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Advanced Performance Technique Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

DANC 3216, 4216: Men’s Ballet Technique
Emphasis on the virtuosity specific to the male dancer in the ballet idiom. The class objective is to strengthen and develop the dancer to his utmost potential. Includes variations.

DANC 3218, 4218: Women’s Pointe Technique
Emphasis on the virtuosity specific to the female dancer in the ballet idiom. The class objective is to strengthen and develop the dancer to her utmost potential. Includes variations.

DANC 3231, 3232, 3233, 3234: Jazz Dance III
Exploration of more advanced technique and styles of jazz dance, performance projection, individual style, characterizations, and musical theatre themes. Focus on retaining extensive combination sequences. Admission by placement.

DANC 3311, 3312, 3313, 3314, 3315, 3316, 3317, 3318: Ballet III
Continuing development of classical ballet technique on the advanced level with an emphasis on technical proficiency, musicality, and movement dynamics. May be inclusive of pointe class, men’s class, and/or partnering class. Prerequisite: Admission by placement.

DANC 3321, 3322, 3323, 3324: Modern Dance III
Continuing development of contemporary dance technique at an advanced intermediate level with emphasis on refining performance quality, depth of physicality, dramatic expression, and individual style.

DANC 4210: Ballet Immersive
Advanced ballet technique. May be taken as a standalone course or as an immersive supplement to Ballet III, Ballet IV, Men’s Ballet Technique, or Women’s Pointe Technique. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Ballet III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4211: Ballet Immersive II
Advanced ballet technique. May be taken as a standalone course or as an immersive supplement to Ballet III, Ballet IV, Men’s Ballet Technique, or Women’s Pointe Technique. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Ballet III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4212, 4213, 4214: Advanced Ballet Elective
Advanced ballet technique offering a transition from dance study to professional-level work.

DANC 4219: Ballet Immersive III
Advanced ballet technique. May be taken as a standalone course or as an immersive supplement to Ballet III, Ballet IV, Men’s Ballet Technique, or Women’s Pointe Technique. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Ballet III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4220: Modern Dance Immersive
Advanced contemporary dance technique. May be taken as a stand-alone course or as an immersive supplement to Modern Dance III or IV. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Modern Dance III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4221, 4222, 4223, 4224: Advanced Modern Elective
Advanced modern technique offering a transition from dance study to professional-level work.

DANC 4226, 4229: Modern Dance Immersive II, III
Advanced contemporary dance technique. May be taken as a stand-alone course or as an immersive supplement to Modern Dance III or IV. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Modern Dance III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4246, 4247, 4248, 4249: Advanced Jazz Elective
Advanced jazz technique offering a transition from dance study to professional-level work.

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