Wayne State University

Course listing

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512 Pilates Equipment Lab

Prereq: DNC 1305 or DNC 5110. Open only to dance majors. Offered for S and U grades only.

Individual study in Pilates lab.

1010 Introduction to Modern Dance

Basic movement techniques and improvisational experiences in concert dance; films and concert viewing.

1020 Modern Dance I

Prereq: DNC 1010 or equiv.

Continuation of DNC 1010 on an intermediate level.

1210 Fundamentals of Classic Ballet I

Introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet; emphasis on vocabulary, theory and practice, including films and concert viewing.

1220 Fundamentals of Classic Ballet II

Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 1210.

1300 Pilates Mat for Performing Artists

Open only to Dance and Theatre Majors

Introduction to Stott Pilates conditioning for dance and theatre artists.

1305 Pilates Reformer for Dancers

Prereq. DNC 1300

Continuation of DNC 1300; Pilates equipment training specifically for dancers.

1330 Production Practicum

Open only to dance majors.

Introductory technical production experience supporting concert dance performances; skill development in stage management, lighting and sound operation, videography, and stage crew responsibilities; part of Digital Dance Literacy curriculum.

1810 Introduction to Dance Professions

Open only to dance majors.

Survey of dance professions in administration, teaching, arts management and advocacy, dance production and commercial sector.

2000 (VP) Introduction to World Dance

Global perspective on and definition of dance, through assigned readings, writing, field trips, and laboratory experience. Focus on multicultural diversity, interdependent nature of dance.

2010 Modern Dance II: Part I

Open only to dance majors. Prereq: DNC 1020 or equiv.

Modern dance technique of increasing difficulty and complexity; experiences in improvisation, problem solving, and compositional studies in dance.

2020 Modern Dance II: Part II

Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 2010. Modern dance technique of advancing difficulty; further experiences in improvisation, problem solving and composition; analysis and refinement of technique and performance skills.

2225 Contemporary Ballet

Open only to Dance and Theatre majors.

Investigation of movement, styles and technical foundations of Contemporary Ballet.

2260 Yoga

Open only to Dance and Theatre majors.

Investigation of breath, movement and increased awareness of the body/mind for dance and theatre artists through yoga postures and Vedanta philosophy.

2300 History of Dance to 1800

Survey of dance in western civilization from pre-historic times through the eighteenth century; how dance evolved from expression of primitive cultures to independent theatrical entertainment in western Europe.

2310 (VP) History of Dance from 1800 to the Present

Introduction to critical dance studies and dance history from 1800-present. Impact of vernacular dance and historical ballet and modern concert dance on contemporary dance, examined formally and socio-culturally. How dance circulates globally as mediated and embodied history.

2311 Issues and Trends in Contemporary Dance

Open only to dance majors.

Discussion of current events, trends and issues; includes technology component as part of Digital Dance Literacy curriculum.

2400 (FC) Introduction to African Dance

Exploration of African and African derived dance forms, together with their integrated philosophy, music, art and theatre forms. Lectures, videos, concert attendance and reading assignments to learn and perform dances from selected African societies.

2410 Music and Dance Relationships

Open only to dance majors.

Study of the basic elements common to dance and music including rhythm, dynamics, and form. Examples of music especially composed for dance will be examined along with dance styles of historical periods; includes technology component as part of Digital Dance Literacy curriculum.

2460 Dance Improvisation

Open only to dance majors.

Introduction to dance improvisational techniques and performance skills as applied to movement invention, performance, and choreography.

2500 Choreography I

Prereq: DNC 2460. Open only to dance majors.

Construction of motifs and dance studies based on nonliteral and literal thematic materials; emphasis on form and structural concepts.

2600 African Dance II

Prereq: DNC 2400 and required audition.

Intermediate technique and theory.

2610 Jazz I

Introduction to jazz dance technique; emphasis on alignment, movement isolation, rhythmic awareness, basic dance vocabulary, historical development.

2620 Tap Dance

Study and practice of tap dance technique and choreography.

2630 Hip Hop Dance Styles

Study and practice of hip hop dance styles.

3010 Modern Dance III

Prereq: DNC 2010 or 2020. Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 2020; modern dance technique at the intermediate level.

3180 Dance Kinesiology

Open only to dance majors.

Introduction to analysis of dance movement from an anatomical and mechanical point of view. Relationships between neuromuscular repatterning, alignment and technique.

3190 Movement Analysis

Prereq: DNC 3180. Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of anatomical and mechanical analyses of dance; emphasis on somatic and dance science approaches.

3200 Ballet III

Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 1220 on a more advanced technical level with emphasis on complex movement phrases and selections from classical repertory.

3310 Dance Production

Open only to dance majors.

Concentration on selected types of dance production including an examination of purpose and content; technical considerations such as costumes, makeup, lighting and decor; the management of performance-related matters, and the use of technology, computer and video to support production work; part of Digital Dance Literacy curriculum.

3410 Jazz II

Prereq: DNC 2610 or equiv.

Continuation of DNC 2610 on a more advanced level.

3500 Choreography II

Prereq: DNC 2410, DNC 2500. Open only to dance majors.

Exploration of time, space, and design tools for choreography; focus on formal construction of small group studies and dances.

3810 Dance Pedagogy

Open only to dance majors. Prereq: satisfactory completion of the IC requirement.

Theory and practice of dance teaching in arts education; foundational emphasis on social and cultural aspects of pedagogical theory in multiple settings.

4010 Modern Dance IV

Open only to dance majors; others by audition. Prereq: DNC 3010 or equiv.

Continuation of DNC 3010. Modern dance technique, advanced level.

4200 Ballet IV

Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 3200 with emphasis on advanced knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary.

4410 Student Teaching and Seminar I

Prereq: 2.5 g.p.a. in major; admission to student teaching. Offered for S and U grades only. Open only to dance majors.

First experience in student teaching.

4420 Student Teaching and Seminar II

Prereq: 2.5 g.p.a. in major; admission to student teaching; DNC 4410. Offered for S and U grades only. Open only to dance majors.

Second experience in student teaching.

4601 Problems in Choreography

Open only to dance majors. Prereq: DNC 2460.

Seminar discussion and applied experiences in choreographic problems; intensive study of choreographic structure, content and intention.

4810 Teaching Secondary Dance Methods

Prereq: DNC 1020 and 1220 or equiv.

Analysis of instructional methods and materials in modern dance and ballet, including technique, improvisation, composition, curriculum planning and evaluation.

4820 Assisting in Dance

Prereq: Open only to dance majors.

Assigned field work in assisting under faculty supervision.

4910 Dance in Community

Prereq: DNC 3810.

Survey of dance programs and projects in community settings, with emphasis on sociocultural aspects and social inclusion of disenfranchised or underrepresented populations; includes theoretical and applied experience in community dance practice.

5000 Performance Tour

Prereq: DNC 5610 or DNC 6610. Open by audition only.

Development and performance of touring dance performances off campus including regional, national, and international festivals; productions for elementary, middle and secondary school audiences.

5560 Choreography III

Prereq: DNC 2500, DNC 3500. Open only to dance majors.

Continuation of DNC 3500; more advanced experience in choreographic forms and exploration of collaborative and technological approaches to choreography; part of Digital Dance Literacy curriculum.

5610 Dance Company I

Prereq: admission by audition. Coreq: DNC 2010, 3010, 4010 or 6010.

Performing company. Open to students interested in performing and/or choreographing.

5800 Repertory

Admission by audition.

Learning, for performance, of dance repertory, dances previously choreographed by faculty, Labanotated dance, or work of artist-in-residence.

5810 Teaching Creative Dance for Children

Approaches to creative dance experiences for children stressing the development of aesthetic and kinesthetic awareness. Focus on comprehensive arts and curriculum related materials.

5830 Field Work in Creative Dance

Prereq: DNC 5810. Open only to dance majors.

Supervised professional study in field settings.

5990 Independent Study in Dance

Open only to dance majors.

Independent work in dance under faculty guidance.

5993 (WI) Writing Intensive Course in Dance

Open only to undergraduates. Prereq: junior standing; satisfactory completion of the General Education IC requirement; coreq: DNC 3310 or DNC 2300 or DNC 2310 or DNC 3810 or DNC4910. Offered for S and U grades only. No degree credit. Required of all majors.

Disciplinary writing assignments under the direction of a faculty member. Must be selected in conjunction with a course designated as a corequisite. See Schedule of Classes for corequisites available each term. Satisfies the University General Education Writing Intensive Course in the Major requirement.

5996 Senior Capstone Research

Prereq: DNC 3500.

Group and solo choreography, concert production, publicity and promotion; research component includes digital dance portfolio.

5997 Departmental Honors Thesis

Open only to dance majors in the departmental honors program. Prereq: DNC 3500.

Group and solo choreography, concert production, publicity and promotion; research component includes digital dance portfolio.

5998 Professions Capstone Research

Prereq: DNC 5910; junior standing or above. Open only to B.S. dance majors.

Directed study leading to completion of the B.S. professions portfolio in dance.