Dance Major (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2012 University Catalog

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Students must attain the advanced level in one dance technique and intermediate in the other for at least one (1) semester prior to graduation. Four jury exams are required for graduation.


DANCE MAJOR

Complete 80 semester hours including the following 2 requirement(s):

  1. PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY

    Complete 4 requirements:

    1. DANCE TECHNIQUE: MODERN

      Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

      DNCE 141 Dance Technique: Modern I (3 hours lecture) 3
      DNCE 241 Dance Technique: Modern II (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
      DNCE 341 Dance Technique: Modern III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
      DNCE 441 Dance Technique: Modern IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
    2. DANCE TECHNIQUE: BALLET

      Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

      DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I (3 hours lecture) 3
      DNCE 255 Dance Technique: Ballet II 2-3
      DNCE 355 Dance Technique: Ballet III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 2-3
      DNCE 455 Dance Technique: Ballet IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio) 3
    3. DANCE REPERTORY

      Complete for 4 semester hours.

      DNCE 485 Dance Repertory (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio) 0.5
    4. IMPROVISATION AND CHOREGRAPHY

      Complete 4 courses for 8 semester hours:

      DNCE 161 Choreography I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
      DNCE 261 Choreography II (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
      DNCE 265 Dance Improvisation (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
      DNCE 361 Choreography III (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio) 2
  2. THEORETICAL STUDIES

    Complete 7 courses for 20 semester hours:

    DNCE 130 Dance Science (1 hour lab, 2 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 150 Production Elements-Dance (4 hours lecture) 2
    DNCE 205 Rhythmic Analysis (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 235 Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 315 Dance History: Primitive to 1850 (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 316 Dance History: 1850 to Present (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 325 Dance Methods (3 hours lecture) 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE130: Dance Science (1 hour lab, 2 hours lecture)

This course seeks to provide the dance student an educational experience where anatomical and kinesiological concepts are taught in the context of dance performance and injury prevention. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: For Dance (DANC), Dance Education Studio Teaching (DAST), Dance Education P-12 Teacher Certification (DAED) students only.

DNCE141: Dance Technique: Modern I (3 hours lecture)

Introduction to modern dance. Techniques and basic elements of modern dance. Designed for non-majors or students with limited or no previous experience. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. 3 sh.

DNCE150: Production Elements-Dance (4 hours lecture)

Introduction to technical productions related to dance. Survey of terminology, application of production principles, and aesthetic potential for production. 2 sh.

DNCE155: Dance Technique: Ballet I (3 hours lecture)

Study of basic ballet terminology, barre work, center floor exercises. May be repeated for a maximum of twelve credits. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Fine and Performing Arts. 3 sh.

DNCE161: Choreography I (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Elements and methods of dance composition. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 265.

DNCE205: Rhythmic Analysis (3 hours lecture)

All basic rhythmic structures (basic note values, meter, etc.) covered and immediately applied to movement; games, notational assignments, and choreographic studies used to create understanding of the inherent rhythm within all basic dance movement. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE235: Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals (3 hours lecture)

Introduces principles and practical applications of Laban Movement Analysis and the Bartenieff Fundamentals. Presents LMA as a comprehensive system of analyzing, observing and notating human movement. Bartenieff Fundamentals, a body therapy used to increase body and movement efficiency with greater ease, explores the functional anatomy of body organization and patterning in human movement. Course includes both theory and practical application. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE241: Dance Technique: Modern II (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Further study and application of basic movement vocabulary, alignment, complex movement patterns, style and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE255: Dance Technique: Ballet II

Further study of beginning ballet with emphasis on structural alignment, barre work and center floor exercises. DNCE majors: 3 credits. THMT majors: 2-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 2 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance and Musical Theatre majors and minors only.

DNCE261: Choreography II (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Dance choreography with emphasis on small group works and solos, including form and structure. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 161.

DNCE265: Dance Improvisation (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Basic skills and problems in dance improvisation. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE315: Dance History: Primitive to 1850 (3 hours lecture)

Dance as it has developed from primitive, religious and ritualistic movement to the establishment of ballet in Russia. Emphasis upon ancient forms, courtly life, and the development of ballet. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Dance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE316: Dance History: 1850 to Present (3 hours lecture)

Study of dance in its historical context, with reference to development of ballet, modern dance, post-modernism, and jazz elements. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Dance. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE325: Dance Methods (3 hours lecture)

Approaches, problems, resources and techniques for teaching and developing dance programs geared to grades 7-12 and various adult levels. Includes curriculum, unit and lesson planning as well as practical application of methodology. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors only.

DNCE341: Dance Technique: Modern III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Further study and application of basic movement vocabulary, complex movement patterns, style and performance. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 141 and DNCE 241; or audition.

DNCE355: Dance Technique: Ballet III (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Advanced technique in ballet with emphasis on individualized placement. Work on musicality, line, dynamics and stylistic refinement. DNCE majors: 3 credits. THMT majors: 2-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 2 - 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Musical Theatre Majors/Minors, Dance majors and minors only, DNCE 255, or by audition.

DNCE361: Choreography III (3 hours lecture, 1 hour studio)

Exploring and applying performance concepts and techniques used in choreographing for groups of varying sizes. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 261.

DNCE441: Dance Technique: Modern IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Continuation of DNCE 341. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 141 and DNCE 241 and DNCE 341; or audition.

DNCE455: Dance Technique: Ballet IV (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio)

Advanced ballet technique with emphasis on individualized placement. Continuation of work with intricate, technically difficult sequences. Continuation of emphasis on musicality, line, dynamics, and stylistic refinement. May be repeated for a maximum of twenty-four credits. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and DNCE 155 and DNCE 255 and DNCE 355; or audition.

DNCE485: Dance Repertory (1 hour lecture, 3 hours studio)

Dancing, choreographing, or providing technical assistance for the MSU Repertory Dance Company. Must be taken every semester. 0.5 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors and minors only and audition.