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Graduate Dance Courses

DNS 500 Special Topics (B). Addresses in depth a selected study topic not covered in other courses. Is repeatable with different topic title. Additional information may be obtained from the department. 4 Cr.

DNS 505 Dance Kinesiology (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Covers selected topics in kinesiology for dance. Includes problems in movement analysis and requires research assignments. 3 Cr.

DNS 506 Contact Improvisation (A). This course explores the technique of partnering through principles of contact improvisation. Through a developmentally linked sequence of exercises, students participate in weight sharing that involves shelving, lofting, recovery from suspended balances and other concepts that incorporate gravity as support. The class also explores how contemporary artists have applied these principles to their choreography through discussion, readings, and video showings, allowing students to develop a fuller understanding of the art form. 3 Cr. Spring.

DNS 516 History and Development of Dance (A). Covers the major historical trends in dance, including prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras in Western Europe, the German and American backgrounds, and current trends in contemporary dance. Requires a research paper. 3 Cr.

DNS 523 African Dance III (A). Prepares students at advanced levels who are interested in teaching and performing African dance. 3 Cr.

DNS 524 Dance Repertory I (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Explores choreographic works from resources of the notated or filmed repertory of resident or visiting artists, including research of the historical and aesthetic backgrounds of the topical dancers. In some cases, the performance or research project may be an original work drawing upon modern or historical styles. 3 Cr.

DNS 525 Dance Repertory II (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Requires directing or performing a repertory work, and research into the background of the work and documentation of the performance or directing experience. 3 Cr.

DNS 527 Dance Performance Techniques (A). Covers performing techniques in a variety of contemporary dance styles. Analyzes and discusses dance artistry and explores improvisational exercises towards the development of personal approaches both to performance and to coaching. Entails experience in, and the study of, elements of dance performance through specific exercises and the learning of excerpts from selected dance works to emphasize a range in styles, phrasing, tone color and production problems. 3 Cr.

DNS 530 Graduate Choreography I (A). Further develops skills learned in Beginning Composition. Emphasizes developing skills in choreographing for duet and small groups. 3 Cr.

DNS 537 Modern Jazz Dance (B). An intermediatelevel studio course in jazz techniques. Reviews the historical development of jazz music and jazz dance. Requires applications of music style to movement style in jazz; development of jazz improvisation skills and a personal movement vocabulary; and solving improvisation and composition problems. Also requires a research project focusing on a selected era in jazz music, culminating in a written paper and a jazz dance solo composition or improvisation. 3 Cr.

DNS 540 Summer Dance Workshop (A). Provides for work with guest dance artists and may include dance technique, composition, repertory or other special topics. See SummerSession bulletin for complete description. Requires a graduate project. 1-6 Cr.

DNS 545 Graduate Modern Dance I (A). Trains the dancer's body to respond to a broad range of movement demands, including modern dance technique. Places students in a particular section determined by previous training and skill rather than academic standing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

DNS 552 Somatics: Body/Mind Integrity (A). Covers movement re-education improving posture, balance, mobility and self-image, as well as somatic process. Includes reading, research and explorations of somatic systems and application to dance processes. 3 Cr.

DNS 553 Graduate Ballet (B). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. A ballet course designed for the intermediate to advanced graduate student. Consists of a complete ballet technique class incorporating barre and center floor work, adagio, petite allegro and grande allegro. Requires student to develop and perform the skills and style at the designated level. 1-3 Cr.

DNS 554 Studies in Major Dance Styles (B). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Provides for a concentrated study on the graduate level in a specific dance style (i.e., Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey, Merce Cunningham, Garth Fagan etc.). Requires studio work and independent, selfdirected practice, research and performance. May be repeated if topics are different. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 555 Music Resources for Dance (B). Explores music materials and resources for use in choreography; technique of taping and tape collages for productions; concerns of original percussion scores; and advanced analysis of musical forms of rhythmic structure. 3 Cr.

DNS 557 Performance (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Through modern dance performance, provides an opportunity for study of performance to intermediate and advanced dance students. 1-4 Cr.

DNS 560 Foreign Studies in Dance (A). Prerequisite: DNS 602. Helps develop broader perspectives of dance through studies in its uses and forms in another culture. May include institutions in London, Ghana, Jamaica or other recommended areas. A full semester of study. 1-15 Cr.

DNS 563 Advanced Production and Design (B). Concentrates on the theatrical elements of dance production and design. Requires students to research, render, and, in some cases, execute studio design of scenery, costumes, properties and make-up salient to dance. Requires a graduate project. 3 Cr.

DNS 567 Field Observation, Grades PreK-4 (B). Involves student participation as active observers in selected school settings for a minimum of 35 hours in grades PreK-4. Requires that students document school visits, submitting the documentation for review and inclusion in the professional teaching portfolio. Requires mandatory meetings before and during each semester. 1 Cr.

DNS 568 Field Observation, Grades 5-8 (B). Involves student participation as active observers in selected school settings for a minimum of 35 hours in grades 5-8. Requires that students document school visits, submitting the documentation for review and inclusion in the professional teaching portfolio. Requires mandatory meetings before and during each semester. 1 Cr.

DNS 569 Field Observation, Grades 9-12 (B). Involves student participation as active observers in selected school settings for a minimum of 35 hours in grades 9-12. Requires that students document school visits, submitting the documentation for review and inclusion in the professional teaching portfolio. Requires mandatory meetings before and during each semester. 1 Cr.

DNS 570 Dance/Movement Therapy I - Foundations and Principles (A). Compares and contrasts approaches to dance therapy; examines their relationships to dance, other expressive therapies, counseling and psychology; and studies clinical applications for selected populations. Designed to meet the requirements of the American Dance Therapy Association's education and training requirements for the DTR level credentialing. 3 Cr.

DNS 571 Dance/Movement Therapy II - Theory and Practice (A). Prerequisite: DNS 570. Compares and contrasts concepts of authentic movement, related cultural factors and psychological theories to dance/movement therapy; studies the impact of nonverbal communication on human interaction; discusses creativity as therapeutic process; and examines individual and group dance therapy for selected populations. Designed to meet the requirements of the American Dance Therapy Association's education and training requirements for the DTR level credentialing. 3 Cr.

DNS 572 Dance/Movement Therapy III - Special Problems (A). Prerequisite: DNS 571. Focuses on theoretical issues such as the identification of one's conceptual framework, the role of the dance therapist, assessment, treatment planning, the relationship between verbal and nonverbal communication, somatic counter transference, creativity as therapeutic process, and clinical applications for selected populations including couples, the eating disordered and borderline personalities. Designed to meet the requirements of the American Dance Therapy Association's education and training requirements for the DTR level credentialing. 3 Cr.

DNS 575 Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis (A). Relates the history, theory and applications of Laban Movement Analysis (effort/shape) to dance and other movement activities. Through lecture/discussion and lab experience, explores LMA as a descriptive tool for use in education, choreography, therapy, research, criticism and other fields. Develops both observation and movement skills. 3 Cr.

DNS 580 Dance Conditioning and Injury Prevention (A). Examines various conditioning and/or somatic techniques, along with current information on injury prevention, giving both the dances and the trainer/kinesiologist/exercise physiologist an opportunity to understand the special demands of the dance discipline on the body and its health. Topics vary by semester including: weight and resistance training, cardiorespiratory conditioning, motor imaging, nutrition, and stretching and strengthening techniques. Study of pedagogical concerns will be included. One or two credit hour courses are experientially based; three credit hour courses require theoretical study. 1-3 Cr.

DNS 581 Dance in Secondary Schools I (B). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Explores teaching modern dance technique on the high school and college level. Requires reading and preparation of materials for structuring technique classes, seminar discussions of theory, a research project, and practicum teaching under supervision. 3 Cr.

DNS 582 Dance in Secondary Schools II (B). Prerequisite: DNS 581 and instructor's permission. Covers developing course outlines, unit plans and lesson plans for teaching dance on the secondary level. Requires practice teaching in basic dance technique, improvisational technique, presenting and evaluation of compositional problems, and lecturing in an academic area of dance. 3 Cr.

DNS 583 Children's Dance I (B). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Provides for teaching dance in elementary schools. Covers the history and philosophy of dance education, curricular development, evaluation procedures and the implementation of dance programs in education. Requires a research project. 1-3 Cr.

DNS 584 Children's Dance II (B). Prerequisite: DNS 583 and instructor's permission. Covers theories and practices of teaching dance on the elementary school level. Requires an evaluation practicum with an emphasis on creative teaching, concurrent studies in a teaching children's dance course, and completing an independent research project. 1-3 Cr.

DNS 599 Independent Study in Dance (B). Designed individually through consultation between the student and instructor to suit the student's needs and interests and the special competence of the instructor, in accordance with college policy. Additional requirements may be established by the department. 1-6 Cr.

DNS 602 Dance Research (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Acquaints students with the various fields of dance research and methodologies. Requires students to consider thesis topics and the building of a bibliography for a selected topic. Requires completion of a research proposal. Includes theoretical consideration of dance as a discipline and an art. 3 Cr.

DNS 603 Graduate Modern Dance II (B). Refines students' technical and performance skills at an advanced level. Requires applications of selected theories of contemporary dance technique and analysis of movement in terms of space, time, shape and energy. Covers selected problems in developing technique phrases, style, performance ability, theory and analysis of dance movement. Includes additional meeting time to address dance technique pedagogy. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

DNS 605 Graduate Modern Dance III (B). Refines students' technical and performance skills at an advanced level. Requires applications of selected theories of contemporary dance technique and analysis of movement in terms of space, time and energy. Covers selected problems in developing technique phrases, style in dance, performance ability, theory and analysis of dance movement. Requires a culminating project selected from above problems and a journal documenting the problem-solving process. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

DNS 606 Field Work (B). Provides for the application of dance knowledge and skills in practice through teaching or assisting in a class relevant to the graduate emphasis area or a secondary area. 3 Cr.

DNS 608 Dance History, Aesthetics and Culture (A). Studies theoretical writings based on dance history, aesthetics and culture. Covers the depth and range of contemporary scholarship with considerations for dance as process, as body, as art and as culture. Explores ritual, choreographic, performance, critical and educational processes in dance, and how these intersect with conceptual concerns - historical, social and political. Explores global cycling of dance forms and forms of study and analyzing dance - critical, cultural, aesthetic and descriptive. 3 Cr.

DNS 615 Movement Theories (A). Provides lecture, discussion and studio experience based on the work of F. M. Alexander, Irmgard Bartenieff and/or others. Covers comparative theoretical study with practical applications made to the training of dancers and to performance of other specialized and everyday activities. 3 Cr.

DNS 621 Dance in African Life (A). Explores dance in African life as an art form, an avenue for community, a vehicle for preserving social identity, as communication, and as religious and ritualistic expression. 3 Cr.

DNS 622 Sankofa Performance Lab (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Prepares students interested in performing and teaching African based dances. Covers performance techniques and the cultural backgrounds of the dances. 3 Cr.

DNS 641 Graduate Dance Choreography II (A). Prerequisite: DNS 530. Requires the choreographing of a substantial dance composition for a large group, with an emphasis not only on the choreography, but on the logistics of this longer form of composition. 3 Cr.

DNS 642 Image-Dance-Music: Collaboration Workshop (B). Prerequisite: DNS 530. Focuses on the collaborative process of art making, involving dance, music, film/video/animation, fine art, theater, text, etc. Allows faculty artists from SUNY Brockport's Department of Dance, the Eastman School of Music Composition Department and the Rochester Institute of Technology Film/Video/Animation Department to instruct student artists from the three institutions in the compositional, technical and aesthetic issues of critical importance to innovative collaborations. Requires successful final projects to be produced and performed. 1-6 Cr.

DNS 673 Solo Dance Repertory (A). Prerequisite: DNS 527. Provides for the study, rehearsal and performance of selected solo master works from the modern dance repertory. 3 Cr.

DNS 683 Studies in Dance Education (A). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Compares and contrasts various points of view, and studies the educational philosophy underlying dance in education. Surveys the literature on dance in education. Requires a research project. 3 Cr.

DNS 692 Graduate Seminar in Dance (A). Provides an opportunity to define career goals, and to network in preparation for an application to next career and/or educational effort. Allows students to meet for group discussion/thesis sharing on current issues and career trends in dance. Includes practical experience in professional portfolio creation, rÄsumÄ and statement of philosophy writing, and interview practice, along with appropriate development of networking, grant writing and auditioning skills. 3 Cr.

DNS 693 Student Teaching (B). Prerequisites: DNS 581, DNS 582, DNS 583, DNS 584 and required PreK-12 school observations. A one-semester student teaching assignment. Prepares the dance artist/educator for a specialist teaching position in kindergarten through 12th grade school settings. Under college and master teacher school supervision, expects full participation as a member of the school's professional team, including teacher parent communication and co- curricular activities. Focuses on planning preparing, presenting and assessing dance in the curriculum. 9 Cr.

DNS 696 MFA Thesis Project (B). Culminating project for the MFA degree. Entails a creative project or apprenticeship involving students with their own creative endeavor. Emphasizes development of performance skills and choreographic experience, supported by written documentation. Requires students to present original choreography in a concert, or to show the results of their creative research in some other form of performance if students choose a creative project and professional paper. May also involve research into topics of interest such as related arts, movement theory, history, dance science and somatics, or production design. Requires professional paper based on the theme of the choreography or creative research. The apprenticeship option involves an apprenticeship with a recognized dance company and presentation of a performance or lecture-demonstration from the apprenticeship experience as well as a final written report. 1-9 Cr.

DNS 697 Field Work II (B). Requires the application of dance knowledge and skills in practice through teaching or assisting in a class relevant to the MA emphasis area or a secondary area. Must be in a secondary non-emphasis area. 3 Cr.

DNS 698 MA Thesis (A). The culminating course in the MA dance program. Involves the writing of a thesis under supervision of the candidate's MA committee chairperson. Thesis topic and final acceptance are by committee review. 6 Cr.

DNS 699 Independent Study in Dance (B). 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.