Courses

THEA 120: Movement for Performers
3.0 Credits
An introduction to expressively engaging the entire physical instrument in life and performance. Coursework focuses on a variety of techniques designed to develop an increased range of physical and vocal expression. The course features experimentation in a studio setting and practical/creative application through rehearsal and performance. Fall, odd years.


THEA 122: Interdisciplinary Arts
3.0 Credits
This course uses concepts of theatre-, dance-, and visual arts-based research to solve problems. Students will be exposed, through lecture and assignments, to theories and methods from each art form and will learn to integrate the art forms to explore complex concepts through performance. Fall.


THEA 124: Ballet I
2.0 Credits
Beginning instruction in ballet. This course includes the technique, vocabulary and history of classical ballet. May be repeated. Fall.


THEA 125: Jazz Dance I
2.0 Credits
Beginning and continuing instruction in jazz dance. This course includes the technique, vocabulary and history of the genre. May be repeated. Fall.


THEA 224: Contemporary Modern Dance I
2.0 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. Fall.


THEA 226: Accelerated Ballet Techniques
2.0 Credits
A continued study of ballet with an emphasis on artistry, choreography and intermediate level technique. Includes a critical analysis of past and present classical dance works. Completion of THEA 124 Ballet I recommended. May be repeated. Fall.


EDPE 222: Health and Human Movement
3.0 Credits
Investigation of the factors affecting healthful living and wellness, including mental, emotional, physical, social, spiritual, and environmental health.


EDPE 224: Nutrition for Health & Fitness
3.0 Credits
A basis for understanding the current research and advances that promote healthy lifestyles and fitness through proper nutrition. Emphasis will be given to how food, metabolism, and lifestyle choices interact in humans to increase or reduce poor health and risk of disease.

Prerequisite: EDPE 190 Minimum Grade: D


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. Spring, even years.


THEA 228: Dance History
3.0 Credits
This course will look at dance as a reflection of culture and as an art form from earliest societies to the present, focusing primarily on western dance history. Fall.


THEA 320: Ballet II
3.0 Credits
This intermediate course in ballet focuses on technique, vocabulary, and choreography. Student participants in public performance. May be repeated. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 124 Minimum Grade: D or THEA 226 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 321: Jazz Dance II
3.0 Credits
This intermediate course in jazz dance focuses on technique, vocabulary, choreography and performance studies. Dancers participate in public performances of the spring dance concert. May be repeated. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 125 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 322: Musical Theatre Dance
3.0 Credits
Examination of the unique history of musical theatre dance. Practice in the techniques and choreographic styles required for performance in musicals. Dancer will participate in the annual spring dance concert. May be repeated. Spring, even years.


THEA 323: Urban Dance
3.0 Credits
This intermediate dance course introduces the history and physical styles of hip hop, fusion, funk and world dance. This performance based course includes a public performance in the spring dance concert. Completion of THEA 125 Jazz I recommended. Spring, odd years.


THEA 324: Modern Dance II
3.0 Credits
This intermediate course in modern dance focuses on technique, movement exploration, choreography and performance studies. Dancers participate in public performances of the spring dance concert. May be repeated for a maximum total of six credits. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 224 Minimum Grade: D


THEA 330: Topics in Dance
1.0 - 3.0 Credits
Topics in Dance. Periodic Offering.


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. Spring.


THEA 496A: Strategies for Dance Instruction I
3.0 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, and then will have the opportunity to develop their own teaching style through a service learning teaching component. Emphasis is placed on learning to build a positive classroom environment while meeting the needs of various levels of dance students. Fall.


THEA 496B: Strategies for Dance Instruction II
2.0 Credits
Continuation of THEA 496A. Students will continue exploring a variety of teaching styles and strategies, curriculum planning and evaluation methods, while preparing their ZagDancers for their final performance. Spring.

Prerequisite: THEA 496A Minimum Grade: D