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)Prerequisite DNS 530 and DNS 545.
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 graduate 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)
Provides students direct access to the New York City dance community. The immersion portion of the course takes place in New York City over four nights and five days during spring or fall break. Students view performances, share their choreography, attend master classes, dance conferences, lectures and panel discussions in the dance community, and other cultural events. The semester prior to the course students are required to apply for a College grant in order to support the possibility of sharing their choreography and attending conference activities. A final reflection is required. Students actively contribute to creating the itinerary in New York in consultation with the course instructor. 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 DNS453 and 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)Prerequisites DNS 581, DNS 582, DNS 583, and DNS 584.
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)Prerequisites DNS 581 and DNS 585.
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, 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 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.