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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,P). Studies selected traditional tap dance forms and development of skills through studio experience. Covers the artistic and educational uses of traditional tap dances. Reading along with experiencing the recreational value of the traditional tap dance styles. 3 Cr.

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 Experiential Anatomy and Conditioning (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. 3 Cr.

DNS 205 Modern 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. 3 Cr. Fall.

DNS 206 20th and 21st-Century Dance: Issues and Styles (A,F,W,Y). Provides for the study of the origin and evolution of 20th and 21st-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. Every Semester.

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. Every Semester.

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 Modern 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 level. Includes studies in dance science and somatics. 3 Cr. Spring.

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 300 Music for Dance (A). Emphasizes the correlation between rhythm and dynamics in music and movement, and rhythmic notation in relation to dance. Studies musical techniques needed to provide percussion accompaniment for dance movement. Provides some analysis of simple musical forms, and an introduction to music resources for the dance. 3 Cr.

DNS 302 Social Forms of the Dance (A). Survey of dances popular in Western culture: folk/ethnic, ballroom/couple and country/square. Emphasis given to styling and movement characteristics, rhythmic structures, historical backgrounds, and related folkloristic contexts. Development of skills in performing basic dance components such as polka, waltz, sholttische, two step, foxtrot, rumba, tango, lindy, etc. Opportunities given to put these techniques into practice via required field trips. 3 Cr.

DNS 305 Kinesiology (A). Prerequisite DNS 205. 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. Fall. 3 Cr. Fall.

DNS 306 Beginning Choreography (A). Prerequisite: DNS 205. Allows for beginning work in movement generation and the development of compositional structure in solo form. 3 Cr. Fall.

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,Y). This course investigates how dance and dance history connect to issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality. It incorporates a variety of historical and theoretical texts to examine dance from multiple perspectives and considers the historic practice in relation to present day dance. 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 Modern 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 technique. Placement in a particular section is determined by previous training and skill level. 3 Cr.

DNS 353 Intermediate Ballet (A). Prerequisites: DNS 253 and permission of the instructor. 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). Prerequisite: DNS 205. Provides beginning movement improvisation assignments for the development of compositional and performance tools. May cover historical background and relationship to other arts. 2-3 Cr. Spring.

DNS 371 Modern Dance I (non-majors) (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 II (non-majors) (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 movement analysis, with an emphasis on qualitative description of movement. Movement analysis, provides a structure for intellectual and physical understanding of the body in motion. Includes reading, observation, lecture 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. 3 Cr.

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. 4 Cr.

DNS 406 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 407 Advanced Improvisation (A). Addresses the Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as outlined in the Dance Department/Program Assessment Plan. This course fulfills the following SLOs: SLO #1: Apply artistry through qualitative and rhythmic phrasing, dynamic range and individual expressivity. SLO #8: Apply appropriate professional standards of the dance field throughout choreographic process, collaboration and production. Bringing artistic practices and philosophical discourses into conversation, this course explores improvisation as a way of being through which we can encounter a multitude of ideas around improvisation as a practice. This course is for undergraduate dance majors who have fulfilled the DNS 344, DNS 306, and DNS 364 pre-requisites. Students should register for a Dance Technique class as a co-requisite. 3 Cr.

DNS 412 Gateway to New York (A). This 3-credit elective provides the State University of New York, Department of Dance at Brockport students real access to the New York City dance community. The course instructor curates and guides the Spring DNS 412 Gateway to New York course located in New York City. The immersion portion of the course located in New York City spans four nights and five days and occurs during spring break. Student will engage in viewing performances, sharing their choreography, attending master classes, dance conferences, lectures and panel discussions in the dance community as well as other cultural events. The semester prior to the course students are required to apply for a BSG grant or a travel grant in order to support the possibility to share their choreography and attend conference activities during the course. A final reflection is required. Students will actively contribute to creating the itinerary in New York in consultation with the course instructor. This experience and topics is not covered in other courses in the department curriculum. 3 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 429 Costume Design & Construction for Dance (A). An introduction to the costume design process for dance, which includes basic design research, communication with choreographer and shop manager, building or altering costumes and learning the costume designer’s role throughout the production process. Students will become familiar with the costume shop facility; learning to use the equipment properly and safely to create costumes. They will use design techniques and basic costume construction as they work with student choreographers on realized pieces for the Dance Hartwell and Dance Strasser concerts. This course is offered as an elective for dance majors. 3 Cr.

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

DNS 431 Advanced Dance Composition (A). Prerequisite: DNS 430. Requires students to choreograph two fully developed dance works with an emphasis on choreographic structure, the logistics of rehearsal scheduling and essential production elements. 3 Cr. Fall.

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 Modern 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 technique level is determined by previous training and skill level. 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. 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. 1-4 Cr. Every Semester.

DNS 457 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 458 Chamber Ballet Brockport (A). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This performance course is distinguished by a focus on the contemporary ballet genre, the collaborative nature of the art, and touring. Ensemble members will learn and rehearse a diverse body of repertory for performance on and off campus. Each semester students will learn repertory for the season as determined by the Artistic Director. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

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 479 Senior Capstone Project (A). Prerequisite: DNS 445. Fulfills the BFA capstone requirement in performance and/or choreography and provides elective credit for BA and BS dance students. Enrollment is restricted to students with senior status and permission is required of the instructor to register for this class. 3 Cr. Spring.

DNS 480 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. One or two credit hour courses are experientially based; three credit hour courses require theoretical study. 1-3 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 487 Dance Pedagogy Workshop (A). Prerequisite: DNS 345. Course focus is on methodologies of teaching dance technique. The emphasis will be on modern and ballet technique, but there will be an overview of other forms. Students will prepare and present movement assignments, design lesson plans, observe and practice teaching and deliver presentations. Students will prepare a teaching portfolio including a resume, a teaching philosophy, syllabus and rationale for dance in education. Students will practice teaching in in-class assignments and team-teach non-major dance classes. 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 Career Seminar (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 resume, 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.

Graduate 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 507 Advanced Improvisation (A). Bringing artistic practices and philosophical discourses into conversation, this course explores improvisation as a way of being through which we can encounter a multitude of ideas around improvisation as a practice. This course is forgraduate dance majors who have fulfilled the DNS 545 and DNS 530 pre-requisites. Students should register for a Dance Technique class as a co-requisite. 3 Cr.

DNS 512 Gateway to New York (A). This 3-credit elective provides the State University of New York, Department of Dance at Brockport students real access to the New York City dance community. The course instructor curates and guides the Spring DNS 512 Gateway to New York course located in New York City. The immersion portion of the course located in New York City spans four nights and five days and occurs during spring break. Student will engage in viewing performances, sharing their choreography, attending master classes, dance conferences, lectures and panel discussions in the dance community as well as other cultural events. The semester prior to the course students are required to apply for a BSG grant or a travel grant in order to support the possibility to share their choreography and attend conference activities during the course. A final reflection is required. Students will actively contribute to creating the itinerary in New York in consultation with the course instructor. This experience and topics is not covered in other courses in the department curriculum. 3 Cr.

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 529 Costume Design & Construction for Dance (A). An introduction to the costume design process for dance, which includes basic design research, communication with choreographer and shop manager, building or altering costumes and learning the costume designer’s role throughout the production process. Students will become familiar with the costume shop facility; learning to use the equipment properly and safely to create costumes. They will use design techniques and basic costume construction as they work with student choreographers on realized pieces for the Dance Hartwell and Dance Strasser concerts. This course is offered as an elective for dance majors. 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 556 Modern Dance Laboratory (A). Prerequisite: DNS 545. Allows graduate students to focus on the practical application of concepts from DNS 545, Graduate Modern Dance. Offered concurrently with the department’s progressive technique courses, the expectation for participation and engagement of the student remains equivalent to those enrolled in DNS 545. This course (focusing on modern dance technique) furthers the dancer’s physical training within a guided studio classroom. 1 Cr. Every Semester.

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 558 Chamber Ballet Brockport (A). Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This performance course is distinguished by a focus on the contemporary ballet genre, the collaborative nature of the art, and touring. Ensemble members will learn and rehearse a diverse body of repertory for performance on and off campus. Each semester students will learn repertory for the season as determined by the Artistic Director. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

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 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 585 Principles of Dance Pedagogy (A). Designed to introduce graduate students to various philosophical, theoretical, and methodological approaches to dance pedagogy for teaching at the college and university level, Content areas include technique, theory, choreography, and improvisation. The course addresses topics of syllabus preparation, grading, and individual teaching styles. Requires reading and preparation of materials for structuring dance classes, seminar discussions of theory, a research project, and practicum teaching under supervision.Students teach an Introduction to Dance, a general education class for non-majors three hours per week. Each student teacher engages with those responsibilities relevant to teaching a class at the university level. Consequently, each teacher will teach a broad survey dance class, will maintain accurate class records, will advise/mentor students, and administer grades at the culmination of the semester. Challenges within the class will be addressed during methods. The methods component of this course is used to prepare class materials. 3 Cr. Fall.

DNS 586 Dance Pedagogy Practicum (B). Allows students to select an area of emphasis for further study of dance pedagogy principles, in dance history, dance science, contemporary modern dance technique, ballet technique, or choreography. Instruction is paired with an undergraduate course in the area of emphasis as practical application. 2 Cr. Every Semester.

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 Professional Development Seminar (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, rsum 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 Written 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.

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