School of Performing Arts: Dance Degree Programs

Dance Major

Bachelor of Arts in Dance: Choreography and Performance

Dance majors are expected to enroll in a dance technique class every semester.
Auditions for placement into the appropriate level take place at the beginning of each semester.

BA in Dance Checklist PDF

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
DANC 1100, 2200, 3300 Ballet I, II, III (must include DANC 2200) 4 cr
DANC 1120, 2220, 3320 Jazz I, II, III (must include DANC 2220) 4 cr
DANC 1130, 2230, 3330 Modern I, II, III (must include DANC 3330) 6 cr
Electives chosen from: DANC 2290, DANC 3300, DANC 3320, DANC 3390
or any DAAC course
3 cr
DANC 1104 World Dance/Local Identity 3 cr
DANC 1110 Elements of Movement 2 cr
DANC 2205 Dance in the Modern Era 3 cr
DANC 2210 Dance Composition I 3 cr
DANC 2270 Dance Repertory
1 cr
DANC 3301 Performance and Society 3 cr
DANC 3311 Theatre Movement Workshop 2 cr
DANC 3380 Dance Management and Production
2 cr
DANC 4401 Aesthetic Issues in Dance
3 cr
DANC 4410 Dance Composition II 3 cr
DANC 3360
DANC 4460
Methods of Dance for Children OR
Dance Teaching Methods & Curriculum Design
3 cr
PE 2243 Anatomical Foundations 3 cr
PE 3370 Care and Prevention of Injuries 3 cr
THEA 1111 Stagecraft 3 cr
Choose ONE from following:
THEA 2214 Makeup 2 cr
THEA 2221 Stage Costume Construction 3 cr
THEA 3304 Theatre Management 2 cr
THEA 3312 Stage Lighting Design 3 cr
Choose ONE from following:
MUSC 1100 Intro to Music 3 cr
MUSC 1102 Elements of Music
2 cr
MUSC 1106 American Music
3 cr
TOTAL
58-60 cr

Minor in Dance

The Dance minor may be taken by any Idaho State University student. Courses are especially designed to meet the needs of students involved in the performing arts, liberal arts, and education, as well as private dance studio teachers and those interested in pursuing professional careers in dance. Students pursuing a minor in Dance should be enrolled in a dance technique class every semester.

Dance Minor Checklist PDF

Course Number
Course Name
Credits
DANC 1100
Ballet I
2 cr
DANC 1104 World Dance/Local Identity
3 cr
DANC 1110 Elements of Movement
2 cr
DANC 1130
Modern Dance I
2 cr
DANC 2205  Dance in the Modern Era
3 cr
DANC 2210 Dance Composition I
3 cr
DANC 2230 Modern Dance II 2 cr
DANC 3380 Dance Management and Production
2 cr
Choose ONE from following:
DANC 3301 Performance and Society
3 cr
DANC 3311 Theatre Movement Workshop
2 cr
DANC 3360 Methods of Dance for Children
3 cr
DANC 4401 Aesthetic Issues in Dance
3 cr
DANC 4410 Dance Composition II
3 cr
DANC 4460 Dance Teaching Methods & Curriculum Design
3 cr
TOTAL
21-22 cr

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Course Descriptions - DANC prefix

DANC 1100 Ballet I 2 credits. Beginning barre, center floor work, and across the floor movement combinations including adagio, petit allegro, and grand allegro. Development of a ballet vocabulary of movement, musicality and music awareness, performance quality and intent. Focus upon classical and/or contemporary ballet dependent upon instructor of record. Assumes prior dance training. DAAC 1100 Dance Basics highly recommended. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. F, S

DANC 1104 World Dance: Local Identity 3 credits. Compare traditional and contemporary cultures of Native America, Africa, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and Europe; examine movement as the primary extension system, and the body as a tool of communication central to the social, political and religious life of community. Includes frameworks for observation; cross-cultural examinations of work, war, contest, social display and worship; diaspora, and global imperialism. F, S

DANC 1105 Survey of Dance 3 credits. Historical development of dance cross-culturally from early to modern times. A study of  language, literature and forms of dance through readings, demonstrations, and performances. Relationship of dance to the fine arts and other disciplines. Satisfies Goal 6 of the General Education Requirements. F, S, Su

DANC 1110 Elements of Movement 2 credits. Introduction to the Elements of Movement (body, space, time, energy) as described in the theories of H’Doubler Movement Analysis and Laban Effort/Shape and Space Harmony. Exploration of how the Elements of Movement may be manipulated to create movement phrases and develop character and emotional performance. F

DANC 1120 Jazz Dance I 2 credits. Development of the jazz dance technique with focus on rhythmic complexity of movement combinations, the ability to perceive movement quickly and accurately, and performance quality and intent. Core training; isolations; strength, flexibility, and speed; floor work; turns; dynamic, fluid and percussive movement. Assumes prior dance training. DAAC 100 Dance Basics highly recommended. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. F, S

DANC 1130 Modern Dance I 2 credits. Contemporary modern dance with focus upon lifted center; fluid and articulate spine; strength and flexibility; falls, suspension and balance; musicality and music awareness developed through exercises at the barre, center floor work and movement combinations across the floor. Style of modern dance technique dependent upon instructor of record. Assumes prior dance training. DAAC 1100 Dance Basics highly recommended. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.  F, S

DANC 2200 Ballet II 2 credits. Continued development of barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor movement combinations including adagio, petit allegro, and grand allegro. Continued development of ballet vocabulary of movement and movement qualities, musicality and music awareness, performance quality and intent. Focus upon classical and/or contemporary ballet dependent upon instructor of record. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: DANC 1100. F, S

DANC 2205 Dance in the Modern Era 3 credits. Concentrated study of the history of dance in the 20th and 21st centuries and its direct relationship to events and trends of the Modern Era through readings, films, demonstrations, and live performances. PREREQ: At least Sophomore standing. Satisfies Goal 6 of the General Education Requirements. S

DANC 2210 Dance Composition I 3 credits. Explore various techniques and processes used to create movement studies and choreographic work at the beginning level. Students explore improvisational processes and design and present choreography created for individuals and groups. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. PREREQ DANC 1110. S

DANC 2220 Jazz Dance II 2 credits. Continued development of the jazz dance technique with focus on rhythmic complexity of movement combinations, the ability to perceive movement quickly and accurately, performance quality and intent. Class will consist of increasing difficulty in core training; isolations; strength, flexibility, and speed; floor work; turns; dynamic, fluid and percussive movement. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.  PREREQ: DANC 1120. F, S

DANC 2230 Modern Dance II 2 credits.  Continued development contemporary modern dance technique with focus upon lifted center; fluid and articulate spine; strength and flexibility; falls, suspension and balance; musicality and music awareness developed through exercises at the barre, center floor work and movement combinations across the floor. Style of modern dance technique dependent upon instructor of record. May be repeated for to 6 credits. PREREQ: DANC 1130. F, S

DANC 2260 Methods of Dance for Children 3 credits. Study of a variety of dance activities suitable for early childhood through grade 6. Students plan and teach dance to children. Interdisciplinary approaches to incorporate dance into an educational setting are used. AF

DANC 2270 Dance Repertory 1-2 credits. Rehearse and perform faculty choreographed works. Enrollment must be approved by a theatre/dance faculty member and does not presume casting in a given production. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. COREQ: DANC 1100, DANC 1120, DANC 1130, DANC 2200, DANC 2220, DANC 2230, DANC 3300, DANC 3320, or DANC 3330. F, S

DANC 2280 Dance Production 1-2 credits. Designed to assist students in developing skills necessary to create and produce formal dance productions and lecture/demonstrations. Opportunities to choreograph, perform, and design costumes, lights, sets and sound. May be repeated for up to 8 credits. F, S

DANC 2290 Contact Improvisation 2 credits. Beginning techniques of contact improvisation including focus on momentum, flow, gravity, and partnering skills. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. AS

DANC 3300 Ballet III 2 credits.  Intermediate level barre exercises, center floor work, and across-the-floor movement combinations with increasing difficulty. Higher level of focus upon technique, performance quality and performance intent. Focus upon classical and/or contemporary ballet dependent upon instructor of record. Pointe work optional based on instructor and students. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: DANC 2200. F, S

DANC 3301 Performance and Society 3 credits. Examination of performance as praxis, the embodiment of theory. Draws upon the canon of 20th century theories and the performance projects they influenced to explore the performance art tradition and to create original interdisciplinary intermedia work that is reflective and reflexive of society. F

DANC 3320 Jazz Dance III 2 credits. Intermediate level jazz technique with increased rhythmic complexity of movement combinations, turns and body isolations. Increasing difficulty in perceiving movement quickly and accurately, and a higher level of performance quality and intent will be demonstrated. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: DANC 2220. F, S

DANC 3330 Modern Dance III 2 credits. Intermediate level technique: lifted center; fluid and articulate spine; strength and flexibility; falls, suspension and balance; musicality and music awareness developed through increased difficulty of barre exercises, center floor work and movement combinations across the floor.  Style of modern dance technique dependent upon instructor of record. May be repeated for up to 6 credits. PREREQ: DANC 2230. F, S

DANC 3390 Workshop: Cultural Forms 1-2 credits. Workshops aimed at the development and breadth of dance skills cross-culturally. May be repeated for up to 6 credits with different titles. F, S

DANC 4401 Aesthetic Issues in Dance 3 credits. An examination into the aesthetics of human movement as they relate to the human body biologically, socially, politically, historically and culturally. S

DANC 4410 Dance Composition II 3 credits. Explore various techniques and processes used to create movement studies and choreographic work at an intermediate/advanced level. Students continue to explore improvisational processes based in the Elements of Movement. Students present their work in a concert at the end of the semester. PREREQ: DANC 2210 and THEA 3300. F

DANC 4460 Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design 3 credits. Study of curricular designs, methods, materials utilized in teaching dance in schools. Practical experience in teaching others. Develop basic skills in a variety of dance forms such as creative, folk, square. AS

DANC 4485 Independent Study in Dance 1-3 credits. Individual work under the direction of a dance faculty member. Field and/or library study on specific dance-related topics of interest to students who want further studies in dance. May be repeated up to 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor. F, S

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Course Descriptions - DAAC prefix

DAAC 100 Dance Basics 1 credit. Introduction and exploration of the basic terms and concepts of dance fundamental to ballet, jazz, modern and social dance techniques. Through the techniques of ballet barre, center floor work, and across-the-floor movement combinations, students will practice conditioning, strength, flexibility, alignment coordination, rhythm, musicality, body and spatial awareness. F, S

DAAC 1110 Ballroom Dance I 1 credit. Beginning techniques in twostep, Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, and others. Taught at beginning skill level along with partnering, appropriate dress, proper etiquette. Informal performance opportunities available. F, S

DAAC 1111 Ballroom Dance II 1 credit. Intermediate techniques in twostep, Fox Trot, Waltz, Polka, Cha Cha Cha, Swing, and others. Taught at intermediate skill level along with partnering, appropriate dress, proper etiquette. Informal performance opportunities available.  S

DAAC 1115 Ballroom Dance Performance 1 credit. Advanced ballroom dance students learn to choreograph and perform a "couples'" dance routine; select music and costumes, and stage individual performances for formal presentation.  F

DAAC 1125 Latin Dance I 1 credit. Learn footwork, turns, patterns, proper posture, weight transfer, frame, connection and techniques of leading and following while learning many different Latin Dances and Music which may include Salsa, Merengue, Tango, Bachata, Rhumba, and Samba. Informal performance opportunities available. F, S

DAAC 1135 Middle Eastern Dance 1 credit. Modern Middle Eastern Dance derives from the ancient cultures of the Orient to India to the Middle East. Learn basic techniques including proper stance, posture, isolations, hip and upper body movement, arm positions and traveling patterns, shimmies, turns and traveling steps while exploring aspects of music and culture specific to the varying regions presented in class. Introduction to use of finger cymbals and veil work. F, S

DAAC 1140  Tap Dance I 1 credit.  Introduction to basic steps of tap technique, including coordination, rhythmic variations, and performance skills through a series of tap combinations. Tap shoes are required. Informal performance opportunities available. F, S

DAAC 1141 Tap Dance II 1 credit. Continuation of DAAC 1140, increasing in complexity of steps of tap technique. Students learn coordination, rhythmic variations, and performance skills through a series of tap combinations. Tap shoes are required. Informal performance opportunities available. F, S

DAAC 1150 Folk and Square Dance I 1 credit. Steps/combinations taught at various skill levels. Folk dances from around the world, square dances from America are included. Informal performance at end of semester. D

DAAC 1151 Folk and Square Dance II 1 credit. Steps/combinations taught at various skill levels. Folk dances from around the world, and square dances from America are included. Informal performance at end of semester. PREREQ: DAAC 1150 or equivalent. D

DAAC 1160 Recreational Dance I 1 credit. Recreational dance forms such as line dance, country western, mixers, and round dances will be taught in a social setting. Partners not required. D

DAAC 1161 Recreational Dance II 1 credit. More recreational dances in line dance, country western, mixers, and round dances will be taught in a social setting. Partners not required. PREREQ: DAAC 1160 or equivalent. D

DAAC 1175 Pilates/Dance Conditioning--Mat 1 credit. A Pilates-based fitness and dance conditioning floor work-out balances strength with flexibility. Designed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920's, Pilates tones the body’s major and minor muscles, increases circulation, and enhances movement performance.   F, S

DAAC 1176 Pilates/Dance Conditioning--Equipment 1 credit. A Pilates-based fitness and dance conditioning work-out with equipment balances strength with flexibility while toning the body’s major and minor muscles, increasing circulation, aiding correct alignment and movement efficiency for optimal performance potential. Includes training on the Wunda Chair, the Pilates Reformer, and the Cadillac. F, S

DAAC 1180 Hip Hop I 1 credit. Beginning techniques in step, break, and other elements of this social form. Students participate in improvisation and performance activities to present at an end-of-semester informal presentation. F, S

DAAC 1181 Hip Hop II 1 credit. Intermediate techniques in step, break, and other elements of this social form. Students participate in improvisation and performance activities to present at an end of semester informal presentation. F, S

DAAC 1182 Hip Hop Performance 1 credit. Intermediate level course designed to develop students' technique, performance and repertoire within the specialized styles of hip hop. Focus upon intermediate/advanced hip-hop dance techniques, patterns, routines, and choreography in preparation for formal performances. F

DAAC 1195 Swing Dance 1 credit. Swing techniques taught at a beginning skill level along with partnering, appropriate dress, proper etiquette. Informal performance opportunities available. F, S

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