University of Rochester Program of Dance & Movement

Program

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in courses in the Program of Dance and Movement are expected to complete a requirement of attending Guest Artist and Program-sponsored performances and workshops. We believe this is an integral part of dance and movement education and is often an inspiring and motivating component of student learning.

Fall 2015 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses

Summer Courses

Additional Offerings

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Dance Minor

The Minor in Dance consists of a minimum of 26 credits. No more than two courses included in one's major may be counted toward the minor. A required student Performance Component is included in DAN 278 and/or DAN 385 and at least two courses need to be taken at the Intermediate or Advanced level.

The Minor will develop skills in observation, analysis and critical response to dance as an art form and as a component of life and culture. We do not merely dance for the sake of fitness or memorizing steps as our studies are the result of the theoretically-based movement explorations and more. Ultimately, dance literacy and appreciation along with the potential for participation in and/or an understanding of a dance-related career including but not limited to performance, teaching, arts management, choreography, criticism and production design, are at the heart of our purpose. Regardless of a student’s career path, a minor in dance will help foster educated audiences and participants in the diverse field of dance in culture.

Core Context Courses (Choose at least 8 credits)

  • DAN 101 World Dance (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 204 Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 250 Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 251 Intermed/Adv Jazz Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 252 Intermediate Ballet: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 253 West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year

Creative Expression Courses (Choose at least 6 credits)

  • DAN 104 Contact Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 160 Dance Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 245 Dance Therapy Foundations (4 cr.)
  • DAN 278 Choreography (4 cr.)
  • DAN 295 Art of Teaching Dance(2 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 385 Dance Performance Workshop (2 cr.)

Somatic Awareness Courses (Choose 2-4 credits)

  • DAN 114 Introduction to Yoga (4 cr.)
  • DAN 130 Conditioning For Dancer and Athlete (2 cr.)
  • DAN 208 Tai Chi: Movement Art and Culture (2 cr.)
  • DAN 209 Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 cr.)
  • DAN 216 Yoga and Experiential Anatomy (2 cr.)
  • DAN 225 Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 cr.)
  • DAN 230 Living Yoga, Living Anatomy (4 cr.)

Style Courses (Complete 26 credits)

  • DAN 102 Fundamentals of Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 110 Beginning Dance Techniques (2 cr.)
  • DAN 116 Intro to Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 140 Tap Dance: Beginning (2 cr.)
  • DAN 145 Beginner Jazz Technique (2 cr.)
  • DAN 150 Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique (2 cr.)
  • DAN 171 Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 180 Creative Middle Eastern Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 181 West African Dance Forms I (2 cr.)
  • DAN 188 Hip Hop & Breaking(2 cr.)
  • DAN 190 Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 cr.)
  • DAN 240 Tap Dance: Intermediate (2 cr.)
  • DAN 267 Interm/ Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 268 Intermed/Adv Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 271 Capoeira 2: Music in Motion (2 cr.)
  • DAN 281 West African Dance Forms 2 (2 cr.)
  • DAN 284 African Dance: Women and Culture (2 cr.)

Movement Studies Minor

The Minor in Movement Studies consists of a minimum of 26 credits. No more than two courses included in one’s major may be counted toward the minor.

In the Movement Studies minor, The Program of Dance and Movement is committed to offering experiential and theoretical study of movement and dance that honors and informs the whole student. The minor in movement studies emphasizes self-awareness, contemplative practice, the nature of community, diversity and an appreciation of diverse and creative ways of thinking and moving. It also educates students about dance as an art form, explores the use of movement and dance as a means of creative and personal expression, as mindful, physical and spiritual practice and as a way of understanding culture, traditions and philosophies from all over the world.
This minor encourages students to validate their conceptual understanding through their own experience. Through this embodied knowledge where students can engage ideas through action and experiential investigation, each individual has the opportunity to find a personal connection and resonance with intellectual material. In this way, information is received and retained on a deeper level, and academic material can be taken beyond the classroom and applied to everyday life. The “academic” material at the core of our goals for the movement studies minor includes embodiment of self-awareness, knowledge of culture through movement and dance within a theoretical framework and movement studies as a practice for lifelong health and stress management. Our classes and faculty promote a sense of community within which discussions and experiential study take place focusing on a number of issues surrounding cultural identity, movement practices across cultures, dance as an art form, internal practices for self-discovery and creative expression, body image, centered alignment, body conditioning and philosophies for mindfulness are some of topics investigated in this minor.

Fundamentals (Required)

  • DAN 102 Fundamentals of Movement (2 cr.)

Core Context Courses (Choose at least 8 credits)

  • DAN 101 World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 204 Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 211 T'ai Chi: Explorations in Chi (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 230 Yoga and Living Anatomy (4 cr.) - Offered spring and summer
  • DAN 250 Intermediate Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered once per year

Movement Studies (Complete 26 credits)

  • DAN 114 Introduction to Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 130 Conditioning For Dancer and Athlete (2 cr.)
  • DAN 208 T'ai Chi: Movement, Art, and Culture (2 cr.)
  • DAN 209 Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 cr.)
  • DAN 216 Yoga and Experimental Anatomy (2 cr.)
  • DAN 220 Sacred Dance and Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 225 Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 cr.)
  • DAN 271 Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 cr.)

Dance Appreciation (Choose at least 4 credits but no more than 6 credits)

  • DAN 104 Contact Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 110 Beginning Dance Techniques (2 cr.)
  • DAN 116 Intro to Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 140 Tap Dance: Beginning (2 cr.)
  • DAN 150 Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 171 Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 180 Creative Middle Eastern Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 181 West African Dance Forms (2 cr.)
  • DAN 190 Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 cr.)
  • DAN 213 Jazz Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 240 Tap Dance Intermediate (2 cr.)
  • DAN 251 Intermediate/Advanced Jazz: Context & Practice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 253 West African Dance: Context & Practice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 268 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 281 West African Dance Forms II (2 cr.)
  • DAN 290 Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 cr.)

Clusters

The program offers four clusters; each provides an in-depth view of a different area:

Improvisation and Creative Process

This cluster encourages students to discover the potential of their own creative energies. Through reading, attending lecture-demonstrations, discussion, and improvisation, we explore the creative process.

Movement and Culture

In this cluster students will have the opportunity to investigate theoretically and experientially movement and dance from different cultures. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of the rich and varied roles of movement from around the world with a focus on community.

Mind-Body Somatics

This cluster explores multiple perspectives of somatic approaches to movement repatterning, teaching how to change maladaptive movement patterns in order to develop new, more integrated movement. Valuable for the dancer non-dancer.

Dance and Performance

This cluster is designed for the student interested in the art of dance and performance. Through the study of dance technique and theory as well as the context within which dance exists in the field, students will have opportunities to experience, view and discuss the art of dance, performance, and creative expression.