Dance Courses

2017-18 Catalog
DN 1230 Ballet I
1-2 credits

Beginning ballet technique taught through barre and center floor exercises. Emphasis on proper positioning, alignment and basic ballet steps and combinations. May be repeated for no more than 2 enrollments or no more than 3 credits. Falls.

DN 1260 Modern Dance I
1-2 credits

To develop an appreciation for creative movement, movement exploration and modern dance. To develop skills in modern dance. May be repeated for no more than 2 enrollments or no more than 3 credits. Falls.

DN 1280 Jazz Dance I 
1-2 credits

Beginning jazz technique taught through rhythmic isolation exercises, center floor stretches and jazz combinations. Emphasis on style, flexibility and learning a jazz routine. May be repeated for no more than 2 enrollments or no more than 3 credits. Falls.

DN 1650 Topics in Dance
1 credit

Introduction to the study of various areas of dance. May be repeated with a different topic for no more than 2 credits.

DN 1740 Tap I
1-2 credits

Introduction to the study of dance technique. May be repeated for no more than 2 enrollments or no more than 3 credits. Falls.

DNDI 2100 Empowering Youth Through Movement
3 credits

By applying knowledge from dance, social work, psychology, education, and marketing, students use movement to facilitate social and emotional growth for adolescents. Students participate in a variety of movement related activities and projects, reflections, and a capstone service learning experience involving facilitating an Empowering Youth Through Movement Workshop. Fall and Springs. (CTDI)

DNDI 2200 Athleticism in the Performing Arts
3 credits

Examines the exploration of the necessity of athleticism in the performing arts through critical thinking, interpretation, scientific concepts, and psychosocial awareness. Students examine how strength and energy are used in creative expression through acrobatics, dance styles, physical theatre, and the psychomotor skills of musicians. This course is physically intensive and appropriate movement clothing is required. Falls and Springs (CTDI)

DNDI 2250 Hip-Hop Culture and Performance
3 credits

Exploration of hip-hop through the “broad spectrum approach” of performance studies. Use of anthropology, ethnography, writing, data, and theatre and ritual studies support student inquiry. Students create and perform hip-hop through lyric writing, visual art, and breakdance. Falls and Springs. (CTDI)

DN 2260 Modern Dance II
1-2 credits

The study of modern dance technique at the intermediate level. Emphasis is on alignment, strength, and body-mind connection. May be repeated for credit. Springs.

DN 2390 Topics in Dance
1 credit

Introduction to the study of various areas of dance. May be repeated with a different topic for no more than 6 credits. Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 2520 Tap II
1-2 credits

The study of tap dance technique at the intermediate level. Emphasis is on rhythm, agility, and improvisation. May be repeated for credit. Springs.

Prerequisite(s): DN 1740.

DN 2670 Jazz Dance II 
1-2 credits

The study of jazz dance technique at the intermediate level. Emphasis is on body conditioning, jumps, turns, and artistry. May be repeated for credit. Falls and Springs.

DN 2710 Ballet II
1-2 credits

The study of ballet dance technique at the intermediate level. Emphasis is on strength, alignment, ballet vocabulary, and artistry. May be repeated for credit. Springs.

Prerequisite(s): DN 1230.

DN 2720 Pointe I
1 credit

Ballet Pointe technique for students with 1-2 years of training. Unscheduled.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 3010 Contemporary Dance Ensemble
1 credit

Open to all students. The audition is for class placement only. The study of contemporary movement/dance techniques resulting in presentations of dance works by various choreographers, when available, in workshop and concert performances. May be repeated for credit. Falls and Springs.

DN 3020 History of Modern Dance and Technique
3 credits

The study of modern dance history and dance technique. Modern dance history encompasses the 20th century, beginning with Isadora Duncan, continues with emphasis on Martha Graham and ends with contemporary artist Twyla Thorp. The modern dance technique demonstrates various contemporary styles with emphasis on the movement phrase. Fall of odd years.

Prerequisite(s): DN 1260 and DN 2260.

DN 3050 World Dance
3 credits

Explores the movement styles of several dances from around the world from categories including Asian dance, African dance, Islamic dance and Western dance. In addition to studying the dances themselves, explores how each of these dances evolved within the cultures and societies they originated from, as well as how they exist within our present day cultures and societies. Through videos, critical/descriptive literature and photographs, explores the political, social, religious and other influential elements that have dictated the outcome of these dances. All theoretical frameworks developed throughout this course are combined with dance. Fall of even years. (GACO)

DN 3100 Movement Concepts for Dance Education
3 credits

Investigates and integrates both Rudolf Laban’s Movement Concepts (Body, Effort, Shape) and the Bartenieff Principles within the framework of dance education. Spring of even years.

DN 3200 Dance Styles for Musical Theatre
1 credit

Studies the dance styles of musical theatre dance choreographers. Methods of inquiry include observation of movement and re-creation of choreography. Springs.

DN 3260 Topics in Dance
1-3 credits

The study of various areas of dance on the intermediate to advanced level. May be repeated with a different topic for no more than 12 credits.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 3270 Advanced Modern Dance
1-3 credits

The study of intermediate/advanced contemporary Modern Dance techniques and Movement Theories. May be repeated for credit. Falls and Springs.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 3320 Dance Composition
3 credits

Intermediate to advanced composition, resulting in a final performance. Springs.

DN 3360 Advanced Ballet
1-3 credits

Designed for the intermediate ballet student. Students entering this course should have a minimum of 3-4 years of training in Ballet. May be repeated for credit. Falls and Springs.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 3500 Dance Pedagogy I
3 credits

An introduction to dance pedagogy. Exploration and understanding of the historical trends, theoretical concepts, principles and methods of pedagogy are addressed through lectures, readings, videos, discussion and interactive class application. Specific attention is given to the “problem-solving approach to learning” methodology established by the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework for the Arts for Dance K-12. Fall of odd years.

DN 4010 Dance Practicum
1-3 credits

Practical application and an extension of methods and materials covered in previous teaching and performance courses. Experiences may include teaching, performing, choreographing and assisting technically in performance situations. May be repeated for no more than 6 credits. Falls and Springs.

Prerequisite(s): permission of the instructor.

DN 4410 Dance Internship
3-12 credits

The Dance Internship is an opportunity for students to gain meaningful work experience by applying the knowledge and skills learned in course work to on-the-job assignments in host organizations. Includes self-assessment, the design of a learning contract, reflection, synthesis and assessment. The internship is a supervised assignment for a prescribed number of working hours. Internships are established and supervised by the internship advisor. Enrollment for internships must be completed during the first 2 weeks of the registration period. Repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Prerequisite(s): Junior status; must be taken before the semester immediately prior to graduation; departmental approval; minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

DN 4500 Dance Pedagogy II
3 credits Further explores the material introduced in Pedagogy I by “hands-on” application of the knowledge and competencies learned. Increased attention is given to the process of developing lesson plans and their implementation in the classroom presentation. Supervised practicum experience working with dance students in a studio environment is a substantial portion of Pedagogy II as well as lectures, readings, videos, discussion and interactive class exercises. Requirements include an intermediate level of dance technique in at least 2 of the following: ballet, jazz, tap and modern, as well as a strong understanding of dance concepts and the completion of Pedagogy I. Spring of even years. Prerequisite(s): DN 3500.

DN 4910 Independent Study
1-3 credits

Advanced work in specialized area of interest, selected and pursued in consultation with a dance faculty advisor. Consent required of the instructor who will supervise the independent study and the Department Chair.