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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.

The following dance courses are restricted to dance majors unless otherwise indicated. Dance minors must obtain department approval to enroll in these courses. Dance minors must qualify for performance technique classes by audition.

DANC 1231, 1232, 1233, 1234: Jazz Dance I
Exploration of the basics of jazz dance technique and styles (classic, musical theatre and contemporary forms), including studies in basic positions, placement, isolations and jazz rhythms.

DANC 1311, 1312, 1313, 1314: Ballet I
Introduction to and development of the fundamentals of classical ballet and pointe technique. Inclusive of pointe class, men’s class and partnering class.  Prerequisite: Restricted to dance majors and minors only.

DANC 1321, 1322, 1323, 1324: Modern Dance I
Introduction to and development of the fundamentals of contemporary dance.

DANC 2231, 2232, 2233, 2234: Jazz Dance II
Continuing development of jazz dance technique and styles with focus on dynamics, rhythm and directional changes. Explores classic jazz, blues, and contemporary jazz styles.  Admission by placement.

DANC 2311, 2312, 2313, 2314, 2315, 2316: Ballet II
Continuing exploration of classical ballet technique on the intermediate level with an emphasis on more complex port de bras, adagio, tourner, enchaînement and allegro batterie. Inclusive of pointe class, men’s class and partnering class. Prerequisite: Admission by placement.

DANC 2321, 2322, 2323, 2324: Modern Dance II
Continuing exploration of contemporary dance technique at an intermediate level with emphasis on more complex movement phrasing, rhythmic variation and use of space. Admission by placement. 

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