Dance Major (B.F.A.) - Undergraduate - 2010 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 5 requirement(s):

  1. DANCE TECHNIQUE: MODERN

    Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 141 Dance Technique: Modern I 3
    DNCE 241 Dance Technique: Modern II 3
    DNCE 341 Dance Technique: Modern III 3
    DNCE 441 Dance Technique: Modern IV 3
  2. DANCE TECHNIQUE: BALLET

    Complete 24 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 155 Dance Technique: Ballet I 3
    DNCE 255 Dance Technique: Ballet II 2-3
    DNCE 355 Dance Technique: Ballet III 2-3
    DNCE 455 Dance Technique: Ballet IV 3
  3. DANCE REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 10 courses for 25 semester hours:

    DNCE 150 Production Elements-Dance 2
    DNCE 161 Choreography I 2
    DNCE 205 Rhythmic Analysis 3
    DNCE 235 Laban Movement Analysis and Bartenieff Fundamentals 3
    DNCE 261 Choreography II 2
    DNCE 265 Dance Improvisation 2
    DNCE 315 Dance History: Primitive to 1850 3
    DNCE 316 Dance History: 1850 to Present 3
    DNCE 325 Dance Methods 3
    DNCE 361 Choreography III 2
  4. DANCE PRACTICUM/REPERTORY

    Complete 4 semester hours from the following:

    DNCE 280 Dance Practicum 1
    DNCE 485 Dance Repertory 0.5
  5. DANCE COLLATERAL COURSE

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

    BIOL 240 Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I 3

Course Descriptions:

BIOL240: Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I

Human anatomy and physiology for health education and physical education majors. Not for biology majors. Biology majors may only take this course as a free elective. 3 sh.

DNCE141: Dance Technique: Modern I

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. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

DNCE150: Production Elements-Dance

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

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. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Electives, Creative Expression. 3 sh.

DNCE161: Choreography I

Elements and methods of dance composition. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 265.

DNCE205: Rhythmic Analysis

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

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

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

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

Prerequisites: DNCE 161.

DNCE265: Dance Improvisation

Basic skills and problems in dance improvisation. 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Dance majors or minors only.

DNCE280: Dance Practicum

Practical work in dance production: dancing, assisting, directing, accompanying, working on technical or house crew. May be repeated for a maximum of eight credits. This course offered as Pass/Fail only. 1 sh.

DNCE315: Dance History: Primitive to 1850

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 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for DAED and DANC majors. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE316: Dance History: 1850 to Present

Study of dance in its historical context, with reference to development of ballet, modern dance, post-modernism, and jazz elements. Meets the 1983 General Education Requirement (GER) - Fine and Performing Arts: Art Appreciation. Meets the University Writing Requirement for DAED, DAMT, DANC, and MMTH majors. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

DNCE325: Dance Methods

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.