Non-Majors Courses

Many of our dance courses are available for non-majors. Little or no previous experience is necessary. We offer a range of courses, including appreciation, movement, history, and kinesiology. Space is limited; enroll now!

DAN 101 – Dance Appreciation, 3 credits

A broad overview of the art of dance and its place in history, society, and culture.

In person and online course options available in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. In person classes include movement.
May be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.

DAN 103 – Sex, Dance, and Entertainment, 3 credits

Study dance and its relationship to entertainment, marketing, music, and sensuality.

Offered online only in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
May be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.

DAN 104 – Appreciation of Dance in Broadway and Film Musicals, 3 credits

Explore how dance has been used and developed in Broadway and film musicals during the past century.

Offered online only in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
May be used to fulfill the Fine Arts requirement.

DAN 108 – Pilates I, 1 credit

Get in Shape. Find your Core. Develop good posture, strength, and flexibility all while learning the movement techniques of Joseph Pilates.

In person and online course options available in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 110 – Dance for Flexibility and Tone, 1 credit

Improve your flexibility and strengthen your muscles. A great class that looks at the relationship between muscular strength and flexibility.

In person and online course options available in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

DAN 116 – Hip Hop I, 1 credit

A lively street dance style developed alongside the hip-hop style of music and culture.  Learn the basic movement vocabulary of this dance phenomenon.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 121 – Jazz Dance I for non-majors, 1 credit

Explore the lively, percussive, and dramatic form of jazz dancing.  Improves strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 122 – Ballet I for non-majors, 1 credit

Dance your way into the classical and courtly world of the ballet dance form. Learn how artistic dancing began as well as its French terminology. Improves strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality.

Offered in person in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.

DAN 123 – Modern Dance for non-majors, 1 credit

A flowing form of dance that is lyrical and strongly steeped in the strength of the center, the spine and its fluid articulation. Improves strength, flexibility, coordination, and musicality.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 144 – Tap Dance I, 1 credit

Expressive, percussive dancing with the feet used as the instrument of rhythmic expression. Learn classic and contemporary tap steps. Requires tap shoes.

Offered in person in Fall semesters only.

DAN 166 – Survey of African-American Dance, 3 credits

A historical look at the African-American contributions to the dance art form. Delve into the history of the African-American presence and experience in the Americas.

In person and online course options available in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
May be used to fulfill the Fine Arts or Multicultural requirement.

DAN 208 – Pilates II, 1 credit

Pre-requisite: DAN 108

Further study of the principles and work of Joseph Pilates, including study of the Pilates machines and apparatus. Get in Shape. Find your Core. Develop good posture, strength, and flexibility.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 224 – Pointe, 1 credit

Ballet dance for the tops of the toes. This course develops foot strength and the ability for “toe-dancing”. Requires specialized Pointe shoes.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 244 – Tap Dance II, 1 credit

Pre-requisite: DAN 144

Further study of the expressive percussive dancing with the feet used as the instrument of expression.  Learn classic and contemporary tap steps. Requires tap shoes.

Offered in person in Spring semesters only.

DAN 301 – World Dance, 3 credits

Pre-requisite: ENG 102

Explore how the dance phenomenon manifests itself in various cultures around the globe.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.
May be used to fulfill the International requirement.

DAN 308 – Pilates III, 2 credits

Pre-requisite: DAN 108 and DAN 208

Advanced study of the principles and work of Joseph Pilates. Get in Shape. Find your Core. Develop good posture, strength, and flexibility.

Offered in person in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 351 – Dance Kinesiology, 3 credits

Pre-requisite: ENG 102

An appreciation for the body, its bones, muscles tissues, and joints and how they work and develop to create the dancer’s instrument.

Offered online only in Fall and Spring semesters.

DAN 365 – Dance History I, 3 credits

Pre-requisites: ENG 102

An in-depth look at the development of dance from the dawn of time to the 20th century.

Offered in person in Fall semesters only.

DAN 369 – Aesthetics of Dance, 3 credits

Pre-requisites: ENG 102

Study of the dance phenomenon and what makes it an art form. Study of the theories of master artists as well as the aesthetic theories of art proposed by philosophers, both classic and present.

Offered in person in Spring semesters only.

DAN 451 – Prevention and Care of Dance Injuries, 3 credits

Pre-requisites: DAN 351

Further study of bones, muscles, joints, and their use in the art of dancing. Includes muscle memorization and model building, as well as study of joints and their articulations in the three planes of the body.

Offered in person in Spring semesters only.

DAN 465 – Dance History II, 3 credits

Pre-requisites: DAN 365

A look at dance and its historical development from 1900 to the present with emphasis on the artists that shaped this history.

Offered in person in Spring semesters only.
May be used to fulfill the Multicultural requirement.

Major level ballet, jazz and modern techniques courses, 1 credit

Have some experience in ballet, jazz, or modern technique? Looking for more of a challenge? Major level technique courses in ballet, jazz, and modern may also be taken by non-majors and dance minors pending Placement Audition results. For more information about Placement Auditions, please visit the Events page.