Dance

Welcome to dance at Pacific Lutheran University!  We offer a Dance minor within the Department of Theatre & Dance under the School of Arts and Communication.

Dance at Pacific Lutheran University provides unique opportunities in performance, choreography, dance history, dance production, dance technique (including modern, jazz, ballet, hip-hop and tap), yoga, social dance forms, and healing arts of mind and body. Selected courses are cross-referenced with Physical Education/Movement Studies, and two to four classes are offered every semester along with other co-curricular opportunities. Students can receive credit for their participation in these activities. Additionally, student choreography is emphasized in order to help nurture aspiring artists into becoming successful professionals.  Along with the student choreography, faculty and guest choreographers regularly create original works and set repertory on the students.

Pacific Lutheran University Dance Ensemble provides opportunities for student dance performance and choreography in a concert setting. Students join in the creative and intellectual process of creating dances. They challenge themselves technically and artistically with a culminating formal performance in the Spring semester. Invited professional guest choreographers, dedicated student choreographers, and dance faculty participate in setting choreography on the ensemble for the Spring concert.  Students of all technical dance levels are encouraged to participate and audition in the Fall and Spring terms for the Spring concert.

You may contact Resident Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance, Sarah Seder, at sseder@plu.edu in order to learn more about the program.

Dance 2014 at PLU on Thursday, April 10, 2014. (Photo/John Froschauer)

Dance Minor Requirements

16 semester hours, including:

  • 12 semester hours of DANC courses
  • 4 semester hours chosen from: additional DANC courses, KINS 277, 280, PHED 223, 224, 225, MUSI 101, 120, THEA 250, 254, 285, 355, 453
  • At least 4 semester hours must be upper-division (300 or 400 level)

Course Listing

DANC 170 : Introduction to Dance - AR

An introduction to Western concert dance forms; including, ballet, modern/contemporary, and jazz. The course combines discussion and movement practice. (4)

DANC 222 : Beginning/Intermediate Jazz - AR, PE

Students practice jazz dance technique, jazz choreography, and learn the history of jazz dance. Designed for students who have never taken a jazz dance class before, as well as for more experienced dancers. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. Cross-listed with PHED 222. (1)

DANC 240 : Dance Concert Ensemble - AR

Students perform in the faculty-directed dance concert. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (0 to 1)

DANC 251 : Beginning/Intermediate Ballet - AR, PE

Students practice ballet technique, ballet choreography, and learn the history of ballet. Designed for students who have never taken a ballet class before, as well as for more experienced dancers. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 252 : Beginning/Intermediate Contemporary - AR, PE

Students practice contemporary dance technique, contemporary choreography, and learn the history of contemporary and modern dance. Designed for students who have never taken a contemporary dance class before, as well as for more experienced dancers. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 254 : Beginning/Intermediate Tap - AR, PE

Students practice tap dance technique, tap choreography, and learn the history of tap dance. Designed for students who have never taken a tap dance class before, as well as for more experienced dancers. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 255 : Beginning/Intermediate Hip Hop - AR, PE

Students practice hip hop dance technique, hip hop choreography, and learn the history of hip hop. Designed for students who have never taken a hip hop dance class before, as well as more experienced dancers. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 287 : Special Topics in Dance

Provides undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 301 : Dance and Culture - C

A cross-cultural examination of dance forms from around the world in their historical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts. Students will learn to contextualize a variety of global dance traditions while examining their personal worldview. This course is primarily a seminar-based class, but includes a significant amount of physical movement. (4)

DANC 310 : Functional Alignment

Students deepen the understanding of their physical alignment through experiential anatomy and improvisational exercises. (1)

DANC 322 : Advanced Jazz

Designed for intermediate/advanced students, this course further develops jazz dance technique and performance. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 222. (1)

DANC 340 : Dance Composition and Choreography

A study of the principles of dance composition. Students engage in concentrated creative practice through choreographic projects, exercises, and guided improvisation. (2)

DANC 351 : Advanced Ballet

Designed for intermediate/advanced students, this course further develops ballet technique and performance. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 251. (1)

DANC 352 : Advanced Contemporary

Designed for intermediate/advanced students, this course further develops contemporary dance technique and performance. Prerequisite: DANC 252 or consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (1)

DANC 440 : Dance Concert Choreography

Students choreograph original works for the faculty-directed dance concert. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (0 to 2)

DANC 487 : Special Topics in Dance

Provides undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

DANC 491 : Independent Study

Provides individual undergraduate students with advanced study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as IS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)