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Open Dance 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.

The following dance courses are open to all students from any field of study.  

DANC 1030: Partnering I Laboratory
A focus on the development of weight sharing skills, with methodology based in techniques associated with contact improvisation and Bartenieff Fundamentals. Covers repertory from Pilobolus, one of the most internationally renowned dance companies that bases its work in contact improvisation. Restricted to first-year students.

DANC 1301, 1302: Beginning Ballet
Introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet. Not for credit in the dance major.

DANC 1303, 1304: Beginning Modern Dance
Introduction to basic movement skills, experiences and concepts of modern dance. Not for credit in the dance major.

DANC 1305, 1306: Beginning Jazz Dance
Introduction to the fundamentals of jazz dance with emphasis on rhythm and theatrical style.  Not for credit in the dance major.

DANC 3086: Explorations in Style
Explores of a variety of dance forms to broaden exposure of students to styles and techniques beyond the foundation of  the standing curriculum. Prerequisites: Junior or senior class standing and technique level placement of II or IV in the appropriate technique.

DANC 3354: Dance and Camera
Instruction in basic camera and editing skills and techniques designed to broaden and empower the dancer’s understanding of the moving dance image on camera, and the ways this imagery may be modified and presented as digital media. A variety of modes of digital capture are covered, including single-camera archival, performer viewpoint, multi-camera, and site-specific capture techniques. Students also learn basic non-linear editing skills in support of creating a dancer/choreographer reel and digital portfolio. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.

DANC 3374/CFA 3337: The Evolution of American Musical Theatre
This course examines the evolution of American musical theatre from its roots in minstrelsy, burlesque and vaudeville, to its adolescence in comic opera, operetta and musical comedy to its codification as musical theatre. The first unit of the class examines the early forms of popular entertainment, the second unit looks at the development of the integration of dance, music and drama into the form we know as musical theatre and the last unit examines the figures of the 20th century who refined this integration both on Broadway and in Hollywood.

DANC 4104: Partnering
Introduction to the basic elements of partnering inherent in classical ballet. Emphasis on technical skills and classical style. Includes excerpts from classical repertory. Admission by invitation. Prerequisite: Instructor approval.

DANC 4216: Men's Ballet Technique Emphasis on the virtuosity specific to the male dancer in the balletic idiom. The class objective is to strengthen and develop the dancer to his utmost potential. Includes variations. Admission by placement.

DANC 4218: Women's Pointe Technique
Emphasis on the virtuosity specific to the female dancer in the balletic idiom. The class objective is to strengthen and develop the dancer to her utmost potential. Includes variations. Admission by placement.

DANC 4230: Jazz Dance Immersive
Advanced jazz dance techniques and styles. May be taken as a stand-alone course or as an immersive supplement to Jazz Dance III or IV. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Jazz Dance III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4236, 4239: Jazz Dance Immersive II, III
Advanced jazz dance techniques and styles. May be taken as a stand-alone course or as an immersive supplement to Jazz Dance III or IV. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, Jazz Dance III or IV placement, and instructor approval.

DANC 4322, 4324: Modern Dance IV
Advanced contemporary dance technique, offering a transition from dance study to professional-level work. Admission by placement.

DANC 4370: Dance Criticism and Aesthetic
A practical introduction to writing about dance performance. Works of master critics are examined to gain a historical perspective and to become familiar with a variety of methodologies in analyzing dance texts. Emphasis placed on observation and writing skills. Prerequisite: DANC 2371 or 2372 and instructor approval. 

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