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Universities like Richmond take training students in theatre and dance seriously. With a larger number of regional theaters and performing arts venues in the United States than ever before, many of them connected to major universities, theatre and dance graduates are sometimes surprised to learn that they are employable. Students no longer need to choose between pursuing a four-year liberal arts degree and a professional career.

The Department of Theatre and Dance has designed a program in which students receive the fundamentals of a liberal arts education while still receiving the disciplined training of a pre-professional program. The department’s student handbook details information regarding personal behavior, rehearsal schedules and health and safety guidelines. Students are expected to sign an agreement that outlines personal behavior, rehearsal procedures, and health and safety guidelines necessary to fulfill their participation obligations. Students work year-round, producing a heavy schedule of performances for the University community and the City of Richmond at large.

Faculty members emphasize the fundamentals, starting students on basic exercises in movement, diction and voice. Classes progress quickly and students are expected to practice, practice, practice both in and outside of class. Participating in extracurricular programs and performances is expected of all majors and minors since it’s the single best way to practice the skills you learn in the classroom.

The department’s professional emphasis has resulted in numerous students entering the performing arts arena after graduation. Graduates have started their own theaters and dance companies and gone to work in New York and Los Angeles.

Courses
Theatre Courses
THTR 115 Theatre Appreciation
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
An introduction to the role of actors, playwrights, directors, designers, and audiences in the highly collaborative art of theatre. Students learn to appreciate the artistic and intellectual processes of theatre artists and to use knowledge of historical forms and traditions in order to evaluate contemporary live theatre. Students will engage in creative projects in the classroom and interact with professional theatre artists via lab work on mainstage productions. Laboratory assignments with mainstage productions.

THTR 119 Broadway Musical Theatre
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Survey of the Broadway musical theatre from its 19th century roots to the present day. Provides basic introduction to music theory and culminates with performance of original one-act musical(s) written and produced by class members. In addition to regular class meetings, weekly labs are held for rehearsals and presentation of special topics. (Same as Music 119.)

THTR 201 Stagecraft
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to scene design and construction, lighting design and execution, scene painting, sound design, and properties in theory and practical applications. Laboratory hours required.

THTR 203 Introduction to Light and Sound
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to the technical aspects of lighting and sound design and roduction, and to the creative process required to make informed design choices. Laboratory hours required.

THTR 205 Production Studies I-Fundamentals of Theatre
Units: 1
Description
Examines the meaning of art to theatre/dance and the necessity of research, while exploring the elements of acting, directing, dance, scene design, lighting, costume design, makeup, and sound design in theatre productions. The study of theatre history and theory will provide students with a framework for the analysis of text and performance. Also, students will learn methods for assembling a theatre portfolio that will represent their course work, research, and creative projects.

THTR 206 Introduction to Costume
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to role of costume designer as collaborative artist in theatre process. Survey of historical implications for design. Basic skills of costume construction. Laboratory assignments with mainstage productions.

THTR 210 Performing Diversity: A Cultural Odyssey
Units: 1
Description
Furthers understanding of minority groups in America by investigating their social condition from an experiential base. Participants will explore existing portraits and issues associated with minorities as well as connect with important notions on cultural diversity in America. Special importance will be placed on celebrating ethnic achievements and lifestyles. Plays, poetry, and other performance art forms (including cooking and dressing) will constitute significant class presentations.

THTR 212 Basics of Acting
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Basic methods of analysis and performance techniques necessary to generate believable human behavior on stage. Study of roots (mind/body processes), not ends of acting (performance). Class exercises to develop and discipline actor's physical, vocal, and imaginative equipment. Laboratory assignments with major productions.

THTR 213 Fundamentals of Stage Makeup
Units: 1
Description
Art and application of theatrical makeup, realism to fantasy. Corrective makeup; specialty makeup (aging, scars, beards, animal faces). Laboratory assignments in conjunction with all major productions.

THTR 215 Physical Theatre: Actor as Creator
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduces students to the contemporary approaches to theatre-making which focus on the body. Through a series of workshops & creative projects, students will learn techniques for generating original material, developing their spontaneity and creativity, and creating theatre that is personally meaningful and collectively engaging.

THTR 219 Ensemble Performance
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Exploratory class which attempts to generate honest and spontaneous responses from the actor to performance and play creating circumstances. Major emphasis is placed on teamwork, the search for truth and attaining actual potential in the art of playing. With a view to synergizing theatre activity with communal responsibility participants are encouraged to draw on issues around them and nurture creative inspiration from societal needs. Improvisation, storytelling, and multiple role playing are primary mediums for advancing the experience.

THTR 229 Going Solo: The Politics of Identity in Contemporary Solo
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Examines the development of solo performance from the 1970s to the present. Pays close attention to the ways solo practitioners use the body to highlight specific cultural, social, and political histories of marginalization encountered by the working class, people of color, women, lesbians, and gays. Engages with a multitude of genres including performance art, autobiographical forms, spoken word, stand-up comedy, and hip-hop based work.

THTR 239 Latina/os On Stage: From the Barrios to Broadway
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Examines the evolving formation of Latina/o identity in Broadway and community productions as well as popular culture with special attention to issues of globalization, migration, and transculturation.

THTR 301 Scene Design
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Artistic aspects of stage setting in theory and in practice. Consideration of mechanical perspective, watercolor sketching, color schemes, and history of period design. Stresses how the design process is inspired by the script and how the design of scenery is only part of the larger creative process called theatre. Laboratory hours required.
Prerequisites
Theatre 115, 201, 205 or permission of instructor.

THTR 302 Scene Painting
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Study of function of scenic artist in theory and practice. Hands-on approach to scene painting. Laboratory hours required.

THTR 305 Sound Design
Units: 1
Description
Exploration of the field of sound design through "hands-on" experiences with the design process, as well as the use of various types of recording and editing equipment, software programs, and research protocols and materials used by sound designers to create the aural environment for a production.
Prerequisites
THTR 203 or THTR 205 or Permission of Instructor

THTR 306 Production Studies II: Analysis, Conceptualization and Problem Solving
Units: 1
Description
Continues to build on the foundations established in Theatre 205, focusing more intently upon the process of preparing a play for theatrical production. Students will select a play and develop a production concept by analyzing the text, preparing the necessary dramaturgical research, and using their study of the elements of theatre to realize their production as a classroom project. The various facets of this project will serve as the core elements of a personal theatre portfolio representative of their course work, research, and creative projects.
Prerequisites
Theatre 205.

THTR 307 Lighting Design
Units: 1
Description
Upper-level course in lighting design for the stage. Special emphasis on project-based, "hands on" learning with students implementing their own designs through analysis, research, creative and practical applications. Laboratory hours are required.
Prerequisites
THTR 203 or 206.

THTR 308 Basics of Directing
Units: 1
Description
Principles and techniques of directing the realistic modern play. Case studies and scene work. One-act play prepared for production by each student. Laboratory assignments with major productions.
Prerequisites
Theatre 205 or 212 or permission of instructor.

THTR 309 Theatre History I
Units: 1
Description
Survey of theatre history from ancient Greece to mid 18th-century Europe, with emphasis on representative plays, performance practices, and theories, as well as the cultural, economic, and political contexts from which they emerged. Lecture/discussion format.

THTR 310 Managing Performing Arts Organizations.
Units: 1
Description
(See Music 310.)
Prerequisites
Theatre major, theatre minor, dance minor, or permission of instructor.

THTR 312 Special Topics
Units: .5-1
Description
Representative topics: acting for the camera, advanced courses in costume, directing, makeup, critical theory, directing, improvisation, makeup, performance theory, stage combat, documentary film making, voice and speech for the stage. Can be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.
Prerequisites
Theatre 205 or permission of instructor.

THTR 313 Theatre for Social Change I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
A studio and seminar class inspired by African and European models in Theatre for Development, a specialized field of drama focused on social development and grounded in participatory procedure. The activity involves research, analysis, scenario building, and performance. Participants will be exposed to exercises in devising and performing work for impacting social transformation. The course will highlight issues within the immediate environment as well as the larger Richmond community, and practice will occur in both domains.

THTR 314 Theatre for Social Change II
Units: 1
Description
Designed to enable students to utilize and transfer the skills acquired in Theatre 313 into the larger community. Working in smaller groups, they are responsible for implementing and evaluating a theatre-centered project within the context of social and sustainable development. They will foster the creation of a play by community members on issues affecting their daily lives. Significant emphasis is given to cultivating an interaction with experts in related areas of concern towards galvanizing meaningful future growth in the selected community.

THTR 315 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Restriction: Prospectus must be submitted and approved prior to the end of advance registration. Does not count for theatre or dance minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

THTR 319 Theatre History II
Units: 1
Description
A survey of theatre history from mid 18th-century Europe to the present, with emphasis on representative plays, performance practices, and theories, as well as the cultural, economic, and political contexts from which they emerged. Lecture/discussion format.

THTR 320 Advanced Acting: Twentieth-Century Acting Styles and Theory
Units: 1
Description
An examination of the major theories that have shaped the discourse on, and practice of, the art of acting in the 20th century. Concentrated scene study class that explores relationship between 20th-century dramatic literature and acting techniques and theories that developed to meet demands of these plays. By preparing scenes from various modern genres of theatre, acting students examine techniques and research methods necessary to unlock performance elements of the most demanding dramas of the last 100 years.

THTR 321 History of Apparel
Units: 1
Description
Designed to give students a recognition/understanding of the evolution of clothing from the ancients to the 21st century. Beginning with the physiological and psychological reasons for clothing. Includes focus on the relationship of fashion to the social and political issues of the time period.

THTR 322 Advanced Costume Design
Units: 1
Description
Further exploration of various construction, patterning, design, research and rendering problems and the methods for solving them. Building on the techniques learned in the introductory course, students will gain a deeper understanding of the variety of methods used in problem solving, and how to know which approach is best suited to the needs of the script in question. The course will culminate in a public presentation of students' projects.
Prerequisites
Theatre 206 or permission of instructor.

THTR 325 Script Analysis
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSLT)
Description
Systematic approach to understanding and realizing the theatrical implications of play scripts. Script study as if in preparation for mounting production. Laboratory hours required.

THTR 327 Acting Shakespeare I
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to methods of textual analysis and literary research necessary to prepare a Shakespearean play for performance.

THTR 328 Acting Shakespeare II
Units: 1
Description
Introduction to emotional, physical, and vocal techniques necessary for performing a Shakespearean play. Builds on work of Theatre 327 in providing students with analytical means and research methods necessary to make informed artistic decisions.
Prerequisites
Theatre 327.

THTR 330 Practicum: Performance
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 331 Practicum: Directing/Choreography
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 332 Practicum: Stage Management
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 333 Practicum: Technical Crew
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 334 Practicum: Design
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 340 Practicum: Scenery/Props
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 341 Practicum: Costume/Makeup
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 342 Practicum: Other
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 343 Practicum: Lighting
Units: .25-1
Description
Understanding theatre arts through analysis of and participation in creative theatrical efforts. Forty hours work for .25 units of practicum credit. Includes research and written work appropriate to the theatrical activity involved. Four units maximum credit; 1.5 units maximum per semester. Does not count for theatre or dance major or minor.
Prerequisites
Permission of department.

THTR 345 Philanthropy in the Arts
Units: 1
Description
(See MUS 345; same as ARTH 345.) Does not satisfy major or minor requirements.
Prerequisites
MUS/THTR 310 or ARTH 322 or permission of instructor.

THTR 370 Staging Gender
Units: 1
Description
Study of selected plays and theatre productions with a focus on the representations of gender and gender relations. Readings in feminist, gender, and queer theory provide critical frameworks for analyzing representations of gender as well as representations of race and class as they intersect with gender. Culminates in a staged reading of a play.

THTR 380 Honors Thesis Preparation
Units: 1
Description
Research and preparation for honors thesis or project in theatre or dance.
Prerequisites
Acceptance in the department honors program.

THTR 381 Honors Performance/Thesis
Units: 1
Description
Research and writing honors thesis or realization (including rehearsals and all drawings) of a creative honors project in theatre or dance.
Prerequisites
Acceptance in the department honors program.

THTR 388 Individual Internship
Units: .5-1
Description
Practical application of theatre and dance principles and skills in supervised, out-of-class environment. Does not count for theatre major or minor or dance minor. No more than 1.5 units of internship in any one department and 3.5 units of internship overall may be counted toward required degree units.
Prerequisites
Majors and minors only; faculty approval before beginning work.

THTR 399 Leadership in Production
Units: 0
Description
Majors-only course requiring a student to assume a position of significant responsibility (excluding performing) in one of the department's major productions. These positions include stage manager, assistant stage manager, designing or assistant designing (costumes, lights, scenery, sound), assistant directing, dramaturg, head props master, or head dresser. Graded: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
Prerequisites
Departmental approval.

THTR 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

THTR 407 Production Studies III-Collaboration and Production
Units: 1
Description
Requires students to form a production organization and produce a substantial play. The production will be staged at the beginning of the next semester and students will receive their final grade after successful completion. Students must select play, analyze material, provide requisite dramaturgical research, create a budget, design all visual elements, raise funds for and publicize the production, conduct rehearsals, and provide a thorough critique of the results.
Prerequisites
Theatre 306

Dance Courses
DANC 218 Capoeira Angola
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to the movements, music and history of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian self-defense hidden in dance. Capoeira is thought to have developed in part by African slaves as a form of cultural resistance towards liberation. Later, it was made illegal and associated with criminals, and now has become the unofficial 'sport' of Brazil. It is an art form for self-expression from the African-Diaspora that uses Portuguese in its songs and is a truly unique fusion of music, dance, and self-defense. Capoeira will be looked at in a contemporary context as a tool towards building a multi-cultural community founded on respect.

DANC 238 Introduction to Contact Improvisation
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
The practice and exploration of contact improvisation, an improvised movement form that relies on partners in constant physical dialog and connection. Class is devoted to developing balance, strength, flexibility, trust, support, weight-sharing, risk-taking, play, and body awareness. The class is ideal for students pursuing dance, theater, biology, psychology, or anyone wanting a physical challenge.

DANC 248 Movement Improvisation
Units: 1
Description
Focus on unraveling habitual ways of moving to discover impromptu motion and new patterns in groups, duets, and alone. A range of contemporary theoretical, artistic, and ethnographic techniques from American and international improvisers will be explored for strategies, techniques, motivations, and process.

DANC 251 Contemporary Dance I
Units: 1
Description
Explores organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and working with gravity and momentum. Incorporates elements of Authentic Movement, Yoga, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Developmental Movement Technique, Flying Low, and Capoeira. Particular attention will be given to dynamic alignment imagery to facilitate efficient movement patterns. Students will be expected to learn choreographed exercises and phrases, to improvise, to create original material, and to work with partners. Includes "lab time" where students will investigate movement independently.

DANC 255 Choreography I
Units: 1
Description
Study of choreographic process covering fundamentals of movement composition. Studio time includes improvisation and choreography.
Prerequisites
DANC 248

DANC 256 Jazz Dance I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to jazz dance as an eclectic form of artistic expression with emphasis on rhythm and technique. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

DANC 257 Ballet I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introductory course in ballet as a theatrical art form. Study of basic ballet terminology, understanding of correct body placement, and a general knowledge of performing elementary ballet technique. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

DANC 258 Writing from the Body: Words and Movement
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Reflection on how one moves through the world and how experience gets articulated. Class is devoted to exercises that generate movement and writing, both used as gateways to the other.

DANC 259 Tap Dance I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to tap dance, a theatrical form of artistic expression with development of a movement vocabulary based on rhythms made with taps. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

DANC 260 Modern Dance I
Units: 1
Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)
Description
Introduction to modern dance as a diverse form of expression with development of language of movement. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

DANC 261 Jazz Dance II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of beginning jazz, emphasizing intermediate technique, vocabulary, and style. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous jazz technique.

DANC 262 Tap Dance II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of beginning tap dance, emphasizing intermediate technique using movement to build strength and coordination. Syncopated rhythms are explored with the sounds of the taps. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous tap dance technique.

DANC 263 Modern Dance II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of beginning modern dance, emphasizing intermediate technique and development of an aesthetic vocabulary of contemporary modern dance. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous modern dance technique.

DANC 265 Contemporary Dance II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of Contemporary Dance I. Students will deepen their knowledge of organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and moving with an awareness of gravity and momentum. Students will engage in more complex movement patterns and will be expected to learn choreographed exercises and phrases, to improvise, to create original material, to work with partners and to investigate movement independently. Readings, written assignments, and videos will be assigned to enhance the understanding of principles of alignment, movement, and erformance. Students will study key contemporary artists in the field.
Prerequisites
DANC 251 or DANC 306

DANC 266 Ballet II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of beginning ballet, emphasizing intermediate technique and vocabulary. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous ballet technique.

DANC 301 Global Dance Forms
Units: 1
Description
Course offerings drawn from a variety of global dance traditions and techniques from Africa, South America, the Caribbean, Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.

DANC 306 University Dancers
Units: .5
Description
Technique, rehearsal, and performance of dance works choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. May be repeated for credit.
Prerequisites
Audition or invitation of director.

DANC 312 Special Topics in Dance Techniques
Units: 1
Description
Offered as-needed. Representative topics may include a range of non-traditional dance forms and practices: Improvisation, Release Technique, Flying Low, Hip-Hop, Breaking, Fusion, Physical Theatre, Viewpoints, Suzuki, or other contemporary movement techniques.

DANC 315 Independent Study
Units: .5-1
Description
Restriction: Prospectus must be submitted and approved prior to the end of advance registration.
Prerequisites
Permission of instructor.

DANC 316 Repertory
Units: .5
Description
Students in the repertory class are members of University Dancers, and will spend the fall semester learning, rehearsing, and collaborating on a new piece of choreography by one of the University of Richmond's dance faculty or a guest artist.
Prerequisites
Dance 306 (corequisite).

DANC 319 Collaborative Arts Lab: Dance, Humanities & Technology
Units: 1
Description
A creative research lab where students combine dance, theatre, and subject from humanities and/or science and technology as the foundation for creating and original dance theatre piece. The research-creative project to include a public performance with talk-back on process and discoveries.

DANC 320 Human Kinetics for Dance
Units: 1
Description
The science of human movement and knowledge of the skeletal and muscular structures which is a valuable tool in a dancer's growth. Focus on how the body functions and moves as the students develop an objective and realistic sense of their strengths and weakness. An approach that applies principles towards the anatomical analysis, assessment, function, preservation and enhancement of human movement.

DANC 322 Special Topics in Somatics
Units: 1
Description
Offered as needed. Representative topics may include: Special Topics in Kinetics, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Pilates, Yoga, Physical Conditioning for Dancers and Athletes, or other body awareness and movement training.

DANC 330 Dance History/Theatre I
Units: 1
Description
A study of dance history from antiquity through the mid-17th century. Focuses on the analysis of dance and movement practices within their cultural contexts. The ritual roots of early dance are examined along with social, political and religious aspects of the rich array of dance practices and theories from Pre-History to the Renaissance court theatres.

DANC 335 Choreography II
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of Choreography I, developing choreographic ideas with an emphasis on the exploration of different approaches to choreographic forms, building on themes and style in group studies.
Prerequisites
DANC 248 Introduction to Movement Improvisation..

DANC 340 Dance History/Theory II
Units: 1
Description
A study of dance history from the ballet de cour and Baroque Dance that served to reinforce the absolute power and authority of the monarchies of Europe, through the development of experimental modern dance, jazz dance, musical theatre and contemporary fusion forms.

DANC 350 Special Topics in Critical Inquiry
Units: 1
Description
Offered as needed. Representative topics include critical dance studies, historical dance studies, performance studies, and dance criticism.

DANC 356 Pointe and Variations
Units: 1
Description
For advanced ballet students to continue training in pointe work. Study of classical variations in a historical context and performance of these variations in an informal showing. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Must be able to dance on pointe at the intermediate or advanced level.

DANC 361 Advanced Jazz Dance
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of intermediate jazz, emphasizing advanced technique, vocabulary, and style. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous intermediate jazz technique.

DANC 363 Advanced Modern Dance
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of intermediate modern dance, emphasizing advanced technique and developing an aesthetic vocabulary of contemporary modern dance. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous intermediate modern dance technique.

DANC 365 Advanced Contemporary Dance
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of Contemporary Dance II. Deepens knowledge of organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and working with gravity and momentum. Engagement in advanced movement patterns and choreographed exercises and phrases, improvisation, to create original material, to work with partners and to investigate movement independently. Readings, written assignments, and videos will be assigned to enhance the understanding of principles of alignment, movement, and performance. Students will study key contemporary artists in the field.
Prerequisites
DANC 265 or DANC 306

DANC 366 Advanced Ballet
Units: 1
Description
Continuation of intermediate ballet, emphasizing advanced technique and vocabulary. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.
Prerequisites
Previous intermediate ballet technique.

DANC 406 Summer Undergraduate Research
Units: 0
Description
Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.
Prerequisites
Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

DANC 407 Senior Thesis Capstone
Units: 1
Description
Builds on the foundations of Choreography I and Choreography II, as well as the other courses in the major. Student choreographer develops a fully produced work culminating in a public performance. Department of Theatre and Dance faculty co-mentor the student choreographer through the collaborative creative process, which includes developing a concept for the piece, making effective music choices, collaborating with designers (costume, lighting, sound and scenic), and working efficiently and creatively with dancers in rehearsal.
Prerequisites
DANC 315 or 319 or 355