Dance Course Descriptions

DA 100 Introduction to Dance History*     3 CR
A survey of the purposes, functions and manifestations of dance forms from early civilization to the present. Relationships are examined between dance and cultural developments.

DA 101 Ballet I     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology and fundamental skills that form the foundation of ballet technique.

DA 102 Ballet II     3 CR
This course is designed to further develop ballet technique and introduce students advanced steps, terminology and skills. Students must demonstrate an understanding of intermediate concepts.

DA 103 Jazz I     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology and fundamental skills that form the foundation of Jazz dance technique.

DA 104 Hip Hop     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology, fundamental skills and cultural forces that form the foundation of Hip Hop dance technique.

DA 105 Tap I     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology, fundamental skills and cultural forces that form the foundation of Tap dance technique.

DA 106 Dance for Musical Theater I     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology, fundamental skills and cultural forces that form the foundation of Musical Theater dance technique.

DA 107 Irish Step Dance     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology, fundamental skills and cultural forces that form the foundation of Irish Step Dance technique.

DA 108 Ballroom Dance     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology, and fundamental skills that form the foundation of ballroom dance.

DA 109 Dance Movement     1 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the fundamentals of traditional and contemporary dance. This class will provide an overview of terminology, technique, and showmanship for non-dancers with an emphasis on basic ballet, jazz, and modern dance movement.

DA 201 Intermediate Ballet I     3 CR
This course is designed to introduce students to the basic positions, steps, terminology and fundamental skills that form the foundation of intermediate ballet technique.

DA 202 Intermediate Ballet II     3 CR
This course is designed to further develop intermediate ballet technique and introduce students advanced steps, terminology, and skills. Students must demonstrate an understanding of intermediate concepts.

DA 203 Jazz II     3 CR
This course is designed to further develop jazz dance technique and introduce students advanced steps, terminology, and skills. Students must demonstrate an understanding of intermediate concepts.

DA 206 Dance for Musical Theater II     3 CR
Study and directed practice of advanced individual and group dance in modern musicals. Students will also practice learning choreography under time constraints to better prepare them for the musical theatre audition process.

DA 250 Choreography I*     3 CR
This lecture course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of choreography. Students will be introduced to a variety of choreographic techniques in order to conceptualize, create, revise, contextualize and analyze dance.

DA 260 Choreography II     3 CR
This course is designed to further students’ understanding of choreography and choreographic techniques. In addition to conceptualizing, creating, revising, and analyzing dance, students will also delve deeper into the improvisation as well as the grant writing process.

DA 299 Special Topics in Dance*     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the program’s permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on timely topics, a faculty member’s particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Prerequisites are established by the program as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student’s transcript. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and prerequisites.

DA 300 Dance Ensemble Production     1 CR
This course requires participation in a dance production in at least one genre of dance. This production is overseen by the director of the SHU Dance Ensemble. This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

DA 301 Dance Company Production     1 CR
This course is designed for advanced dancers to further their understanding of dance production. This course requires participation in a dance production in at least one genre of dance. This production is overseen by the director of the SHU Dance Ensemble. This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

DA 302 Ballroom Dance Production     1 CR
This course is designed for ballroom dancers to further their understanding of dance production. This course requires participation in a dance production in at least one genre of dance. This production is overseen by the director of the SHU Dance Ensemble. This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

DA 303 Irish Step Production     1 CR
This course is designed for Irish Step dancers to further their understanding of dance production. This course requires participation in an Irish Step dance production. This production is overseen by the director of the SHU Dance Ensemble. This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

DA 304 Hip Hop Production     1 CR
This course is designed for Hip Hop dancers to further their understanding of dance production. This course requires participation in a Hip Hop dance production. This production is overseen by the director of the SHU Dance Ensemble. This course can be taken multiple times for credit.

DA 310 Social Issues Through Dance*     3 CR
This course explores various current events and historical, social and political issues as represented through dance. Through this course students will have a deeper understanding of a range of social issues as well as knowledge of how greater global awareness can be achieved through dance.

DA 396 Dance Internship     1-6 CR
Dance Internship is an opportunity for qualified students in the Dance minor or to gain practical experience in dance production and management. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.

*Elective Core Course