections create context for consideration of the corporeal.

DANC 520. Contemporary Body Practices (3; max 6)
This course will be repeated once for credit. This core course combines somatic theory with practical application to dance choreography and training. In this applied (studio) course, candidates will attend seminars during the Summer Intensive for discussion and experiential work in somatic practices. Students will focus on ways somatic practices can influence movement aesthetics and develop a heighten sense of proprioception.  Simultaneously, it is a movement education and re-education; thus allowing the candidate to fully realize the phenomenal and performative approach to movement.

DANC 521. Creative Synergies (1; max 2)
This course will be repeated once for credit. This course emphasizes the essentially collaborative nature of performance practice. It offers the opportunity to experiment with new kinds of collaborative relationships and to observe, create, and discuss the choreographer's role in the transformation of ideas into performance works. Through three intensive collaborative projects, students engage with other artists and artistic practices and/or with various practitioners from other disciplines, such as: designers, scientists, actors, musicians, writers, mathematicians, etc. as a means of realizing their artistic vision.
 
DANC 522. Body Politics (2)
This course examines the performing body in society as cultural phenomena that are tied to a wealth of complex social interactions making dance a vital discipline in the 21st-century.
 

DANC 530. Intermedia I (3)
This course is a multimedia class that combines training and experimentation in various types of technology.

DANC 531. Intermedia II (3)
Advanced study and implementation of various types of technology.
 
DANC 532. Research and Development I (2)
This course is a student-devised process in which the exploration of ideas and the use of resources in preparation for the project are key elements. It offers students the opportunity to further identify their interests and creative focus, and to develop artistic strategies to explore these concepts in relation to their final work.
 
DANC 533. Research and Development II (2)
A continuation of DANC 532. This course is a student-devised process in which the exploration of ideas and the use of resources in preparation for the project are key elements. It offers students the opportunity to further identify their interests and creative focus, and to develop artistic strategies to explore these concepts in relation to their final work.
 
DANC 535. Pedagogy I (3)
This seminar will focus on contemporary and historical approaches to dance pedagogy as directly related to ballet and contemporary/modern techniques and its application.
 
DANC 536. Pedagogy II (3)
This course is an extended study of DANC 535. Advanced study of contemporary and historical approaches to dance pedagogy as directly related to ballet and contemporary/modern techniques and its application.
 
DANC 540. Graduate Critique (2; max 4)
This course will be repeated once for credit. This course uncovers the various modalities and underpinnings inherent in creating, performing and spectating; it serves as an open platform for candidates to create, present, discuss and critique choreographic work.
 

DANC 550. Research-Based Project/Thesis (4)
The project is the culmination of the courses and comprises a significant choreographic work or works which will be presented in a public place. After agreement regarding candidate's final proposal, candidate will work independently with the support of a tutor and with technical assistance as negotiated. The project will be a substantial researched work reflecting the depth of study and demonstrating a distinctive choreographic voice.

DANC 551. Advanced Practicum (4)
Continued development and implementation of Research Project and Thesis.

DANC 560. Research-Based Project/Thesis Continuous Enrollment (1)
This course is Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: DANC 550. May be repeated for credit. Students must enroll in DANC 560 each subsequent semester until the completion of the research-based project/thesis. Faculty will periodically review individual student's progress in meeting course goals and completing the project/thesis. Upon completion of the project/thesis, faculty will approve the final paper and arrange for final paper presentation sessions. Students are expected to complete all objectives for DANC 550 and finalize their projects for committee approval prior to their presentations.

DANC 580. Portfolio (2)
Extensive body of professional work evaluated by a panel of faculty and artists from the field of dance. The portfolio is to include candidate's curriculum vitae and media.

 

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