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Dance

Dance photo from a few years back.Dance courses provide students with a broad base of cultural and historical knowledge as well as technique, pedagogy and repertoire in the various dance genres. The creative process is fostered by inclusion of production skills, the art of choreography, and performance opportunities. This foundation will prepare students to further their study, teach, choreograph, and/or perform. Graduates may seek employment in dance education, dance studios, community service organizations, and as production assistants, choreographers, teacher assistants, dance therapy assistants, and as dancers in the arts and entertainment industry.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

The requirements for a degree in visual and performing arts allow you to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete your bachelor's degree in dance without loss of credit or time.

Associate of Arts Degree in Visual and Performing Arts: Dance

Certificate Programs

Courses


DAN*H101
History & Appreciation of World Dance
3 cr. Credits

World Dance is designed to introduce students to dance in its creative, cultural and historical aspects. It will explore “a number of important ways in which dance functions in human societies—always keeping in mind that while dance is a universal human activity, it does not play the same role in every culture.” (Grauer) This course includes seminar, video-viewing, and movement activities.

DAN*H102
Ballet I: Renaissance to Romantic
3 cr. Credits

Ballet from the Renaissance to the Romantic period provides students with a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of ballet technique, encourages students to achieve a level of self-discipline and physical control, and instills an appreciation of the historical contributions of ballet to the overall development of dance as an art form. Studio course.

DAN*H109
Ballroom I
1 cr. Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, evolution, music, steps, and stylings of ballroom dancing. Three standard style dances, Tango or Swing, the Waltz, and the Foxtrot and three Latin style dances, the Rhumba, the Salsa, and the Cha, Cha, Cha, will be explored. Studio course.

DAN*H110
Rhythm Tap
1 cr. Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the rhythm tap genre—a collage of sound produced by using taps and body as an instrument. The cultural and historical perspectives of rhythm tap will be discussed. Studio course.

DAN*H111
Jazz I: Afro-Caribbean/American
3 cr. Credits

Afro-Caribbean and American Vernacular Jazz Dance is designed to introduce students to the origins of jazz dance in America. Study emphasizes African and Caribbean, as well as “street” and “ballroom” influences. Basic skills of jazz movement, jazz music, and rhythmic awareness are included. Studio course.

DAN*H112
Jazz II: Broadway and Film
3 cr. Credits

No prerequisite. Musical Theater and Film Dance is designed to segue from American Vernacular Jazz Dance into concert jazz dance and Broadway dance. It continues with the historical (1930's-2000's) and cultural perspective particular to this American dance genre as well as its differentiating styles and techniques. Studio course.

DAN*H113
Modern I: Pioneers of America
3 cr. Credits

Pioneers of American Modern Dance is designed to introduce students not only to the basic techniques of modern dance, but also to the social, historical, and cultural changes of the twentieth century that made America ripe for new dance forms. Important figures in the dance world from the turn of the century to 1940 will be presented, along with their techniques, theories of movement and compositional ideas. Exposure to this study will enable the students to integrate the thought behind the movement with the action. Studio course.

DAN*H118
Dance Pedagogy for Early Childhood (also listed as ECE*H118)
1 cr. Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques and methodology for teaching dance to children, ages 2-5. Using the standards established by the State of Connecticut and the National Dance Education Organization, appropriate content for dance classes will be examined. We will view the dance class from a developmental perspective, identifying appropriate movement activities and strategies for teaching.

DAN*H119
Dance Pedagogy for Elementary Education
1 cr. Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques and methodology for teaching dance to children, ages 5-10. Using the standards established by the State of CT. and the National Dance Education Organization, appropriate content for dance classes will be examined. We will view the dance class from a developmental perspective, identifying appropriate activities and strategies for teaching.

DAN*H140
Pilates/Wellness (also listed as HPE*H140)
1 cr. Credits

This course focuses on the quality of movement, posture and breathing by increasing strength, flexibility, and balance. The holistic perspective includes physical awareness, cognitive reflection, nutrition, and insights from feelings and focuses on mind-body centering. Pilates/Wellness is designed for the dancer, athlete, health professional or persons interested in overall well-being. This class meets the first ten weeks of the semester. Comfortable clothing is necessary.

DAN*H202
Ballet II: Classical to Contemporary
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAN*H102. Ballet from the Classical to Contemporary periods is designed to further the student's study of the technique of classical ballet and its history in the twentieth century. Studio course.

DAN*H209
Ballroom Dance II
1 cr. Credits

It is strongly advised that students take DAN*H109 Ballroom I prior to taking this course or have a foundation in ballroom dance. This course is designed to expand students' study of the history, evolution, music, steps, and styles of ballroom dancing. Three standard style dances, Swing, the Waltz, and the Foxtrot, and three Latin style dances, the Rumba, the Salsa, and the Tango, will be covered.

DAN*H213
Modern Dance II: Second Generation America
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAN*H113 or permission of instructor. This course encompasses the techniques, theories and philosophies of movement as presented by America's second generation from Cunningham to Alvin Ailey. The social and cultural changes that influenced this period's dance also will be explored. Exposure to this study will enable the student to integrate the thought behind the movement. Studio course.

DAN*H221
Repertory/Ensemble I
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Modern, Jazz or Ballet compositions by faculty or renowned choreographers will be taught, rehearsed and presented in concert. Performance skills of projection, clarity, staging, spacing and truth to choreographers' techniques will be practiced. Works for repertory may include Charles Weidman's Brahm's Waltzes, Anna Sokolow's Rooms, Ballanchine's Tarantella, and Pilobolus' Improvisational Techniques. Studio course. Additional rehearsals required.

DAN*H222
Choreographic Principles /Ensemble I
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Choreographic Principles/Ensemble is designed for students to discover sources of movement and develop the tools for structuring movement in time and space. It includes assigned composition problems and structured movement improvisation. Students may find their own personal statement in movement and develop a solo dance, and/or they may focus on making a group work. Students develop creative decision-making in working with a group. Elements of performance—costume, decor, lighting, staging—will also be explored and executed in formal concert. The Ensemble is the performing arm of the College. Studio course. Additional rehearsals required.

DAN*H224
Choreographic Principles /Ensemble II
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAN*H222 and permission of instructor. This course is designed for students to expand their knowledge of movement and dance and to continue to develop the tools for structuring movement in time and space. It includes assigned compositional problems and structured movement improvisation. Students will continue to explore their own personal statement in movement and develop solos and/or group work. Students will continue to develop and demonstrate creative decision-making in working with an ensemble, both choreographically and in production. Tools and vocabulary continue to be offered in an environment open to creative communication. Elements of performance (costume, decor, lighting, staging) and production (publicity, press releases, stage and house management, scheduling) will be explored also. Participation in Dance Concert is mandatory.

DAN*H120
Dance Pedagogy for Secondary Education
1 cr . Credits

This course is designed to introduce students to the basic techniques and methodology for teaching dance to students in grades 7–12. Using the standards established by the State of Connecticut and the National Dance Education Organization, appropriate content for dance classes will be examined. We will view dance class from a developmental perspective, identifying appropriate activities and strategies for teaching. There is no prerequisite for this class.

DAN*H175
Kinesiology for Dancers
3 cr. Credits

This course, designed especially for those involved in dance, athletics or somatics, looks at the structure and function of the human body. Anatomical and mechanical principles are analyzed. We will focus on the musculoskeletal system as a mechanism for motion. Students are expected to have a foundation in dance or other body movement. This course will satisfy the science requirement for dance majors.

DAN*H225
Repertory/Ensemble II
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites: DAN*H221 and permission of instructor. This course is designed to expand students' study of dance compositions by faculty and renowned choreographers who will teach their work. Modern dance is emphasized but works may be from the jazz dance or ballet genre. The studied works will be videotaped and then rehearsed by the instructor. Students, working as an ensemble, will present these works in formal or informal concert. Performance skills of projection, clarity, staging, spacing, and truth to choreographers' intent and technique will be further practiced. Students will continue to develop and execute production skills related to production. Participation in Dance Concert is mandatory.

DAN*H231
Jazz III: Musical Theater Dance
3 cr. Credits

Prerequisites:  DAN*H112 or previous dance training. This course will focus on the three most influential directors/choreographers of the 20th century: Jerome Robbins, Michael Bennett and Bob Fosse.  It will reconstruct not only the dancing but the character intent in a signature piece from West Side Story (Jerome Robbins), A Chorus Line (Michael Bennett) and Chicago (Bob Fosse).  It will also emphasize the dramatics that were infused into each piece and how the emergence of the director/choreographer reshaped the American musical to what it is today.  Coursework will compare the differences and the similarities of each piece and its construction.  The three works will be informally performed by the students at the end of the course as part of their final exam. Reading and writing components are done outside of class.  Extra hours in the studio may be required. Students taking this course are expected to have a foundation in dance.

DAN*H232
Ballet III
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAN*H202. This course continues to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental principles of ballet technique, to encourage students to achieve a level of self-discipline and physical control, and to instill an appreciation of the historical contributions of ballet to the overall development of dance as an art form. Reading and writing component are done outside of class. Extra rehearsal hours in the studio are required.

DAN*H233
Modern Dance III: Technique/Humphrey-Limon
2 cr. Credits

Prerequisite: DAN*H113 and or DAN*H213. This studio course is designed to continue students' study in the Humphrey-Limon techniques of modern dance. This twentieth century technique is the foundation of the modern dance study at this college. Presented along with Doris Humphrey's and Jose Limon's techniques will be their theories of movement and compositional ideas. Exposing the student to this study will enable him/her to integrate the thought behind the movement with the action. Extra rehearsal hours in the studio are required.