DAN Course List

​The courses listed below are based on the 2013 - 2014 bulletin.  Please visit our bulletin web page​ for most recent list of dance courses.  

DAN 104Latin Dance I  1(1-0)
Introduction to the social dances of Central and South America and other Latin cultures. Emphasis on basic steps; rhythmical patterning and development of style.
DAN 105Social Dance I  1(Spec)
Introduction to social dance forms and styles.
DAN 106Country Line Dance  1(Spec)
Introduction to the basic elements and skills used in the performance of country line dance.
DAN 107Swing Dance  1(Spec)
Introduction to the basic steps and styles of swing dance.
DAN 125Introduction to Alexander Technique  2(1-1)
This class is a body awareness and movement class based on the Alexander Technique.
DAN 126Hip Hop  2(1-2)
Introduction to hip hop forms and styles.
DAN 127Ballroom Dance  1(1-0)
An introduction to the various techniques and styles of ballroom dance.
DAN 133Dance Technique I  2(1-2)
Beginning instruction, techniques, and basic skills of contemporary dance.
DAN 136Ballet Technique I  2(Spec)
To familiarize the beginning student with the basics of ballet.
DAN 137Tap I  2(Spec)
An introductory dance course of basic tap instruction.
DAN 138Jazz I  2(Spec)
An introductory course in jazz dance that builds from traditional jazz into the contemporary.
DAN 140Dance Repertory Theatre I  2-4(Spec)
The in-depth study of the principles and techniques of stage form, style, and projection necessary for dance performance. Prerequisite: Audition.
DAN 175Dance Appreciation  3(3-0)
An introduction to dance designed to develop an aesthetic awareness, appreciation, and understanding of the art of dance.
DAN 230Movement-Rhythmic Form and Structure  3(3-0)
An in-depth study of the dynamic functions of movement and dance.
DAN 231Fundamental Movement  2(2-0)
An introduction to the basic analysis of locomotor and nonlocomotor movement. Emphasis on skills, posture, and physical development of the individual.
DAN 232Dance Composition I  2(2-0)
Introduction to the basic elements of dance choreography through the use of creative problem solving. Prerequisite: DAN 133.
DAN 233Dance Technique II  2(1-2)
Intermediate technique. Prerequisite: DAN 133.
DAN 236Ballet II  2(Spec)
To afford students the opportunity to use skills learned in Ballet I to progress to a higher level of proficiency in ballet movement. Recommended: Ballet I.
DAN 237Tap II  1(Spec)
Continuation of DAN 137, Tap I, leading to the development of intermediate tap techniques. Prerequisites: DAN 137.
DAN 240Dance Repertory Theatre II  2-4(Spec)
Continuation of DAN 140. Prerequisite: DAN 140.
DAN 305Studio: Dance Performance  1-4(Spec)
Major participation in faculty/staff-supervised university theatre activity in the areas of dance performance or choreography. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
DAN 332Dance Composition II  3(3-0)
Continuation of DAN 232 with the inclusion of historical styles and approaches in dance choreography. Prerequisite: DAN 232.
DAN 333Modern Dance III  2-4(1-2)
Advanced modern dance technique. Only offered for 2 credits per semester; may be repeated up to 4 hours. Prerequisite: DAN 233 with a grade of B or better.
DAN 334Teaching of Folk, Square, and Social Dance  3(3-0)
Skills, techniques, and materials for teaching.
DAN 337Tap III  1(Spec)
Development of intermediate to advanced tap techniques in various combinations with jazz styling. Prerequisites: DAN 237; intermediate techniques.
DAN 340Dance Repertory Theatre and Tour Company  2-8(Spec)
Study of choreography created by members of the dance faculty and guest artists, leading to public performance. Prerequisite: Audition.
DAN 430Dance Production  3(2-2)
Basic techniques of lighting, costuming, make-up, programming, and general design of a dance concert. Class, projects, guest speakers, and field trips.
DAN 435Methods of Creative Movement  2(Spec)
Techniques and procedures for teaching rhythm and dance activities for the physical education and dance teacher in grades K-12.
DAN 440Performance Ensemble  2-8(Spec)
Preparation and performance of dance roles of Orchesis. Prerequisite: Audition.
DAN 480Dance Practicum  1-3(Spec)
Curriculum planning and teaching of K-12, college, or adults in a laboratory setting. CR/NC only. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; senior standing.
DAN 494Field Study in Dance  1-3(Spec)
An approved investigation, survey, study, or description observation in some area of dance performed off-campus. Prerequisites: permission of instructor; junior standing.
DAN 530History of Dance  3(3-0)
Dance history from its primitive beginning to the present. Relationships of dance forms to the societies in which they developed.
DAN 578Special Topics In Dance  1-9(Spec)
Current topics in dance for each semester listed in Course Search and Registration. This course may be repeated for up to 9 credit hours. Prerequisite: Two undergraduate courses in Dance with a C or better.


Disclaimer:  Based on the 2013 - 14 university bulletin, which​ covers a 12-month period, July 1 through June 30. Courses, majors, minors, programs, and degrees in this Bulletin are subject to change without notice and may not be available in future bulletins. Every effort has been made to include accurate information in the website. However, the contents of this website are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between students and CMU. The university reserves the right to change at any time and without prior notice any provision or requirement, included, but not limited to, policies, procedures, changes, academic programs, and calendar.