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Dance Courses
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Course Descriptions

COURSE
Semester Hours
Course Title
Course Description
DANC 100
3 hours
Introduction to Dance (ARTD) (Rockville and Takoma Park only)
An examination of dance as an art form and means of multicultural expression, ritual, and tradition. This course familiarizes the student with practices, philosophies, terminologies, styles of dance and careers in dance. The role of dance in world societies and how it relates to different cultures is explored through lectures, assigned readings, films, recordings, and experiential dance activities. (ARTD) (R and T only) Assessment levels: ENGL 101/101A, READ 120. Three hours each week. Formerly DN 100. 
DANC 101
2 hours
Ballet I
 Introduction of fundamental exercises, techniques, and steps of classical ballet. Basic ballet terminology, correct body alignment, and simple adagio and allegro combinations are introduced in barre and center work. May be selected to fulfill the physical education credits. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 101.
DANC 102
3 hours
Ballet II (ARTD) (Rockville only)
Further study of classical ballet as offered in DANC 101. Emphasis on developing an aesthetic awareness of the art, understanding ballet theory, and perfecting technique. Review of basic exercises and terminology. Pirouettes and petite batterie are introduced. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 101 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 102.
DANC 103
2 hours
Modern Dance I
 Introduction of fundamental exercises, techniques, and movement phrases of modern dance. Basic modern dance principles are introduced in axial and locomotor exercises and basic improvisation skills. Modern dance innovators and their styles are discussed. May be selected to fulfill the physical education credits. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 103.
DANC 104
3 hours
Modern Dance II (ARTD) (Rockville only)
Further study of modern dance as offered in DANC 103. Includes an understanding of contemporary dance as a creative art form, perfecting technique, developing improvisational skills, experimenting with creative movement studies, and analyzing rhythmic patterns. Review of basic exercises and terminology. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 103 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 104.Further study of modern dance as offered in DN 103. Includes an understanding of contemporary dance as a creative art form, perfecting technique, developing improvisational skills, experimenting with creative movement studies, and analyzing rhythmic patterns. Review of basic exercises and terminology.
PREREQUISITE: DN 103 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with the consent of department.
One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week.
 
DANC 105
2 hours
Jazz Dance I
 Introduction to fundamental jazz exercises, techniques, and styles. Basic jazz dance principles are introduced, including body isolations, flexibility exercises, and movement phrases. May be selected to fulfill the physical education credits. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 105.
DANC 106
3 hours

Jazz Dance II (Rockville only)

Further study of jazz dance as offered in DANC 105. Emphasis on perfecting technique, creating advanced-beginning jazz compositions, and developing a more in-depth understanding of the essence and components of jazz dance. Emphasis is placed on advanced-beginning steps and terminology, including double turns, body isolations, and elevation steps. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 105 or consent of dance program coordinator. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 106.
DANC 107
2 hours
Tap Dance I
 An introduction to basic tap techniques, exercises, movements, and improvisational skills. A variety of rhythmic patterns, fundamental steps such as shuffles, ball changes, heel drops, time steps, flaps, and beginning turns are introduced. Tap dance history and styles will be discussed. May be selected to fulfill the physical education credits. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 107.
DANC 108
3 hours
Tap Dance II (Rockville only)
Further study of tap dancing as offered in DANC 107. Emphasis on developing on-stage choreography. Further development of pre-dance warm-up exercises to include exercises for balance and body alignment. Turns, rhythm manipulation, and choreographic principles are developed through tap combinations. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 107 or consent of dance program coordinator. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 108. 
DANC 110
1 hour
Stretch and Alignment (Rockville)
This course is designed for dancers, performers, athletes, and ordinary persons who would be introduced to principles and techniques of stretch and alignment. Emphasis is placed on techniques that result in greater muscle length, increased tension release, and improved body posture. This course cannot be taken in place of any dance technique course. No limit on the number of times this course can be repeated. (R only) Two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 110.
DANC 120
2 hours
Rhythmic Training for the Dancer (Rockville only)
 An introduction to basic elements of rhythmic principles related to movement and dance. Rhythmic fundamentals, basic music theory, and elementary music scoring and reading are studied. Appropriate accompaniment for dance is discussed. A brief look at past and present well-known music composers who have composed music for dance is presented. (R only) Assessment levels: ENGL 002, AELR 930/READ 099. One hour lecture, two hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 120. 
DANC 200
3 hours

Introduction to Dance Composition (Rockville only)

The study of basic choreographic elements and principles in order to analyze and construct dance compositions. Through the use of improvisation, movement exploration, and the understanding and application of both traditional and experimental dance forms, the student will compose original solo and group studies. Various works will be shown in either studio performance or formal dance concerts. (R only) PREREQUISITES: DANC 104 or higher and DANC 120 or equivalent. Three hours each week. Formerly DN 150.
DANC 201
3 hours
Ballet III (Rockville only)
 The development and execution of classical ballet technique on an intermediate level. Concentration is on body alignment, technical accuracy, increased movement vocabulary, and performance quality. Pirouettes, petite batterie, and petit and grand allegro are stressed.(R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 102 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 201.


DANC 202
3 hours
Ballet IV (Rockville only)
Progression of classical ballet training as presented in DANC 201. Emphasis is on increased technical skill through the introduction of complex adagio and allegro combinations. Musicality, style, and theatricality are stressed. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 201 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 202.
DANC 203
3 hours
Modern Dance III (Rockville only)
The study of contemporary modern dance on an intermediate level. Correct body alignment, development of technique, and efficient use of the body through movement are stressed. Various falls, turns, and contractions are studied. Elements of time, flow, weight, space, and varied rhythmic structures are incorporated into movement phrases. Improvisational skills are employed. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 104 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 203.
DANC 204
3 hours
Modern Dance IV (Rockville only)
A progression of contemporary dance as presented in DANC 203. Emphasis is on more complex movement phrases. Individual expression, musicality, style, and performance are stressed. Improvisational skills are employed. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 203 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits with consent of department. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 204.
DANC 205
3 hours
Jazz Dance III (Rockville only)
The study of jazz dance on an intermediate level. Proficient technique, correct body alignment, and performance are stressed. Jazz isolations, triple turns, rhythmic sequences, and slides are studied in addition to high elevation steps. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 106 or consent of dance program coordinator. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 205.
 DANC 206 3 hours    Jazz Dance IV  A progression of jazz dance as a continuation of concepts and styles presented in DANC 205. Increased technical skill is developed through complex phrases of movement. Performance, style, and musicality are stressed. (R only) PREREQUISITE: DANC 205 or consent of department. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 206.
DANC 270
3 hours
Special Topics in Dance (Rockville)

Topics in dance presented as a result of community or student interest, to include a variety of dance-related skills or intensive study in a specific area. Topics to be announced each semester in the class schedule. (R only) PREREQUISITES: A grade of B or better in any two of the following DANC courses: 102, 104, 106, 108, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206; and consent of dance program coordinator. Assessment levels: ENGL 101/101A, READ 120. One hour lecture, four hours laboratory each week. Formerly DN 220.

Please be sure to visit the official listings in the Montgomery College course catalog.

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