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DANC 101: Ballet I (1.5 )
Classical and modern approaches to the language of ballet for beginners. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. ACT
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DANC 102: Ballet II (1.5 )
Classical and modern approaches to the language of ballet for experienced beginners. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. Prerequisite: DANC 101 or consent of instructor. ACT
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DANC 103: Modern I (1.5 )
Dance technique for beginners with precedents in the movement vocabularies of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, and the seminal choreographers of modern dance. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. ACT
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DANC 104: Modern II (1.5 )
Dance technique for experienced beginners with precedents in the movement vocabularies of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, and the seminal choreographers of modern dance. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. Prerequisite: DANC 103 or permission of instructor. ACT
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DANC 105: Jazz I (1.5 )
Dance technique for beginners based on elements of Latino, African, popular and classical jazz dance forms. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. ACT
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DANC 106: Jazz II (1.5 )
Dance technique for experienced beginners based on elements of Latino, African, popular and classical jazz dance forms. May be repeated for credit. Does not count toward the dance major requirements. Prerequisite: DANC 105 or consent of instructor. ACT
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DANC 108: Pas de Deux (1 )
The elements of classical ballet partnering (pas de deux) are explored. These elements include supported poses, turns, lifts, and their coordination between the partners. For men only. Women enroll in Pointe and Pas de Deux, DANC 307. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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DANC 109: Men's Ballet (2 )
An introduction to classical ballet focusing on the particular requirements of the male ballet technique including leaps, turns, batterie, and their presentation. May be repeated for credit. ACT
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DANC 125: Movement Efficiency for Athletes (3 )
A course designed to improve athletic performance potential by improving initiation and follow-through of movement; improving coordination, timing, and ease of action; and reducing the risk of injury through better technique. Students will learn how to apply the basic principles of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff to the specialized movement skills of various sports. Students will also learn to develop individualized warm-ups and drills to improve performance. Prerequisite: Participation in team sports, dance, martial arts, other skilled sport movement, or consent of instructor. ACT
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DANC 150: Dance Improvisation (2 )
Developing skills in perception and the rapid translation of ideas into dance. Central to the course will be exposure to a variety of stimuli from music and the visual arts, to nature and people on the streets. Prerequisite: DANC 104 or consent of instructor. ACT
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DANC 177: First Year Seminar: _____ (3 ) U
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Dance. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC
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DANC 201: Ballet III (1-2 )
Classical and modern approaches to the language of ballet for intermediate dancers. May be repeated for variable credit. Prerequisite: DANC 102 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 203: Modern III (1-2 )
Dance technique for intermediate dancers with precedents in the movement vocabularies of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, and the seminal choreographers of modern dance. May be repeated for variable credit. Prerequisite: DANC 104 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 205: Jazz III (1-2 )
Dance technique for intermediate dancers based on elements of Latino, African, popular and classical jazz dance forms. May be repeated for variable credit. Prerequisite: DANC 105 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 210: Rhythms and Structures of Music (1 )
An introduction to the analysis and use of rhythms and the compositional forms of music for dance. LEC
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DANC 220: Dance Performance (1 )
A dance repertory and performance class with emphasis on developing skills for performing ballet, modern, jazz, historic, and/or forms of theatrical dance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 200- or 300-level dance technique course. ACT
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DANC 230: Introduction to African Dance Theatre (2 ) NW
An introduction to the general techniques of non-verbal theatrical conventions in African cultures. Practical training in movement vocabulary will be supplemented by lectures on the "text" of performance. (Same as AAAS 334 and THR 226.) LEC
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DANC 240: Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance (3 )
Classical East Indian dance has an extensive movement vocabulary that emphasizes the coordination of rhythmic foot patterns with intricate hand gestures. Students will learn the mudras (hand gestures) and their significance and integration within each dance. Readings will include excerpts from the Natya Sastra and other treatises of East Indian dance and culture. LEC
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DANC 250: Choreography: Structured Solos (2 )
Movement studies for solo figure based on exploration of the fundamental ingredients of dance (space, time, weight, and energy flow) and how to organize them into short compositional forms such as ABA, verse/refrain, or narrative. Prerequisite: DANC 150 and DANC 203 or consent of instructor. LEC
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DANC 260: Musical Theatre Dance (2 )
This course focuses on the dance and movement vocabulary uniquely associated with musical theatre productions, as well as a variety of popular dance styles from the 1920s to the present. Performance techniques for the stage are emphasized. ACT
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DANC 301: Ballet IV (1-3 )
Classical and modern approaches to the language of ballet for advanced dancers. May be repeated for variable credit. Prerequisite: DANC 202 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 303: Modern IV (1-3 )
Dance technique for advanced dancers with precedents in the movement vocabularies of Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, and the seminal choreographers of modern dance. May be repeated for variable credit. Prerequisite: DANC 203 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 305: Jazz IV (3 )
Dance technique for advanced dancers based on elements of Latino, African, popular and classical jazz dance forms. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 205 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 307: Pointe and Pas de Deux (2 )
An introduction to pointe and classical partnering work for the intermediate/advanced female ballet dancer, with equal emphasis on pointe technique and style, and on classical repertory for couples. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 201 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 308: Pas de Deux (1 )
The exploration of classical ballet partnering (pas de deux) including supported poses, lifts, turns, and their coordination between the partners. For men only. Women enroll in Pointe and Pas de Deux, DANC 307. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 108, DANC 201, or permission of instructor. LAB
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DANC 309: Men's Ballet (2 )
A continuation of the study of male classical ballet technique including leaps, turns, batterie, and their presentation. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: DANC 109, DANC 201, or permission of instructor. LAB
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DANC 310: Music for Dance (3 )
An examination of music as accompaniment for dance in both classroom and performance settings. Students will listen and analyze music from various historic periods to develop the skills necessary to select music appropriate for choreography. They will learn techniques for working with accompanists and composers. Prerequisite: DANC 210 or consent of instructor. LEC
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DANC 320: University Dance Company (0-1 )
A dance repertory, performance and production class. Emphasis is on the development of skills for performing and/or producing dance concerts. Admission by audition only. May be repeated for credit. LAB
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DANC 325: Movement Efficiency for Athletes (3 )
A course designed to improve athletic performance potential by improving initiation and follow-through of movement; improving coordination, timing, and ease of action; and reducing the risk of injury through better technique. Students will learn how to apply the basic principles of Rudolf Laban and Irmgard Bartenieff to the specialized movement skills of various sports. Students also will learn to develop individualized warm-ups and drills to improve performance. Prerequisite: Participation in team sports, dance, martial arts, other skilled sport movement, or consent of instructor. ACT
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DANC 330: Approaches to World Dance (3 ) HL
This course examines dance forms from throughout the world and how they relate to the times and cultures in which they evolved. Dance forms such as African, East Indian classical, European court dance, ballet, modern, and jazz will be studied through readings, master classes, live performances, videotapes, and films. Prerequisite: 200-level English course. LEC
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DANC 340: Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (3 )
This course will introduce both the theoretical and physical applications of Laban Movement Analysis: Effort/Shape Notation (a notation system recording changes in movement qualities with respect to time, weight, space, and energy flow); Space Harmony (a system that describes human movement in relation to space); Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals (a series of basic exercises to integrate and facilitate the neuromuscular connections within the body) and Labanotation (a symbolic movement notation system). LAB
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DANC 350: Choreography: Group Forms (3 )
In-depth development of movement themes for duet, trio, and larger groups. At least one concert length work with plans for presentation to an audience will be required. Prerequisite: DANC 250 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 370: Musculoskeletal Concepts for Dancers (3 )
A study of anatomical and mechanical principles affecting the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system. Laboratory application of these principles will specifically examine the movements required in dance training. LEC
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DANC 375: Ideokinesis (3 ) H
Basic concepts of neuromuscular and skeletal education through the use of specific imagery (ideokinesis). Based on the work of Mabel Todd, Lulu Sweigard, and Irmgard Bartenieff, the emphasis is on body connectedness and dynamic alignment. The aim is to realize full movement potential in the most efficient way through intrinsic body awareness. Injury prevention is addressed by introducing principles of conditioning (strength, flexibility, endurance) and factors leading to injury such as muscular imbalances or postural deviations. LEC
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DANC 430: Dance for Children (3 )
Methods and materials for teaching creative dance and the fundamentals of dance technique to children. Lessons are prepared and tested in the classroom and then presented to elementary school children. Prerequisite: DANC 203 or consent of instructor. LEC
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DANC 440: Introduction to Classical East Indian Dance (3 ) NW
Classical East Indian dance has an extensive movement vocabulary that emphasizes the coordination of rhythmic foot patterns with intricate hand gestures. Students will learn the mudras (hand gestures) and their significance and integration within each dance. Readings will include excerpts from the Natya Sastra and other treatises of East Indian dance and culture. LEC
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DANC 450: Environmental Choreography (3 )
Designing dances for non-traditional performing spaces both indoors and outdoors. Students analyze how different natural and built environments can affect the gesture, space, time, and overall structure of a dance composition as well as the relationship between performers and spectators. Prerequisite: DANC 350 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 460: Dance History: Research and Reconstruction (3 ) HL H
Through research and reconstruction, students will examine major topics in dance history, such as the meaning and function of dance in pre-industrial societies, communal and court dance in Europe from the 14th to the19th centuries, and the transformation and development of dance as a theatre art in the modern world. Texts by dance historians and treatises by dancing masters will be supplemented by readings from fields, such as anthropology, philosophy, art history, and literature, that indicate the different ways of approaching the history of dance. LEC
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DANC 470: Renaissance and Baroque Dance (3 )
Students will analyze, interpret, reconstruct, and perform historic dance forms, such as the galliard and minuet, by working with treatises of Renaissance and Baroque dancing masters, scholarly studies, and other documentary materials. The dance forms will be studied in relation to the music, visual arts, and literature of the period. LEC
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DANC 475: Performing Arts Administration Dancers (3 )
Designed to provide an overview of key areas in performing arts administration, including professional speaking and writing, grant writing and development, publicity and marketing strategies, developing relationships with presenters and funders, and audience education. Through readings, class discussion, guest lectures with professionals from the field, and projects based on real-life scenarios, students will develop tools to further their careers as choreographers and performers. This focused study also provides individuals with the direction and means to employ their training in the field of performing arts administration and management at many different levels. This course prepares dance students for their entry into the professional arts marketplace. LEC
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DANC 480: Movement for Older Adults (3 )
This course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the movement problems experienced by older adults and to develop the student's ability to create movement interventions to address these concerns. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and seniors only. LEC
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DANC 490: Introduction to Flamenco Dance Technique (3 )
Using the basic compas (rhythmic structures) of Flamenco, we will explore the different components of flamenco dance technique: floreo (spiraling fingers), brazeo (arm movements), palmas (rhythmic hand-clapping), marcaje (marking, or movement through space), vueltas (turns) and zapateado (footwork). We will cultivate an awareness of flamenco's unique posture, learn the structure of the different rhythmic forms and introduce the possibilities for personal expression and improvisation. LEC
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DANC 498: Directed Study in: _____ (1-3 )
Investigation of a special topic or project in aesthetics, dance history, movement analysis, production, or a creative project. A maximum of six hours may be counted toward graduation. Prerequisite: At least seven hours of credit in dance courses. IND
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DANC 530: Practicum in: _____ (1 )
Supervised experience in teaching beginning level dance technique in the styles of ballet, jazz, or modern dance. Different approaches are analyzed, discussed, and tested in the studio. Prerequisite: Intermediate level of dance technique in the style of the practicum. FLD
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DANC 540: Field Experience in Dance Teaching (1-3 )
Teaching ballet, modern, or jazz dance technique to children or adults with faculty supervision in an academic or community program. Prerequisite: DANC 530 and consent of instructor. FLD
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DANC 550: Senior Project (3 )
In-depth research project in dance theory or history, or choreography project involving the complete development and presentation of a dance idea. Prerequisite: Performance option: DANC 320, DANC 350, DANC 450, TH&F 220 or TH&F 224, and permission of the dance division. Research option: DANC 340, DANC 370, DANC 375, DANC 460, and permission of the dance division. IND
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DANC 580: Special Topics in Dance (1-3 )
A study of current developments in dance with an emphasis on performance or research. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor. IND
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DANC 598: Seminar in Dance (3 )
Special studies in dance. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing and consent of instructor. LEC
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DANC 735: Analysis, Criticism, and Choreography (3 )
The choreographic approaches of outstanding dance masters of the past (for example, Marius Petipa and Isadora Duncan) and present (for example, Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham) will be analyzed in terms of their handling of gesture, time, space, structure, and meaning. Students will be expected to seek out and study readings, photographs, and films in order to do written and performance projects based on the choreographic principles of old and new masters in ballet and modern dance. Prerequisite: A course in dance choreography or consent of instructor. LEC
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DANC 740: Introduction to Laban Movement (3 )
This course will introduce both the theoretical and physical applications of Laban Movement Analysis: Effort/Shape Notation (a notation system recording changes in movement qualities with respect to time, weight, space, and energy flow); Space harmony (a system that describes human movement in relation to space); Bartenieff Movement Fundamentals (a series of basic exercises to integrate and facilitate the neuromuscular connections within the body); and Laban Movement Analysis to the fields of anthropology, dance, human development, industrial efficiency, the performing arts, physical education, physical therapy, and psychology will be introduced. LAB
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DANC 742: Laban Movement Observation, Analysis, and Notation (3 )
Two systems of symbolic movement notation will be used in this course: Rudolf Laban's Effort/Shape Writing and his system of Labanotation. Several applications of Laban's notational systems will be studied as they appear in cross-cultural, developmental, psychological, and sociological research. Emphasis will be placed on refining the student's ability to perceive, describe, and notate human movement of all kinds from everyday gestures to highly trained movement skills. Prerequisite: DANC 740 or consent of instructor. LAB
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DANC 780: Movement for Older Adults (3 )
This course is designed to increase knowledge and understanding of the movement problems experienced by older adults and to develop the student's ability to create movement interventions to address these concerns. Prerequisite: Open to graduate students in any field of study. LEC
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DANC 898: Directed Study in: _____ (1-3 )
Directed study in some aspect of aesthetics, dance history, movement analysis, production, or an advanced creative project. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. IND
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