It’s important to note that while many courses are offered every semester, more advanced classes are offered less frequently- often once a year, or even every two years. Rotations are subject to change. See your advisor or the director for more information.
If you are a major or minor and are trying to register in a class that is full, contact the director as soon as possible to be put on a waiting list. Keep checking LOCUS to watch for drops. Entry to closed classes cannot be guaranteed.
Make sure to check for prerequisites while enrolling. If you have not taken appropriate prerequisites, then do not enroll in the course. The department will remove you from it later, but meanwhile you’ll prevent others from enrolling. See your advisor if your schedule makes it necessary to take courses out of sequence.
- DANC 111 - Ballet Dance I: Theory and Technique
Ballet I is designed to introduce the concepts and vocabulary of ballet with a focus on developing body awareness and control. Students will learn about the art form of ballet in relationship to theatre, music and other forms of dance.
Outcome: Students will improve their posture, flexibility and coordination. They will develop a reference for enjoying ballet performances and create a foundation for further dance training.
- DANC 121 - Modern Dance I: Theories and Techniques
Modern Dance I is designed to increase body awareness, strength, flexibility and musicality. The course studies the technique and theory of Fall and Recovery developed by Doris Humphrey.
Outcome: Students will develop a basic dance technique and be able to describe and demonstrate the differences between modern dance and ballet. They will understand the history of the development of modern dance as a uniquely American art form.
- DANC 131 - Jazz Dance I: Theories and Techniques
Jazz I is designed to increase body awareness, enjoyment of movement and appreciation of Jazz dance in theatrical productions. May be repeated once for credit.
Outcome: Students will improve their strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture. They will develop basic skills and vocabulary for performing Jazz movements and a framework to view dance in theatrical productions.
- DANC 212 - Ballet Dance II: Theory and Technique
Prerequisite Skills: Students should be familiar with the five feet and arm positions and be able to work in 5th position of the feet. Dancers should demonstrate correct alignment of the pelvis and spine in plié and relevé and while working at the barre. Dancer must be able to execute correct articulation of the feet and leg in tendu. They should be familiar with basic petite allegro and action of the feet, hips and legs while jumping.
This is a continuing ballet class designed to build on established vocabulary and movement fundamentals with emphasis on ballet as a theatrical art form.
Outcome: This class further develops strength, posture, flexibility and coordination. Progressions include more work en relev at the barre, development of leg extensions, single leg jumping and more complex movement combinations. Students will develop awareness of a dancer's role in a ballet production.
- DANC 222 - Modern Dance II: Theory and Technique
Prerequisite Skills: Dancers should be able to maintain correct alignment of the legs, back and pelvis standing and shifting their weight. Must be familiar with 1st and 2nd position of the legs and demonstrate basic articulation of the legs in tendu and jumping.
This course is designed to further increase student's body awareness, strength, flexibility and musicality. We will study the technique and theory of Fall and Recovery developed by Doris Humphrey as well as learn short excerpts of repertory to be analyzed. May be repeated once for credit.
Outcome: Students will further develop their modern dance technique and be able to execute more physically challenging falls and longer and more complex movement combinations.
- DANC 232 - Jazz Dance II: Theories and Techniques
Prerequisite Skills: Dancers should demonstrate correct placement of the legs, back and pelvis standing and in plié. They should be able to demonstrate basic jazz turns, jazz runs and pas de boureé. Dancers need to use correct position and opposition of the arms in combinations.
Jazz II is designed to further develop student's technical ability and awareness of Jazz dance in theatrical productions. Students will learn about professional Jazz dance in Chicago and improve their strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture in increasingly complex combinations applying the vocabulary and principles of jazz dance. May be repeated once for credit.
Outcome: Students will improve their dance technique, performance skills and appreciation of Chicago's rich tradition of Jazz dance performance.
- DANC 240 - Dance Practicum
Prerequisites: THTR 253
Students apply stagecraft for dance in a variety of domains: costuming, lighting, electrics and sound. They will work as running crew for a mainstage dance production.
Outcomes: Students will acquire a variety of skills necessary for producing dance; including collaboration and organization skills and will gain appreciation for the complexity dance production.
- DANC 250 - Dance History: Renaissance to Present
This course is a survey of the history of theatrical dance from the Renaissance through the present. It provides a basic knowledge of the origins of theatrical dance forms, from the development of ballet in the courts of Louis XIV, through Vaudeville and stylistic revolutions of Modern Dance, to contemporary choreographic innovators and performance practices.
Outcome: Students will be able to identify and describe significant events, artists, performance practices, forms, and styles in the history of theatrical dance; to locate these facts in cultural context; to relate the evolution of dance forms to cultural history; and to apply this comprehension to enhanced appreciation and informed critique of contemporary dance.
- DANC 260 - Topics in Dance
This course is a studio course that explores the theories and techniques of various dance forms. A specific dance genre will be selected each time the course is offered. The course may be repeated two times for credit.
Outcome: The student will gain a historical perspective on the dance form presented, as well as demonstrate specific skills required of the dance form.
- DANC 261 - Topics in World Dance
This course is an introduction to the cultural concepts and vocabulary at the foundation of various dance forms from around the world. The course may be repeated two times for credit.
Outcome: Students develop a vocabulary to discuss how world dance movements originate and the role of music within culture. In addition, this class develops strength, posture, flexibility and coordination. It facilitates critical thinking and pattern recognition.
- DANC 270 - Dance Physiology and Conditioning
This course explores the fields of dance science and medicine. Work focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of anatomical techniques, core conditioning, wellness, injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Outcome: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the human skeletal and muscular systems and an awareness of forms of conditioning specific to dance training.
- DANC 311 - Ballet III: Intermediate Ballet Dance Theories and Techniques
Prerequisite Skills: Dancers should be able to execute correct alignment of the back, pelvis and arms in all barre exercises and center work. Dancers need correct articulation of the leg from passé to developpé and attitude positions. They need to be able to execute basic petite allegro with correct articulation of the legs in all jumps and proper alignment of the body and legs landing in plié. Dances need to be very familiar with pirouettes en dehors and en dedans.
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute ballet technique at a pre-professional level. Dance students present a studio performance as parts of the requirement. Students will improve their dance technique, performance skills and appreciation of professional dancers. Prerequisite: Two semesters of DANC 212 or permission of the instructor.
Outcomes: Students will improve core strength, coordination, flexibility and demonstrate correct posture, befitting a ballet dance student at the intermediate level, in increasingly complex combinations by applying principles and vocabulary of ballet technique.
- DANC 312 - Pointe : Introduction to Ballet Pointework
This course is practice-oriented and builds on dancers' knowledge of ballet vocabulary, alignment, and strength. Pointework is geared towards the development of a higher level of articulation in classical footwork. It must be taken concurrently with DANC 311, Ballet III. Prerequisite: DANC 212 or permission of the Department. Corequisite: DANC 311
Outcome: The student will gain a deeper understanding of ballet technique en pointe, as well as demonstrate specific skills required of the dance form.
- DANC 313 - Ballet IV
Prerequisite: DANC 311 or permission of the Department.
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute ballet technique at a professional level. May be repeated 8 times for credit. Students demonstrate competency on an immediate basis as they physically perform continuously throughout the lesson.
Outcome: The student will gain a deeper understanding of ballet technique, as well as demonstrate specific advanced skills required of the dance form.
- DANC 314 - Pointe II
This stuido course explores ballet technique en pointe. It must be taken concurrently with Ballet IV. Prerequisite: DANC 311 or permission of the Department. Corequisite: DANC 313. May be repeated 6 times for credit.
Outcome: the student will gain a deeper understanding of pointe technique, as well as demonstrate specific advanced skills required of the dance form.
- DANC 321 - Modern Dance III: Intermediate Modern Dance Theories and Techniques
Prerequisite Skills: Dancers must have developed strength, coordination and flexibility and work to apply these skills in a very demanding way. Graham technique requires correct placement sitting on the floor and standing as well as a strong sense of weight and opposition.
This course develops students' ability to perform modern dance technique at a pre-professional level. Students execute the dance technique of Martha Graham as well as investigate the forces that lead her influence in the development of Modern Dance in America. Prerequisite: Two semesters of DANC 222 or permission of the instructor. This course may be taken six times for credit.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate knowledge of and beginning mastery of the Graham technique. Through the study of the Graham technique students will increase their core strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture as well as improve dramatic awareness and develop physical power.
- DANC 323 - Rehearsal and Performance
Prerequisites: Permission of the department.
Dancing, choreographing, or stage managing, in a campus production. Completion of a journal or paper is required. May be repeated up to 12 times.
Outcomes: Students will gain performance experience, assess personal artistic growth, and reflect on application of performance theory and technique into production practice.
- DANC 324 - Intermediate Majors Modern Dance
Prerequisites: Must be an enrolled dance major. Admission into the major is by audition.
Modern Dance is studied at an Intermediate Level and begins an intensive period of technical and artistic development. This studio course develops core strength, coordination and musical, spatial and performance skills.
Outcomes: Students will improve coordination, phrasing, improve physical power, shift of weight, anatomical awareness, performance, projection, flexibility and placement. They will gain awareness of Martha Graham's technique of contraction and release and her role in the development of Modern Dance.
- DANC 331 - Jazz Dance III: Intermedaite Jazz Dance Theories and Techniques
Prerequisite Skills: Dances should be able to maintain correct alignment of the pelvis back and legs while standing, shifting their weight, turning and jumping. They should demonstrate correct articulation of the leg and foot in tendu, leg extensions and in jumps. Dancers should use correct coordination of the arms turning, jumping and shifting weight.
This class is designed to develop students' ability to execute Jazz dance technique at a pre-professional level. Students present a studio performance as part of the requirement. Students will improve their dance technique, performance skills and appreciation of professional dancers. Prerequisite: Two semesters of Jazz II or two years of Jazz training. This course may be taken six times for credit.
Outcomes: Students will improve core strength, coordination, flexibility and correct posture befitting a Jazz dance student at the intermediate level, in increasingly complex combinations applying principles and vocabulary of Jazz dance technique.
- DANC 341 - Intermediate Majors Ballet
Prerequisites: by Audition and must be a registered dance major to enroll.
This class offers ballet dance training at the pre-pointe level.
Outcomes: Students develop core and leg strength with more relevé, larger extension and introduction of more difficult petite allegro and grand allegro.
- DANC 343 - Advanced Majors Ballet
Prerequisites: Must be an enrolled dance major. Admission into the major is by audition.
This class is designed to develop students¿ ability to execute ballet technique at the pre-professional level.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate correct alignment in all elements of class and have strong working vocabulary of adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro, and grand allegro.
- DANC 360 - Dance Pedagogy
Prerequisities: Dance major or dance minor.
The study child development, sequential dance pedagogy, biomechanics, nutrition and classroom management techniques as it relates to the teaching of dance. Coursework includes lecture, readings, model teaching, and research. Students observe master teachers instructing children of all ages and create sequential lesson plans consisting of all elements of dance pedagogy.
Outcomes: Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of child development in relationship to age-appropriate dance skills as well as behavioral expectations. They will develop strategies that address the sequences of skill acquisition as well as concrete strategies for classroom management.
- DANC 370 - Dance Composition: DANC Capstone
Prerequisite: Must be a Dance Major or Dance Minor to enroll. Placement in Level III or higher dance technique courses. Permission of the department required.
This course takes students from an introduction to dance composition theory and techniques through the process of creating a group work for the stage. Course work includes lecture, discussion, selected readings, viewing of masterworks of dance composition, creation of several dance studies on various themes and culminates in the creation of a work for performance in the Student Choreographic Showcase.
Learning Outcomes: Through the development of short dance students learn the principles of dance composition and then apply them to their own creation performed for a public audience.
- DANC 394 - Internship in Dance
Dance students complete a semester long internship providing an opportunity to use their technical, research or organizations skills in a professional setting. Students must complete and reflect upon 50 hours of internship experience per credit hour that is pre-approved by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Department permission is required.
Outcome: Students gain professional experience working at a dance organization while reflecting on their work experience and applying theories and techniques acquired from their first dance courses.
- DANC 395 - Independent Study
Prerequisite: Written permission of chairperson
Independent study projects may be of various kinds and in any recognized area of the dance. Such projects should be done under the close supervision of a dance faculty member.
Outcome: To be determined by the student in consultation with the chairperson and dance faculty supervisor.
- DANC 397 - Fieldwork in Chicago - Dance
Variable credit (1-6 hours) given for performances or projects undertaken with professional dance organizations outside the university. Students keep a journal and write evaluative papers. Permission of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts required. Repeatable for up to 6 credit hours, however no more than 6 credit hours of Internship or Fieldwork can be applied to the major.
Outcome: Specific outcomes and credit hours assigned to be determined by the student in consultation with the Director of Dance and the project supervisor.