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Credit classes

A sampling of classes from our credit course catalog.  These classes may represent the current or next available semester (whichever is open for registration). For the most up-to-date information on availability, search for classes in our online course schedule.

Subject code Course code Course name Credits Type Course description Pre-reqs Days
DAN 101 Introduction to Dance 3 credits Provides students with an introduction to the fundamentals of dance, and exposure to a wide range of different styles of dance, both western and non-Euro-American. The course includes a daily technique class with instructor or guest teacher, lectures and class discussions, video viewing, and outside-of-class reading assignments. Styles of dance introduced and experienced in the course may include: jazz, ballet, African, tap, Middle Eastern dance, Isadora Duncan dance, social and folk dance, modern, Classical Indian dance, Renaissance, and Baroque dance. Prereq: None T R
DAN 102 Pilates Mat Work 1 credits An introduction to the Pilates method of body conditioning. The Pilates method is a unique system of stretching and strengthening the muscles. The Pilates series of floor mat exercises strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, flexibility and balance. The mat work movements and philosophy support an understanding of functional anatomy and reeducate the body about correct alignment. Through the work, students develop a strong center and suppleness.
NOTE: Students may repeat this course once for a maximum of two credits.
Prereq: None T R
DAN 103 Jazz Dance I 1 credits An introductory course in jazz dance. Classes consist of a full body warm up, and basic dance exercises to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Students learn and practice the movement vocabulary essential to the jazz style, including body isolations, propulsive and syncopated rhythms, and standard jazz style traveling steps. The course presents the history of jazz dance as a fusion form with African roots, and its impact on concert dance and the entertainment industry through lecture, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, and assigned performance attendance.
NOTE: Students may earn a total of three credits in DAN 103.
Prereq: None T R
DAN 104 Jazz Dance II 3 credits A continuation of the study and practice of the basic elements of dance, with emphasis on movement vocabulary essential to the jazz style. The course presents the history of jazz dance as a fusion form with African roots, and its impact on concert dance and the entertainment industry through lecture, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, and assigned performance attendance. Prereq: 3 credits of DAN 103, or permission of instructor T R
DAN 107 Ballet I 1 credits An introduction to the study of classical ballet. Students learn the ballet terminology that denotes the traditional position of the feet, arms, and body, and the basic ballet steps. Each class includes barre work, center floor exercises to improve balance and coordination, and traveling across the floor combinations incorporating jumps and leaps. The course presents the rich history and theory of ballet, and its widespread cultural impact through lectures, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance.
NOTE: Students may earn a total of three credits in DAN 107.
Prereq: None M W F
DAN 108 Ballet II 3 credits A continuation of the study of classical ballet. Students learn the ballet terminology that denotes the traditional position of the feet, arms, and body, and the basic ballet steps. Each class includes barre work, center floor exercises to improve balance and coordination, and traveling across the floor combinations incorporating jumps and leaps. The course presents the rich history and theory of ballet, and its widespread cultural impact through lectures, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance. Prereq: 3 credits of DAN 107, or permission of instructor M W F
DAN 111 Modern Dance I 1 credits An introduction to modern dance. Students learn the terminology and practice the fundamental movement vocabulary of modern dance. Classes consist of a full body warm-up, specific modern dance exercises, traveling step patterns, short dance combinations, and improvisational assignments. Class activities are designed to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythmic awareness and musicality, and self expression. The course presents the history, theory and significance of modern dance through lectures, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance.
NOTE: Students may earn a total of three credits in DAN 111.
Prereq: None M W F
DAN 112 Modern Dance II 3 credits A continuation of the study of modern dance. Students gain proficiency in movement fundamentals, learning and performing dance combinations and locomotor movements to various rhythms and styles of music in large and small groups. The course presents the history, theory and significance of modern dance through lectures, video viewing, outside of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance. Prereq: 3 credits of DAN 111, or permission of instructor M W F
DAN 116 Middle Eastern Dance I 1 credits An introductory course in Middle Eastern Dance. Instruction includes the historical and social context in which the dance is traditionally performed, and general concepts of dance technique and practice. Students primarily learn Middle Eastern “Belly Dance, “which functions as a form of social dance and/or entertainment. The class also studies regional or national dances, such as Lebanese debke, and dance steps to the 9/8 and 6/8 rhythms of Turkey and Armenia. Video viewing and outside-of-class reading assignments augment in-class practice.
NOTE: Students may earn a total of three credits in DAN 116.
Prereq: None M W
DAN 117 Middle Eastern Dance II 3 credits A continuation of the study of the movements, steps, and aesthetics of Middle Eastern Dance within the historical and social context in which it is customarily performed. Students refine their ability to perform traditional movements with emphasis on personal expression, correct performance style and quality, the ability to respond appropriately to various tempos, rhythms and meters, and the ability to learn choreographed dances or to improvise. Video viewing and outside of class reading assignments augment in-class practice. Prereq: 3 credits of DAN 116, or permission of instructor M W
DAN 183 Ballroom Dance: American Smooth Style 1 credits Provides physical enjoyment to participants through the performance of the specific rhythms and movements of American smooth style dancing and social interaction through group participation. Topics include the fundamentals of waltz, fox trot, jitterbug (swing), with an emphasis on dance positions, leading and following, and dance etiquette.
NOTE: Students may repeat this course once for a maximum of two credits.
Special Requirement: Lightweight shoes with non-skid soles.
Prereq: None M
DAN 184 Ballroom Dance: Latin Style 1 credits Provides physical enjoyment to participants through the performance of the specific rhythms and movements of Latin style dancing and social interaction through group participation. Topics include the fundamentals of rumba, cha cha, and tango with an emphasis on dance positions, leading and following, and dance etiquette.
NOTE: Students may repeat this course once for a maximum of two credits.
Special Requirement: Lightweight shoes with non-skid soles.
Prereq: None M
DAN 201 Dance Repertory Group: Mixed Company 3 credits Provides an opportunity for students to learn, rehearse, and perform dances in a variety of styles in area schools, community centers, and at special events. When appropriate, students assist in teaching dance classes and give lecture/demonstrations. Students perform and rehearse outside of class.
NOTE: The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.
Prereq: Open to students by audition or permission of Dance Program Coordinator. Recomm: Concurrent enrollment in a dance studio course. T
DAN 203 Jazz Dance III 3 credits An intermediate course in jazz dance. Students continue to refine skills and movement vocabulary of the jazz style. Increased emphasis on performance skills, clarity of rhythm and line, expansion of range of movement, and personal expression. The course presents the history of jazz dance as a fusion form with African roots, and its impact as a performance style and in the entertainment industry through lecture, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, and assigned performance attendance. Prereq: DAN 104, or permission of instructor T R
DAN 207 Ballet III 3 credits An intermediate course in classical ballet with emphasis on increased technical skill. Students learn principles of epaulement, placement, and multiple turns. Students may dance en pointe with instructor’s approval. The course presents longer, more intricate combinations and repertoire, the rich history and theory of ballet, and its widespread cultural impact through lectures, video viewing, outside-of class reading, or assigned performance attendance. Prereq: DAN 108, or permission of instructor M W F
DAN 211 Modern Dance III 3 credits An intermediate course in modern dance with increased emphasis on performance skills. The course presents specific techniques of modern dance pioneers, such as Graham, Humphrey-Weidman, Cunningham, and Taylor. Students learn and execute movement sequences and repertory dances with attention to quality, styles, musicality and expressiveness. Students are encouraged to work on individual creativity and development of personal movement style. The course presents the history, theory and significance of modern dance through lectures, video viewing, outside-of-class reading, or assigned performance attendance. Prereq: DAN 112, or permission of instructor M W F
DAN 216 Middle Eastern Dance III 3 credits An intermediate course in Middle Eastern Dance. Students continue to practice the movements and rhythms of the dance, with an emphasis on personal expression, the development of individual style, musicality, improvisation and performance skills. Students learn extended dance sequences and group choreographies. The course incorporates the continued study of the complex history of the dance and its meaning and function in Middle Eastern and North African cultures, and in other areas that are home to people of Arabic heritage. Video viewing and outside of class reading assignments augment in-class practice. Prereq: DAN 117, or permission of instructor M W
DAN 217 Middle Eastern Dance IV 3 credits A conclusion of the intermediate study of Middle Eastern Dance. Students continue to practice the movements, rhythms and choreography of the dance. The course emphasizes personal performance style, based on informed choices and improvisational and creative responses to both contemporary and traditional Arabic or Arab-influenced music and rhythms. Students learn extended dance sequences, group choreographies for performance, and to play zills as an accompaniment to the dance. The course incorporates the study of the history, meaning and function of Middle Eastern dance in the various cultures and countries in which it is performed. Video viewing and outside of class reading assignments augment in-class practice. Prereq: DAN 216, or permission of instructor M W
Non-credit

Non-credit classes

Classes listed below (when available) are offered by Community Education. Register online! No partner necessary!

  • Country Two-Step

    Two-Step is an exciting, creative dance that combines the flow and smoothness of Fox Trot with the fun spins and thrilling combinations of Swing. Traveling around the floor like other ballroom dances, Two-Step includes both sassy and elegant moves th…[Read More]
    Our Price: $75.00 [Add to Cart]


  • Night Club Two-Step

    Night Club Two Step is an easy dance that almost anyone can learn. This modern American dance is one of the most practical and versatile social dances ever conceived. Slow and romantic, it is designed to be used with contemporary soft rock music and …[Read More]
    Our Price: $75.00 [Add to Cart]


  • Pilates

    An introduction to the Pilates method of body conditioning. The pilates series of floor mat exercises strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, flexibility and balance. The mat work movements and philosophy support an understanding of function…[Read More]
    Our Price: $385.00 [Add to Cart]


  • Modern Dance

    An introduction to modern dance. Students learn the terminology and practice the fundamental movement vocabulary of modern dance. Classes consist of a full body warm-up, specific modern dance exercises, traveling step patterns, short dance combinatio…[Read More]
    Our Price: $385.00 [Add to Cart]


  • East Coast Swing

    Swing is the quintessential American dance. Developed in Harlem in the 1930s, swing has remained a favorite among all generations. The upbeat tempos of big band, blues and rockabilly music all lend themselves to the easy and spirited dance steps of S…[Read More]
    Our Price: $75.00 [Add to Cart]


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