Department of Dance
Department Chair: Jennifer O'farrell
Department Secretary: Donna Checketts (208) 496-2073
Department Faculty: Wendy BoneShawn FisherJennifer O'farrellCharles West

 

The Department of Dance offers a minor in Dance. This degree is designed to allow a student to transfer to a four year program, operate a dance studio, as well as prepare to be a dance specialist in a church and community setting.
 
The Mission of the Department of Dance is:
1. Provide opportunities for the student to develop spiritually, artistically, intellectually and physically. This is accomplished through discipline, the art of dance, and our desire to emphasize gospel principles, personal integrity, individual enrichment and sensitivity to multiple perspectives.
2. Graduates in dance will have a solid foundation preparing them to transfer to a four year program, as well as for careers in performance, choreography, teaching and service.
3. Students will learn through dance that they can become better individuals by living the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, enhancing their roles as individuals, church members, citizens and parents.
4. Our goal is to challenge students to be individual thinkers, serve the community and make artistic efforts that reflect a richly complex and diverse global perspective.
 
Program Description



Minor in  Dance (183)   
No double-counting of minor courses.

Take these Courses   Minimum Grade: B
DANCE 240A, 240B, 242, 402

AND
Take 2 Credits   Minimum Grade: B
DANCE 135, 280M, 280W, 290, 371

AND
Take 5 Credits   Minimum Grade: B
DANCE 131, 140, 170, 171, 172, 180M, 180W, 181M, 181W, 184M, 184W, 185M, 185W, 190, 231, 241A, 284R, 285R, 331, 390R, 498R

AND
Choose 4 Credits from either Performance and/or Teaching:

Performance Group:Includes the following courses: Dance 268R, 278R, 378R, 468R, 478R, and 488R

Teaching Techniques:Includes the following courses: Dance 299R, 356, and 358
Take 4 Credits   Minimum Grade: B
DANCE 268R, 278R, 299R, 356, 358, 378R, 468R, 478R, 488R
 
Course Descriptions

DANCE 131 Jazz Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A movement class where rhythms, style, and technique of jazz dancing are introduced to the student, including basic jazz terminology.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 135 Tap Dance (1:0:2)
This is an accelerated beginning class for students with experience where the rhythms, styles, and techniques of tap dancing are introduced to the student, including basic tap terminology.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 140 Modern Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
The course is designed to give the student experience in movement emphasizing locomotor skills, movement progressions, and dance techniques in ballet, modern, and jazz.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 170 World Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
Dances from around the world. This is a movement class where rhythms, styles, and techniques of 21 international folk dances are introduced to the student; including basic folk terminology, formations, style and steps.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 171 Clog Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
This is a movement class where rhythms, styles, and techniques of clog dance are introduced to the student; including basic clog and buck terminology, style and steps. Set routines are taught as well as basic skills.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 172 Country Western and Square Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
This course is designed to teach country western line dance and the twenty-five basics of square dance.
(Fall)
 
DANCE 180M Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:0)
For beginners with an emphasis on partner dances in a social setting. The following five dances will be taught: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles) and polka.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 180W Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
For beginners with an emphasis on partner dances in a social setting. The following five dances will be taught: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles) and polka.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 181M Country Western Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A course designed to develop skills of counry western social dancing.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 181W Country Western Social Dance, Beginning (1:0:2)
A course designed to develop skills of counry western social dancing.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 184M International Standard Beginning (1:0:0)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Social Dance 180, or consent of instructor
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Two of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep.

(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 184W International Standard Beginning (1:0:0)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Social Dance 180, or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Two of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, tango, quickstep.

(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 185M International Latin Beginning (1:0:0)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Social Dance 180, or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Two of the following dances will be taught each semester: cha cha, rumba, paso doble, samba.

(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 185W International Latin Beginning (1:0:0)
Fee:  $15.00
Prerequisite: Social Dance 180, or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Two of the following dances will be taught each semester: cha cha, rumba, paso doble, samba.

(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 190 Ballet Beginning (1:0:2)
This course provides introductory background knowledge and experience in ballet technique; including alignment, kinesthetic movement principles, terminology and ballet history.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 231 Jazz Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
A movement class where intermediate levels of rhythms, style, and technique of jazz dance are explored, including basic jazz terminology.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 240A Dance Technique IA (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: Dance 140 or consent of instructor.
This course explores modern dance from a kinesthetic approach of simple and complex movement patterns and rhythms. Class material includes improvisation, choreography, conditioning of the body, and methods of dance/body therapy and modern dance history.
(Fall, Summer)
 
DANCE 240B Dance Technique IB (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: Dance 140 or consent of instructor.
This course explores modern dance from a kinesthetic approach of simple and complex movement patterns and rhythms. Class material includes improvisation, choreography, conditioning of the body, and methods of dance/body therapy and modern dance history.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 241A Dance Technique II A (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 140, 240A and B or consent of instructor.
Fundamental dance techniques in ballet and modern emphasizing development in movement awareness including, space, time and energy elements.
(Fall)
 
DANCE 241B Dance Technique II B (1-2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 140, 240A and B or consent of instructor.
Fundamental modern dance techniques emphasizing development in movement awareness including, space, time and energy elements.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 242 Improvisaton and Choreography (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DA 240
A practical course providing students with fundamentals of improvisation and choreography.
Improvisation and composition are an integral part of a modern dancer's education. A study of the basic elements of dance, improvisation and composition will lead to the creation of a movement product. These practices will develop the ability to communicate ideas using the body as the instrument of expression.
(Fall)
 
DANCE 268R Contemporary Dance Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Dance company experiences in modern dance choreography and performance for concert and outreach settings.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 271 Clog Dance Techniques I (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Dance 171 or consent of instructor.
This is a movement class where rhythms, styles, and techniques of clog dance on an intermediate-advanced level will be introduced to the student.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 272 Country Western and Square Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: DA 172 or consent of instructor.
Mainstream 26-50 square dance basics above the "Basic Plateau."
(Upon request)
 
DANCE 278R Women's Clog Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition required.
Performance techniques and experience in clog dance. Participate in local competitions.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 280M Social Dance, Intermediate (1:0:0)
Prerequisite: Dance 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Five of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles), west coast swing, mambo, tango, rumba, night club two-step.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 280W Social Dance, Intermediate (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: Dance 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to develop skills of social dancing. Five of the following dances will be taught each semester: waltz, foxtrot, cha cha, swing (various styles), west coast swing, mambo, tango, rumba, night club two-step.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 284R Ballroom Technique 1 (2:0:0)
Fee:  $20.00
Prerequisite: Dance 184,185, 280 or consent of instructor
A course designed to develop skills of ballroom dancing. Seven dances will be covered in both styles each semester: summer/fall waltz, quickstep, cha cha, rumba (Int.) and Mambo. winter, foxtrot, tango samba (Int.) and East coast swing.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 285R Ballroom Technique 2 (2:0:0)
Fee:  $20.00
Prerequisite: Dance 184, 185, 280 or consent of instructor
A course designed to develop skills of ballroom dancing. Seven dances will be covered in both styles each semester: summer/fall waltz, quickstep, cha cha, rumba (Int.) and Mambo. winter, foxtrot, tango samba (Int.) and East coast swing.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 288R Ballroom Dance Team (1-2:0:4)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: By Audition only. Concurrent with any ballroom class.
Performance techniques and experience with ballroom dance.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 290 Ballet Technique I (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: Dance 190 or consent of instructor.
This course explores ballet through an understanding of kinesthetic awareness. Developing this conscious attention to the body will allow the dancer to learn the difference between efficient movement and inefficient movement, a principle that can be used not only in dance, but also in every day life.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 299R Practicum (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of supervising faculty member.
Practical experience in teaching and choreography in a campus setting.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
DANCE 331 Jazz Dance, Advanced (2:0:3)
Prerequisite: DA 231 or consent of instructor.
A movement class where advanced rhythm, styles, techniques and choreography of jazz are explored.
(Upon Request)
 
DANCE 356 Techniques of Teaching Modern Dance (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: DA 240 and DA 242
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of dance including elements of creativity, studio management, and children's dance.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 358 Teaching Techniques of Social Dance (3:3:0)
Fee:  $35.00
Prerequisite: Dance 170, 172, 180 or consent of instructor.
A course designed to train a person to teach all forms of social dance including ballroom and world, with an emphasis on recreational dancing.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 371 Clog Dance Technique 2 (1:0:2)
Prerequisite: DA 271
A movement class where advanced pro steps rhythms, styles, techinques of clog are experienced.
(Upon request)
 
DANCE 378R World Dance Team (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Performance techniques and experience in world and clog dance.
(Fall)
 
DANCE 390R Ballet Technique II (2:0:4)
Prerequisite: DANCE 290
This course explores ballet through an understanding of kinesthetic movement principles.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 402 20th Century Dance History (3:3:0)
This course is a survey of dance history derived from Western civilization from the Renaissance to contemporary periods. Students examine the role of movement, dance and the arts in a philosophical and historical context.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 458R Teaching Techniques of Social Dance, Advanced (2:2:0)
Fee:  $95.00
Prerequisite: DA 258
A course designed to develop skills of teaching social dance. The following five dances will be covered: Rumba, Tango, WCS and Mambo.
(Winter, Summer)
 
DANCE 468R Contemporary Dance Theatre Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Dance company experiences in modern dance choreography and performance for concert settings.
(Fall, Winter)
 
DANCE 478R Folk Dance USA Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Performance techniques and experience in folk and clog dance.
(Winter)
 
DANCE 488R Ballroom Dance Tour Company (1-3:0:6)
Fee:  $25.00
Prerequisite: Audition
Performance techniques and experience with ballroom dance and performance in concert settings.
(Winter, Fall)
 
DANCE 498R Internship (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor
The purpose of the internship is to provide "real world" experience linked with information and learning from courses taken at the university. The internship should aid the student in decisions about future careers in the dance world.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)