Dance

  • Department Information

    Dance

    Department of Theatre and Dance


    Associate Professors Díaz, Herrera, Holland, Mike, Schoen, Stegmeir, White

    Assistant Professor Reynoso
    Director of Costume Hogg
    Director of Dance Van Gelder
    Each year two professional guest artists join the faculty to work with students and in productions. Additional professionals from the field also are employed as adjunct faculty members.

  • Major

    The Dance Major

    Note: Note: A grade of C- or better is required in all coursework comprising the major.

    12 units, including:

    Technique

    Four units (two from Group 1 and two from Group 2), chosen from:

    Group 1:

    DANC 266 Ballet II

    DANC 366 Advanced Ballet

    DANC 356 Pointe & Variations

    DANC 306 University Dancers

    DANC 261 Jazz II

    DANC 361 Advanced Jazz

    Group 2:

    DANC 238 Contact Improvisation

    DANC 251 Contemporary Dance I

    DANC 258 Writing from the Body: Words and Movement

    DANC 265 Contemporary Dance II

    DANC 365 Advanced Contemporary Dance

    DANC 312 Special Topics in Dance Technique

    Creating Performance

    Three units, chosen from:

    Required:

    DANC 248 Movement Improvisation

    DANC 255 Choreography I

    Plus one:

    DANC 319 Collaborative Arts Lab: Dance, Humanities & Technology

    DANC 335 Choreography II

    DANC 315 Independent Study

    Somatic Studies

    One unit, chosen from:

    DANC 320 Human Kinetics for Dance

    DANC 322 Special Topics in Somatics

    Critical Inquiry

    Two units (must include one unit of History), chosen from:

    DANC 330 Dance History-Theory I

    DANC 340 Dance History-Theory II

    DANC 350 Special Topics in Critical Inquiry

    Design 

    One unit, chosen from:

    THTR 207 Text and Performance

    THTR 305 Sound Design

    THTR 307 Lighting Design

    THTR 322 Costume Design

    Capstone

    One unit, chosen from:

    DANC 407 Senior Thesis - Capstone

  • Minor

    The Dance Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.7). Upper-level courses are taught on a rotating basis.

    Six units, including:

    Technique

    Two units, chosen from:

    DANC 238 Introduction to Contact Improvisation

    DANC 251 Contemporary Dance I

    DANC 257 Ballet I

    DANC 258 Writing from the Body: Words and Movement

    DANC 261 Jazz II

    DANC 265 Contemporary Dance II

    DANC 266 Ballet II

    DANC 306 University Dancers

    DANC 312 Special Topics in Dance Technique

    DANC 356 Pointe & Variations

    DANC 361 Advanced Jazz

    DANC 365 Advanced Contemporary Dance

    DANC 366 Advanced Ballet

    Creating Performance

    Two units, chosen from:

    DANC 248 Introduction to Movement Improvisation

    DANC 255 Choreography I

    DANC 335 Choreography II

    DANC 319 Collaborative Arts Lab: Dance, Humanities & Technology

    DANC 315 Independent Study

    Critical Inquiry - Somatic Studies - Design 

    Two units (must include one unit of History), chosen from:

    DANC 330 Dance History-Theory I

    DANC 340 Dance History-Theory II

    DANC 320 Human Kinetics for Dance

    DANC 322 Special Topics in Somatics

    DANC 350 Special Topics in Critical Inquiry

    THTR 203 Introduction to Lighting and Sound

    THTR 206 Introduction to Costume

  • Related

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  • DANC 204 Hip-Hop Dance

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Investigation of hip hop dance by examining the culture and politics that inspired the genre. Focuses on the foundations and origins of hip hop and street dance culture and the journey to current definitions of hip hop dance. Combined course in dance, theory, and creative practices for students of all levels of dance education.

  • DANC 210 Salsa Dance

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Focuses on the fundamentals of Salsa dance steps and musical rhythms and the physical and social traditions of Afro-Caribbean culture. Creative projects will focus on individual and group projects designed to facilitate embodied exploration.

  • DANC 214 Contemporary African Movement Practices (CAMP)

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Investigation of contemporary and traditional-based/vernacular dance practices as they have developed and continue to evolve in West Africa and the Diaspora. An introduction to movement and theory of selected dance practices of West Africa, tracing the evolution of vernacular dances into what is known as African Contemporary Dance(s). Movement instruction focused specifically on principles of movement that operate within many dances indigenous to the Mande region of West Africa as well as those operating within Germaine Acogny's Modern African Dance Technique (Acogny Technique). Combined course in dance, theory, and creative practices for students of all levels of dance education. Progress is gauged according to each student's level of understanding. Creative exploration will include group dance projects designed to facilitate embodied exploration.

  • DANC 218 Capoeira Angola

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to the movements, music and history of capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian self-defense hidden in dance. Capoeira is thought to have developed in part by African slaves as a form of cultural resistance towards liberation. Later, it was made illegal and associated with criminals, and now has become the unofficial 'sport' of Brazil. It is an art form for self-expression from the African-Diaspora that uses Portuguese in its songs and is a truly unique fusion of music, dance, and self-defense. Capoeira will be looked at in a contemporary context as a tool towards building a multi-cultural community founded on respect.

  • DANC 238 Introduction to Contact Improvisation

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    The practice and exploration of contact improvisation, an improvised movement form that relies on partners in constant physical dialog and connection. Class is devoted to developing balance, strength, flexibility, trust, support, weight-sharing, risk-taking, play, and body awareness. The class is ideal for students pursuing dance, theater, biology, psychology, or anyone wanting a physical challenge.

  • DANC 248 Movement Improvisation

    Units: 1

    Description

    Focus on unraveling habitual ways of moving to discover impromptu motion and new patterns in groups, duets, and alone. A range of contemporary theoretical, artistic, and ethnographic techniques from American and international improvisers will be explored for strategies, techniques, motivations, and process.

  • DANC 251 Contemporary Dance I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Explores organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and working with gravity and momentum. Incorporates elements of Authentic Movement, Yoga, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Developmental Movement Technique, Flying Low, and Capoeira. Particular attention will be given to dynamic alignment imagery to facilitate efficient movement patterns. Students will be expected to learn choreographed exercises and phrases, to improvise, to create original material, and to work with partners. Includes "lab time" where students will investigate movement independently.

  • DANC 255 Choreography I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores a variety of dance-making methodologies. Using individual and collaborative approaches, students compose and perform movement studies in group, duet, and solo forms for both concert dance and site-specific locations. Culminates in a public sharing of work created throughout the semester.

    Prerequisites

    DANC 248

  • DANC 256 Jazz Dance I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to jazz dance as an eclectic form of artistic expression with emphasis on rhythm and technique. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

  • DANC 257 Ballet I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introductory course in ballet as a theatrical art form. Study of basic ballet terminology, understanding of correct body placement, and a general knowledge of performing elementary ballet technique. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

  • DANC 258 Writing from the Body: Words and Movement

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Reflection on how one moves through the world and how experience gets articulated. Class is devoted to exercises that generate movement and writing, both used as gateways to the other.

  • DANC 259 Tap Dance I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to tap dance, a theatrical form of artistic expression with development of a movement vocabulary based on rhythms made with taps. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

  • DANC 260 Modern Dance I

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement (FSVP)

    Description

    Introduction to modern dance as a diverse form of expression with development of language of movement. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

  • DANC 261 Jazz Dance II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of beginning jazz, emphasizing intermediate technique, vocabulary, and style. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Prior dance experience or permission of instructor.

  • DANC 262 Tap Dance II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of beginning tap dance, emphasizing intermediate technique using movement to build strength and coordination. Syncopated rhythms are explored with the sounds of the taps. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Previous tap dance technique.

  • DANC 263 Modern Dance II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of beginning modern dance, emphasizing intermediate technique and development of an aesthetic vocabulary of contemporary modern dance. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Prior dance experience or permission of instructor.

  • DANC 265 Contemporary Dance II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of Contemporary Dance I. Students will deepen their knowledge of organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and moving with an awareness of gravity and momentum. Students will engage in more complex movement patterns and will be expected to learn choreographed exercises and phrases, to improvise, to create original material, to work with partners and to investigate movement independently. Readings, written assignments, and videos will be assigned to enhance the understanding of principles of alignment, movement, and performance. Students will study key contemporary artists in the field.

    Prerequisites

    Prior dance experience or permission of instructor.

  • DANC 266 Ballet II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of beginning ballet, emphasizing intermediate technique and vocabulary. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Previous ballet technique.

  • DANC 306 University Dancers

    Units: .5

    Description

    Technique, rehearsal, and performance of dance works choreographed by dance faculty, students, and visiting choreographers. May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites

    Audition or invitation of director.

  • DANC 312 Special Topics in Dance Techniques

    Units: 1

    Description

    Offered as-needed. Representative topics may include a range of non-traditional dance forms and practices: Improvisation, Release Technique, Flying Low, Breaking, Fusion, Physical Theatre, Viewpoints, Suzuki, or other contemporary movement techniques.

  • DANC 315 Independent Study

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Restriction: Prospectus must be submitted and approved prior to the end of advance registration.

    Prerequisites

    Permission of instructor.

  • DANC 316 Repertory

    Units: .5

    Description

    Students in the repertory class are members of University Dancers, and will spend the fall semester learning, rehearsing, and collaborating on a new piece of choreography by one of the University of Richmond's dance faculty or a guest artist.

    Prerequisites

    Dance 306 (corequisite).

  • DANC 319 Collaborative Arts Lab: Dance, Humanities & Technology

    Units: 1

    Description

    A creative research lab where students combine dance, theatre, and subject from humanities and/or science and technology as the foundation for creating and original dance theatre piece. The research-creative project to include a public performance with talk-back on process and discoveries.

  • DANC 320 Human Kinetics for Dance

    Units: 1

    Description

    The science of human movement and knowledge of the skeletal and muscular structures which is a valuable tool in a dancer's growth. Focus on how the body functions and moves as the students develop an objective and realistic sense of their strengths and weakness. An approach that applies principles towards the anatomical analysis, assessment, function, preservation and enhancement of human movement.

  • DANC 322 Special Topics in Somatics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Offered as needed. Representative topics may include: Special Topics in Kinetics, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Pilates, Yoga, Physical Conditioning for Dancers and Athletes, or other body awareness and movement training.

  • DANC 330 Dance History-Theory I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of Western theatrical dance from antiquity through the 19th century. Focus on the analysis of dance and movement practices within their cultural contexts. Ritual roots of early dance are examined along with social, political, and religious aspects of the rich array of dance practices and theories from pre-history to classical ballet of the late 19th century.

  • DANC 335 Choreography II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of DANC 255. Development of a creative or research project that will culminate in a public presentation.

    Prerequisites

    DANC 255.

  • DANC 340 Dance History-Theory II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of Western theatrical dance from the early 20th-century Ballets Russes through the development of modern dance, jazz dance, musical theatre, hip-hop, and contemporary fusion forms.

  • DANC 350 Special Topics in Critical Inquiry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Offered as needed. Representative topics include critical dance studies, historical dance studies, performance studies, and dance criticism.

  • DANC 356 Pointe and Variations

    Units: 1

    Description

    For advanced ballet students to continue training in pointe work. Study of classical variations in a historical context and performance of these variations in an informal showing. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Must be able to dance on pointe at the intermediate or advanced level.

  • DANC 361 Advanced Jazz Dance

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of intermediate jazz, emphasizing advanced technique, vocabulary, and style. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Previous intermediate jazz technique.

  • DANC 363 Advanced Modern Dance

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of intermediate modern dance, emphasizing advanced technique and developing an aesthetic vocabulary of contemporary modern dance. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Previous intermediate modern dance technique.

  • DANC 365 Advanced Contemporary Dance

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of Contemporary Dance II. Deepens knowledge of organic ways of moving while maximizing circular forces, coordinating breath and movement, and working with gravity and momentum. Engagement in advanced movement patterns and choreographed exercises and phrases, improvisation, to create original material, to work with partners and to investigate movement independently. Readings, written assignments, and videos will be assigned to enhance the understanding of principles of alignment, movement, and performance. Students will study key contemporary artists in the field.

    Prerequisites

    Prior intermediate modern or contemporary dance technique or permission of instructor.

  • DANC 366 Advanced Ballet

    Units: 1

    Description

    Continuation of intermediate ballet, emphasizing advanced technique and vocabulary. Students are required to critique live dance concerts as well as conduct research on a relevant topic.

    Prerequisites

    Previous intermediate ballet technique.

  • DANC 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer fellowships to conduct research [or produce a creative arts project] in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 8 weeks, the student must engage in the project full-time (at least 40 hours per week) during this period, and the student must be the recipient of a fellowship through the university. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer Arts and Sciences fellowship by faculty mentor

  • DANC 407 Senior Thesis Capstone

    Units: 1

    Description

    Builds on the foundations of Choreography I and Choreography II, as well as the other courses in the major. Student choreographer develops a fully produced work culminating in a public performance. Department of Theatre and Dance faculty co-mentor the student choreographer through the collaborative creative process, which includes developing a concept for the piece, making effective music choices, collaborating with designers (costume, lighting, sound and scenic), and working efficiently and creatively with dancers in rehearsal.

    Prerequisites

    DANC 315 or 319 or 355