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Dance Courses Offered

DAA 1000   (upon request only)
INTRODUCTION TO DANCE (2).
3 hours per week.
This course serves as an introduction to the history, styles, and techniques of dance as an art form.  Students will learn basic principles and techniques of ballet, modern dance and jazz, as well as gain exposure to other dance styles (tap, social dances, etc.) that are often used in stylized form in choreography for musical theatre.  This course incorporates lectures and handouts, videos and movement experience into the beginning study of dance.

DAA 1100 (upon request only)
MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE AND PERFORMANCE (2).
3 hours per week.
This course offers additional training in modern dance techniques for students interested in performing with the Patriot Dance Ensemble, who need further technical background to be ready for ensemble work.  This course is also suitable for students who may want to study dance technique without the time commitment required for performing with the Dance Ensemble.  Course content includes modern dance technique and preparation for performance through practice in learning choreography, both individual and group.

DAA 1200 (upon request only)
BALLET I  (2)

3 hours per week
The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the basic principles and fundamentals of ballet, and develop an identifiable working knowledge of ballet movements and terminology. Students will develop technical skills in ballet through barre and centre floor work, including safe and efficient alignment and clear articulation of movement vocabulary. Course content is primarily laboratory, with a small lecture and writing component (concert critique).

DAA 1680 (upon request only)
PATRIOT DANCE ENSEMBLE (2).
3 hours per week.
Prerequisite: DAA 1100 or permission of instructor.

This course is designed to provide performing opportunities for dancers with previous performing experience and/or dance training.  The ensemble is a modern dance repertory company that performs at CF and in the community.  The main concert is in the spring, and dancers are encouraged, but not required, to be involved through both fall and winter academic terms.  Additional rehearsal hours may be required for featured dancers.  The course is repeatable for credit.
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