A list of all Undergraduate courses in Dance.


1 Perceiving the Performing Arts
Professional artists in the fields of dance, music and theatre introduce students to the fundamental concepts of their respective disciplines. Students go to Bay Area performances in each art form studied. Team taught.

142 Performing Arts in Production (.5 or 1.0)
Either half or full course credit is available for participation in the technical aspects of a Performing Arts departmental production: elements of stagecraft, costuming, marketing, front of house, etc. Required for Technical Theatre and Design majors, and Theatre minors, but open to all interested students. 
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

160 Special Topics in Performing Arts
Offered every other year, this course covers in-depth a specific aspect of the performing arts only touched on in other courses.  Rotating topics include: African-American Dance, Great Composers, American Musicals, Dance and Film, Theatre and Social Justice, and Directing for the Stage, among others. Although this upper-division course is open to all interested students without prerequisites, prior completion of Performing Arts 1 is strongly recommended.

197 Special Study
An independent study, internship or research course for students whose needs are not met by the regular course offerings of the department. Permission of the chair and instructor required.

198 Senior Project
During their senior year, majors in dance, music or theatre, under the supervision of a faculty member, are required to develop a project that demonstrates their expertise and creativity. The project may take the form of a solo performance, involvement with a performing arts group off campus, a substantive essay, or directing / designing / choreographing a student production. Written proposal must be approved by the appropriate program director prior to registration for the academic year in which the project will occur. Prerequisite: Completion of all lower-division major courses.


20/120 Dance and Movement Electives
Beginning through advanced studio instruction in Western styles: jazz, hip-hop, tap, ballroom/social dance; World traditions: African dance, Ballet Folklorico, Latin dance, Persian dance; Somatic studies, Pilates and yoga.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement

22/122 Dance Technique, Repertory and Choreography
Dance technique: beginning through advanced studio instruction in ballet and modern dance; Repertory: dance company rehearsals, faculty pieces, and guest artist rehearsals; Choreography: basic movement invention, solo and group work, site specific choreography.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

121 Dance History I: Ballet
This course covers the development of dance from its roots in European court dancing through the development of ballet into the beginning of the modern era. Students attend professional dance concerts in the Bay Area.

123 Dance History II: Modern and Contemporary Dance
This course studies the development of modern dance from its roots in ballet to the innovations of the present including hip-hop and dances made for the camera. Students attend professional dance concerts in the Bay Area.

125 Dance in Performance
A course in dance analysis and criticism. Various aspects of dance as a performing art are studied through attendance at dance performances offered in the Bay Area by local companies and national troupes performing on tour. Prerequisite: Performing Arts 1

126 Dance Production
Rehearsal and technique class for the Saint Mary's College Dance Company, culminating in public performances. Permission of instructor required.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

141 Production Management and Design for Dance
In this course students learn the basics of dance lighting and the fundamentals of managing and producing a dance concert. The class also teaches student to: communicate effectively with lighting designers, stage managers and production crews; understand the elements of a dance production (including budgeting, marketing and publicity, and curating a concert); and develop and execute lighting and costume designs. This course culminates in an all-student mainstage dance concert.
*Does not satisfy an Area requirement.

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