Dance Minor

Below are the requirements for the dance minor at PLU.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Resident Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance, Sarah Seder at sseder@plu.edu

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

20 semester hours, including:
DANC 170, 301, 463; 6 semester hours of technique chosen from: DANC/PHED 222, DANC 251, 252, 322, 351, 352; 4 semester hours of electives chosen from: DANC 240, 254, 255, 287, 487, 491, THEA 225, 250, 355, 425, PHED 224, 225.

Courses

DANC 170 : Introduction to Dance – AR

An introductory dance history course combining lecture and movement practice to offer students a well-rounded appreciation of the art form. (4)

DANC 222 : Jazz I – AR, PE

Introducing the techniques, vocabulary, and basic history of the jazz dance form, including learning and performing choreography in various jazz styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. Cross-listed with PHED 222. (1)

DANC 240 : Dance Ensemble & Production – AR

Various aspects of dance performance and production, including artistic collaboration, lighting, costume, makeup, and marketing. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (0 to 1)

DANC 251 : Ballet I – AR, PE

Designed for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students, this course is an opportunity for all students to actively practice the basic techniques, vocabulary, and traditions of classical ballet. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (2)

DANC 252 : Contemporary I – AR, PE

A technique course for beginning to beginning/intermediate level dance students. This course introduces basic techniques from the modern and post-modern eras, with an emphasis on contemporary practices, including structured improvisation and the fusion of multiple dance styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (2)

DANC 254 : Tap I – AR, PE

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap dance technique and history. Students will study rhythm, coordination, and artistry with an emphasis in the musical theatre style. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. May not be repeated for PE credit. (1)

DANC 255 : Hip Hop I – AR, PE

A technique course exploring the movement, vocabulary, and history of the rich hip hop culture in America. 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 in World Cultures – C

A cross-cultural examination of dance traditions from around the world in their historical, critical, artistic, and socio-cultural contexts. Students will learn to contextualize a variety of dance traditions. They will participate in dance styles of various world cultures as they study cultural traditions and how they are expressed in movement. Dance of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, Middle East, and the Americas. (4)

DANC 322 : Jazz II

This technique course challenges dance students to enhance their technical skills and knowledge of the vocabulary and history of the jazz dance form, including learning, creating, and performing choreography in various jazz styles. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 222 and consent of instructor. (1)

DANC 351 : Ballet II

Designed for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students, this course challenges ballet students to enhance their technical skills and historical knowledge through discussion and dedicated physical practice. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. Prerequisite: consent of instructor or DANC 251 and consent of instructor. (2)

DANC 352 : Contemporary II

Designed for intermediate to intermediate/advanced level dance students. This rigorous technique course combines prominent techniques from the four modern and post-modern eras with a focus on diverse perspectives of this contemporary dance era, including contact improvisation and somatic exploration. Prerequisite: consent of instructor, or DANC 252 and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit up to 4 times. (2)

DANC 362 : Healing Arts of the Mind and Body – A, AR

Designed to introduce alternative therapies of mind-body processes. History, roots, practice, and cultural significances of several therapies and practices. Cross-listed with KINS 362. (4)

DANC 463 : Dance Composition and Choreography

A study of the principles of dance composition, relative to the art form’s mediums of body, space, and time. In this course, students engage in concentrated creative practice involving guided improvisation and choreographic exercises. (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)