Dance Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Level

 

BUS121 Fundamentals of Arts Management (3 credits) Spring

This survey course explores the theories, processes, and practices behind strategic planning and decision-making in arts organizations today. Practical applications will focus on developing concrete strategies and plans for managing arts organizations, including business plans, managing boards, fund-raising, human resources, facilities, and program development.

BUS225 Finance for the Arts (3 credits) Fall

This course will present basic concepts of budgeting and the use of standard financial reports as essential financial management. This course is arranged to de-mystify basic financial management and raise student’s level of comfort with the concepts and decision making. We will discuss ways of promoting fiscal responsibility and practices throughout an organization, including understanding of roles and responsibilities of different positions within an organization.

BUS331 Arts and Entertainment Law (3 credits) Spring

This course is a practical examination of the legal rights and responsibilities of artists, (intellectual property, contracts, insurance). The course is an introductory view of an area of law that involves numerous disciplines, which protect, regulate, and facilitate the creation, use and marketing of arts.

DAB101R Fundamentals of Classical Ballet I (3 credits) Fall Spring

This course helps students develop the knowledge and experience of ballet at the barre and au milieu. Focus will be on developing strength, agility, and body awareness of the ballet’s foundations. The work at the barre focuses on developing the turn-out, the flexibility and strength in the legs, feet, and back, as well as the coordination of ballet movements. The exercises au milieu (in the center) focus on developing ballet technique and artistic expression through different combinations, port de bras, pirouettes, and petit and grand allegro. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN101R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I (3 credits) Fall Spring

This studio course helps students develop a command of the fundamental techniques and movements in classical Chinese dance. The training focuses on extending the body’s flexibility and capabilities. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB102R Pointe & Partnering I (1 credit) Fall Spring

This course gives an introduction of the work on pointe and partnering. The work on pointe will focus on developing strength and an anatomically correct basic technique. The partnering will focus on weight shift and balance points as preparation for pas de deux. The work on pointe includes relevés, echappés, pas de bourrés, sissonne simples, retiré passés, suivis and balances at the barre (at the bar) and au milieu (at the center). For male students,exercises for strengthening the upper-body. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN102R Shen Yun (身韻) I (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

This studio course introduces the basic components and body postures/movements in shen yun (bearing), one of the major characteristics of classical Chinese dance. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

LAS102 Introduction to Performing (2 credits) Fall

This course is open to everyone, regardless if they are a Dance major or not. Students will learn acting, dancing, and music skills. There will be an open studio presentation at the end of the semester.

DAN103R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance I (1 credit) Fall Spring

This studio course trains students progressively in the basic techniques used in classical Chinese dance. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN104R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I (1 credit) Fall Spring

This course introduces the basic movements, stylistic characteristics, and genres in the major traditions of Chinese ethnic and folk dances. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN121R Introduction to Repertoire of Dance (1 credit) Fall Spring

This studio course helps student develop basic understanding on performance and rehearsal skills through analyzing and rehearsing of works of classical Chinese dance and/or classical ballet. With each piece of work, students will familiarize with the structural design, and understand the emotions and meanings associated with the movements as well as the relation between dance and music.

DAN131 Performing and Acting (2 credits) Spring

This course develops students’ appreciation and understanding of the art of acting, with the purpose of strengthening their acting skills and expressive power in dance performances.

DAN132 Modern Dance (2 credits) Fall

This course is an introduction of Modern dance. Students will study level I Graham-based technique. They will also learn about the history, cultural background, and choreography by Martha Graham. Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

DAB201R Fundamentals of Classical Ballet II (3 credits) Fall Spring

This course strengthens students’ foundation of ballet training: dance technique, artistic expression, and musicality. The focus will be to develop a versatility within the framework of the classic ballet’s style in consideration of musical tempi and phrase as well as the quality of the movement.  Exercises par terre (on the floor) and en l’air (in the air) at the barre will develop strength, flexibility, and coordination. Exercises au milieu (at center) focus on different combinations with battements, pirouettes, port de bras, adagios, petit and grand allegro. Prerequisite: 6 credits of DAB 101R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN201R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II (3 credits) Fall Spring

This studio course continues to develop students’ body flexibility and capabilities, with an emphasis on practicing and mastering individual techniques, as well as technique variations in classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: 6 credits of DAN101R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB202R Pointe & Partnering II (1 credit) Fall Spring

This course deepens the students understanding and performance of the foundation of work on pointe and partnering. The work on pointe includes relevés, echappés, pas de bourrés, sissonnes, retiré passés, suivis, balances and pirouettes at the barre and au milieu. The partnering will focus on balances, promenades and pirouettes for female students and exercises for strengthening the upper-body for male students. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAB 102R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN202R Shen Yun (身韻) II (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

This course continues to develop students’ individual artistry, while achieving freedom and dexterity in the application of shen yun. Students will integrate their skills and refine their expression, by performing dance combinations that utilize various components and movements. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN102R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

 

DAN203R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance II (1 credit) Fall Spring

Built upon the first year’s training, this studio course further develops students’ command of classical Chinese dance technique, by practicing advanced technique combinations within different variations. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN103R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN204R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances II (1 credit) Fall Spring

This course is a continuation of DAN104R. It helps students master more advanced styles Chinese folk and ethnic dances. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN104R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB221R Repertory & Rehearsal I: Classical Ballet (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

The course offers an insight into  classical ballet repertoire. Excerpts from full-length ballets (as well as choreographed new dance works) will be rehearsed and performed. The repertory includes the staging of solos, pas de deux, pas de trois and chorus. Students will deepen their understanding and performance of the ballet technique, style, artistry, and musicality in rehearsals and on stage. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN121 or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN221R Repertory & Rehearsal I: Classical Chinese Dance (1 credit) Fall Spring

This studio course develops students’ overall performance and rehearsal skills through rehearsing works ranging from classical Chinese dance to Chinese folk dances. Prerequisite: DAN121R or by instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN232 Dance Anatomy (2 credits) Spring

This course teaches basic human body alignment, structures of muscles and bones, and energetic forces which make body movements. The course also covers skills for preventing and recovering from injuries.

DAN242 History of Dance: East and West (2 credits) Fall

This is a survey of the development of the major dance traditions of the East and the West. It examines the origins of the dance traditions and major milestones while reflecting on the philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings of the different dance forms.

DAB301R Fundamentals of Classical Ballet III (4 credits) Fall Spring

A continuation of DAB201R, this course further develops students’ capabilities in the performance of the ballet technique and artistic expression. Students will further explore the expressive and dramatic qualities of the bodily moments. An important part will be the work au milieu as adagio with promenads and different cambrés, grand pirouettes, petit allegro with battus and turns and grand allegros and combinations with different dynamic qualities. Prerequisite: 6 credits of DAB 201R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN301R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III (4 credits) Fall Spring

This 300-level course serves as a gateway for students to discover their individual potential. It draws upon foundational skills acquired from previous studio courses, and requires students to increase their range of motion while performing challenging movement sequences. Students will focus on expanding their artistic expression, synthesizing form, and technique, and developing their individual strengths. Prerequisite: 6 credits of DAN201R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB302R Pointe & Partnering III (2 credits) Fall Spring

A continuation of DAB 202R, this course further develops students’ capabilities in the performance of work on pointe and partnering. The work on pointe includes exercises on one foot in different poses, combinations, pirouettes from different positions, piqué pirouette en dedans and en dehors and sissonne ouverte. The partnering will focus on combinations including balances, promenades, pirouettes on pointe for girls, as well as basic lifts. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAB 202R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN302R Shen Yun (身韻) III (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

This course further trains students in shen yun (bearing) by focusing on the interpretation of different dance styles in classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN202R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN304R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

This course further develops students’ command of the techniques and artistic expression in Chinese folk and ethnic dances. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN204R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN311A Dance Pedagogy A (2 credits) Fall

This course introduces the basic principles, approaches, and materials in the teaching of dance at different levels and settings, ranging from K–12 and private studio to higher education.

DAN311B Dance Pedagogy B (3 credits) Spring

Through seminar and praxis formats, this course helps students apply the knowledge and competencies acquired in DAN311A. Students will be guided in developing pedagogical approaches and making lesson plans for teaching either classical ballet or classical Chinese dance in multiple settings. Prerequisite: DAN311A or instructor consent.

DAB312A Choreography I: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Fall

This studio course introduces the basic elements of choreography and the different choreographic devices. Students will experiment with various compositional techniques, and use the devices to compose their own works. Emphasis is on classical ballet. Prerequisite: DAB 201R or instructor consent.

DAN312A Choreography I: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Fall

This studio course introduces the basic elements of choreography and the different choreographic devices. Students will experiment with various compositional techniques, and use the devices to compose their own works. Emphasis is on classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: DAN101R, DAN102R, DAN103R, DAN104R and their repeats or instructor consent.

DAB312B Choreography II: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Spring

This course explores choreography as a creative problem-solving endeavor and focuses on the principles in choreographing group dances and narrative dances in Classical Ballet. There will be close examination of the phrasing of the movement, its musical structure, compositions of pes de duex, formations of the ensembles. The topics covered include the basic musicality, study of characters, dramatic impact, roles of male and female dancers, lighting, and costume design. Students will engage in exploratory and compositional practices both singly and collaboratively. Prerequisite: DAB312A or instructor consent.

DAN312B Choreography II: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Spring

This course explores dance making as a creative problem-solving endeavor and focuses on group dances in classical Chinese dance and/or folk and ethnic dances. Students will engage in exploratory and compositional practices both singly and collaboratively. Course activities comprise lecture, watching of course-related videos, project presentation, and class discussion. Prerequisite: DAN312A or instructor consent.

DAB321R Repertory & Rehearsal II: Classical Ballet (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

A continuation of DAB221R, this course focuses on mastering repertory work at intermediate level. The student offers an insight into ballet repertoire from different centuries. Scenes from full-length ballets as well as new dance works will be rehearsed and performed. The repertory includes staging of solo, pas de deux and chorus. Focus will be on the performance quality of the ballet technique, style, artistry, and musicality as well as developing awareness of the interpretation of different role characters and scenarios. Prerequisite: 4 credits of DAB 221R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN321R Repertory & Rehearsal II: Classical Chinese Dance (1.5 credits) Fall Spring

This is a continuation of DAN221R and further develops students’ overall performance and rehearsal skills. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN221R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB401R Fundamentals of Classical Ballet IV (4 credits) Fall Spring

This course consolidates the techniques covered in the previous three years. The  last year of training focuses on the ballet syllabi at an advanced level. The interpretation of the ballet style will provide the opportunity to further explore the expressive and dramatic qualities of the bodily moments. An important part will be the work au milieu as adagio with promenads and different cambrés, grand pirouettes, petit allegro with battus and turns and grand allegros and combinations with different dynamic qualities. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAB 301R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN401R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV (4 credits) Fall Spring

Chinese dance program aims to help students achieve a level of professionalism and artistry. With the fundamentals at their disposal, students will learn to perform challenging combinations with ease, become fluent in a range of styles, and learn to project their feelings by unifying technique with artistic expression. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAN301R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAB402R Pointe & Partnering IV (2 credits) Fall Spring

This course focuses on pointe and partnering work at an advanced level. The work on pointe includes combinations with pirouettes, piqué pirouettes, fouettés, temps levé, renversé and tours en manegé. The partnering will focus on combinations including balances, promenades, pirouettes and penchée for girls on pointe as well as lifts. Prerequisite: 4 credits of DAB 302R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN411 Dance in Education (1 credit)

This course examines the role of dance in education, and in arts education in particular. Students will reflect on the principles and philosophies of creative movement as a basic human means for understanding themselves, other people, and the world around them. Prerequisite: DAN311A, and DAN311B or instructor consent.

DAN412A Advanced Choreography (3 credits) Fall

This course focuses on choreographing narrative dance pieces, in the form of small dance dramas. Students will learn to create different motifs  to portray different characters, and find ways to express various emotions while presenting a complete storyline. Prerequisite: DAN312B or instructor consent.

DAN413 Principles of Guidance and Pedagogy (2 credits)

This course explores issues in teaching dance at the college level, including topics such as lesson planning, class structure, student learning objectives, assessment methods, and grading. It includes preparation of a syllabus and studio teaching practice. This course takes the form of reading assignments, in-class discussions, lectures, observation and teaching summaries, self-reflective critical journal entries, and portfolio building. Prerequisite: DAN312B or instructor consent.

DAB421R Repertory & Rehearsal III: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Fall Spring

In this course, students will work on ballet repertoire at an advanced level. Ballets from different centuries as well as new dance works will be rehearsed and performed. The interpretation of different role characters will provide students with the opportunity to further explore the expressive and dramatic qualities of ballet and music in repertory work. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAB 321R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN421R Repertory and Rehearsal III: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Fall Spring

This course enhances students’ performance and rehearsal skills through the study of dance narratives and character portrayal. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN321R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN455 Senior Internship (4 credits) Spring

Senior Internship is a capstone course that serves as a culmination of students’ dance  skills and theoretical knowledge. It further develops their professionalism before they become working professionals. An internship lasts for an entire semester, with at least 10 hours of on-site work a week, for a total of 160 hours. Possible senior internships can be within the areas of pedagogy, choreography, or performance.

DAN461 Senior Project (4 credits)

The Senior Project is a capstone course that course challenges students to conduct research on the historical, cultural, and theoretical background, and analyze the composition and choreography of select repertoire. It also serves to give students experience in practical applications of their coursework, to develop the necessary core competencies—including communication, critical thinking, research, problem-solving, and professional orientation—which help prepare students to enter the professional dance field.

MUS243 History of Chinese Music (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the basic history of Chinese Music that will form a foundation of Chinese Music knowledge for more advanced learning both in music and dance fields

Graduate Level Courses

 

DAB501R Advanced Classical Ballet I (4 credits) Fall Spring

As a part of a two-year studio MFA program, the course offers professional level of Classical Ballet class. The class will include advanced Ballet barre, center, and cross floor work. The excerpts from classical ballet repertoire will be taught in the center and cross floor combinations. Students are expected to know the names of the ballet syllabus, pronunciations, and the proper use of the movement. Prerequisite: Professional Dance Experience or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN501R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance I (4 credits) Fall Spring

This first-year graduate-level course aims to refine students’ expression and execution of classical Chinese dance and related techniques. The course focuses on clarity of movement, distinctions in articulation, and the integration of the outer form with the inner spirit. Students practice complex sequences of movements with attention to expressive clarity and amplified expression. Upon completion of the course, students will have a better command of the technical and stylistic variations in classical Chinese dance.

DAN510 Advanced Pedagogy I (2 credits) Fall

The purpose of this course is to train students to become confident and critical dance teachers who can conduct classes that are both purposeful and engaging. Because teaching itself is an art that requires considerable planning and collaboration, students will work extensively to develop and prescribe appropriate course material, provide corrective remedies for movements, and experiment with various teaching methodologies. Students will also observe various contexts in pedagogy such as those for teaching children and grade-level students. By engaging in topical discussions and putting their ideas into practice, students will move beyond conceptual understanding and ultimately improve their skills as dance educators. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN511 Advanced Pedagogy II (2 credits) Spring

Advanced Pedagogy II course focuses on application, analysis, and creation. By giving students opportunities to teach full-length classes, students will be able to analyze and evaluate their peers while developing their own philosophies and teaching ideals. The course trains students to examine the contextual complexities of dance education and to develop course materials with respect to higher education. By the end of this course, students will hand in a portfolio that recounts their pedagogical findings and designs for a systematic course in either classical ballet or classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN510 or instructor consent.

DAB512 Graduate Choreography I: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Fall

This course offers professional level of Classical Ballet choreography. Students are expected to first study the dance compositions, music visualization, and gradually learn to choreograph in classical ballet style by choreographing on chorus, solos, and pa de deux. Prerequisite: Professional Dance Experience or instructor consent.

DAN512 Graduate Choreography I: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Fall

This course introduces the expressive dancer to new ways of thinking and creating. In their first year of the graduate dance program, students expand their artistic potential and explore how to make their choreographic work more compelling. By tailoring thematic movement sequences to befit specific personas and considering other theatrical factors, students will learn to view their work as a whole, and most importantly, from the audience’s standpoint. This course also instills in students an appreciation for the reiterative creative process.

DAB521R Repertory I: Classical Ballet  (2 credits) Fall Spring

This course introduces various repertoire to MFA students. Students will participate in critique and analysis of dance repertoire from different dance styles and genres. Discussions will be held regarding choreographic techniques, music selection, and modes of presentation.

DAN521R Repertory I: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Fall Spring

This course introduces various repertoire to MFA students. Students will participate in critique and analysis of dance repertoire from different dance styles and genres. Discussions will be held regarding choreographic techniques, music selection, and modes of presentation.

DAN523 Holistic Health for Artists (2 credits)

This course aims to introduce the concept of holistic health from both Western and Eastern perspectives with emphasis on concepts that support the learning and performing of classical Chinese dance and classical ballet. Students will finish the course with basic knowledge of how health is viewed as a holistic integration of body, mind, and spirit. This course will include lectures, group discussions, and mentored research projects.

DAN531 Acting for Stage (1 credit)

This graduate-level acting course focuses on refining acting skills with respect to clarity of expression for a variety of performance settings. It gives students the opportunity to practice and refine their performing skills by revisiting fundamental acting concepts and engaging in a wide range of improvisational exercises. Through this course, students will study the portrayal of characters and situations with reference to traditional culture and history.

DAN532 Modern Dance (2 credits)

This course introduces MFA dance students the basic technique of Graham-based Modern Dance, covering materials of level I and level II. There will also be lectures and discussions about the icon of Modern dance, Martha Graham, and her history, cultural background, choreography, and her influence on American and European culture.

DAN542 Dance Throughout the Ages (3 credits) Fall

This course provides the theoretical foundation for the advanced study of dance by exploring the philosophical, cultural, and aesthetic underpinnings of both eastern and western dances. Topics include: the origins and aesthetic basis of dance, the influence of traditional Eastern and Western ideologies on dance, the systematization and methodology of dance, the evolution of ethnic and folk dances, and the role of dance in modern society.

DAN551 Integration of Dance and Music (1 credit) Fall

This course offers students of the opportunity to make use of their knowledge and experience in the production of joint performance projects. Each course is expected to produce at least one project. For dance, this may involve choreography, directing, and dance performance. For music, this may involve composing dance music in collaboration with choreographers, conducting the music, and performing the music. The technical work related to the production project, such as sound engineering, theater lighting, or filming, may be shared among the students. The end product should be a self-contained piece, which will be performed or played for the College community at a scheduled time and venue.

DAN555 Graduate Practicum (4 credits) Spring

The practicum allows students to build their professional experience with different companies and institutions. By practicing and applying their artistic skills in real-world settings, students gain first-hand knowledge and experience related to their career goals and build professional relationships invaluable to their future careers. Students may choose to have a practicum emphasis in performance, choreography, pedagogy, production, artistic management, or any other specification directly related to their graduate studies. Regardless of their emphasis, all students receive one-on-one guidance and mentoring from assigned instructors or preceptors. All practicums are designed to help students build a strong work ethic and enhance their professional knowledge.

DAN556 Independent Study or Project (1-6 credits) Spring

Allows graduate students to explore topics of individual or professional interest that do not fall within the standard curriculum. Each Independent Study course is flexible and personalized—designed by each student with his/her guiding instructor—so that students can get the most out of their specific studies and achieve their intended goals.

DAN561 Seminar: Dance in Cultural Context (2 credits) Fall

This seminar approaches the study of dance both as an art form as well as a means of understanding different cultures by exploring the historical, cultural, and social contexts of various dance practices. It intends to help students bridge the gap between Eastern and Western dance traditions and better understand the role of dance in the global arts community. A primary focus of the course is to expose students to differences in dance traditions. Students also practice how to communicate about their dance experiences—from explanations of dance fundamentals to the description of the emotions, aesthetics, and cultural implications—and discuss how to help others better appreciate classical Chinese dance and classical ballet.

DAN563 Topics in Dance Ethnography (2 credits) Fall

This seminar course is designed to address various topics regarding selected dance forms from diverse cultural backgrounds. Students will study and analyze social, cultural, and political influences on ethnic dance forms in the past and present. Through a series of workshops, guest instructors will introduce students to various dance styles, providing them with direct exposure through active participation. Workshops include movement analysis and discussion of cultural connotations that build the underlying dance aesthetic. Topics will be determined based on guest speaker availability.

DAB601R Advanced Classical Ballet II (4 credits) Fall Spring

As the last year of a two-year studio MFA program, the course offers professional level of Classical Ballet class. The class will include advanced Ballet barre, center, and cross floor work. The excerpts from classical ballet repertoire will be taught in the center and cross floor combinations. Students are expected to know the names of the ballet syllabus, pronunciations, and the proper use of the movement. Students will also learn the classical music compositions suitable for each basic exercises and combinations. Female dancers should wear toe shoes in the class. Students will be asked to teach the classes periodically with teacher’s supervising. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAB501R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN601R Advanced Classical Chinese Dance II (4 credits) Fall Spring

This second-year graduate course in classical Chinese dance challenges students to perform composite routines that require both expressive versatility and technical competency. The course allows students to hone their artistry and technique through self-tailored routines and stylistic solos. Apart from fundamental training, students will also receive mentorship and engage in movement exploration for particular dance pieces. They will be prompted to reflect upon their progress and develop their own artistic forte, as part of becoming a well-rounded and distinguished dancer. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAN501R or instructor consent. (This course must be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN611 Psychology in Dance Education (2 credits) Spring

This course introduces the essentials of psychological principles, theories, and concepts as they apply to the educational environment related to dance. Through various activities, students will explore how to structure effective pedagogical approaches in order to meet the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor needs of learners and to forge a positive learning atmosphere in dance education.

DAB612 Graduate Choreography II: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Spring

This course is the culmination of students’ previous studies in choreography and is designed to help students come up with ideas while invoking within them with a sense of traditional aesthetics. Students will delve deeper into the realm of artistic creation by drawing inspiration from works on various levels—from historical narrative works to contemporary artistic interpretations, and from the effective development of choreographic elements to what makes a dance piece poignant and powerful. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN512 or instructor consent.

DAN612 Graduate Choreography II: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Spring

This course is the culmination of students’ previous studies in choreography and is designed to help students come up with ideas while invoking within them with a sense of traditional aesthetics. Students will delve deeper into the realm of artistic creation by drawing inspiration from works on various levels—from historical narrative works to contemporary artistic interpretations, and from the effective development of choreographic elements to what makes a dance piece poignant and powerful. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN512 or instructor consent.

DAB621R Repertory II: Classical Ballet (2 credits) Fall Spring

Repertory II offers in-depth critique and analysis of dance repertoire specific to each MFA students’ dance concentration. Students will delve into choreographic elements used specifically for classical ballet  repertoire.

 

DAN621R Repertory II: Classical Chinese Dance (2 credits) Fall Spring

Repertory II offers in-depth critique and analysis of dance repertoire specific to each MFA students’ dance concentration. Students will delve into choreographic elements used specifically for classical Chinese dance repertoire.

DAN623 Dance Kinesiology (2 credits) Fall

An investigation into the field of dance science, this course will introduce students to the human skeletal system; joint biomechanics; muscle origin, insertion, and action; and the concept of tensegrity in biomechanics. It will explore the principles of physical structure, function, and dynamic alignment as they relate to dance performance enhancement and injury prevention. The course will introduce students to healthy living concepts such as nutrition and holistic mind-body connections. Course activities will include lectures, class discussion, skill and technique demonstrations, and relevant audiovisual content.

DAN641 Intermediate Techniques of Classical Chinese Dance I (2 credits) Fall

Designed for students who are technically proficient in other dance forms, this course will heighten students’ breadth of skill, allowing them to practice Classical Chinese Dance technique and movements. The course will feature various exercises on the flexibility and capabilities of the legs and the waist while helping students to acquire a growing sensitivity to the shift of the center of gravity in movements. Through barre, floor and center exercises, students learn to master individual movements, combinations, and turning and acquire coordination among the neck, the chest, and the waist.

DAN642 Intermediate Techniques of Classical Chinese Dance II (2 credits) Spring

For this rotation of Intermediate Techniques of Classical Chinese Dance II, the course builds upon the skills students have attained in the previous Classical Chinese Dance course by introducing more advanced-level movements and more difficult routines that require more control, coordination, and technical competency. The course continues to develop students’ body flexibility and capabilities in classical Chinese dance by focusing on developing students’ ability to perform different types of jumps flipping, turning, and movement control. At the same time, students will be guided to explore the expressive and dramatic qualities of the bodily movements. Gradually, they will gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of essence (jing 精), energy (qi 氣), spirit (shen 神), body postures (shen fa 身法), and momentum in rhythm (dong lü 動律) in classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN 641 or instructor consent.

DAN645 Intermediate Techniques of Classical Ballet I (2 credits) Fall

This course aims to instruct students who are technically proficient in other dance forms with intermediate techniques of classical ballet. This course will broaden students’ range of skills, allowing them to practice ballet fundamentals and beginning to intermediate-level technique and movements. The course will feature various exercises on barre and center, as well as targeted practice in various leaps, turns, and steps in ballet.

DAN646 Intermediate Techniques of Classical Ballet II (2 credits) Fall

For this rotation, the course builds upon the skills students have attained in the previous ballet course by introducing advanced-level movements and more difficult routines that require more control, coordination, and technical competency. Aside from regular barre and center work, students will also practice various solo enchaînements while examining and performing excerpts from classic repertoire, which allow students to refine their artistry and perform with further emphasis on character and musical style. By the end of this course, students will be versed in ballet terminology and proficient in intermediate-level ballet technique. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN645 or instructor consent.

DAN650 Master’s Project (6 credits) Spring

The Master’s Project is a yearlong endeavor that allows students to research and contribute knowledge to the field of dance. Students work with their assigned thesis advisor to determine their topic and method of investigation. They consult with their advisor frequently for progress checks and will have the opportunity to collaborate with students from other programs during the process. By the end of the year students will have completed their project, which they will present through a concert, demonstration, and/or written documentation. The goal of the master’s project is to validate students’ abilities to investigate and bring to light new perspectives and understandings within the field of classical Chinese dance or classical ballet.

DAN663 Perspectives on Dance Aesthetics (2 credits) Spring

This is a seminar course. Through a series of lecture topics, graduates will be given opportunities to develop their aesthetic tastes and refine their aesthetic preferences. Students will be exposed to a range of repertoire; afterwards, they will analyze them within the context of aesthetic principles. Ultimately, this course aims to motivate students to appreciate aesthetic ideals that have inspired artists for millennia and to provide new wisdom to fuel their artistic goals.

DAN671 Internship (4 credits)

Fei Tian College offers internships so that graduate students can connect knowledge gained in on-campus courses with hands-on professional experience. Students can apply to dance companies, schools and institutions, media groups, and other hosts to find internships that fit their individual specialties and interests. Internships may or may not be paid, depending on the host institution. This course aims to help students think more about their career development. Other than completing assigned duties and demonstrating professional competencies, graduate students will need to evaluate themselves by reflecting on their personal strengths, where they need to improve, and what actions they should take to achieve their goals. While internships are not required for graduation, they are strongly encouraged as they can enhance a student’s résumé and allow students to explore different fields of interest while gaining practical experience.

LAS550 Research Methodology in the Arts (2 credits)

This class presents an overview of research methodology in the arts with a concentration in dance research.  Qualitative and quantitative methods are explored through readings, lectures, practical application, discussions, and written assignments.

LAS522 Seminar in Performing Arts Management (3 credits)

This course provides an overview on performing arts management, and its various structural components and practices. Students will learn key concepts and terminology, and essential managerial knowledge for running companies and organizations. The course culminates with a final project, in which students will create a theoretical model for a performing arts company or organization, ultimately preparing students to play leadership roles in the field of performing arts management.