Dance (DNC)

DNC 001: Elementary Ballet (1 Credits)

Fundamentals of classical ballet technique for students with little or no previous ballet training.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only.

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DNC 002: Introduction to Dance Studies: Theory and Practice (3 Credits)

Students experience the world of dance studies through embodied practice and research modules. Through introductory studies in technique, choreography, and cultural studies in popular and concert dance forms, students investigate such questions as: What is dance? What role does dance play in society? How has concert dance evolved and where is it today? What is "technique"? How are dances made, remembered, and performed? How do we look at and describe dance? What are the politics of the dancing body? Course includes critical writing and attending of performances.

Note(s): Required of all undergraduate dance majors in their first year in the department. Limit 25 students. Open to undergraduates only.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts, Historical Perspectives

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DNC 003: Intermediate Ballet (1 Credits)

Classical ballet technique for intermediate and advanced level students, with an emphasis on the physics of the technique, stressing musicality, clarity of line and movement, and a broad range of ballet vocabulary.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only.

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DNC 005: Dance Technique I (1 Credits)

Elementary studio course in the principles of dance technique and creative movement expression for majors and non-majors. In any given semester the content may shift to focus on one of any number of styles or genres selected from various cultural contexts. The content will be dictated by both guest teachers and core faculty.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only.

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DNC 011: Ballet Barre (1 Credits)

This beginning- and intermediate-level ballet class will focus on exercises at the barre to develop strength, flexibility, and efficient alignment, as well as confidence in using the physical mechanics and style of ballet vocabulary. Practicing one aspect of ballet center work, such as pirouettes, adagio phrases, petite allegro, or the use of port de bras and épaulement, will be part of each class.

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DNC 013: Somatic Arts (1 Credits)

This studio movement course focuses on somatic (mind-body) practices which complement a dancer's training. Somatic study deepens awareness of one's own body, reinforcing the philosophy of the thinking body. Valuable for dancers, athletes, and movement artists, somatic arts study helps to enhance performance and extend performing careers. Specific forms will vary. Examples of the somatic arts practices to be offered: Pilates, yoga, release technique, ideokinesis, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals, among others.

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DNC 014: Dance Forms from Here, There and Everywhere (1 Credits)

This course is taught by expert guest artists that teach in specific named dance forms found both at home and all over the world. Every semester will be a unique exploration of one specific form such as Kathak, hip hop, house, flamenco, hula, square dance, contact improvisation, sabar and any of countless other possibilities. The course is open to all students regardless of prior experience.

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DNC 015: Jazz (1 Credits)

A technique class for the beginning dance student that includes varied jazz dance styles ranging from lyrical, contemporary, street dance, musical comedy to show dance. Discussions about the origins of the form, its relation to jazz music, and the distinct use of the jazz body are included.

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DNC 016: African Haitian and Dunham Technique (1 Credits)

Beginning-level study of African Haitian dance and the Katherine Dunham Technique. Course includes Dunham Center floor warm-up and traditional dances from the African Haitian culture.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only.

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DNC 034: Dance Improvisation (1 Credits)

Students of all disciplines/levels are introduced to dance improvisation through an exploration of both solo and group "scores," or open-ended guides that facilitate compositions. These scores help improvisations evolve in the moment as complete works, and help develop awareness of and methods for addressing the architecture of bodies in space, organizing and manipulating time, dancing in the environment, and responding creatively and nimbly to sudden change. Students will also strengthen the capacity to alter feeling states in situations and to allow situations to alter feeling states.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 037: How to Make Dances (2 Credits)

How to Make Dances is an entry-level class that introduces movers to the elements of time, space, rhythm, and dynamics. With these basic tools we can first begin to discover the many ways the body moves through time and space with rhythmic and affective variation. Next, we look at ways of connecting rudimentary movements into phrases that can evolve into complete solo works that communicate intent, tone, feeling, and thought. Through this process we develop a language about movement that lets the class talk about the elements of a dance and share constructive insight into each other's work.

Note(s): . Limit 14 students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 079: Labanotation Studies (2 Credits)

An introduction to the movement theories of Rudolf von Laban. Introduction to Labanotation, a notation system for recording movement. Reading and writing skills will be developed.

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DNC 080: Laban Studies (2 Credits)

An introduction to the movement theories of Rudolf von Laban. An introduction to Laban Movement Analysis, Laban's theories for understanding movement expression and communication. The major areas of Effort, Space Harmony, Shape, and Bartenieff Fundamentals will be examined.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

DNC 081L: World Dance (0.25-1.25 Credits)

DNC 101: Elementary Ballet (1 Credits)

Fundamentals of classical ballet technique for students with little or no previous ballet training.

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DNC 103: Intermediate Ballet (1 Credits)

Classical ballet technique for intermediate and advanced level students, with an emphasis on the physics of the technique, stressing musicality, clarity of line and movement, and a broad range of ballet vocabulary.

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DNC 105: Dance Technique I (1 Credits)

Elementary studio course in the principles of dance technique and creative movement expression for majors and non-majors. In any given semester the content may shift to focus on one of any number of styles or genres selected from various cultural contexts. The content will be dictated by both guest teachers and core faculty.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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DNC 107: Dance Technique II (1 Credits)

Studio classes designed to increase skills, range, and artistry in a wide range of dance techniques. In any given semester the content may shift to focus on one of any number of styles or genres selected from various cultural contexts. The content will be dictated by both guest teachers and core faculty. Students can select variable credit based on completing either 2 or 3 classes per week.

Note(s): By audition at the beginning of the term Limit 20 students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 108: Dance Technique II (1 Credits)

Studio classes designed to increase skills, range, and artistry in a wide range of dance techniques. In any given semester the content may shift to focus on one of any number of styles or genres selected from various cultural contexts. The content will be dictated by both guest teachers and core faculty. Students can select variable credit based on completing either 2 or 3 classes per week.

Note(s): By Audition at the beginning of the term. Limit 40 students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

DNC 109: Dance Technique III (1 Credits)

This course focuses on deepening the execution and performance of various contemporary dance techniques for advanced dance students.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 107

Note(s): By audition at beginning of term. Limit 30 students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 110: Movement Research (1 Credits)

This course has a flexible and dynamic structure that sits between technique and composition to wrestle with movement practices, compositional approaches, histories and theories with the goal of expanding our understanding of what physical tools, new and old, can enhance contemporary performance practice.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 107 and DNC 108

Note(s): By audition at the beginning of the term. Limit 25 students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Create, Innovate & Experiment

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DNC 111: Ballet Barre (1 Credits)

This beginning- and intermediate-level ballet class will focus on exercises at the barre to develop strength, flexibility, and efficient alignment, as well as confidence in using the physical mechanics and style of ballet vocabulary. Practicing one aspect of ballet center work, such as pirouettes, adagio phrases, petite allegro, or the use of port de bras and épaulement, will be part of each class.

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DNC 113: Somatic Arts (1 Credits)

This studio movement course focuses on somatic (mind-body) practices which complement a dancer's training. Somatic study deepens awareness of one's own body, reinforcing the philosophy of the thinking body. Valuable for dancers, athletes, and movement artists, somatic arts study helps to enhance performance and extend performing careers. Specific forms will vary. Examples of the somatic arts practices to be offered: Pilates, yoga, release technique, ideokinesis, Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Bartenieff Fundamentals, among others.

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DNC 114: Dance Forms from Here, There and Everywhere (1 Credits)

This course is taught by expert guest artists that teach in specific named dance forms found both at home and all over the world. Every semester will be a unique exploration of one specific form such as hip hop, house, flamenco, hula, square dance, contact improvisation, sabar and any of countless other possibilities. The course is open to all students regardless of prior experience.

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DNC 115: Jazz (1 Credits)

A technique class for the beginning dance student that includes varied jazz dance styles ranging from lyrical, contemporary, street dance, musical comedy to show dance. Discussions about the origins of the form, its relation to jazz music, and the distinct use of the jazz body are included.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only.

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DNC 116: African Haitian and Dunham Technique (1 Credits)

Beginning-level study of African Haitian dance and the Katherine Dunham Technique. Course includes Dunham Center floor warm-up and traditional dances from the African Haitian culture.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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DNC 131: Screendance (2 Credits)

When dance appears on screen it can reach vast new audiences. But maintaining vitality in dance in an electronic medium requires a re-orientation of thinking. This class is a laboratory for investigating these challenges. Participants will explore film grammar, story structure and experimental narrative through hands-on creative work, classroom viewings, discussion, and readings. Students will study contemporary and historical context as well as basic camera use and editing to produce a screendance.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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DNC 133: Applied Concepts in Kinesiology (2 Credits)

Concepts in musculoskeletal anatomy, joint actions, individual differences in human movement, physiology of dance, conditioning, and movement behavior are examined and put into practice through movement.

DNC 134: Dance Improvisation (1 Credits)

Students of all disciplines/levels are introduced to dance improvisation through an exploration of both solo and group "scores," or open-ended guides that facilitate compositions. These scores help improvisations evolve in the moment as complete works, and help develop awareness of and methods for addressing the architecture of bodies in space, organizing and manipulating time, dancing in the environment, and responding creatively and nimbly to sudden change. Students will also strengthen the capacity to alter feeling states in situations and to allow situations to alter feeling states.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 137: Introduction to Choreography (2 Credits)

This course introduces the elements of time, space, and dynamics as considerations for the sourcing of movement ideas and construction of movement sequences. Students engage in creative problem solving to link movements into longer sequences that eventually become, by way of compositional attention, finished solo dances. Time is also spent developing language skills for communicating dance concepts so that students can participate in providing each other constructive feedback.

Note(s): . Limit 14 students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 152: Action Lab (2 Credits)

Action Lab is an exploratory forum in which students question and investigate the act of performance itself. Students will reflect upon their outside participation in both undergraduate and graduate student choreographic projects.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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DNC 153: Theory of Teaching Dance (3 Credits)

Theory of Teaching Dance integrates theory, pedagogy, instructional methods, and teaching practice into a foundation of dance learning for children and adults. Through the lens of Critical Pedagogy, students will learn how to create curricula that align their personal philosophy of dance, articulated from the theories that inform it, with state and national professional standards and sound principles of human development.

Note(s): no audits Limit 24 students.

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DNC 155A: Repertory Dance Company (1-2 Credits)

The Mills Repertory Dance Company brings forward the creative process of dance professionals and provides performing experience to a group of student dancers chosen by an audition process. To be eligible, you must have prior dance experience, be registered in an advanced technique class, or be at the intermediate level with the approval of the artistic director. The course involves rehearsals with renowned choreographers, performances on campus, and participation in festivals and outreach events. Each company member must make a one-year commitment.

Note(s): Student has to be registered in a modern technique class for 1 credit. Limit 20 students. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 155B: Repertory Dance Company (1-2 Credits)

The Mills Repertory Dance Company brings forward the creative process of dance professionals and provides performing experience to a group of student dancers chosen by an audition process. Eligibility for the company includes having prior dance experience, and being registered in advanced technique class (or intermediate level with the approval of the artistic director). The course involves rehearsals with renowned choreographers, performances on campus, and participation in festivals and outreach events. Each company member must make a one-year commitment.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 155A

Note(s): Students must be registered in a modern technique class for 1 credit Limit 25 students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 157: Music and Dance (3 Credits)

This course is a study of music and its relation to dance. After an in-depth study of rhythm, we focus on musical/choreographic forms and procedures, the elements of music in relation to movement, and the exploration of different kinds of relationships between music and choreography. A broad sampling of music literature will permeate the course and provide the basis for choreographic exploration. We will also develop skills for creating soundscores using a variety of free software packages.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 159: Stage Production (2 Credits)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theatrical production skill sets necessary for real world small budget theatrical production. Topics will include: lighting with various resources from the homemade to the professional; sound design and basic acoustic principles; video projection design; rigging safety and stage management protocols. The course will look at production in a variety of locations including Lisser Main Stage, Lisser Studio Theater and Haas Studio 1.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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DNC 165: Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (3 Credits)

This course investigates 19th-21st century Western concert dance as a hybrid art form inextricably linked to social, political, technological, and economic forces. We study major canonical dance in the U.S. (with some attention to Europe and Russia), and examine various genres within the form as a series of kinesthetic, social, and aesthetic relationships. Our goal is to grasp the place of concert dance in time as personal and social expression, with its paradoxical ability to both pioneer liberated emotion and physicality and solidify traditional ideas of gender, race, ability, and the body.

Note(s): Freshwomen on occasion may be admitted if they have prior history training. Limit 23 students. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Race, Gender & Power, Written and Oral Communication II

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives, Multicultural Perspectives, Women and Gender

Crosslisted with: DNC 265

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DNC 167: BLACK DANCE IN AMERICA (0.25-1.25 Credits)

DNC 170: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2-3 Credits)

This seminar for musicians, writers, dancers and visual artists will explore the interdisciplinary nature of the collaborative process. Exploring tenets from multiple art forms, participants will identify and share their disciplines, strengths and aesthetics to create interdisciplinary projects, involving studio presentations, installation, site-specific performances, and audience participation.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 174: Ballet History from the 16th through the 19th Centuries (2-3 Credits)

Lectures, readings, and videos on the first 300 years of ballet history, its roots in Renaissance court ritual, its professionalization in the 18th century, the birth of the Romantic ballet, and the classicism of the late 19th-century Imperial Russian ballet.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Historical Perspectives, Women and Gender

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DNC 176: Dance Cultures (4 Credits)

Dance Cultures studies dance as an artifact and expression of culture, embodying social and political values, traditions, gender relations and concepts of mind/body. Through readings in cultural anthropology and dance studies and frequent master classes, we will address dance forms as living objects of cultural transmission. We will also examine forces of change such as cultural assimilation and appropriation to address the plasticity of dance and investigate cultural continuity across time.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: International Perspectives

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Multicultural Perspectives

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DNC 179: Labanotation Studies (2 Credits)

An introduction to the movement theories of Rudolf von Laban. Introduction to Labanotation, a notation system for recording movement. Reading and writing skills will be developed.

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DNC 180: Special Topics in Dance (1-3 Credits)

Exploration of themes and/or topics not offered as part of the regular curriculum. Course content to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

DNC 180A: Art History of African Dance Traditions (3 Credits)

This course introduces students to some selected traditional dances and their set-up from selected African cultures. Common features include socio-economic, historical and religious backgrounds, dance types, context and function of dance, music as integral art; organization and performance, gender roles and stylistic differences. Communication through dance - movements, gestures, mime and the integration of other art forms.

DNC 181: Solo Choreography (2 Credits)

This studio course explores movement invention and the craft of choreography using structural devices such as theme and development; chance sequencing; retrograde; and variations in space, time, and dynamics to build solo dances.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 037

Note(s): Students taking choreography courses must also register for a dance technique class. Limit 20 students.

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DNC 182: Group Choreography (2 Credits)

This course explores myriad ways of developing ensemble choreography and learning how to see and understand how to use effort, shape, architectural elements, time, light and proximity to audience. We will work with structural devices that focus on counterpoint and contrast, with improvisational strategies to help both generate and organize materials; and with building materials in response to specific creative problem-solving tasks.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 037

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 183: Advanced Seminar in Dance (3 Credits)

In-depth examination of and critical inquiry into a specific subject through shared readings, discussion, and written assignments. Course content to be determined by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.

DNC 184: Choreography: Construction Project (2 Credits)

The creation and presentation of a dance work designed for performance in a non-proscenium environment. The students will work closely with the teacher and will have the opportunity to present a group piece.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 034 and DNC 037 and DNC 181

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

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DNC 188A: SR PROJ CHOREG/DNC RES (0.25-1.25 Credits)

DNC 188B: SR PROJ/CHOREOGRAPHY (0.25-1.25 Credits)

DNC 190: Senior Project in Dance Research (3 Credits)

Preparation and presentation of a research paper and/or a performance research project that connects the student's understanding of dance as an art form to other perspectives.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

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DNC 191: Senior Project in Dance Research: Choreography (2 Credits)

This course is a performance/choreography project which consists of a public presentation of the student's choreography. The senior project may be presented as one complete work, or with several parts all bearing on a central idea, or it can be shorter dances unrelated to each other. The total length of the presentation should be 8-12 minutes. This choreographic work should connect the student's understanding of dance as an art form to other perspectives.

Note(s): Open to undergraduates only. Open to juniors and seniors only.

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DNC 196: Digital Performance (2-3 Credits)

This course combines multimedia performance making, lively theoretical debate, performance critique and elementary media programming in Isadora. From a variety of readings in new media theories, feminist film theories, gender studies, and performance studies, we examine live and mediated bodies in dance theatre, film, photography, multimedia performance art, video installation, and web-based art. Informed by a theory-in-practice model, students create experimental, multimedia performance works using live action/choreography, still projection, video, music/sound, and tex

Note(s): Enrollment is limited due to use of equipment, performance time, and rehearsals. Limit 20 students. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Create, Innovate & Experiment

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DNC 198: Dance Theater in Traditional and Contemporary Performance (2-3 Credits)

Dance Theater provides an intellectual, artistic, and somatic understanding of Western theater from its origins in ritual practice to its development as an interdisciplinary art form with fluid and elastic boundaries. We begin by examining the form's essential components, such as time, space, voice, and the body's basic expressive acts, and then explore the ways in which these elements are utilized for aesthetic, political, social, ritualistic, or religious ends. Studio practice is a component of every class.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Meets the following Core requirements: Critical Analysis, Create, Innovate & Experiment

Meets the following Gen Ed requirements: Creation and Criticism in the Arts

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DNC 210: Movement Research (0.5-1 Credits)

This course is designed to help students synthesize various aspects of their overall coursework in dance, theater and interdisciplinary research. The course has a flexible and dynamic structure that allows the word "research" to be in the foreground. The course interrogates movement practices, techniques, compositional approaches, and movement histories and theories all with the goal of expanding understandings of what dance and live theater is, has been and can be. The course also encourages students to participate in the overall design and trajectory of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 107 and DNC 108

Note(s): By audition at the beginning of the term. Limit 25 students. Open to graduate students only.

DNC 231: Screendance (3 Credits)

When dance appears on screen it can reach vast new audiences. But maintaining vitality in dance in an electronic medium requires a re-orientation of thinking. This class is a laboratory for investigating these challenges. Participants will explore film grammar, story structure and experimental narrative through hands-on creative work, classroom viewings, discussion, and readings. Students will study contemporary and historical context as well as basic camera use, storyboarding and editing to produce dance videos.

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DNC 243: Independent Project (2-4 Credits)

Research and fieldwork in dance movement that has an experiential component. Development of methods and materials for dance in particular contexts (education or other art forms).

Note(s): This class may be taken two times for a maximum of 1 credit. Open to graduate students only.

DNC 250A: Thesis: Research Project (2 Credits)

This course is designed for dance MA and MFA candidates as preparation for the written thesis. Students will explore various research methodologies, topic ideas, thesis guidelines, and will complete preliminary research for their projects, culminating in a thesis prospectus and abstract.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 250B: Thesis: Writing (2-4 Credits)

In section B of the Thesis series, candidates, under supervision of a thesis advisor, will complete original scholarly research begun the previous semester and write a formal 30-50 page paper that contributes to scholarship in the field. Students will also complete an oral comprehensive exam with both a written and verbal component.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 250A

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 250C: Thesis: Concert (2 Credits)

Candidates for the MFA in choreography and the MFA in choreography and performance must create a substantial and original ensemble dance work using a minimum of three dancers. Those pursuing a combined degree in performance and choreography will additionally create a solo performed by the candidate. Course is two semesters, beginning in Fall semester of the 2nd year and completed in the Spring semester of the same academic year. A total of 1 credit must be taken to fulfill the 250 requirement.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 250A and DNC 250B

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 252: Action Lab (2 Credits)

Action Lab is an exploratory forum in which students question and investigate the act of performance itself. Students will reflect upon their outside participation in both undergraduate and graduate student choreographic projects.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 253: Theory of Teaching Dance (3 Credits)

Theory of Teaching Dance integrates theory, pedagogy, instructional methods, and teaching practice into a foundation of dance learning for children and adults. Through the lens of Critical Pedagogy, students will learn how to create curricula that align their personal philosophy of dance, articulated from the theories that inform it, with state and national professional standards and sound principles of human development.

Note(s): no audits Limit 24 students.

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DNC 254: Laboratory Teaching of Dance (2 Credits)

Analysis, structuring, and practicing of teaching skills.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 253

Note(s): No auditors Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 255A: Repertory Dance Company (1-2 Credits)

The Mills Repertory Dance Company brings forward the creative process of dance professionals and provides performing experience to a group of student dancers chosen by an audition process. To be eligible, you must have prior dance experience, be registered in an advanced technique class, or be at the intermediate level with the approval of the artistic director. The course involves rehearsals with renowned choreographers, performances on campus, and participation in festivals and outreach events. Each company member must make a one-year commitment.

Note(s): Student has to be registered in a modern technique class for 1 credit. Limit 20 students. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 255B: Repertory Dance Company (1-2 Credits)

The Mills Repertory Dance Company brings forward the creative process of dance professionals and provides performing experience to a group of student dancers chosen by an audition process. Eligibility for the company includes having prior dance experience, and being registered in advanced technique class (or intermediate level with the approval of the artistic director). The course involves rehearsals with renowned choreographers, performances on campus, and participation in festivals and outreach events. Each company member must make a one-year commitment.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 155A

Note(s): Students must be registered in a modern technique class for 1 credit Limit 25 students.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 257: MUSIC FOR THE DANCER (0.25-1 Credits)

DNC 265: Modern to Contemporary Performance: History, Theory, and Practice (4 Credits)

This course investigates 19th-21st century Western concert dance as a hybrid art form inextricably linked to social, political, technological, and economic forces. We study major canonical dance in the U.S. (with some attention to Europe and Russia), and examine various genres within the form as a series of kinesthetic, social, and aesthetic relationships. Our goal is to grasp the place of concert dance in time as personal and social expression, with its paradoxical ability to both pioneer liberated emotion and physicality and solidify traditional ideas of gender, race, ability, and the body.

Crosslisted with: DNC 265

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DNC 270: Seminar in Interdisciplinary Collaboration (2-3 Credits)

This seminar for musicians, writers, dancers and visual artists will explore the interdisciplinary nature of the collaborative process. Exploring tenets from multiple art forms, participants will identify and share their disciplines, strengths and aesthetics to create interdisciplinary projects, involving studio presentations, installation, site-specific performances, and audience participation.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 280: Special Topics (0.5-1 Credits)

DNC 282: Group Choreography (2 Credits)

This course will explore methods for developing, seeing, and understanding ensemble choreography. Several approaches will be used including: working with structural devices that focus on counterpoint; working with improvisational strategies to help both generate and organize materials; and building materials in response to specific creative problem solving tasks.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 037

Note(s): Open to seniors only.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 284: Choreography: Construction Project (2 Credits)

The creation and presentation of a dance work designed for performance in a non-proscenium environment. The students will work closely with the teacher and will have the opportunity to present a group piece.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 282

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 285: Sources and Inventions (2 Credits)

A wide range of sources are investigated as possible tools to cultivate new processes of personal expression. Some of these sources can originate in theater, literature, video, film, spoken word, music, current events, and digital art.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 181

Note(s): Students who take choreography courses must also register for a dance technique class. Limit 12 students. Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 286: Contemporary Choreography: Stylistic and Contextual Investigations (2-4 Credits)

Students research and use various styles of art making (including Expressionism, Surrealism, Dada, Pop, Minimalism, installation art, digital art, etc.) to cultivate new structures and movement material. This exploration deepens and challenges the conceptual nature of making dances.

Prerequisite(s): DNC 282

Note(s): Students who take choreography courses must also register for a dance technique class. Limit 12 students. Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 288: Critical Acts (4 Credits)

Critical Acts is designed to enlarge and critically challenge dancers’ thinking about dance through experience, observation, analysis, interpretation and theory. We will encounter ideas that have given birth to and continue to shape dance and performance theory, and weigh them in light of experience of the body’s knowledge. Our goal is to test modes of perception, record and analyze events as faithfully as possible, sharpen individual understanding of experience, and deepen our grasp of movement as an art form never divorced from thought, culture and history.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 291: Early Modern Women: Western Dance Pioneers (2-4 Credits)

This graduate seminar examines the role women played in shaping contemporary dance in the first half of the 20th century. Discussions, dance viewings, and readings will focus on the intellectual and artistic contributions of early European and American choreographers, looking at their work in terms of historical context, race, gender, and national identity.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 292: The Diaghilev Ballets Russes and the Making of Modern Culture (2-4 Credits)

This course examines the contribution of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to 20th-century modernism. We will investigate the cultural context in which he worked, as well as the revolutionary collaborations he fostered between innovative choreographers, composers, artists, and writers.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 293: Contemporary Issues in Choreography (2-4 Credits)

This seminar will investigate contemporary dance/theatre works and artists that have been influenced by the race, gender, intercultural, social injustice, physically challenged, and cultural/aesthetic issues of their times. We will look at new processes and ways of thinking in dance which have emerged in the global context of aesthetics and current directions, and the impact on society. These topical investigations may result in the creation of dance/theatre works either independently or involving community partnerships.

Note(s): Open to graduate students only.

Instructor Consent Required: Y

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DNC 296: Digital Performance (2-3 Credits)

This course combines multimedia performance making, lively theoretical debate, performance critique and elementary media programming in Isadora. From a variety of readings in new media theories, feminist film theories, gender studies, and performance studies, we examine live and mediated bodies in dance theatre, film, photography, multimedia performance art, video installation, and web-based art. Informed by a theory-in-practice model, students create experimental, multimedia performance works using live action/choreography, still projection, video, music/sound and more.

Note(s): Enrollment is limited due to use of equipment, performance time, and rehearsals. Limit 20 students. Open to graduate students only.

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DNC 298: Dance Theater in Traditional and Contemporary Performance (2-4 Credits)

Dance Theater provides an intellectual, artistic, and somatic understanding of Western theater from its origins in ritual practice to its development as an interdisciplinary art form with fluid and elastic boundaries. We begin by examining the form's essential components, such as time, space, voice, and the body's basic expressive acts, and then explore the ways in which these elements are utilized for aesthetic, political, social, ritualistic, or religious ends. Studio practice is a component of every class.

Note(s): Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.

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