Dance Minor Requirements

Program Coordinator:Valerie Robertson Office: Old Student Union 128 Phone: 508-565-1922vrobertson@stonehill.edu The minor in Dance requires the completion of six courses.

Complete Three Required Courses

Code Course Credits

VPD 186

Introduction to Dance History

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will explore the history of movement through dance from the primitive to the contemporary. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history of dance in its social, political and theoretical contexts. Students will learn through lecture, video and readings as well as from demonstrations from guest artists.

3

VPD 257

Introduction to Dance Composition

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the different approaches to dance choreography. The influence of music, costume and lighting suitable for choreographic purposes and dance performance will also be studied. Different dance styles will be utilized by each student to create combinations that will lend to fully composed original pieces

3

VPD 255

Ballet I

Offered: Fall Semester

This course will cover ballet technique: The principles of proper alignment, placement, ballet terminology and steps. Ballet barre and center will give students the practice required for developing their dance ability. This class is open to both beginning ballet students and to those who have had more classical training.

3

Complete One 300-Level Dance Course

Code Course Credits

VPD 355

Jazz Dance II

Offered: Spring Semester

Intended for the student with some previous dance experience. It expands the dancer's basic understanding of alignment, develops a deeper understanding of musicality including syncopation, and introduces complex movement skills. Students discover various styles and trends in American vernacular dance and learn to express themselves through their own choreography.

3

VPD 356

Ballet II     (if not taken above)

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Expands the knowledge gained in previous ballet classes. Students are encouraged to explore the technical and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Each class will include barre and center work as well as some study of current ballets.

Prerequisite(s): VPD 255 or Instructor permission.

3

VPD 360

Dance Outreach

Offered: Spring Semester

Unique opportunity for learning, community service and exchange. Stonehill students will lead children "at risk" from the Brockton area through various movement exercises. A piece will be choreographed and performed at the end of the semester.

A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

Complete Two Additional Dance Courses

Code Course Credits

VPD 141

Dance and Movement

Offered: Spring Semester

This class is an introduction the body, space time and energy and their effect on movement. Students will explore various dance and movement traditions (Western and Non-Western) and gain a solid foundation in both the practice and theory of those styles and traditions. Class appropriate for the beginner and non-dancer.

3

VPD 251

Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern

Offered: Spring Semester

This course will provide an overview of dance styles and techniques including ballet, modern, tap and jazz. The focus will be on placement, movement, and the effort required to execute shapes that are prevalent in these various styles. This class is appropriate for the student looking to expand their understanding of the world of dance.

3

VPD 252

Introduction to Tap

Offered: Spring Semester

An introduction to the principles of tap dance technique. Students will learn the fundamental steps of tap dance. Emphasis is placed on rhythmic structure, technique, style, and vocabulary of tap dance.

3

VPD 253

Introduction to Jazz Dance

Offered: Fall Semester

An introduction to the American dance form of jazz. Class focuses on the development of strength, flexibility, isolation, and control through a series of stretches, strengthening exercises, and center floor combinations.

3

VPD 254

Modern Dance Technique

Offered: Fall Semester

Students will be introduced to the fundamental movement principals and the basic elements of modern dance choreography. Students explore the connection between movement and breath, body alignment, rhythm, dynamics space and self-motivation. Students can expect to raise the level of their technical ability, while understanding technique as a tool for self-expression. Short videos and reading assignments will introduce important figures and trends in 20th-century dance.

3

VPD 256

Dance for Musical Theatre

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the world of musical theatre through dance. Students will learn a variety of dance styles associated with musicals throughout the decades. Broadway style dance will be incorporated.

3

VPD 257

Introduction to Dance Composition

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the different approaches to dance choreography. The influence of music, costume and lighting suitable for choreographic purposes and dance performance will also be studied. Different dance styles will be utilized by each student to create combinations that will lend to fully composed original pieces

3

VPD 355

Jazz Dance II     (if not taken above)

Offered: Spring Semester

Intended for the student with some previous dance experience. It expands the dancer's basic understanding of alignment, develops a deeper understanding of musicality including syncopation, and introduces complex movement skills. Students discover various styles and trends in American vernacular dance and learn to express themselves through their own choreography.

3

VPD 356

Ballet II     (if not taken above)

Offered: Not Offered 2015-2016

Expands the knowledge gained in previous ballet classes. Students are encouraged to explore the technical and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Each class will include barre and center work as well as some study of current ballets.

Prerequisite(s): VPD 255 or Instructor permission.

3

VPD 360

Dance Outreach     (if not taken above)

Offered: Spring Semester

Unique opportunity for learning, community service and exchange. Stonehill students will lead children "at risk" from the Brockton area through various movement exercises. A piece will be choreographed and performed at the end of the semester.

A background check is required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in order to participate in this class. A fee of approximately $40 must be paid toward this check by the student during the first few weeks of class.

3

VPD 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Written consent of the Instructor is required.

3

Note

Dance minors are also encouraged, though not required, to participate in VPD 357 - Dance Company.