The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography requires a total of 120 credits, with 90 of those credits as the major core curriculum. Alongside courses outside of the department, dance-focused academics and creative process-oriented classes (i.e. composition and choreography), dance majors are typically required to take two technique classes daily throughout the majority of their studies. The continuous study of modern dance and ballet is a strong component of the curriculum. In addition to modern dance and ballet, elective courses in jazz, tap, hip hop, improvisation, ballroom and other special topics courses are offered, rounding out a curriculum that also involves studies in kinesiology and anatomy, dance history, music, etc. Within the core there are opportunities for repertory experience and for independent study.

The dance major program is rigorous. Students’ technique placement within the required major courses is determined through departmental assessment and placement processes. Formal evaluation procedures include a placement class for entering students, juried examinations at the end of the first semester of the freshman and sophomore years and every semester of the junior and senior years. In the second semester of the freshman and sophomore years the jury is folded into a comprehensive career evaluation called the Freshmen Review and the Sophomore Readmittance Exam, respectively. These career evaluations are to assess each student’s progress in relationship to the standards of the program and progress toward degree completion. Students in the major program may be notified of probationary status after the Freshmen Review. All majors must pass the Sophomore Readmittance Exam in order to continue in the major. This exam stands on its own as a separate evaluation from course grades.

The VCU dance program provides abundant opportunities for students to interact with faculty and guest artists in academic, professional, creative and performance contexts. Within the School of the Arts, dance students have frequent opportunities to work collaboratively with other students in the arts. Possibilities include the visual arts, participation in multimedia events and productions outside the dance department. Any dance major can perform in numerous formal concerts, informal showings and lecture-demonstrations produced by the department. Opportunities also are available for training in teaching, but students interested in earning state certification should consult their advisers.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Students should achieve proficiency in improvisation, composition, choreography and related art forms that encourage creativity and an individual point of view.
  • Students should become proficient in modern dance and a diverse range of other dance techniques. The objective is to maximize students’ potential to become versatile dancers of technical excellence.
  • Students need to experience a range of opportunities for performing, presenting original choreography and working behind the scenes in a professionally oriented production or a season of dance events presented to the public.
  • Students should gain a global and historical perspective of dance as an art form with an emphasis on contemporary approaches to dance making and performance.
  • Students need to develop writing and critical-thinking skills.

Special requirements

An audition is required for acceptance into the dance program. Applicants must follow the admissions guidelines for arts students as described in the “Admission to the university” section of the bulletin.

To be eligible for graduation, dance majors must meet the proficiency requirements of having completed two semesters of level IV technique (DANC   401-DANC   402) or achieved an equivalent through departmentally approved summer study. In order to graduate, students must also complete a senior project, which is a practical presentation in both performance and choreography. Senior projects are approved in multiple stages by a review committee composed of full-time faculty members. Eligibility is based on the student’s overall academic record (credits earned, requirements met). Approval in stage one is based on the quality of the student’s written proposal; in stage two it is based upon evaluation/review of the student’s completed project proposed for presentation.

Degree requirements for Dance and Choreography, Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)

General Education requirements

University Core Education Curriculum
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IFocused Inquiry I3
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry IIFocused Inquiry II3
UNIV   200Inquiry and the Craft of Argument3
Approved humanities/fine arts3
Approved natural/physical sciences3-4
Approved quantitative literacy3-4
Approved social/behavioral sciences3-4
Total Hours21-24
Additional General Education requirements
DANC   103Survey of Dance History (ballet)3
DANC   104Survey of Dance History (modern dance)3
DANC   313Dance in World Cultures3
or DANC   413 African American Presence in American Dance, Performance and Social Contexts
Total Hours9

Major requirements

DANC   101
DANC   102
Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop
and Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop
6
DANC   105Improvisation2
DANC   107Music and Dance Forms2
DANC   111
DANC   112
Ballet Technique I
and Ballet Technique I
4
DANC   162Rehearsal and Performance2
DANC   201
DANC   202
Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop
and Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop
6
DANC   205
DANC   206
Composition
and Composition
6
DANC   207Studies in Music for Dance3
DANC   211
DANC   212
Ballet Technique II
and Ballet Technique II
4
DANC   260Dance Production Workshop2
DANC   301
DANC   302
Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop
and Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop
6
DANC   303
DANC   304
Choreography/Performance
and Choreography/Performance
6
DANC   311
DANC   312
Ballet Technique III
and Ballet Technique III
4
DANC   317Anatomy for the Dancer1
DANC   318Dance Science3
DANC   401
DANC   402
Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop
and Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop
6
DANC   407Teaching Methods for Dance3
DANC   411Ballet Technique IV2
DANC   490Senior Project (capstone)3
DANZ   111Ballet Technique I Laboratory1
DANZ   112Ballet Technique I Laboratory1
DANZ   211Ballet Technique II Laboratory1
DANZ   212Ballet Technique II Laboratory1
Technique elective (see list below)3
Dance career elective (see list below)3
Total Hours81

Open electives

Select nine open elective credits9

Total minimum requirement 120 credits

Electives

Technique electives
DANC/AFAM 121Tap Technique I2
DANC/AFAM 122Tap Technique I2
DANC   126
DANC   127
African-Caribbean Dance I
and African-Caribbean Dance I
4
DANC   141Ballroom Dancing1
DANC   142Ballroom Dancing1
DANC   191West African Dance Techniques2
DANC   213Beginning/Intermediate Pointe1
DANC   251Jazz Technique II2
DANC   253Pilates1-2
DANC   254Yoga1-3
DANC   255Hip Hop Dance2
DANC   256Hip Hop Dance2
DANC   315Contact Improvisation2
DANC   321Partnering2
Approved topics courses
Dance career electives
DANC   319Video/Choreography Workshop3
DANC   320Video/Choreography Workshop3
DANC   360Lighting Design for Dance3
DANC   460Business of Dance2
Approved topics courses such as dance management

What follows is a sample plan that meets the prescribed requirements within a four-year course of study at VCU. Please contact your adviser before beginning course work toward a degree.

Freshman year
Fall semesterHours
DANC   101 Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop 3
DANC   103 Survey of Dance History (gen ed) 3
DANC   105 Improvisation 2
DANC   111
DANZ   111
Ballet Technique I
and Ballet Technique I Laboratory
3
UNIV   111 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry I Focused Inquiry I 3
Quantitative literacy course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 17
Spring semester
DANC   102 Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop 3
DANC   104 Survey of Dance History (gen ed) 3
DANC   107 Music and Dance Forms 2
DANC   112
DANZ   112
Ballet Technique I
and Ballet Technique I Laboratory
3
DANC   162 Rehearsal and Performance 2
UNIV   112 Play VideoPlay course video for Focused Inquiry II Focused Inquiry II 3
 Term Hours: 16
Sophomore year
Fall semester
DANC   201 Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop 3
DANC   205 Composition 3
DANC   207 Studies in Music for Dance 3
DANC   211
DANZ   211
Ballet Technique II
and Ballet Technique II Laboratory
3
DANC   260 Dance Production Workshop 2
Technique elective 1
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
DANC   202 Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop 3
DANC   206 Composition 3
DANC   212
DANZ   212
Ballet Technique II
and Ballet Technique II Laboratory
3
UNIV   200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3
Natural/physical sciences course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 15
Junior year
Fall semester
DANC   301 Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop 3
DANC   303 Choreography/Performance 3
DANC   311 Ballet Technique III 2
DANC   317 Anatomy for the Dancer 1
Humanities/fine arts course (University Core) 3
Social/behavioral sciences course (University Core) 3
 Term Hours: 15
Spring semester
DANC   302 Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop 3
DANC   304 Choreography/Performance 3
DANC   312 Ballet Technique III 2
DANC   313
Dance in World Cultures
or African American Presence in American Dance, Performance and Social Contexts
3
DANC   318 Dance Science 3
Technique elective 2
 Term Hours: 16
Senior year
Fall semester
DANC   401 Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop 3
DANC   407 Teaching Methods for Dance 3
DANC   411 Ballet Technique IV 2
Dance career elective 3
Open electives 3
 Term Hours: 14
Spring semester
DANC   402 Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop 3
DANC   490 Senior Project (capstone) 3
Open electives 6
 Term Hours: 12
 Total Hours: 120

Dance

DANC   101. Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   101 to enroll in DANC   102. Dance major or departmental approval. Fundamental study and training in principles of modern dance technique. Emphasis is on body alignment, spatial patterning, flexibility, strength and kinesthetic awareness. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   102. Modern Dance Technique I and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   101 to enroll in DANC   102. Dance major or departmental approval. Fundamental study and training in principles of modern dance technique. Emphasis is on body alignment, spatial patterning, flexibility, strength and kinesthetic awareness. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   103. Survey of Dance History. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   103 to enroll in DANC   104. Dance major or departmental approval. First semester: dance from ritual to the contemporary ballet and the foundations of the Western aesthetic as it relates to dance, and the development of the ballet. Second semester: Western concert dance from the aesthetic dance of the late 1800s to contemporary modern dance. These courses are the first two of a three-course sequence that fulfills one of the general education writing intensive requirements for dance majors.

DANC   104. Survey of Dance History. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 3 lecture hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   103 to enroll in DANC   104. Dance major or departmental approval. First semester: dance from ritual to the contemporary ballet and the foundations of the Western aesthetic as it relates to dance, and the development of the ballet. Second semester: Western concert dance from the aesthetic dance of the late 1800s to contemporary modern dance. These courses are the first two of a three-course sequence that fulfills one of the general education writing intensive requirements for dance majors.

DANC   105. Improvisation. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. Prerequisite: completion of DANC   105 to enroll in DANC   106. An exploration of spontaneous body movement with the purpose of increasing body awareness, movement invention and movement creativity.

DANC   106. Improvisation. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. Prerequisite: completion of DANC   105 to enroll in DANC   106. An exploration of spontaneous body movement with the purpose of increasing body awareness, movement invention and movement creativity.

DANC   107. Music and Dance Forms. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   101 and 105, or permission of instructor. An exploration of the various traditional and nontraditional concepts of music that are used in collaboration with dance. Course includes lecture, reading, listening and movement assignments. Focus will be on the dancer's understanding and use of music through movement analysis and improvisation.

DANC   111. Ballet Technique I. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   111 to enroll in DANC   112. Corequisites: DANZ   111-112. Dance major or departmental approval. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 8 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Fundamental study of the principles of ballet technique.

DANC   112. Ballet Technique I. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. Prerequisites: completion of DANC   111 to enroll in DANC   112. Corequisites: DANZ   111-112. Dance major or departmental approval. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 8 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Fundamental study of the principles of ballet technique.

DANC   121. Tap Technique I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Beginning study and training in the principles of tap technique with emphasis upon style, body alignment, spatial patterning, flexibility, strength and kinesthetic awareness to move the body in the style required for tap dancing. Crosslisted as: AFAM   121.

DANC   122. Tap Technique I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Beginning study and training in the principles of tap technique with emphasis upon style, body alignment, spatial patterning, flexibility, strength and kinesthetic awareness to move the body in the style required for tap dancing. Crosslisted as: AFAM   122.

DANC   126. African-Caribbean Dance I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Dance based on the movements and rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean. Crosslisted as: AFAM   126.

DANC   127. African-Caribbean Dance I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Dance based on the movements and rhythms of Africa and the Caribbean. Crosslisted as: AFAM   127.

DANC   133. Introduction to Ballet Technique I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. This course may be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. For nonmajors. Introductory study of the principles of ballet technique.

DANC   134. Introduction to Ballet Technique II. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   133 or permission of instructor. For nonmajors. This course may be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Further introductory study of the principles of ballet technique.

DANC   141. Ballroom Dancing. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. A study of basic ballroom dance steps and practice in their performance.

DANC   142. Ballroom Dancing. 1 Hour.

Semester courses; 2 studio hours. 1, 1 credit. A study of basic ballroom dance steps and practice in their performance.

DANC   151. Jazz Dance Technique I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   102 or permission of instructor. Study and training in the principles and concepts of jazz technique. Emphasis on body alignment, flexibility, balance, rhythmic awareness and mastery of isolated movements of body parts. The course includes the exploration of the relationship between jazz music and jazz dance. Crosslisted as: AFAM   151.

DANC   152. Jazz Dance Technique I. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   102 or permission of instructor. Study and training in the principles and concepts of jazz technique. Emphasis on body alignment, flexibility, balance, rhythmic awareness and mastery of isolated movements of body parts. The course includes the exploration of the relationship between jazz music and jazz dance. Crosslisted as: AFAM   152.

DANC   161. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a dance concert.

DANC   162. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a dance concert.

DANC   171. T'ai Chi. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Study and practice of T'ai Chi, a Chinese exercise form, which is designed to bring one to full potential through balancing, aligning and breathing exercises. The short Yang form, based on Taoist principles, strengthens the body while allowing for deep relaxation to take place. Application of T'ai Chi to creative dance techniques is explored as a springboard for improvisation.

DANC   172. T'ai Chi. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Study and practice of T'ai Chi, a Chinese exercise form, which is designed to bring one to full potential through balancing, aligning and breathing exercises. The short Yang form, based on Taoist principles, strengthens the body while allowing for deep relaxation to take place. Application of T'ai Chi to creative dance techniques is explored as a springboard for improvisation.

DANC   183. Introduction to Modern Dance Technique. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. For non-dance majors. Experiential introduction to basic movement principles, body alignment and the elements of modern dance.

DANC   184. Introduction to Modern Dance Technique. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   183 or by audition on first day of class. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. For non-dance majors. Experiential introduction to basic movement principles, body alignment and the elements of modern dance.

DANC   191. West African Dance Techniques. 2 Hours.

Semester course: 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. May be repeated for up to 4 credits. This course is designed to provide the student with movement skill(s) and knowledge of traditional dances of West Africa, with an emphasis on the acquisition of basic movement sequences, as well as traditional dance techniques aligned with the songs, instruments, rhythms and foundational understanding of the cultural and historical context in which the dance derived. This course is open to students of all skill levels, from beginner to the more advanced.

DANC   201. Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   102, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   201 to enroll in DANC   202. Further study and training in the principles of modern dance technique on an intermediate level with the expectation of better coordination of all elements into a sense of dance. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   202. Modern Dance Technique II and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   102, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   201 to enroll in DANC   202. Further study and training in the principles of modern dance technique on an intermediate level with the expectation of better coordination of all elements into a sense of dance. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   205. Composition. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   105 and 107, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   205 to enroll in DANC   206. An introduction to the basic elements of choreography.

DANC   206. Composition. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   105 and 107, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   205 to enroll in DANC   206. An introduction to the basic elements of choreography.

DANC   207. Studies in Music for Dance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   107, or departmental approval. Study of the history, theory and aesthetics of music as it relates to dance. Course includes lecture, listening, reading, discussion, writing and oral presentations.

DANC   209. DANCE WORKSHOP. 1 Hour.

DANC   210. DANCE WORKSHOP. 1 Hour.

DANC   211. Ballet Technique II. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. This course may be repeated for a maximum total of 8 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   112, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   211 to enroll in DANC   212. Intermediate-level study, training and practice of ballet technique.

DANC   212. Ballet Technique II. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. This course may be repeated for a maximum total of 8 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   112, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   211 to enroll in DANC   212. Intermediate-level study, training and practice of ballet technique.

DANC   213. Beginning/Intermediate Pointe. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 studio hours. 1 credit. Course restricted to dance majors. Study and practice of pointe technique, including barre and center floor work using proper body alignment and safe movement mechanics.

DANC   221. Tap Technique II. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor. Further study and training in the principles of tap technique.

DANC   222. Tap Technique II. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor. Further study and training in the principles of tap technique.

DANC   251. Jazz Technique II. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   151, 152, or permission of instructor. An in-depth study of movement styles and qualities in jazz dance. Advanced work on integrating music and movement with focus upon chronology of jazz music and corresponding dance forms.

DANC   252. Jazz Technique II. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   151, 152, or permission of instructor. An in-depth study of movement styles and qualities in jazz dance. Advanced work on integrating music and movement with focus upon chronology of jazz music and corresponding dance forms.

DANC   253. Pilates. 1-2 Hours.

Semester course; 2-4 laboratory hours. 1-2 credits. Students engage in a physical practice: matwork of the Pilates system, built on the work of Joseph H. Pilates. The practice is designed to improve muscular-skeletal performance, strength, flexibility and endurance, while focusing on core stability, restoring the optimal curves of the spine, relieving tension and enhancing self-confidence. Basic muscular anatomy and kinesiology will also be integrated into instruction and cuing for greater body awareness.

DANC   254. Yoga. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; 2-6 laboratory hours. 1-3 credits. Students engage in a physical practice based on yoga, taught from an experiential, philosophical and anatomic perspective, with an emphasis on dynamic flow that links breath and movement.

DANC   255. Hip Hop Dance. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisite: dance major or permission of instructor. Intermediate-level dance technique class that draws on the hip hop aesthetic to create a movement experience that emphasizes individual style, rhythmic awareness and physical prowess.

DANC   256. Hip Hop Dance. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2, 2 credits. Prerequisite: dance major or permission of instructor. Intermediate-level dance technique class that draws on the hip hop aesthetic to create a movement experience that emphasizes individual style, rhythmic awareness and physical prowess.

DANC   260. Dance Production Workshop. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: dance major or permission of instructor. An introduction to the basic principles of dance lighting and technical theatre through lecture, practical demonstration and discussion.

DANC   261. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a major dance concert.

DANC   262. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a major dance concert.

DANC   291. Topics in Dance. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A seminar or workshop on a selected issue or topic in the field of dance. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

DANC   293. Professional Performance: Trainee Level First Year. 7 Hours.

Continuous course; 7 credits per semester. Prerequisite: official trainee status with an approved professional dance company and permission of the chair. Training, rehearsal and performance as a trainee with a professional dance company approved by VCU Dance.

DANC   294. Professional Performance: Trainee Level First Year. 7 Hours.

Continuous course; 7 credits per semester. Prerequisite: official trainee status with an approved professional dance company and permission of the chair. Training, rehearsal and performance as a trainee with a professional dance company approved by VCU Dance.

DANC   301. Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   202, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   301 to enroll in DANC   302. Advanced study and training in principles of modern dance technique. Movement studies demanding greater strength and flexibility. Spatial patterns demanding increased coordination, kinesthetic awareness and aesthetic sensitivity. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   302. Modern Dance Technique III and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   202, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   301 to enroll in DANC   302. Advanced study and training in principles of modern dance technique. Movement studies demanding greater strength and flexibility. Spatial patterns demanding increased coordination, kinesthetic awareness and aesthetic sensitivity. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   303. Choreography/Performance. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major, DANC   205-206 and 207, and successful completion of the sophomore readmittance evaluation; completion of DANC   303 to enroll in DANC   304. The craft of choreography and performing techniques are explored extensively as students develop solo and group pieces while rotating in the roles of choreographer/director and performer.

DANC   304. Choreography/Performance. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major, DANC   205-206 and 207, and successful completion of the sophomore readmittance evaluation; completion of DANC   303 to enroll in DANC   304. The craft of choreography and performing techniques are explored extensively as students develop solo and group pieces while rotating in the roles of choreographer/director and performer.

DANC   307. Music and Dance Forms for Trainees. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   105 and 394, or permission of instructor. An exploration of the various traditional and nontraditional concepts of music that are used in collaboration with dance. Course includes lecture, reading, listening and viewing of choreography with writing and movement assignments.

DANC   311. Ballet Technique III. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   212, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   311 to enroll in DANC   312. Advanced training, study and practice of ballet technique focusing on the refinement and performance skills.

DANC   312. Ballet Technique III. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. This course may be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   212, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   311 to enroll in DANC   312. Advanced training, study and practice of ballet technique focusing on the refinement and performance skills.

DANC   313. Dance in World Cultures. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   103-104 and UNIV   200 or HONR   200, or permission of instructor. This course is the third in a sequence that fulfills one of the general education writing intensive requirements for dance majors. Students learn and participate in dance styles of various world cultures as they study cultural traditions and how they are expressed in movement. No dance experience necessary. This course will include lectures, readings, research and discussion. Students will engage in the viewing and discussion of films, videos and dance concerts.

DANC   315. Contact Improvisation. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits. Exploration of the technique of partnering and the exchange of weight in an improvisational format. Emphasis is on a shared process that explores gravity, lifting, and the give and take of body weight.

DANC   316. Contact Improvisation. 2 Hours.

Semester courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   101, 102, or permission of instructor. Exploration of the technique of partnering and the exchange of weight in an improvisational format. Emphasis is on a shared process that explores gravity, lifting, and the give and take of body weight.

DANC   317. Anatomy for the Dancer. 1 Hour.

Semester course; 2 laboratory hours. 1 credit. Prerequisite: dance major and UNIV   200 or HONR   200. A Web-based, self-study course designed for dance students. Integrates the study of anatomy with dance terminology, skills and concepts. Covers basic knowledge of skeletal, muscular and nervous systems of the body and applies this information to principles important to dance.

DANC   318. Dance Science. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 laboratory hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   317. A team-taught lecture and laboratory course that applies anatomical and basic kinesiological concepts to dance technique. Students will analyze and assess dance movement using scientific principles as well as study the interplay between the aesthetic qualities and biomechanics of dance technique, and the role of this study in injury prevention.

DANC   319. Video/Choreography Workshop. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Prerequisites: experience in movement, performance and/or video/film, or permission of instructor. Students gain practical skills as well as basic theoretical foundation in the principles of working with video and choreography.

DANC   320. Video/Choreography Workshop. 3 Hours.

Semester courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3, 3 credits. Prerequisites: experience in movement, performance and/or video/film, or permission of instructor. Students gain practical skills as well as basic theoretical foundation in the principles of working with video and choreography.

DANC   321. Partnering. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits. Enrollment restricted to dance majors. Investigation and practice of traditional to contemporary partnering concepts supporting the fundamental through advanced development of skills necessary for a dancer and choreographer.

DANC   360. Lighting Design for Dance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: DANC   260 or permission of instructor. Open to qualified School of the Arts majors only. A study in the art of lighting design as it evolves from the choreographer/designer collaboration. The basic techniques of drafting, use of color and composition of space related to light and movement.

DANC   361. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a major dance concert.

DANC   362. Rehearsal and Performance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; hours to be arranged. 1-3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Dance rehearsals and production of work for a major dance concert.

DANC   371. Repertory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Study and rehearsal of roles in choreography produced by the faculty and/or guest artists, with the objective of achieving a performance level.

DANC   372. Repertory. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: audition. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits. Study and rehearsal of roles in choreography produced by the faculty and/or guest artists, with the objective of achieving a performance level.

DANC   393. Professional Performance: Trainee Level Second Year. 8 Hours.

Continuous course; 8 credits per semester. Prerequisite: official apprentice status with an approved professional dance company and permission of the chair. Training, rehearsal and performance as an apprentice with a professional dance company approved by VCU Dance.

DANC   394. Professional Performance: Trainee Level Second Year. 8 Hours.

Continuous course; 8 credits per semester. Prerequisite: official apprentice status with an approved professional dance company and permission of the chair. Training, rehearsal and performance as an apprentice with a professional dance company approved by VCU Dance.

DANC   401. Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits on the recommendation of the department chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   302, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   401 to enroll in DANC   402. Preprofessional study and training in modern dance technique. Movement studies demanding a superior level of clarity, strength and flexibility. Movement patterns demanding a high level of coordination, deep kinesthetic awareness and aesthetic sensitivity. Exploration of a wide range of performance qualities. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   402. Modern Dance Technique IV and Workshop. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 6 studio hours. 3-3 credits. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 18 credits on the recommendation of the department chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   302, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   401 to enroll in DANC   402. Preprofessional study and training in modern dance technique. Movement studies demanding a superior level of clarity, strength and flexibility. Movement patterns demanding a high level of coordination, deep kinesthetic awareness and aesthetic sensitivity. Exploration of a wide range of performance qualities. Course includes weekly group exploration of techniques related to all areas of dance.

DANC   405. Composition for Trainees. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   105 and 307, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   405 to enroll in DANC   406. Exploration and research of the elements of choreography.

DANC   406. Composition for Trainees. 3 Hours.

Continuous courses; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3-3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC   105 and 307, or departmental approval; completion of DANC   405 to enroll in DANC   406. Exploration and research of the elements of choreography.

DANC   407. Teaching Methods for Dance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture and 2 studio hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: dance major and DANC   302. The student learns to analyze and communicate movement in a variety of teaching situations. The student will have an opportunity to observe different teaching techniques and to practically apply learned teaching concepts and theories.

DANC   409. DANCE WORKSHOP. 1 Hour.

DANC   410. DANCE WORKSHOP. 1 Hour.

DANC   411. Ballet Technique IV. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 12 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair; completion of DANC   411 to enroll in DANC   412. Preprofessional study and practice of ballet technique focusing on the refinement of technical skills and the elements of dynamic performance in ballet.

DANC   412. Ballet Technique IV. 2 Hours.

Continuous courses; 1 lecture and 2 studio hours. 2-2 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of 12 credits. Prerequisites: dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair; completion of DANC   411 to enroll in DANC   412. Preprofessional study and practice of ballet technique focusing on the refinement of technical skills and the elements of dynamic performance in ballet.

DANC   413. African American Presence in American Dance, Performance and Social Contexts. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: DANC   103-104 and UNIV   200 or HONR   200, or permission of instructor. This course is an option for the third course in a sequence that fulfills a writing intensive requirement for dance majors only. Examines African-American history, culture and aesthetics as they relate to dance in American social and performance contexts. Includes lectures, readings, research and video screenings.

DANC   414. Summer Dance Workshop. 1-3 Hours.

Semester courses; variable hours. 1 or 3 credits per semester. May be repeated for credit. Flexible course offerings in dance technique, improvisation, composition, rhythmic training and repertory. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

DANC   450. Professional Project. 2-9 Hours.

Semester course; 3-9 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. Prerequisite: dance major. An individualized program in research and/or practicum within a professionally-oriented organization, subject to approval of the department faculty.

DANC   451. Careers in Dance. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisite: dance major. Realistic aspects of the dance profession, as performer, teacher and researcher. The student's learning experience culminates in a final project that enhances and challenges the student in both areas of performance and choreography. The project must attain public performance status.

DANC   460. Business of Dance. 2 Hours.

Semester course; 2 lecture hours. 2 credits. Prerequisite: UNIV   200. Enrollment restricted to dance majors. Investigation of diverse business models in dance performance, creation, production and administration.

DANC   490. Senior Project. 3 Hours.

Semester course; 3 lecture hours. 3 credits. Prerequisites: dance major; DANC   302, 303 and 304; and departmental approval. The culmination of the student's learning experience in a final project that enhances and challenges the student in both areas of performance and choreography. The project must attain public performance status.

DANC   491. Topics in Dance. 1-4 Hours.

Semester course; 1-4 credits. May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. A seminar or workshop on a selected issue or topic in the field of dance. See the Schedule of Classes for specific topics to be offered each semester.

DANC   492. Independent Study in Dance. 1-3 Hours.

Semester course; variable hours. 1-3 credits. May be repeated for a maximum total of six credits. Prerequisites: dance major status and approval of department chair and instructor. Individual instruction and supervision of a special project. Learning experiences should be designed with the supervising faculty member in the form of a contract between student and instructor. This course is limited to those students who have demonstrated an exceptional level of ability and intense commitment to their discipline.

 Dance Lab

DANZ   111. Ballet Technique I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   111 to enroll in DANZ   112. Corequisites: DANC   111-112. Dance major or permission of instructor. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the fundamental level. Emphasis focusing on alignment and in-depth practice of ballet steps. An extension of DANC   111-112 to be taken concurrently.

DANZ   112. Ballet Technique I Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. These courses may be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   111 to enroll in DANZ   112. Corequisites: DANC   111-112. Dance major or permission of instructor. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the fundamental level. Emphasis focusing on alignment and in-depth practice of ballet steps. An extension of DANC   111-112 to be taken concurrently.

DANZ   211. Ballet Technique II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC/DANZ   112, or departmental approval; completion of DANZ   211 to enroll in DANZ   212. A reinforcement in the study of ballet techique at the intermediate level. An extension of DANC   211-212 to be taken concurrently.

DANZ   212. Ballet Technique II Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. These courses may be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: dance major and DANC/DANZ   112, or departmental approval; completion of DANZ   211 to enroll in DANZ   212. A reinforcement in the study of ballet techique at the intermediate level. An extension of DANC   211-212 to be taken concurrently.

DANZ   311. Ballet Technique III Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   311 to enroll in DANZ   312. Dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the advanced level. May be taken concurrently with DANC   311-312.

DANZ   312. Ballet Technique III Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. May be repeated for a maximum total of 6 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   311 to enroll in DANZ   312. Dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the advanced level. May be taken concurrently with DANC   311-312.

DANZ   411. Ballet Technique IV Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. May be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   411 to enroll in DANZ   412. Dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the preprofessional level. An extension of DANC   411-412, which can be taken concurrently.

DANZ   412. Ballet Technique IV Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Continuous courses; 2 studio hours. 1-1 credit. May be repeated for a maximum total of 4 credits on the recommendation of the chair. Prerequisites: completion of DANZ   411 to enroll in DANZ   412. Dance major and placement audition or permission of the chair. Reinforcement in the study of ballet technique at the preprofessional level. An extension of DANC   411-412, which can be taken concurrently.