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 Courses

Spring Courses

Summer Courses

Additional Offerings

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 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 213 Jazz Dance (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.

The minor in movement studies emphasizes contemplative practice, the nature of community, diversity and an appreciation of diverse and creative ways of thinking and moving. At the core of our goals for the movement studies minor is embodiment of self-awareness, knowledge of culture through movement and dance 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, 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. The dances and movement practices of any given culture also shed light on the sociology, philosophy, politics and relationships among people within that culture.

Core Context Courses (Choose at least 8 credits)

  • DAN 101 World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 160 Dance Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 188 Hip Hop & Breaking(2 cr.)
  • DAN 204 Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 cr.)- Offered once per year
  • DAN 211 T'ai Chi: Explorations in Qi (4 cr.)- Offered once per year
  • DAN 230 Living Yoga, Living Anatomy (4 cr.)- Offered Spring and Summer
  • DAN 250 Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.)- Offered once per year

Fundamental Course (2 credits)

  • DAN 102 Fundamentals of Movement (2 cr.)

Dance Appreciation Courses (Choose 4-6 credits)

  • DAN 104 Contact Improvisation (2 cr. )
  • DAN 116 Intro to Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 110 Beginning Dance Techniques (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 I (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 Interm/Adv Jazz: Context & Practice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 253 West African Dance: Context & Practice (2 cr.)
  • DAN 268 Intermed/Adv Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 281 West African Dance Forms II (2 cr.)
  • DAN 290 Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 cr.)

Movement Studies Courses (Complete 26 credits)

  • DAN 114 Intro to Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 130 Conditioning for Dancer & 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 220 Sacred Dance and Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 225 Anusara Yoga II (2 cr.)
  • DAN 271 Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 cr.)

Clusters

Our department proudly offers four 12-credit cluster curriculums.

  • Dance & 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.
  • Improvisation & 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.
  • Mind-Body Somatics
    This cluster involves an in-depth study of the mind-body relationship, focusing on finding connections between the inner physical world and the external environment.
  • Movement & 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 forms around the world with a focus on community.

Research

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