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General Dance Courses available to all students!

The Gonzaga Dance Program has been expanding and whether you want to just take a class or get a Dance Minor there are many great courses!


Lower Division Courses:

THEA 120
Movement for Performers
3.0 Credits

In this course, students will be introduced to the theories and practices of Laban, Alexander, and Bartenieff. Students will also learn and practice yoga, stage combat and neutral mask work. Each session will include some lecture but mainly practical application through movement exercises, stretching, strengthening and freeing.

THEA 124
Ballet I
1.0 Credits

Beginning instruction in classical ballet. Includes barre and center exercises designed to develop coordination, flexibility, balance and strength for dance and fitness. May be repeated.

THEA 125
Jazz I
1.0 Credits

This beginning or continuing course in jazz dance will focus not only on technique, vocabulary, stretching and strengthening, but also on stringing movements together through choreography. May be repeated.

THEA 227
Principles of Dance Conditioning
3.0 Credits

This course will provide student dancers scientific information for understanding the human body, injury prevention and enhance longevity and performance. Students will be given the tools to connect the anatomy and physiology of the body to dance while performing practical exercises to allow application of the knowledge learned.

THEA 224
Modern Dance
1.0 Credits

Analysis and theory of modern dance with an emphasis on basic technique and movement exploration. Includes a study of the evolution of modern dance and its past and present pioneers. May be repeated.

THEA 226
Accelerated Ballet Technique
1.0 Credits

A continuation of beginning Ballet with an emphasis on basic intermediate technique, artistry and choreography.



Upper Division Courses:

THEA 320
Ballet II
2.0 Credits

This intermediate course in ballet focuses on technique, vocabulary, stretching, strengthening and choreography. Dancers will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated.

THEA 321
Jazz II
2.0 Credits

This intermediate course in jazz dance focuses on technique, vocabulary, stretching, strengthening and choreography. Dancers will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated.

THEA 322
Musical Theatre
2.0 Credits

Examination of the unique history of musical theatre dance. Practice in the techniques and choreographic styles required for performances in musicals. Dancers will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated.

THEA 323
Urban
2.0 Credits

An intermediate course that introduces the styles of hip hop, fusion, funk, and world dance. Dancers will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated. 

THEA 424
Dance History
3.0 Credits

A comprehensive study of dance from early recorded history to the present. Explores and examines dance practices in a historical and cultural context.

THEA 425
Choreography
3.0 Credits

Dynamics, rhythm, design, motivation, gesture and improvisation are explored as basic elements for building dance. Final project is a public performance of choreographic work.

THEA 496
Strategies for Dance Instruction
4.0 Credits

In the first part of this year-long course, students will learn a variety of teaching styles and strategies, curriculum planning and evaluation methods for teaching dance to elementary students. Emphasis is placed on learning to build a positive classroom environment while meeting the needs of various levels of dance students. Must be concurrently enrolled in THEA 496L. In the lab, Students will develop their own dance teaching methods through a service learning teaching component with local elementary school children.




 

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