Academic Catalog

Dance (DANC)

DANC 120  Modern Dance I  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is for the student at the beginner level and is designed to develop their technical skills in foundational modern dance technique. Specific attention is given to maintaining anatomical alignment while moving the spine, legs, and arms with a focus on injury prevention through all movement practices. Students will participate in floor combinations and exercises, movement phrases across the floor, structured improvisations, and exploration of time, space, and force. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 121  Modern Dance II  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is an intermediate level modern dance technique class and a continuation of Modern Dance I. Additional intricate dance skills will be developed through the practice of more advanced spinal movements, creative exploration of movement previously learned, and development of abdominal strength. Emphasis is on technical development and creative expression. Improvisation exercises will lead to the creation and structuring of dance phrases. Students will have opportunities to publicly perform. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 120
DANC 130  Ballet I  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is for the student at the beginning level and concentrates on developing the technical skills needed for classical ballet. The course places emphasis on maintaining body alignment and form during barre and center exercises, as well as developing proper strength and flexibility for injury prevention. The class includes the performance of basic sequences, including simple adagio, port de bra, simple allegro, body positions, spatial directions, and classical ballet terminology. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 131  Ballet II  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course is an intermediate level ballet technique class and is a continuation of Ballet I. Students' strength, flexibility, and endurance will be increased through more intensive barre work and center floor sequences. There is a continued emphasis on pirouettes, petit and grande allegro, and adagio, along with the further development of knowledge in classical ballet technique and including the use of more transitional steps in longer enchainment. Students will have opportunities to publicly perform. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 130
DANC 145  Dance Appreciation  3 cr.  

This course is an introductory study of dance as an art form. It surveys the development of dance from primitive and ancient times to 20th and 21st century dance theatre. Students will recognize the impact of culture, religion and politics on diverse dance forms. Through selected readings and viewings of filmed and/or live dance, students will develop heightened perceptions and understanding of dance. The course examines dance as a vital art form through study of its history, aesthetic elements, and communicative power. Code 1 course fee.

DANC 150  Jazz Dance  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course focuses on the fundamentals of jazz dance including vernacular, theatre dance, and contemporary styles. Students will develop skills in standard jazz movement-extensions, isolations, and contractions, and perform jazz dance routines in class. An emphasis will be placed on rhythmic movement patterns, kinetic elements, alignment for safe movement practices, and performance skills. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 160  Modern Dance I  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

In this course, students will study and perform the fundamental concepts of modern dance technique including anatomical principles underlying proper technique, technical principles, and basic modern dance combinations. Students will also begin to develop creativity and personal movement style through structured improvisation and exploration of time, space, and force. The history of modern dance and its major techniques will also be covered. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 161  Modern Dance II  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This course is an intermediate level modern dance technique class. Dance skills will be developed through more intricate dance combinations, increased use of balance, strength and flexibility, and refinement of stage performance skills. Emphasis is on technical development and creative expression. Improvisation exercises will lead to the creation and structuring of dance phrases. Injury prevention methods, major modern dance styles, and recent trends in modern dance will be examined. Students will explore their own movement style, learn and rehearse technical choreography, and have opportunities to publicly perform. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 160
DANC 170  Ballet I  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

Beginning techniques of ballet demonstrated and practiced with emphasis placed on body alignment, form and discipline. Ballet barre exercises and performance of basic sequences, including sample adagio and allegro movements, will improve the students' strength, flexibility and coordination. The history of ballet will also be covered. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 171  Ballet II  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This course is an intermediate level ballet technique class. Application of the principles learned in DANC 170 will be used to expand and amplify previous skills. Student's strength, flexibility and endurance will be increased through more intensive barre work and center floor sequences. The course will also emphasize personal expression through movement and develop student proficiency in performing adagio and allegro sequences. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 170
DANC 180  Jazz Dance  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This is an introductory course in jazz dance technique, basic to theatrical dance. Students will develop skills in standard jazz movement- extensions, isolations, and contractions, and perform actual jazz dance routines in class. Jazz dance's history, movement principles and relationship to music will be presented. The course will enhance appreciation of jazz dance as a part of American culture and as a theatre art. Code 3 course fee.

DANC 191  Dance Theatre Workshop I  1 cr.   (0 + 0 + 3)  

Dance Theatre Workshop is a learning-by-doing process. Practical experience is gained by participating in Ocean County College dance concerts or musicals. Students develop skills in their area of interest such as budgeting, ticketing, programming, costuming, lighting, sound, performing and/or presenting choreography. This exposes students to various career paths in the field of dance. Code 1 course fee.

DANC 241  Dance Repertory I  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course will provide the serious dance student with the opportunity to work at a more advanced level of the rehearsal and performance process. Students will study choreography by faculty or guest artist resulting in a formal performance at the end of the semester. Additional public performances in the community may be scheduled throughout the course. Weekly rehearsals with dance faculty and/or guest artists as well as full participation in performances are required. Students are responsible for providing appropriate dance attire for rehearsals. Code 1 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): Audition and DANC 160 and/or DANC 170 or permission of instructor.
DANC 242  Dance Repertory II  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course will provide the serious dance student with the opportunity to work at a more advanced level of the rehearsal and performance process. Students will study choreography by faculty or guest artist resulting in a formal performance at the end of the semester. Additional public performances in the community may be scheduled throughout the course. Weekly rehearsals with dance faculty and/or guest artists as well as full participation in performances are required. Students are responsible for providing appropriate dance attire for rehearsals. Code 1 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): Audition and DANC 241
DANC 243  Dance Repertory III  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course will provide the serious dance student with the opportunity to work at a more advanced level of the rehearsal and performance process. Students will study choreography by faculty or guest artist resulting in a formal performance at the end of the semester. Additional public performances in the community may be scheduled throughout the course. Weekly rehearsals with dance faculty and/or guest artists as well as full participation in performances are required. Students are responsible for providing appropriate dance attire for rehearsals. Code 1 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): Audition and DANC 242
DANC 244  Dance Repertory IV  2 cr.   (1 + 2)  

This course will provide the serious dance student with the opportunity to work at a more advanced level of the rehearsal and performance process. Students will study choreography by faculty or guest artist resulting in a formal performance at the end of the semester. Additional public performances in the community may be scheduled throughout the course. Weekly rehearsals with dance faculty and/or guest artists as well as full participation in performances are required. Students are responsible for providing appropriate dance attire for rehearsals. Code 1 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): Audition and DANC 243
DANC 270  Ballet III  3 cr.   (2 + 2)  

This course is designed to meet the needs of the student who has mastered the initial phase of ballet study and is now physically capable of proceeding to an advanced level of training. Advanced movement combinations and variations will be executed in barre, center, and across the floor. Code 3 course fee.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 171 or comparable achievement in outside study (to be evaluated by audition)