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Undergraduate Courses

DANC 101: Dance Appreciation
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces dance as universal human activity, expression of cultural identity, and art form. Survey of global dance includes folk, ceremonial and ritual, trance, court, classical, and theatrical.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

11 Sections Scheduled

DANC 114: Rhythmic Analysis and Music Resources for Dance
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces rhythmic structure, notation, and basic forms of music.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 2

Lecture, studio.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 118: World Dance
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Performance of a world dance form through presentation of fundamental techniques, music and culture. Area of concentration may vary to include an array of world dance forms.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 2

May be repeated for total 6 credits. Fulfills non-Western culture requirement for CHSS and COS students.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in global understanding.

13 Sections Scheduled

DANC 119: Dance in Popular Culture: Afro-Latino Dance
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Performance of a popular dance form through presentation of fundamental techniques, music, and culture. Area of concentration may vary to include an array of popular dance forms.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 120: Special Topics in Dance
3 credits 

1 Sections Scheduled

DANC 125: Modern/Contemporary Dance I
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Introduces fundamentals of modern dance technique. Emphasizes improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, and developing rhythmic sensitivity.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

May be repeated for total of 6 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

20 Sections Scheduled

DANC 131: Beginning Jazz Technique
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Introduces fundamentals of jazz dance technique, explores the musical and cultural traditions of jazz dance, and its historical context. Emphasizes improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, and developing rhythmic sensitivity. Also introduces jazz improvisation and choreography.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

May be repeated for 6 credits.

4 Sections Scheduled

DANC 145: Ballet I
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Introduces fundamental elements of ballet technique and vocabulary. Stresses learning vocabulary and movement characteristics of this highly stylized art form. Emphasizes improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, and developing musicality.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

10 Sections Scheduled

DANC 150: Dance Improvisation
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Explores movement invention and discovery. Movement explored in relation to other art forms such as literature, painting, sculpture, and architecture; enhancing kinesthetic awareness; sensitivity to others; and the environment. Prerequisite for dance composition and choreography series.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 170: Orientation to Dance Production
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces sound, lighting, and stage management elements and terminology as related to dance performance. Intensive workshop setting emphasizes laboratory experience.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 190: First Year Seminar

Not Repeatable


Introduction to School of Dance, CVPA, and university resources available to dance majors. Weekly meetings focus on learning about opportunities for involvement in dance, the community, and adjusting academically. Each class addresses a topic to assist dance majors to effectively transition to college life.

When Offered: Fall

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 0-1

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 210: Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Covers aspects of anatomy and kinesiology that directly apply to correct development of dance technique. Emphasizes exercise correctives and imagery to correct insufficient muscle pattern and reduce stress on the body.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 2

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 225: Modern/Contemporary Dance II
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Further develops knowledge, skills, and appreciation of modern dance through continued exploration of techniques, aesthetics, and creativity. Continuing the development of anatomical awareness and alignment, technical clarity, and rhythmic sensitivity.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

May be repeated for total 9 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

3 Sections Scheduled

DANC 231: Intermediate Jazz Technique
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Further study of the concepts of jazz dance technique, and in-depth study of 21st century jazz dance forms. Emphasizes furthering anatomical awareness and alignment, developing technical clarity, rhythm and syncopation. Continues exploration of jazz improvisation and choreography.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

May be repeated for 12 credits.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 245: Ballet II
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Further develops fundamental elements of ballet technique and vocabulary. Stresses increasing vocabulary and movement characteristics of this highly stylized art form. Continuing emphasis on improving anatomical awareness and alignment, increasing strength and flexibility, and developing musically. 

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

May be repeated for total 9 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 251: Dance Composition I
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduces basic principles for composing dance movement. Focuses on simple compositional forms as they apply to solo performer, discussion, analysis, and evaluation of artistic choices. Students maintain video and written journals to document their artistic process.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

DANC 252: Dance Composition II
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Explores compositional elements in dance as they apply to group forms. Offers continued experience in developing and manipulating movement phrases using a variety of compositional forms. Introduces conducting rehearsals and selecting music. Students discuss, analyze, and evaluate artistic choices in composition using appropriate dance arts vocabulary and terminology, and maintain video and written journals to document artistic process.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

4 Sections Scheduled

DANC 270: Dance Production Lab
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Practical experience in stage crew, sound, or lighting of dance productions through rehearsal to public performance for university dance concerts or guest artist programs.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

May be repeated for total of 6 credits.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 324: Introduction to Dance Conditioning
2 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Course involves intensive rehabilitation and conditioning exercises and realignment training geared for the individual dancer. In-depth understanding of injury prevention and neuromuscular re-education are applied to ballet and modern technique classes.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

May be repeated for a total of 12 credits

No Sections Scheduled

DANC 325: Modern/Contemporary Dance III
1-3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Explores intermediate level of modern dance technique. Emphasizes improving anatomical awareness, increasing strength and flexibility, expanding modern dance vocabulary, and developing flow and dynamic range. 

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

May be repeated for total 24 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts (for transfer students only).

20 Sections Scheduled

DANC 345: Ballet III
1-3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Provides continued ballet training for intermediate-level dancer. Emphasizes increasing technical proficiency, improving anatomical awareness, and developing deeper understanding of skills and principles of ballet technique and how they provide foundation to teach and perform.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

May be repeated for 24 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

20 Sections Scheduled

DANC 360: Choreography
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Continued choreographic exploration and research, culminating in bringing completed works to production.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 362: RS: Directed Choreography
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Faculty-guided, individual learning experience where students learn to choreograph a dance work by auditioning dancers, costuming, staging, lighting, selecting musical accompaniment, and composing original movement material.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

Designated as a research and scholarship intensive course.

4 Sections Scheduled

DANC 370: Dance Performance
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Practical experience in performance, repertory, and choreography through rehearsal and public performance of university dance concerts or guest artist programs.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0-1

May be repeated for total 12 credits.

9 Sections Scheduled

DANC 371: Residency Workshop
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Rehearsal and performance of new or restaged dance by guest choreographer in intensive rehearsal setting.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 0-1

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

8 Sections Scheduled

DANC 372: Advanced Dance Production
1 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Methodology and practice of costume and lighting design, as dictated by specific needs of dance performance.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1

Taught in series of workshop settings.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 390: Dance History I
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines dance as it developed as Western theatrical form from its beginnings in social and folk dance through evolution into ballet. Emphasizes romantic and classical ballet. Also studies American dance forms as they evolved in spectacles, burlesques, minstrelsy, and social dance. All forms of dance placed in social, political, cultural, aesthetic, and historical contexts.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 391: Dance History II
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines revolutions in transformation of 20th-century Western dance into forms and institutions that radically departed from predecessors. Development of contemporary dance carried with it reflections of the influence of technology and media as well as concept of global culture. Renewed interest in traditional dance forms acknowledges power of dance to serve as carrier of cultural and societal values. Dance forms placed in social, political, cultural, aesthetic, and historical contexts.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 410: Introduction to Contemporary Movement Theories
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Introduction to movement theories combining somatic theory with practical application to dance training. Focus on ways somatic practices can deepen perceptual processes and influence movement aesthetics. Theories studied may include: Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Body-Mind Centering, and Ideokinesis.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Hard-coded prerequisite (Prerequisite enforced by registration system.)
Prerequisite enforced by registration system.

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 418: Global Dance Intensive
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Intensive investigation of selected dance idiom within cultural and artistic contexts. Course work supplemented by participation in and observation of ambient culture. Analyzes similarities, differences, and common antecedents between selected culture and North American dance idioms.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in global understanding.

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

DANC 420: Special Topics in Dance
1 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


In-depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in dance or related study areas.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-3

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

Topic depends on instructor. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

DANC 425: Modern/Contemporary Dance IV
1-3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Advanced-level exploration of modern dance technique. Emphasizes refining alignment, developing ability to self-correct, and replicating sophisticated movement sequences. Preparation to enter professional field of dance. 

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

May be repeated for 18 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts (for transfer students only).

8 Sections Scheduled

DANC 445: Ballet IV
1-3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Provides preprofessional ballet training for advanced-level dancer. Emphasizes attainment of high-quality technical and performance skills, application of anatomical principles, and mastery of sophisticated classical movement sequences.

Hours of Lab or Studio per week: 1-3

May be repeated for 18 credits.

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in arts.

8 Sections Scheduled

DANC 454: Methods of Teaching Dance
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Examines dance pedagogy, focusing on principles needed for teaching sound technique. Students learn skills, methods, and instructional procedures for classroom. Emphasizes curriculum development, proper course sequencing, implementation of teaching strategies, and classroom management techniques. Students study teaching methods appropriate for K-12, gifted and talented, and special-needs students. Intensive practice in implementing these skills includes lab, field-teaching experiences.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

2 Sections Scheduled

DANC 490: Senior Dance Seminar
3 credits | 

Not Repeatable


Culminating seminar devoted to analyzing and synthesizing knowledge and skills gained through undergraduate course work as it applies to dance, arts education, and professional development. Students develop senior project including written and oral presentation in public forum.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Fulfills Mason Core requirement in synthesis.

2 Sections Scheduled

Graduate Courses

DANC 520: Special Topics in Dance
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


In-depth presentation and exploration of topical studies in dance and/or related study areas.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-3

Topic depends on instructor. May be repeated for total 9 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

DANC 599: Independent Study
3 credits | 

Repeatable within Term


Individual research or creative project.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 3

Grading: Graduate Special

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

No Sections Scheduled

DANC 799: Thesis
2 credits | 

Repeatable within Degree


Creation and documentation of original research including planning, performance, recording and written reflecting under direction of thesis committee.

Hours of Lecture or Seminar per week: 1-3

Grading: Satisfactory/No credit only

May be repeated for total 6 credits.

No Sections Scheduled