Students may select dance as a major through the Performing Arts Department. This Bachelor of Arts course of study combines intensive studio work in technique and theory of modern dance, ballet and composition with seminars examining dance as a global phenomenon with forms reflecting culturally specific historical, aesthetic and anthropological features. The major also includes a broad range of courses such as stagecraft, music resources, improvisation, anatomy for dancers, pedagogy, dance therapy, musical theater dance, world dance forms, jazz and tap. Students also may choose to minor in modern dance; ballet; or world music, dance and theater. The interdisciplinary minor in world music, dance and theater encourages students already interested in the performing arts to explore those outside Euro-American traditions. A certificate program in somatic studies is offered through the University College division of Arts & Sciences.

Students who study dance at Washington University learn from faculty members who have both professional experience and academic degrees. Students also have the opportunity to study with guest artists in residence who teach master classes and set choreography.

The department also offers many opportunities for students to perform and present their work. Washington University Dance Theatre holds annual auditions, and selected students will appear in faculty- and guest artist-choreographed concerts in Edison Theatre. Additionally, students may audition for the student repertory company Washington University Dance Collective. Every spring, student choreographers can audition their work for Young Choreographers Showcase (a department sponsored event) or for Student Dance Showcase, directed and produced by Washington University Dance students. Students also have the annual opportunity to attend the regional American College Dance Conference to perform and take master classes. Students may also participate in departmental drama productions as well as student work in choreography and theater.

Contact:Mary-Jean Cowell
Phone:314-935-4474
Email:mjcowell@wustl.edu
Website:http://pad.artsci.wustl.edu

The Major in Dance

Total units required: 35-36

Prerequisites (8-9 units):

WU dance course (2-3 units) or advanced placement in dance2-3
Dance 203Composition Imax 3
Dance 212EIntroduction to Theater Production3

Required courses (18 units):

Dance 303Composition II3
Dance 305ZMusic Resources for Dance2
or Dance 312 Accompaniment Techniques for Dance
Dance 3101Dance Improvisation: Spontaneous Composition & Performance Techniques1
and 6 units from:
Dance 301Theory and Technique of Modern Dance III3
Dance 3021Theory and Technique of Modern Dance IV3
Dance 321Classical Ballet: Intermediate I2
Dance 3221Classical Ballet: Intermediate II2
Dance 401Theory and Technique of Modern Dance Vmax 3
Dance 4021Theory and Technique of Modern Dance VImax 3
Dance 415High Intermediate Ballet I2
Dance 416High Intermediate Ballet II2
Dance 4281Classical Ballet III2
Dance 4291Classical Ballet IV2

And choose 6 units from among the following. Any of these courses may be taken as an elective if not taken in fulfillment of the requirement: 

Dance 315Dance Spectrum3
Dance 316EFrom Romantic to Postmodern Dance3
Dance 340Ballet as Ethnic Dance and Classical Art3
Dance 342Critical Thinking in Western Theatrical Dance: Questioning Meets Creative Thinking and Collaboration3

Elective courses (minimum of 9 units):

Dance 300Jazz Dance II2
Dance 305ZMusic Resources for Dance2
Dance 307AStage Costumes: Prehistoric to 18003
Dance 307119th- and 20th-Century Costume Design and History II3
Dance 311Modern Dance and the African-American Legacy2
Dance 312Accompaniment Techniques for Dance2
Dance 319Stage Lighting3
Dance 3224Intermediate Pointe Technique1
Dance 328Contemporary Dance and the Michio Ito Method2
Dance 343West African Music and Dance in Context2
Dance 372Advanced American Musical Theatre3
Dance 403Jazz III2
Dance 404Composition IVmax 3
Dance 407Topics in Dance Techniquesmax 3
Dance 413Modern Dance and the African American Legacy II2
Dance 418Variations in the Ballet1
Dance 423Pointe Technique1
Dance 424Pointe Technique1
Dance 478The Eye of the Mask: A Multicultural History of the Theater through Mask Making and Design3
Drama 304Makeup for the Stage2
Drama 309Stage Technology3
Drama 341Acting II3
Drama 343Fundamentals of Directing3
Drama 361Stage Management3
Drama 421Costume Construction and Design3

Additional electives available in University College (U31):

Dance 305Structured Improvisation for Dance1
Dance 328Dance of West Africa: Intermediate2
Dance 335Bharata Natyam as Movement Narrative1
Dance 363Dunham Dance Technique II2
Dance 411Teaching Creative Movement to Children2
Dance 423Topics in Dance: Dance Movement Therapy2
Dance 430Applied Anatomy for the Performing Artist2
Dance 440Curriculum and Instruction in Dance3

The dance major must take at least one upper-level course in both ballet and modern dance technique and theory. Course work in at least one of the following is strongly recommended: West African Dance, Classical Indian Dance, Dunham Technique, Musical Theater Dance, Jazz Dance.

Additional Information

Study Abroad: Washington University students can pursue dance studies abroad during the academic year at the University of Auckland, New Zealand; University of Ghana, Legon; and Roehampton University, London. With approval from the Dance program, courses at these institutions may fulfill dance major and minor requirements. Courses in other disciplines taught at these institutions may also be accepted by Washington University.

The Minor in Ballet

Total units required: 15-18

Required courses: 7-9 units

Option 1
Dance 203Composition I (3 units) AND 2-3 units of modern dance technique (OR choose a modern technique class as the corequisite for Dance 203)5-6
OR
Option 2
Dance 208Composition and Technique (with modern dance as the technique requisite. Dance 208 technique may be ballet if the modern dance requirement is fulfilled in a separate course as in Option 1.)4

Also required with Option 1 or Option 2:

Dance 316EFrom Romantic to Postmodern Dance3
or Dance 340 Ballet as Ethnic Dance and Classical Art
Choose 6 units from among the following: 
Dance 222Fundamentals of Classical Ballet2
Dance 321Classical Ballet: Intermediate I2
Dance 3221Classical Ballet: Intermediate II2
Dance 415High Intermediate Ballet I2
Dance 416High Intermediate Ballet II2
Dance 4281Classical Ballet III2
Dance 4291Classical Ballet IV2

Electives:  choose at least 2 units from among the following: 

Dance 305ZMusic Resources for Dance2
Dance 312Accompaniment Techniques for Dance2
Dance 315Dance Spectrum3
Dance 316EFrom Romantic to Postmodern Dance (if not taken as required course)3
Dance 3224Intermediate Pointe Technique1
Dance 342Critical Thinking in Western Theatrical Dance: Questioning Meets Creative Thinking and Collaboration3
Dance 418Variations in the Ballet1
Dance 423Pointe Technique1
Dance 424Pointe Technique1
Dance 4281Classical Ballet III (If not taken as part of required 6 units)2
Dance 4291Classical Ballet IV (If not taken as part of required 6 units)2
Dance 430Applied Anatomy for the Performing Artist (University College course - U31)2

At least 1 unit of pointe work is recommended for women.

The Minor in Modern Dance

Total units required: 16-17

Required courses: 

Dance 301Theory and Technique of Modern Dance III3
Dance 3021Theory and Technique of Modern Dance IV3
Dance 303Composition II3
Dance 316EFrom Romantic to Postmodern Dance3

and: a 2-unit ballet class at the level appropriate for the student; level to be determined.

Elective courses: Choose 2-3 units from among the following courses:

Dance 305ZMusic Resources for Dance2
Dance 311Modern Dance and the African-American Legacy2
Dance 312Accompaniment Techniques for Dance2
Dance 315Dance Spectrum3
Dance 328Contemporary Dance and the Michio Ito Method2

Additional electives available in University College (U31):

Dance 305Structured Improvisation for Dance1
Dance 411Teaching Creative Movement to Children2
Dance 423Topics in Dance: Dance Movement Therapy2
Dance 430Applied Anatomy for the Performing Artist2
Dance 440Curriculum and Instruction in Dance3

The Minor in World Music, Dance and Theater

For the world music, dance and theater minor, visit the Performing Arts page.

Visit https://courses.wustl.edu to view semester offerings for L29 Dance.


L29 Dance 104 Body Conditioning

A complete body conditioning program designed to increase strength and flexibility. Uses some floor barre and Pilates-related floor exercises.

Credit variable, maximum 2 units.


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L29 Dance 106E Introduction to Dance as a Contemporary Art Form

Introduction to dance as a creative art form. Through practical work in the studio, students gain an understanding of the human body as an instrument of expression and of motion as the medium of dance. Technique, analysis and creative work. Not open to majors. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 111 Contemporary Dance for the Male Dancer

For men who may have athletic or other physical and kinesthetic skills, but little to no formal dance training. This course is designed to meet the specific needs of the male body in its capacity for dynamic, aesthetic, expressive movement. Introduction to dance as a creative art form using the body as the instrument of expression and motion as the medium of dance. Technique, analysis and creative work.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA


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L29 Dance 120 Yoga and Relaxation Techniques

Systematic introduction to the methods and theory of yoga as a means of stretching, strengthening, energizing and relaxing the body. Incorporates meditation, massage and other release techniques to help sharpen both body and mind. Students should wear comfortable clothing permitting freedom of movement and bring a mat or towel. Related readings assigned.

Credit 1 unit.


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L29 Dance 200 Tutorial

Supplementary work at the low intermediate level in ballet and modern dance at times to be determined. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and permission of the Coordinator of the Dance Division. Credit to be determined in each case.

Credit variable, maximum 6 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 201E Theory and Technique of Modern Dance I

Fundamental theory and techniques of American modern dance. Studio work investigating the expressive potential of human movement and developing individual rhythmic and kinesthetic awareness, coordination, and breadth of movement vocabulary. Related reading and video expand on theory embodied in the class work and give an historical overview of modern dance in the U.S. Attendance at 2-3 performances required. Prerequisite: some previous dance training or permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 202 Theory and Technique of Modern Dance II

A course for students familiar with the basic concepts and technique of modern dance. Emphasis on expanding individual movement versatility with increasing difficulty of choreographic phrase materials. Related readings and videos, some focused on American postmodern dance. Attendance at two to three performances required. Prerequisite: Dance 201 or permission of the instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 203 Composition I

Finding personal movement and transforming it into dance. Through a series of class projects the formal elements of composition are introduced. Prerequisite: Dance 201 or permission of the instructor; concurrent registration in a technique class required.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 208 Composition and Technique

Introduction to dance composition supported by two modern or ballet technique classes each week at the level appropriate to the individual student. Work on composition assignments outside of class is expected. Prerequisite: Dance 201E or permission of instructor.

Credit 4 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 211 Yoga and Relaxation Techniques II

A more vigorous yoga discipline incorporating flow series and held postures. This class concentrates on the movement and distribution of energy throughout the body. Prior yoga experience recommended.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 212E Introduction to Theater Production

An introductory study of the major elements involved with mounting a theatrical production. Utilizing guest speakers in both theater arts and theater studies, the course addresses such topics as scenic, costume, lighting and sound design; production management and procedures; and the history and culture of theatrical space and design. Students are required to serve as a crew member on one departmental production and attend productions of the Edison Theatre Ovations series and the Performing Arts Department.
Same as L15 Drama 212E

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 213 Improvisation I

This course explores the process and art form of creative, expressive, spontaneous dance making. Students learn to move and respond simultaneously in the moment, developing skills of communication, observation, performance and composition in the language of movement. Open to dancers of all levels. Light reading; in class and out-of-class projects.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 221 Fundamentals of Classical Ballet

Designed for dancers with no previous training or knowledge of the development of ballet in America, a systematic introduction to the ballet technique, including traditional terminology, and introductory readings on American Ballet Theatre as a repository for classical and modern ballet repertoire of both American and European choreographers. Attention to basic anatomical concerns and body alignment as well as to the classical movement vocabulary. Prerequisite: none.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 222 Fundamentals of Classical Ballet

Designed for dancers with no previous training or knowledge of the development of ballet in America, a systematic introduction to the ballet technique, including traditional terminology, and introductory readings on New York City Ballet as a repository for the choreography of George Balanchine. Attention to basic anatomical concerns and body alignment as well as to the classical movement vocabulary.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 226 Tap Dance: Beginning

Instruction in basic tap steps and rhythms. Development of varied tap dance styles. Primarily a studio course with some assigned reading. No prerequisite dance training required.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 2340 Classical Dances of India

An introduction to the classical dance of South India in its cultural context. Students learn to appreciate the Bharata Natyam style and to perform its basic movements. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 257 Dance Theater Production

Experience in technical production. Required stage work includes two studio dance productions supervised by faculty. Prerequisite: Dance 212E.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 272 Introduction to American Musical Theater

Students will be taught basic interpretation of musical theater repertoire. The student will learn to analyze and perform songs with regard to melody and musical form. Acting techniques will be developed through lyric interpretation. Students will also be introduced to basic audition practice and etiquette.
Same as L15 Drama 272

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 280 Hip-Hop Jazz

Hip-hop jazz and music video dance combine in this exciting, high-energy course. Students learn elements from each of these dance styles and focus on how they have been adapted into pop culture choreography. This course is designed for students with at least one year of dance training. It is expected that by the end of the course, students have a greater knowledge of dance and dance terminology and an increased ability to perform set choreography. Primarily a studio course; some related reading assigned.

Credit 2 units. Art: HUM


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L29 Dance 296 Internship

Students may receive up to 3 units of credit for an approved internship with an organization where the primary objective is to obtain professional experience outside the classroom. Students must file a Learning Agreement with the Career Center, a faculty sponsor and the site supervisor. This must be approved by all three constituencies before proceeding. A final written project is agreed upon between the student and faculty sponsor before work begins, and is evaluated by the faculty sponsor at the end of the internship.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 297 Fundamentals of Jazz Dance

This course introduces the basic principles and vocabulary of traditional jazz dance as influenced by American social dances and its relationship to the rise in popularity of jazz music. Both are unique to America and are rooted in African-American and European-American culture. Prerequisite: one year of training in ballet technique or modern dance.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 300 Jazz Dance II

Intermediate to high intermediate work in jazz dance technique, including choreographic phrases emphasizing stylistic clarity and more complex rhythmic structure. Variable content; may be repeated once for credit in a subsequent semester. Preference given to students registering for the first time. Prerequisite: Dance 297 or permission of instructor.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 301 Theory and Technique of Modern Dance III

Technique and related concepts for the intermediate-level student. Greater emphasis on the ability to accurately replicate or individually interpret choreographic material. Related reading and video assignments on contemporary dance developments and attendance at two to three performances required. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: Dance 202 and permission of the instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 3021 Theory and Technique of Modern Dance IV

Continuation of Dance 301. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisite: Dance 301 and permission of instructor.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 303 Composition II

A workshop for students with experience in choreography. Study of approaches to dance composition with related improvisation problems. Work outside of studio hours expected. Prerequisites: Dance 203 or 208 and permission of the instructor; concurrent registration in a technique course required.

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 305Z Music Resources for Dance

Analysis of Western (Europe, America), world (Africa, India, Indonesia) and global popular musics. Emphasis on rhythm/form, style/genre, instrumentation and function/context. Basic music theory: notation, time signatures, subdivisions and polyrhythms. Major composers for dance (Lully, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Cage, etc.). Introduction to percussion techniques for dance accompaniment using hand drums, drumset and hand-held instruments. Introduction to basic studio techniques including microphones, recording and editing equipment, and the use of synthesizer and drum machines. Prerequisites: for dance students at the intermediate or advanced level.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 3071 19th- and 20th-Century Costume Design and History II

Basic presentation of costume design from initial conception through final renderings. Development of drawing and painting techniques on design projects taken from plays set in the 19th and 20th centuries. History of costume and fashion silhouette will be illuminated through slide and video presentation of primary and secondary source materials.
Same as L15 Drama 3071

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 307A Stage Costumes: Prehistoric to 1800

Basic presentation of costume design from conception through final renderings, development of drawing and painting techniques for the costume plate, and the history of stage costume in the principal periods and styles of drama from prehistoric periods through 1800.
Same as L15 Drama 307

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM


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L29 Dance 308 Dance Composition Projects

Choreography juried by dance faculty or supervised choreography on themes assigned by the instructor or formulated by the student and approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: minimum of one semester course work in composition or permission of the instructor.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 309 Composition and Technique II

Continuing work in dance composition supported by two technique classes each week at the level appropriate to the individual student. Work on composition assignments outside of class are expected. Prerequisite: Dance 201, Dance 203 or permission of instructor.

Credit 4 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 310 Dance Improvisation II

Continuation of Dance 213. Prerequisites: Dance 213 or permission of instructor; concurrent registration in a dance technique course at the 300 level or higher is required. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 3101 Dance Improvisation: Spontaneous Composition & Performance Techniques

Dance improvisation is a cumulative, integrative practice, applying every skill the performer can bring to the spontaneous present in which creative process and performance is simultaneously one and the same. In this course, students learn and create processes for improvising dance/performance art, with an aim toward developing integrated skill in: dance technique, intuitive movement invention, partnered dancing, collaborative process, performance presence/expressivity, and compositional form. Applications include improvising compositions for theatrical stage, site-specific venues, and for camera-based artistic mediums. Meets requirement for dance major. Prerequisite: Students must be qualified at 300 level in any genre of dance technique, or obtain special permission of instructor. This course is optimal for students who have previously taken Dance Composition (L29 203/208/303/309), and/or Contact Improvisation (U31 212), though they are not prerequisites. May be repeated once for credit.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 311 Modern Dance and the African-American Legacy

This course examines the works of several African-American choreographers and their contributions to the field of modern dance in America. These works, considered modern-day classics, depict important historical events and reveal cultural influences that people of African descent have impressed upon our society. Through the medium of dance aided by discussions, video and class reading assignments, the choreographers' works are analyzed for form, content and social relevance. Studio work includes technique to support learning the repertory. Prerequisite: one to two years training in modern, jazz or ballet.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 312 Accompaniment Techniques for Dance

A wide variety of percussion instruments and techniques are studied to determine what makes effective dance accompaniment. The course includes: examples and discussion of dance musics from Western and non-Western cultures; basic notation of rhythm and form; demonstrations of musical styles and discussion of social contexts. Students have opportunities to assist in accompanying modern dance classes. Minimum of two to three hours a week of individual practice and/or listening to recordings expected.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 315 Dance Spectrum

Introductory consideration of dance as a human activity with culturally specific forms and functions. The course material is multicultural and organized both thematically and chronologically. Topics include: dance as ritual and art, dance and politics, dance as reflection and subversion of gender norms, classical Asian dance forms, and a brief overview of the development of Euro-American theatrical dancing, especially ballet and modern dance. Seminar format with emphasis on discussion based on reading and extensive video materials.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, CD A&S IQ: HUM, LCD BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 316E From Romantic to Postmodern Dance

An overview of European and American theatre dance from the early 19th century to the present. Topics include: Isadora Duncan's work as transition and revolution, Orientalism in early modern dance and the Diaghilev Ballets Russes, the "reconstruction" of the dancer's body, gender issues in movement vocabulary, choreographic content and professional working conditions, the emergence of modernism and postmodernism in dance. Seminar format emphasizing discussion of reading and dance videos.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM Art: AH


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L29 Dance 319 Stage Lighting

This course will place an emphasis in the aesthetic practice of lighting design through the understanding of technology as it relates to time and space. Early on the student will learn how to properly use and apply designer's tools and then through reading, research and experimentation explore the limitless boundaries of color and texture. This will culminate in a stage design in collaboration with directing or dance class. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to speak eloquently on design theory and be able to move on to further design study in Advanced Lighting Design: L15 410.
Same as L15 Drama 310

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM Art: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 320 Alexander Technique

Students of the Alexander Technique learn to recognize and change counter-productive habits. This skill enables dancers to take correction more effectively and to overcome stumbling blocks in technique and performance. Learning to allow natural postural reflexes to work improves length, balance and flexibility, providing a strong basis for dance technique. The result is the relief of excess tension, enhanced range of expression and the ability to have more choices about how one moves.

Credit 2 units.


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L29 Dance 321 Classical Ballet: Intermediate I

A course designed for those with a solid foundation in the fundamentals of ballet technique. Related reading and video assignments; attendance at one to two ballet performances. Variable content; may be repeated in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and B+ or better in Dance 221 and 222.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 3221 Classical Ballet: Intermediate II

Special emphasis on the development of adagio, allegro and turn sequences. Variable content; may be repeated in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and B+ or better in Dance 221 and 222.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 3224 Intermediate Pointe Technique

This course is designed for dancers with a basic foundation and understanding of pointe technique. The focus of the course is the strengthening of the overall presentation of the pointe technique while additionally developing the performance quality of the dancer. Variable content: may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in Dance 3221, 416 or 4291, and permission of the instructor.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 323 Topics in Theater


Same as L15 Drama 321

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 328 Contemporary Dance and the Michio Ito Method

Primarily a studio course of classes combining contemporary modern dance technique, some balletic barre work and instruction in the Michio Ito method. Inspired by elements in his own training at the Dalcroze Institute, Ito preceded Martha Graham in developing a systematized approach to modern dance that reflected the artist's individual aesthetic preferences and that played a role in his choreography. The course examines similarities and contrasts between contemporary modern dance training and the Ito method, which emphasizes development of musicality, coordination and performing presence. Some reading and video material and one final project with both written and movement components. Prerequisite: upper-level placement in modern dance, ballet or jazz.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 332 Mind-Body: Integral Practices

The mind and the body are not only connected, they are a fundamental unity, always functioning in a coordinated state. Whether or not we coordinate them well or badly is a choice we make, whether we are conscious of choosing or not. Many so-called "physical" exercises, activities and arts suffer from a lack of adequate skills of sensation, attention, perception and conscious control. Conversely, many so-called "mental" activities lack adequate awareness of the bodily underpinnings of thought. Like a person learning to play a musical instrument, one's ability to coordinate the mental and physical aspects of Self toward one's best personal potential is a skill requiring study of strategies and techniques for good practice in "being well." Such ideas and methods are not "new age," but can be traced back through more than a century in the work of investigators such as F.M. Alexander, progressive educator John Dewey, anthropologist Raymond Dart, and many others. Through direct experience and related readings, this class introduces students to "somatic," or "integral" practices — activities that are inherently more effective at developing the aspects of Self in a coordinated and authentically holistic manner. We then learn to apply our understanding to all kinds of activities, both mental and physical, from chores to exercise, from arts to sports, from hobbies to vocations. Some kind of prior movement training (e.g., athletics, martials arts, dance, etc.) is preferable but not required.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 340 Ballet as Ethnic Dance and Classical Art

This course examines the origins and major developments in ballet theory, technique and production practice, emphasizing their relationship to concepts of ethnicity and classicism. Issues considered include: the influence of classic Greco-Roman theater on the themes, aesthetic ideals and theorization of ballet; analysis of ethnic content not only in thematic material but in ballet movement vocabulary and training process; the conscious reformulation in the United States of European ballet as an equally American art form; the expansion of Euro-American "classical ballet" in the work of Balanchine and Tudor; the appropriation of ballet by non-Western countries (such as China and Japan) and its impact on native dance genres; typical construction of the ballet dancer's body and movement, including gender definition, in relationship to a specific ethnic community context. Seminar format with lectures, discussion and video materials. Three five- to seven-page papers and final. No prerequisites.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH, SD, WI A&S IQ: HUM, SD, WI BU: HUM


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L29 Dance 342 Critical Thinking in Western Theatrical Dance: Questioning Meets Creative Thinking and Collaboration

This is a course designed to introduce the student to the intersections of creative, collaboration and critical thinking in Western Theatrical Dance. This course begins with a review of the literature on creativity, creative collaboration, the process of creating Western Theatrical Dance, and critical thinking. The course continues as an overview of these issues while presenting the intersection and interaction of these elements, which form the creative collaboration of Western Theatrical Dance. The students read from both texts and articles on creativity, creative collaboration, the process of creating Western Theatrical Dance in the 20th and 21st centuries, and critical thinking.

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 343 West African Music and Dance in Context

A West African dance course specifically focused on the Ivorian dance traditions of the Baule, Bete Dan, Lobi, Makinke, and Senufo peoples. The course addresses the relationship between music and dance as well as their social and cultural significance. We include study of myths, art, costumes and masks as they relate to various dances and musics. A studio course with related reading material.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 372 Advanced American Musical Theatre

This course will focus on developing the acting, singing and dancing techniques required for performing in musical theater. The student will develop group pieces and will participate in scenes that explore character within a musical threater context. The class will culminate in a workshop performance. Prerequisite: Drama 221 and permission of instructor, by audition. Repeatable 1 time for credit.
Same as L15 Drama 372

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 400 Dance Production Projects

Students may receive credit for work on special dance-related production projects conceived by students and supervised by faculty. Contracts must be signed by the student, faculty supervisor, and the coordinator of Dance 400 before work on the project commences. Students should register for this course after work is completed. Prerequisite: permission of the dance faculty.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 401 Theory and Technique of Modern Dance V

Emphasis on versatility in movement vocabulary and on more complex and intensive technical work with discussion of theory inherent in the studio work. Related reading and projects. Variable content: may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisite: Dance 302 or permission of the instructor. Students with class conflicts may, with the permission of the instructor, enroll for 2 rather than 3 units.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 4021 Theory and Technique of Modern Dance VI

Continuation of Dance 401 with emphasis on more complex and intensive technical work. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: Dance 401 and permission of the instructor. Students with class conflicts may, with the permission of the instructor, enroll for 2 rather than 3 units.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 403 Jazz III

Jazz III is primarily a studio course based on traditional jazz with strong elements of ballet technique, hip-hop, Broadway and street jazz. The main focus of the class will be on increased technical proficiency and development as an expressive performer. The studio work will introduce exercises and movement phrases that challenge the dancer's skill level, and encourage a personal exploration that further enhances the dancer's individual expression and style. Studio work will be supported by individual research on the field of jazz dance. Prerequisites: High-Intermediate training in jazz dance technique and permission of the instructor.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 404 Composition IV

The exploration of choreographic problems in small and large ensembles. Prerequisite: completion of Dance 303, senior standing or permission of instructor. Previous or concurrent registration in Dance 401 or 4021 recommended.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units.


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L29 Dance 4041 Composition III

The exploration of choreographic problems for small and large ensembles. Prerequisite: senior standing or permission of instructor. Previous or concurrent registration in Dance 401 or 4021 recommended.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 407 Topics in Dance Techniques

Explores a variety of special interest topics in dance techniques. Consult the course listings for the semester topic.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units. A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 413 Modern Dance and the African American Legacy II

This course focuses on works by 2-3 renowned African-American choreographers. The selected choreographers are chosen for their contributions to the field of American modern dance based primarily on their explorations regarding the process and dynamics of building community — the sense of community as experienced through the lens of African-American cultural values and aesthetics as it pertains to the creative process. Therefore, the course focuses on viewing the body as a site for the exchange of ideas concerning humanity. Students investigate these choreographers through learning excerpts of their choreography and choreographing personal responses, as well as through related readings, videos and independent research.

Credit 2 units. A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 414 Advanced Stage Lighting

An advanced-level continuation of Drama 310. Emphasis is placed on design aesthetics and their application in a laboratory setting. Students explore color theory, lightboard programming and design analyses as well as execute a variety of finished projects. These projects cover a wide range of production styles and performance venues. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
Same as L15 Drama 410

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 415 High Intermediate Ballet I

A course designed as preparation for the advanced level. Emphasis on vocabulary review and individual technique assessment, including placement, movement quality and musicality. Related readings and video assignments; attendance at and critical analysis of one to two ballet performances. Variable content; may be repeated in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: B+ or better in Dance 221, 222, 321, 322 and/or permission of instructor.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 416 High Intermediate Ballet II

A course designed for the high intermediate dancer in preparation for Dance 4281/429. Emphasis on placement, movement quality and musicality. Related readings and projects supplement the classical vocabulary. Prerequisites: B+ or better in Dance 221, 222, 321, 322 and/or permission of instructor.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 418 Variations in the Ballet

Introduces classical choreography within various ballets. Prerequisites: Dance 321 or Dance 4281 with some pointe training, and permission of instructor.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 423 Pointe Technique

Designed for dancers with a basic foundation in pointe work. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: concurrent registration in Dance 321 or 4281 and B+ or better in Dance 221, 222, 321, 322 and/or permission of instructor.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 4234 Performing Knowledge: Arts Integration Pedagogy in Theory and Practice


Same as L15 Drama 4234

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 424 Pointe Technique

Designed for dancers with a basic foundation in pointe work. Concurrent registration in Dance 322, 4291 and permission of instructor.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 4281 Classical Ballet III

Designed for dancers with a solid foundation in beginning and intermediate ballet technique. Related reading, research paper/discussion, video assignments; attendance at one to two ballet performances. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and B+ or better in Dance 3221 and Dance 415 or Dance 416.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 4291 Classical Ballet IV

A course designed for dancers with a solid foundation in beginning and intermediate ballet technique. Variable content; may be repeated for credit in a subsequent semester. Prerequisite: permission of instructor, and B+ or better in 3221 and 415 or 416.

Credit 2 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 457 Dance Repertory

Under the direction of an experienced choreographer, students rehearse and perfect repertory concert dances. All students perform or understudy the choreographies. May be repeated for credit. Enrollment by audition. Prerequisite: concurrent registration in a technique class required.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 458 Dance Repertory

Under the direction of an experienced choreographer, students rehearse and perfect repertory concert dances. May be repeated once for credit. Enrollment by audition. Concurrent registration in a technique class is required.

Credit 1 unit. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM


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L29 Dance 478 The Eye of the Mask: A Multicultural History of the Theater through Mask Making and Design

An exploration of the history of masks used in the theater. Topics will include drama of ancient Greece, the ancient No theater of Japan, the Italian theater of commedia dell'arte, the dance drama of Bali, the Venetian and Mardi Gras Carnival celebrations, and ritual and ceremonial masks of other cultures — Africa, Latin America and Asia — using the instructor's extensive collection of masks as primary research subjects. Projects include: an in-class presentation and research paper with 3-5 fully realized mask designs to be constructed within class and at an additional lab time to be discussed on the first day.
Same as L15 Drama 478

Credit 3 units. A&S: TH A&S IQ: HUM BU: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 479 Fundamentals of Sound Design

Encompassing both creative and technical aspects of sound in the performing arts, the course gives theoretical knowledge of, and practical experience in the following areas: fundamental rules of physics and electronics related to sound, use of standard digital recording studio equipment, "training" of the ear and basic techniques of sound montage. Students are expected to participate in a variety of conceptual and research oriented exercises as well as complete several lab projects. Sound-related work on Performing Arts Department productions may be required. Prerequisite: Drama 212 and permission of instructor.
Same as L15 Drama 479

Credit 3 units. A&S: LA A&S IQ: HUM EN: H


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L29 Dance 493 Senior Project

Specialized project in a selected area in dance. The student works individually under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite: permission of the coordinator of the Dance Division.

Credit variable, maximum 3 units.


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L29 Dance 499 Study for Honors

An honors thesis or performance and thesis project designed by the student, and supervised and assessed by a faculty committee. Prerequisites: senior standing; grade point average of 3.5 and 3.5 in dance classes; and permission of the coordinator of the dance division.

Credit variable, maximum 6 units.


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L29 Dance 4990 Independent Work

Prerequisite: senior standing and permission of the coordinator of the dance division.

Credit variable, maximum 10 units.


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