Dance courses

DANA 2400 Beginner/Intermediate Pilates
Beginner/Intermediate Pilates
Priority is given to theatre and dance majors. A comprehensive study of the fundamentals of mat work designed by Joseph Pilates: alignment, posture and the balance of stretch, strength and control. Emphasis is given to the principles behind the Pilates Method of Body Conditioning: centering, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. The course will guide students to an intermediate level of work.
credit hours: 3

DANA 2500 Intermediate Yoga
Intermediate Yoga
This is an intermediate level vinyasa style yoga class that places an emphasis on the yoga asanas. We will use the breath to flow through sequences of yoga postures, including sun salutations, standing asanas, balancing asanas, arm balances, back bends, and inversions. This will be a rigorous physical experience, and as the semester progresses, advanced yoga postures will be introduced. Priority is given to dance majors and minors. 
credit hours: 1

DANC 1510 Dance Composition I
Dance Composition I
An introduction to dance composition with an emphasis on spatial design, sources of movement, viewing choreography, and the basic elements of space, time, shape, and motion.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 3

DANC 1520 Dance Composition II
Dance Composition II
A continuation of Dance 1510 with emphasis on dynamics, rhythm, sound sources for choreography, and the structure of a dance work.
Pre-requistites: DANC 1510 or DANC 2010.
credit hours: 3

DANC 1810 Tap Dance I
Tap Dance I
A beginning course in tap introducing basic rhythmic movement skills necessary for various tap styles.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 1910 African Dance I
African Dance I
Introduction to basic technique and African ethnic dance forms including three traditional dances.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 1920 Brazilian Dance
Brazilian Dance
Introduction to Brazilian dance, focusing especially on samba, the overview of history and cultural context.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 1930 Ballet I
Ballet I
An introduction to classical ballet. Basic theory and techniques of classical ballet as well as the appreciation of the art form.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 1950 Jazz Dance I
Jazz Dance I
An introductory course to the basic foundations of jazz dance, emphasizing body placement, isolations, and rhythmic qualities of jazz.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 1970 Modern Dance I
Modern Dance I
Introduction to modern dance technique, with emphasis on alignment and basic elements of space, shape, time, and motion. Includes theory and application of dance as an art form.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 2010 Performance I
Performance I
A structured and at times spontaneous exploration of space, time, shape, sound, scenario, motion, and expenditure of energy to the end of attracting and holding the attention of the audience.
Notes: Students may not receive credit for both DANC 1510 and THEA 2010/DANC 2010.
credit hours: 3

DANC 2030 Movement for Actors
Movement for Actors
This course is intended to introduce physical technique within the craft of acting, through investigation into physical structure, function and use, and exploration of physical character.
credit hours: 1

DANC 2210 Introduction to Dance - Ballet
Introduction to Dance - Ballet
An introduction to classical ballet including beginning ballet technique and an overview of ballet history from its inception to the present day.
credit hours: 3

DANC 2220 Introduction to Dance - Modern Dance
Introduction to Dance - Modern Dance
An introduction to modern dance including beginning modern dance technique and an overview of modern dance history from its inception to the present day.
credit hours: 3

DANC 2230 Introduction to Dance - Jazz Dance
Introduction to Dance - Jazz Dance
An introductory course for students who seek information regarding the different aspects of the dance world, including different genres (ballet, modern, jazz, and world dance). Special emphasis is given to the role of American Vernacular dance - jazz dance and its identity in the dance scene of America.
credit hours: 3

DANC 2520 Dance Composition II
Dance Composition II
credit hours: 3

DANC 2810 Tap Dance II
Tap Dance II
credit hours: 2

DANC 2820 Tap Dance II
Tap Dance II
A continuation of the development of movement skills and an expanded tap vocabulary.
Notes: May be taken for credit four times.
Pre-requistites: DANC 1810.
credit hours: 3

DANC 2910 African Dance II
African Dance II
Continuation of the development of African dance skills with emphasis on understanding and demonstrating basic components necessary to choreograph traditional African dance movements.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 2930 Ballet II
Ballet II
Continuation of 1930.
Notes: May be taken for credit four times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 2950 Jazz Dance II
Jazz Dance II
A continuation of the development of movement skills with emphasis on alignment and expanded jazz dance vocabulary.
Notes: May be taken for credit four times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 2970 Modern Dance II
Modern Dance II
Continuation of 1970.
Notes: May be taken for credit four times.
credit hours: 2

DANC 3050 Environmental Performance
Environmental Performance
Environmental Performance is an interdisciplinary course that may in any semester combine theatre, dance and other performing arts as these concern environmental issues. Students will study environmental topics and then use composition and improvisation techniques to create a performance project based on the environmental issues studies. All students must be interested in collaborating and be willing to move. Dance experience is not necessary. Course may involve community partners and/or public service.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3240 American/Afro-Caribbean Social and Vernacular Dance Forms
American/Afro-Caribbean Social and Vernacular Dance Forms
This course will study, compare selected social and vernacular dances from early American vernacular jazz dance and selected Afro-Caribbean dance idioms: Coursework includes assigned reading, lecture, research, videotape viewing and studio dancing.  
credit hours: 3

DANC 3330 Dance Pedagogy
Dance Pedagogy
A seminar and practicum course providing opportunities for dance students to acquire skills in dance teaching methodologies and strategies. Topics include organization of subject matter, weekly and unit lesson planning, development of assessments, utilization of information technology for instruction, working with diverse populations of students. Activities include observation in college classrooms (shadowing), seminars and conferences with teachers in field, in-class/micro/peer teaching, and 50 hours of field work including observation and consultation with dance field professor and field-experience teaching of assistant teaching at NOPS in discipline-based orcurriculum-based programs.
Pre-requistites: DANC 2010, 2520, and 3520.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3520 Dance Composition III
Dance Composition III
An in-depth study of dance composition with an emphasis on choreographic design and dynamics, creating new movement materials, working with music, and choreographing complete solo works.
Pre-requistites: DANC 2010.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3550 Laban Movement Studies
Laban Movement Studies
Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), developed by Rudolph Laban, is a theoretical framework and language for describing movement through movement experiences, observations and theoretical discussions. It is a system of observing, analyzing, and synthesizing patterns of movement within the context of the actions. The goal of LMA is to be fully embodied, to access maximum movement potential, to find authentic movement, and to integrate the body and mind in the study of effort, shape, and space.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3610 Children's Dance Methods and Practicum (Grades 4-5)
Children's Dance Methods and Practicum (Grades 4-5)
This practicum course provides opportunities for dance candidates to acquire skills in teaching methodologies and strategies specific to dance education in grades 4-5. Course activities include observation and consultation with content field professor and field experience at school setting developing assessments and lesson plans along with teaching. This course requires 40 hours of field experience in the upper elementary grades (4-5) in addition to the 50 field experience hours in EDUC 3500 which occur in grades K-3.
Pre-requistites: EDLA 2000, EDLA 2890 or EDUC 3250, EDUC 3400, EDUC 3800 and 3820, DANC 2010 and DANC 2520 and level III modern dance proficiency
Co-requisites: EDUC 3500.
credit hours: 1

DANC 3620 Dance for Children
Dance for Children
Practical experience teaching dance to children. Students plan and teach dance to children in a workshop setting.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3700 Dance Movement Science
Dance Movement Science
Dance Movement Science is an introduction to the field of Dance Science. This course will explore various somatic practices and benefits of cross-training. Additionally students will learn anatomy, anatomical analysis, conditioning principals and develop applicable skills that they may apply to their studio practice and dance performance.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3710 Conditioning for Dance
Conditioning for Dance
In this course you will learn the principles of conditioning and how to use them to train, maintain and care for your body, the instrument of the art of dance. You will also build physical capacities to improve your dance performance and reduce injury. Additionally, students will be introduced to various somatic practices that support their studio work.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3800 Modern Dance III
Modern Dance III
Continuation of the development of modern dance skills with emphasis on alignment and an expanded movement vocabulary. Combining the different elements of dance: time, space, and motion. Includes theory of dance as an art form. Class meets 2 times per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 3810 Tap Dance III
Tap Dance III
An intermediate course in tap dance with emphasis on alignment and rhythmic skills.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
Pre-requistites: Previous training in tap and other dance forms required.
credit hours: 2

DANC 3820 Ballet III
Ballet III
Continuation of the development of classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment and expanded movement vocabulary. Includes theory of ballet and appreciation of ballet as an art form. Class meets 2 times per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 3830 Intensive Modern Dance III
Intensive Modern Dance III
Continuation of the development of modern dance skills with emphasis on alignment and an expanded movement vocabulary. Combining the different elements of dance: time, space, and motion. Includes theory of dance as an art form. Class meets 4 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3840 Intensive Ballet III
Intensive Ballet III
Continuation of the development of classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment and expanded movement vocabulary. Includes theory of ballet and appreciation of ballet as an art form. Course meets 4 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3890 Service Learning
Service Learning
Students complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of a three-credit croquets course.
Pre-requistites: Departmental approval.
credit hours: 0

DANC 3950 Jazz Dance III
Jazz Dance III
A study of jazz dance at the intermediate level, including warm-ups, isolations, and locomotor movements specific to the jazz dance style. Historical developments of jazz and musical theatre dance are emphasized.
Notes: May be taken for credit six times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 3960 New Orleans Jazz Dance Project: Newcomb College Summer Dance Festival
New Orleans Jazz Dance Project: Newcomb College Summer Dance Festival
The New Orleans Jazz Project: Newcomb College Summer Dance Festival is presented for two weeks annually in June offering an intensive schedule of technique classes in jazz, African, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, and modern dance forms, with repertory classes which culminates in performance by the participants. Lecture-demonstration projects, special lectures, and professional performances complete programming for evening events. Final decision on placement of students in technique and repertory classes will be determined by the faculty at the beginning of the workshop.
Notes: The minimum requirement for credit is three classes per day, one repertory class and/or rehearsals, attendance for all evening sessions and special events, and performance in repertory concert. Combined activities total 76 hours.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3970 Professional Track Project
Professional Track Project
An intensive three-week dance residency and performance tour throughout the southeast that culminates in a public performance in New York City. The project serves as a bridge for pre-professional dancers between the University and the professional career in dance.
Pre-requistites: Approval of dance faculty.
credit hours: 3

DANC 3990 Dance Performance Practicum
Dance Performance Practicum
Practical performing experience in dance. Required for the dance minor.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 4320 Movement Stories
Movement Stories
An interdisciplinary studio course that examines creation of and communication of stories through movement and theatre approaches with emphasis on creativity and invention.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4520 Composition IV
Composition IV
A continuation of DANC 3520 with emphasis on group forms, sound sources for dance and development of fully designed dance pieces.
Pre-requistites: DANC 2010 and 3520.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4560 Internship Studies
Internship Studies
An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work, e.g. Internship seminars offered by the Tulane University Center for Public Service for fulfillment of second tier public service. Only one internship may be completed per semester.
Notes: A maximum of three credits may be earned in one course.
Pre-requistites: Approval of the instructor and department by proposal.
credit hours: 1-3

DANC 4570 Internship Studies
Internship Studies
An experiential learning process coupled with pertinent academic course work, e.g. Internship seminars offered by the Tulane University Center for Public Service for fulfillment of second tier public service. Only one internship may be completed per semester.
Notes: A maximum of three credits may be earned in one course.
Pre-requistites: Approval of the instructor and department by proposal.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4580 Dance Company
Dance Company
Performing experience, advanced-level dance techniques and practical experience in dance production.
Notes: By audition or invitation of the dance faculty. May be taken for credit eight times.
Co-requisites: Intermediate or advanced technique class.
credit hours: 1

DANC 4590 Senior Production
Senior Production
A continuation of dance composition with emphasis on development, research and production of senior concert pieces with written analysis of process.
Notes: May be taken for credit two times.
Pre-requistites: DANC 2010, 3520, 4520.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4600 Choreography and Media
Choreography and Media
An introduction to dance for camera in its various forms. It provides a brief overview of aesthetic, historic, and cultural representations of the body through image and media and offers a context in which to explore visual imagery and narrative within the frame of camera/screen.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4650 Capstone Choreographic Project
Capstone Choreographic Project
credit hours: 3

DANC 4710 Dance History: Primitive through 19th Century
Dance History: Primitive through 19th Century
A survey of dance, including the anthropological aspects of dance, in primitive cultures and the development of dance in the Western World.
Pre-requistites: DANC 1050, 2210, 2220, or 2230.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4720 Dance History: 20th-Century United States
Dance History: 20th-Century United States
A survey of dance in the 20th-century United States emphasizing the development of modern dance, its impact on classical ballet and on dance in the Western World.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4800 Modern Dance IV
Modern Dance IV
A kinesthetic, non-stylized approach to movement. Exploration of complex movement skills integrating alignment, dynamics, spatial design, and rhythmic structure. Includes theory and appreciation of dance as an art form. Class meets 2 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 4810 Special Topics
Special Topics
Specialty courses in dance techniques, projects, and dance related subjects as designed by dance faculty.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4820 Ballet IV
Ballet IV
Classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment, complex movement combinations, and precision in execution. Includes pointe work and theory of ballet as an art form. Class meets 2 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 4830 Intensive Modern Dance IV
Intensive Modern Dance IV
A kinesthetic, non-stylized approach to movement. Exploration of complex movement skills integrating alignment, dynamics, spatial design, and rhythmic structure. Includes theory and appreciation of dance as an art form. Class meets 4 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4840 Intensive Ballet IV
Intensive Ballet IV
Classical ballet technique with emphasis on alignment, complex movement combinations, and precision in execution. Includes pointe work and theory of ballet as an art form. Class meets 4 days per week.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4850 Capstone Special Topics
Capstone Special Topics
Specialty courses in dance techniques, projects and dance related stubjects as designed by dance faculty. A senior level course that may combine academic and/or experiential course work as internship or senior seminar or independent study that would fulfill a capstone experience. Course will contain advanced work that demonstrates cumulative and integrated knowledge. A complete description will be given when offered by respective professor.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor and department required.
Co-requisites: DANC 5110 (0 credits) for capstone credit.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4900 Building Community in the Arts
Building Community in the Arts
This course will be taught in coordination with courses offered at Xavier and Dillard Universities. The course examines the theory and practice of community-based arts, civic engagement in higher education, and the relationship between art and community development. Students will work in teams with local artists on Home, New Orleans?, a multi-disciplinary, art-and-community-development project grounded in 4 selected New Orleans neighborhoods, the 9th Ward, the 7th Ward, Central City and Lakeview.
Notes: Upper level course in the fine arts that fulfills Fine Arts and Public Service and for the BA and BFA dance major may serve to fulfill the Capstone Experience in their senior year.
credit hours: 3

DANC 4910 Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent practical and research study in dance or dance-related areas.
Notes: Open to qualified juniors and seniors with approval of instructor.
credit hours: 1-3

DANC 4950 Jazz Dance IV
Jazz Dance IV
An advanced study of dance devoted to movement exploration involving spatial, dynamic, and rhythmic combinations of various jazz and musical theatre dance styles. Historical study of jazz dance development is emphasized.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
credit hours: 1

DANC 4960 Tap Dance IV
Tap Dance IV
An advanced course in rhythm tap with emphasis on complex rhythm patterns requiring intricate foot articulations and stylistic dance movements.
Notes: May be taken for credit eight times.
Pre-requistites: Approval of instructor.
credit hours: 1

DANC 5110 Capstone
Capstone
Co-requisites: An approved Dance capstone course.
credit hours: 0

DANC 5140 Secondary Methods of Teaching II: Dance Methods
Secondary Methods of Teaching II: Dance Methods
A seminar and practicum course providing opportunities for secondary teacher candidates to acquire skills in teaching methodologies and strategies specific to dance instruction. Topics include organization of subject matter, weekly and unit lesson planning, development of assessments, utilizing information technology for instruction, and working with diverse populations of students. Course activities include observation in college classrooms, conferences with content field specialists, teaching in a secondary classroom, discussion/reflections, demonstration of effective use of standards documents, inquiry activities and a review of effective pedagogical and school improvement literature. This course requires fifty hours of field experience in a middle or high school classroom.
Notes: Education undergraduates must also register for the within course service learning/practicum component EDUC 5890-06.
Pre-requistites: EDLA 2000, EDLA 2890 or EDUC 3250, PSYC 3200, PSYC 3390, EDUC 3400, 3500, 3800, 3820, DANC/EDLA 3610 and progress towards dance
credit hours: 3

DANC 6210 Seminar I: Text and Movement Studies/Solo Performance
Seminar I: Text and Movement Studies/Solo Performance
A graduate level course where choreographers work on individual and collaborative projects that examine the relationship between a variety of texts, existent and original, and communication through movement.  Projects/studies are presented throughout the semester.  Taught in conjunction with MFA in Playwriting, and with direct in-program experience with Performance I (DANC/THEA 2010) for undergraduate students.
Pre-requistites: IDP MFA Acceptance/Department approval required.
credit hours: 3

DANC 6220 Seminar II: Writing About Dance
Seminar II: Writing About Dance
This seminar introduces graduate students to dance research and dance theory by examining the work of contemporary scholars/researchers, dance historians, and dance critics.  The class will cover several aspects of writing about dance, including: research methods; writing a literature review; writing about live performance; writing about dance history; analyzing choreography; writing dance descriptions; writing about the dancing body; and taking theoretical approaches to create original scholarship.
Pre-requistites: IDP MFA Acceptance/Departmental approval required.
credit hours: 3

DANC 6410 Choreography and Media
Choreography and Media
This course provides an introduction to dance for camera in its various forms, from the video-taping and editing of dance for the purpose of documentation, to the creation of dances made specifically for the screen. It provides a brief overview of aesthetic, historic and cultural representations of the body through image and media, and offers a context in which to explore visual imagery and narrative within the frame of the camera/screen, in contrast to that of the proscenium stage. This material is intended as a springboard for further in-depth exploration.
Pre-requistites: IDP MFA Acceptance/Departmental approval required.
credit hours: 3

DANC H4990 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Pre-requistites: Approval of department and Honors Committee.
credit hours: 3

DANC H5000 Honors Thesis
Honors Thesis
Pre-requistites: Approval of department and Honors Committee.
credit hours: 3