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Undergraduate Studies Catalog 2007-2009

Department of Dance

Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-2153

Chair and Graduate Program Director and Professor: Darwin Prioleau, EdD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Professor: Jacqueline Davis, MA, Ohio State University; Graduate Program MA and MA Pre K-12 Advisor and Associate Professor: Juanita Suarez, PhD, Texas Woman’s University; Associate Professors: James Hansen, MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Diane McGhee, Arts for Children Director, MS, James Madison University; Clyde W. Morgan, BFA, Cleveland State University; Graduate Program MFA Advisor and Assistant Professor: Maura Keefe, Ph.D. University of California, Riverside; Assistant Professors: Anne Burnidge, MFA, Ohio State University; Suzanne Oliver, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Visiting Professor (Guest Artist): Bill Evans, MFA, University of Utah; Professional Employees: Sandra Cain, MA, State University of Iowa; Gregory Ketchum, BS, SUNY Brockport; Khalid Saleem; Christian Tucker, MA, Ball State University.

SUNY Brockport is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance, and offers the most broadly based dance degree programs in the SUNY system.

Undergraduates with a strong foundation of dance training are able to participate in the program by auditioning to enroll as dance minors or majors in the BA, BS or BFA programs. Highly skilled dancers or choreographers who have already earned undergraduate degrees in dance can audition for acceptance in the MA and MFA programs. Additionally, the department serves a large number of students with varying backgrounds in dance through courses that fulfill General Education requirements.

SUNY Brockport is recognized for its strong liberal arts education. Strengths of the program include professional-level technical instruction and numerous opportunities to create choreography for presentation in both formal and informal departmental productions. Additionally, students regularly perform in original and repertory works created by full-time faculty and guest artists. These experiences prepare students for a wide range of professional careers in dance or to continue their educations in graduate school. Through the active permanent faculty, guest artists, company residencies, DANSCORE and the African dance and drum ensemble Sankofa, students are able to make important connections to the professional dance world and explore both traditional and cutting-edge aesthetics. These creative opportunities combined with a range of courses in theory, history, production and technology provide a broad understanding of dance as a performing art.

Students also have the opportunity to study abroad. The Office of International Education provides information about dance programs in Jamaica, Ghana, England, Australia and other countries.

Programs in Dance
BFA in Dance
BA or BS in Dance (often coupled with a second major)
BA or BS with a major in arts for children and specialty in dance
Minor in Dance
MA in Dance
MFA in Dance
MA with PreK–12 dance teacher certification

Required Auditions

All students wishing to major or minor in dance must pass a department audition and then complete DNS 204 and 205, prerequisites for other required courses in the dance major. DNS 204 and 205 are offered only in the fall. Three auditions are held each year; check the department Web site at www.brockport.edu/dance or contact the Department of Dance at (585) 395-2153 for audition dates and information.Many dance courses are open to students in all majors—no audition is required for this option.

Students may begin the dance major or minor as freshmen, sophomores or juniors. As a rule, BA/BS dance major and dance minor requirements can be completed during two academic years. The BA/BS dance major requires 35 (out of 120) credits; up to 19 additional elective dance credits may be taken to meet degree requirements. Many dance majors also complete requirements for minors or a second major in another discipline.

The BFA dance major requires 85 specified credits in dance (out of 120) and emphasizes professional preparation for performance-related careers. It is a rigorous program that requires a high level of proficiency and commitment. Entering freshmen must complete at least one semester of BA/BS study before application for the BFA audition is permitted. Transfer students can be reviewed for acceptance into the BFA program during the departmental entrance audition.

Note to transfer students: Transfer credits in dance are usually accepted as dance electives. A maximum of 18 credits may be transferred into the BA/BS dance major and 42 into the BFA. Transfer students may need 3-4 years to complete the BFA.

Careful planning of course sequences and consultation with faculty advisors is essential for all programs. Assignment to appropriate dance technique levels is based on a placement examination given each semester.

Major Requirements
BA/BS in Dance
 
 
Dance Technique (12 credits)
Credits
  DNS 204 Dance Conditioning Lab
2
  DNS 205 Dance Technique I
3
      AND a minimum of seven credits from the following:
  DNS 245 Dance Technique II3
3
  DNS 345 Dance Technique III3
3
  DNS 445 Dance Technique IV3
3
  DNS 253 Beginning Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 353 Intermediate Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 453 Advanced Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 330 African Dance II
3
  DNS 433 African Dance III
3
  DNS 454 Dance Styles2
1-4
1Repeatable course numbers for ballet.
2A repeatable course number for musical theater, jazz, tap and special topics.
3A repeatable course number for dance technique.
       
Choreography: (5 credits)
Credits
  DNS 208 Dance Production Practicum
0
  DNS 364 Dance Improvisation
2
  DNS 306 Beginning Dance Composition
3
       
Theory: (12 credits)
  DNS 206 20th-century Dance: Issues and Styles
3
      OR
  DNS 316 History and Development of Dance
  MUS 300 Music for Dance
  MUS 420 Music Literature for Dance
3
  DNS 305 Kinesiology1
3
      OR
  DNS 375 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
1BIO 221 is a prerequisite for DNS 305 and can be used as a Knowledge Area requirement.
       
Electives: (6 credits)
Upper-division dance electives selected by advisement
6
       
_______
     
Total:
35
Grades of “C” or better are required in all 35 dance major credits.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance (BFA)
Dance Technique (29 credits)
Must complete at least two semesters of DNS 445 Dance Technique IV and two semesters advanced-level study in one or two other forms.
       
Credits
  DNS 204 Dance Conditioning Lab
2
  DNS 205 Dance Technique I
3
      AND 24 credits selected from the following:
  DNS 245 Dance Technique II3
3
  DNS 345 Dance Technique III3
3
  DNS 445 Dance Technique IV3
3
  DNS 253 Beginning Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 353 Intermediate Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 453 Advanced Ballet1
1-4
  DNS 330 African Dance II
3
  DNS 433 African Dance III
3
  DNS 454 Dance Styles2
1-4
1Repeatable course numbers for ballet.
2A repeatable course number for musical theater, jazz, tap and special topics.
3A repeatable course number for dance technique.
       
Choreography and Performance (20 credits)
  DNS 364 Dance Improvisation
2
  DNS 306 Beginning Dance Composition
3
  DNS 430 Intermediate Dance Composition
3
  DNS 424 Dance Repertory and Literature I
3
  DNS 425 Dance Repertory and Literature II
3
  DNS 427 Dance Performance Techniques
3
  DNS 457 DANSCORE I-III
3
      OR
  DNS 489-491 Sankofa I-III
       
Music for Dance: (6 credits)
  MUS 300 Music for Dance
3
  MUS 420 Music Literature for Dance
3
       
History and Movement Theory: (15 credits)
  DNS 206 20th-century Dance: Issues and Styles
3
  DNS 316 History and Development of Dance
3
  DNS 375 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
3
  DNS 305 Kinesiology1
3
  DNS 315 Dynamic Balance
3
      OR
  DNS 452 Somatics
      OR
  DNS 480 Dance Science and Injury Prevention
1BIO 221 is a prerequisite for DNS 305 and can be used as a Knowledge Area requirement.
       
Dance Production: (3 credits)
  DNS 207 Dance Production
3
  DNS 208 Dance Production Practicum
0
       
Seminar: (3 credits)
  DNS 495 Senior Seminar in Dance
3
       
Electives: (9 credits)
Any upper-division dance courses except Dance Technique III and Dance Technique IV.
9
       
________
     
Total:
85

Grades of “C” or better are required in all 85 dance major credits.

The BFA in dance requires completion of all General Education credits in addition to the 85-credit dance major. A student who meets the General Education requirements with fewer than 35 credits may select any non-dance electives. Except for one Fine Arts Knowledge Area course, no DNS courses may be used. This policy is intended to insure breadth of experience within the BFA. A student who takes additional dance courses will graduate with more than the required minimum 120 credits.

Minor in Dance

Students may declare a dance minor. An audition is required for entrance into the dance minor program, and courses must include DNS 205 and one additional semester of dance technique. The minor is 18 credits in dance selected with departmental advisement. Contact the department for information about the audition.

Interdisciplinary Arts for Children: Dance Specialty

Students seeking an interdisciplinary major in arts for children with a specialty in dance are required to complete a 48-credit program consisting of: (1) two interdisciplinary courses, IAC 280 Introduction to Related Arts for Children, and IAC 491 Seminar in Arts for Children; (2) a dance specialty of 21 credits; and (3) a 21-credit block consisting of two courses in each of the other three arts and one approved elective. Students wishing to major in Arts for Children with a dance specialty should contact the Department of Dance for information about the required entrance audition. A minimum grade of “C” must be maintained in all required courses.

For detailed information and a comprehensive listing of courses required in this specialty area, refer to the section Arts for Children-Interdisciplinary Major in this catalog.

Dance Courses

DNS 102 Traditional Dance Jazz (A,P). Studies selected traditional jazz dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Covers artistic and educational uses of traditional jazz dances. Requires reading along with experiencing the recreational value of the traditional jazz dance styles. 3 Cr. DNS 103 Traditional Dance Tap (A

DNS 104 Traditional Dance Ballet (A,P). Studies selected traditional ballet dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Covers artistic and educational uses of traditional ballet. Requires reading along with experiencing the recreational value of the traditional ballet dance styles. 3 Cr.

DNS 105 Traditional Dance Afro-Caribbean (A,P). Studies selected traditional Afro-Caribbean dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Covers the artistic and educational uses of traditional Afro-Caribbean dances. Requires reading along with experiencing the recreational value of the traditional Afro-Caribbean dance styles. 3 Cr.

DNS 106 Traditional Dance African (A,P). Studies selected traditional African dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Covers the artistic and educational uses of traditional African dances. Requires reading, along with experiencing the recreational value of the traditional African dance styles. 3 Cr.

DNS 115 Introduction to Dance (A,P). Provides an introduction to the study of dance as an art form and its relation to other art forms, and considers the role of dance in history and society. Includes studio classes in elementary modern dance technique, fundamentals of movement, elements of rhythm and spatial awareness, simple composition and improvisational dance studies. Provides the non-major with an awareness of the aesthetics and creative processes of dance. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 125 Looking At Dance (A,F). Provides a survey of dance forms through lecture, literature, film and live performance. Addresses contributions to the art of dance by major choreographers, dancers and others throughout the world. 3 Cr.

DNS 200 Traditional Dance Styles (A,P). Provides a study of selected traditional dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Includes traditional dance styles such as folk and country dance, African, Afro-Caribbean dance, jazz, tap and ballet. Covers the artistic and educational uses of traditional dances, while allowing students to experience the recreational value of traditional dance styles. Can be repeated, but only three credits may be used toward the 120 credits required for graduation. 3 Cr.

DNS 204 Dance Conditioning Laboratory (B). Explores conditioning methods and materials/equipment for dancers including discussions of wellness issues (i.e., stress management, diet, rest, etc.). Introduces students to the Conditioning Studio and given conditioning programs tailored to their needs. Focuses on providing information and dance-specific materials appropriate for independent use. 2 Cr.

DNS 205 Dance Technique I (A). Prerequisite: Audition prior to enrollment. Provides an introduction to the Department of Dance and to the many aspects of the dance profession. Covers modern dance technique, improvisation, and dance composition assignments. Discusses pertinent topics in dance. Prerequisite to all other dance major courses. Includes studies in dance science and somatics. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 206 20th-Century Dance: Issues and Styles (A,F,W). Provides for the study of the origin and evolution of 20th-century dance; important dance artists and their work; contemporary forms, trends and styles; a survey of dance literature through film; and video and written materials. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 207 Dance Production (B). Covers all aspects of dance production, including light, stage management, costume, scenery and properties, and dance design as an art. Requires extensive evening crew work. While enrolled in DNS 207, students may not enroll in evening classes or perform in major Hartwell productions without instructor’s permission. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 208 Dance Production Practicum (B). Entails a practicum experience that provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the dance production process. Students registered for DNS 208 should not take night classes or perform in dance concerts. Spring.

DNS 225 Movement and Self Awareness (A,P). Enables students to improve movement habits and increase self-awareness through effective and efficient movement. Develops awareness of postural and movement characteristics, and observational skills for everyday movement and dance. Utilizes both movement and touch. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 232 African Music and Drumming for Dance (A,P). Cross-listed as AAS 232. Studies selected traditional musical instruments for dance accompaniment; and develops performance skills and techniques through studio and live performance applications. Explores traditional styles and their social and artistic needs for formal religious and recreational application. Also explores modern educational and cultural usages in African schools and colleges. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 245 Dance Technique II (A). Prerequisite: DNS 205 and instructor’s permission. Beginning-level course to train the dancer to respond to a broad range of movement demands. Focuses primarily on modern technique. Placement in a technique level is determined by previous training and skill rather than academic standing. Includes studies in dance science and somatics. 3 Cr.

DNS 253 Beginning Ballet (A). Prerequisite: DNS 205 or instructor’s permission. Provides an introduction to the fundamentals of classical ballet with an emphasis on technique, body alignment and placement exercises performed at barre and center floor work. Incorporates stretch and strengthening techniques. Emphasizes ballet vocabulary and its application. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 305 Kinesiology for Dancers (A). Prerequisites: DNS 205 and BIO 221. Explores the mechanical, physiological and anatomical requirements of specific dance techniques; limitation of the body in performing these techniques; and methods of safely extending the body’s capacity for performance. 3 Cr. Spring

DNS 306 Beginning Dance Composition (A). Prerequisite: DNS 205, DNS 364 and MUS 300. Allows for beginning work in composition. Requires students to choreograph short studies and short solo dances as they learn the various elements of composition. 3 Cr.

DNS 313 Movement for Theater (A). Develops dance skills as related to basic dance forms commonly used in theater productions. Allows for the execution of basic dance forms such as jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance for the theater; and provides studies in techniques of movement with emphasis on the performance aspect. 3 Cr.

DNS 315 Dynamic Balance: Movement Theories (A). Prerequisite or corequisite: DNS 305 and intermediate or advanced technique. Allows for the performance of skills from the work of Irmgard Bartienieff, F. M. Alexander, and others; relating of kinesiological principles to the improvement of human movement patterns; significance of the mind/body relationship; and application of skills and principles to one’s own performance. 3 Cr.

DNS 316 History and Development of Dance (A,W). Surveys the history of dance as a cultural medium from prehistoric times to the early years of the 20th century, and the roles of women and men in dance performance, choreography, literature and education. Emphasizes dance in Western cultures, non-Western influences and African-American dance. Has a strong writing component. 3 Cr.

DNS 330 African Dance II (A). Cross-listed as AAS 330. Prerequisite: DNS 106 or instructor’s permission. Provides a more detailed examination of the content of DNS 106. Also provides background of the African dance with historical linkages with dance movement forms within the Afro-American, Caribbean and Latin-American setting; a general survey of the material of the dance; the structure and design of African dances in relation to ceremonial and recreational forms, e.g. linear circular forms, massed and team dances; and social organization of the dance. 3 Cr.

DNS 333 African Music and Drumming for Dance II (A). Prerequisite: DNS 232, AAS 232 or instructor’s permission. Studies selected advanced traditional musical instruments for dance accompaniment; and develops advanced performance skills and techniques through studio and live performance applications. Explores traditional styles and their social and artistic needs for formal religious and recreational application. Also explores modern educational and cultural usages in African schools and colleges. 3 Cr.

DNS 339 Survey of Tap Dance II (A). Prerequisites: DNS 103, or instructor’s permission. Covers complex rhythmic and technical skills; familiarity with periods, personalities and specific contributions involved in the development of tap dance; notation of dance steps in terms of vocabulary and rhythmic components; and the development of technique that focuses on rapidity of movement articulation and complex sequential patterns of movement, for intermediate/advanced dancers. 3 Cr.

DNS 345 Dance Technique III (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Entails a series of courses on the intermediate level to train the dancer’s body to respond to a broad range of movement demands. Focuses primarily on modern dance and ballet technique. Placement in a particular section is determined by previous training and skill rather than academic standing. Includes studies in dance science and somatics. 3 Cr.

DNS 353 Intermediate Ballet (A). Prerequisite: DNS 253. Provides a continuation of the study of classical ballet at the intermediate level in a technique class consisting of full barre and center floor work. Incorporates stretch and strengthening exercises. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 364 Dance Improvisation (A). Prerequisites: DNS 205 or MUS 300. Provides beginning dance and movement improvisation as a compositional and performance technique, and covers historical background and relationship to other arts, and develops skill in improvising dance movement and structuring dance improvisations. 2 Cr. Spring

DNS 371 Modern Dance Technique I (B). Provides an introduction to contemporary modern dance technique and theoretical background including an appreciation of historical and aesthetic perspectives of modern dance and movement vocabulary. Focuses on acquisition of basic dance skills, conditioning of the body and increased movement body awareness in the studio. Requires concert attendance and discussion of contemporary dance in relation to other dance and art forms. 3 Cr.

DNS 372 Modern Dance Technique II (B). Prerequisite: DNS 371 or equivalent. Continues DNS 371 for students not majoring in dance. Develops motor skills in modern dance, dance vocabulary, body awareness, study of dynamics and rhythm. Emphasizes modern dance technique, but also employs movement exploration, improvisation, basic composition, concert attendance, dance films and discussion. 3 Cr.

DNS 375 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (A). Prerequisites: DNS 205 or instructor’s permission. Provides an introduction to Rudolf Laban’s system of movement analysis, with an emphasis on qualitative description of movement. Sometimes called Effort/Shape, Laban Movement Analysis, provides a structure for intellectual and physical understanding of the body in motion. Includes reading, observations of live and recorded movement, lectures, and movement activities. 3 Cr. Spring

DNS 399 Independent Study (B). Prerequisite: DNS 205. Designed individually through consultation between the student and instructor to suit the student’s needs and interests and the special competence of the instructor. Additional requirements may be established by the department.

DNS 400 Special Topics (B). Addresses in depth a selected study topic not covered in other courses. Is repeatable with different topic titles. Additional information may be obtained from the department. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 424 Dance Repertory I (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Enables students to become familiar with a selected body of choreographed works through an in-depth study of the dances; and perform a learned repertory for public concerts. 3 Cr.

DNS 425 Dance Repertory II (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Enables students to become familiar with a selected body of more advanced choreographed works through an in-depth study of the dances; and perform a learned repertory for public concerts. 3 Cr.

DNS 427 Dance Performance Techniques (A). Prerequisite: Advanced technical work; and at least intermediate or advanced technique. Develops performance skills and awareness of the many components involved in the artistry of the performing dancer, and covers various techniques and aesthetics of performance. 3 Cr.

DNS 430 Intermediate Dance Composition (A). Prerequisite: DNS 306. Allows students to further develop skills learned in Beginning Composition, with an emphasis on developing choreographic skills for duet and small groups. 3 Cr. Spring

DNS 433 African Dance III (A). Cross-listed as AAS 433. Prerequisites: DNS 330 or instructor’s permission . Covers advanced dance for recreation, and ceremonial dance, including festival, war, court and ritual forms. Enables students to develop a mental, emotional and aesthetic awareness of the performance of an African dance. Examines the role of the African dance in the service of society in campus and off-campus performances. 3 Cr.

DNS 437 Modern Jazz II (B). Prerequisite: DNS 102 or instructor’s permission . Covers basic jazz styles, rhythms, artists and dances; jazz idiom; and performing style and definition of movement. Enables students to perceive and coordinate movement quickly in combined steps, and improvise lengthy jazz sequences in the jazz idiom. Required reading along with exploration of jazz from its historical perspective. 3 Cr.

DNS 440 Summer Dance Workshop (A). Entails Summer Arts Festival workshops with guest artists. Includes topics such as dance technique, composition, repertory or other special topics. See SummerSession bulletins for complete descriptions. 1-6 Cr.

DNS 445 Dance Technique IV (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Entails a series of courses on the advanced level designed to train the dancer’s body to respond to a broad range of movement demands. Focuses on modern dance and ballet technique. Placement in a particular section is determined by previous training and skill rather than academic standing. Includes studies in dance science and somatics. 3 Cr.

DNS 452 Somatics: Body/Mind Integrity (A). Covers movement re-education for reducing stress and pain, improving posture, balance, mobility and self-image. Also covers processes of somatics derived from Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lessons (ATM). Entails yoga, body/mind centering, dance movement improvisations, and hands-on body work. 3 Cr.

DNS 453 Advanced Ballet (A). Prerequisite: DNS 353 or instructor’s permission. For the advanced-intermediate to advanced-level ballet student. Consists of a ballet technique class incorporating barre and center floor work, adagio, petite allegro, and grande allegro. Expects students to develop and perform the skills and style at the designated level. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 454 Studies in Major Dance Styles (B). Prerequisite: DNS 205 or instructor’s permission. Provides a concentrated study in a specific dance form (e.g. jazz, tap, musical theater) or a specific modern dance style (e.g. Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, Garth Fagan). May be repeated if topics are different. 1-4 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 457 Danscore (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Through a modern dance performance ensemble, provides an opportunity for study and performance to intermediate and advanced modern dance students. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 460 Foreign Studies in Dance (A). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status and departmental approval. Explores dance and its uses and forms in another culture. Requires dance performance activities and academic study associated with dance at an institution in another country. The Department of Dance has exchange programs with England, Ghana, and Jamaica. 1-15 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 461 Labanotation I (A). Prerequisite: DNS 205. This course presents the basic principles of the Laban method of movement notation. The student develops skills in perceiving and analyzing movement, and in notating and reading back simple movement patterns. 3 Cr.

DNS 462 Lighting for Dance (B). Covers lighting design, techniques, lighting production; relationships among designer, choreographer and other production personnel; and stage lighting as a spatial and temporal art form. Requires students to conceive, design and supervise lighting of a major dance concert. 3 Cr.

DNS 463 Advanced Production and Design (B). Prerequisite: DNS 207. Concentrates on theatrical elements of dance production and design. Allows students to research, render, and in some cases, execute studio design of scenery, costumes, properties and make-up salient to dance. 3 Cr.

DNS 480 Dance Science: Conditioning and Injury Prevention (A). Prerequisites: BIO 221 and DNS 305. Examines various dance training techniques, along with current information on injury prevention. Gives both the dancer and the trainer/kineseologist/exercise physiologist an opportunity to understand the special demands of the dance discipline on the body and its health. Includes weight and resistance training, motor imaging, proprioception, nutrition, skill repetition and the strength/flexibility ratio. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 481 Dance in Secondary Schools I (B). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Enables students to outline goals for a semester, construct lesson plans, and teach and analyze technique classes. Is a field practicum. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 482 Dance in Secondary Schools II (B). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Covers class management/organization. Allows students to develop course outlines and unit and lesson plans, and requires students to teach dance skills and conduct simple lectures and discussion. 3 Cr. Spring

DNS 483 Children’s Dance I (A). Prerequisites: DNS 115 or DNS 205. Covers basic movement skills applied to creative dance with children, especially in the classroom; pertinent resources for children’s dances; and how to work effectively with dancers and dance specialists. Is an evening class. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 484 Children’s Dance II (B). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Provides a basic orientation to teaching creative dance to young children; and covers the use of various approaches, such as problem solving, teacher-directed method, and invention. Allows students to develop curricular materials and evaluate procedures. Conducted with children during an after-school program. 3 Cr. Spring

DNS 488 Sankofa Dance Performance Lab (A). Prerequisite: DNS 332. An advanced course in Afro-Caribbean dance designed to prepare students interested in performing and teaching the dances. Techniques of performance are stressed. Cultural backgrounds of the dances are explored. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 489 -491 Sankofa I-III (A). Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Through an African dance and music performance ensemble, provides an opportunity for study, performance and touring for intermediate and advanced students of African dance. 3 Cr. Every Semester

DNS 495 Senior Seminar in Dance (A). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status as dance major. Prepares students for transition from student life to the professional world. Includes self-evaluation, finishing unrealized goals as a student at SUNY Brockport, exploring career options, writing a résumé, building a portfolio and pursuing job interviews. Involves discussions about the artist in society, the business of dance, companies and careers and the funding and promotion of dance. 3 Cr. Fall

DNS 499 Independent Study (A). Designed individually through consultation between the student and instructor to suit student’s needs and interests and the special competence of the instructor; and in accordance with College policy. Additional requirements may be established by the department. 1-6 Cr.


The information in this publication was current as of June 2007 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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