Wayne State University

Course listing

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0512 Pilates Equipment Lab

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

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

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

Prerequisites: ([DNC 1300 with a minimum grade of D-]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

1330 Production Practicum

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisite: DNC 2010 with a minimum grade of C Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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.

2260 Yoga

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Dance, Dance Honors, Theatre or Theatre Honors.

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

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisites: ([DNC 2460 with a minimum grade of C]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

2600 African Dance II

Prerequisite: DNC 2400 with a minimum grade of C-

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

Prerequisites: ([DNC 2010 with a minimum grade of C] OR [DNC 2020 with a minimum grade of C]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisites: ([DNC 3180 with a minimum grade of D-])

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

3200 Ballet III

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisite: DNC 2610 with a minimum grade of C

Continuation of DNC 2610 on a more advanced level.

3500 Choreography II

Prerequisites: ([DNC 2410 with a minimum grade of C]) AND ([DNC 2500 with a minimum grade of C]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisites: ([DNC 3010 with a minimum grade of C]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

4200 Ballet IV

Prerequisite: DNC 3200 with a minimum grade of C or DNC 2210 with a minimum grade of C Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

4410 Student Teaching and Seminar I

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

First experience in student teaching.

4420 Student Teaching and Seminar II

Prerequisite: DNC 4410 with a minimum grade of C Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

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

Prerequisite: DNC 1020 with a minimum grade of C and DNC 1220 with a minimum grade of C

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

4820 Assisting in Dance

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Assigned field work in assisting under faculty supervision.

4910 Dance in Community

Prerequisite: DNC 3810 with a minimum grade of D- Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major, minor, or concentration in Dance or Dance Honors.

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

Prerequisite: DNC 5610 with a minimum grade of C or DNC 6610 with a minimum grade of C

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

Prerequisite: DNC 2010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or DNC 3010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or DNC 4010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or DNC 6010 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

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

5800 Repertory

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

Prerequisite: DNC 5810 with a minimum grade of C

Supervised professional study in field settings.

5990 Independent Study in Dance

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors.

Independent work in dance under faculty guidance.

5993 (WI) Writing Intensive Course in Dance

Prerequisites: (May be taken concurrently: [DNC 2300] OR [DNC 2310] OR [DNC 3310] OR [DNC 3810] OR [DNC 4910] OR Completion of Intermediate Composition Requirement) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

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. Required of all majors.

5996 Senior Capstone Research

Prerequisite: DNC 3500 with a minimum grade of C

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

5997 Departmental Honors Thesis

Prerequisite: DNC 3500 with a minimum grade of D- Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance Honors; enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

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

5998 Professions Capstone Research

Prerequisite: DNC 5910 with a minimum grade of C Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Dance or Dance Honors; enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Science degree.

Advanced inquiry and study of dance professions in applied settings within an approved internship or fieldwork context. Serves as capstone experience for BS dance majors.