DANC-DANCE (DANC)

DANC 1110G. Dance Appreciation

3 Credits (3)

This course introduces the student to the diverse elements that make up the world of dance, including a broad historic overview,roles of the dancer, choreographer and audience, and the evolution of the major genres. Students will learn the fundamentals of dance technique, dance history, and a variety of dance aesthetics. Restricted to: Main campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Explain a range of ideas about the place of dance in our society.
  2. Identify and apply critical analysis while looking at significant dance works in a range of styles.
  3. Identify dance as an aesthetic and social practice and compare/contrast dances across a range of historical periods and locations.
  4. Recognize dance as an embodied historical and cultural artifact, as well as a mode of nonverbal expression, within the human experience across historical periods and cultures.
  5. Use dance to consider contemporary issues and modes of thought.

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DANC 1130. Ballet I

1 Credit (1)

This course is the beginning level of ballet technique. Students learn the basic fundamentally and performance skills of ballet techniques, which may include flexibility, strength, body alignment, coordination, range of motion, vocabulary, and musicality. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply fundamental movements of ballet techniques.
  2. Enhance flexibility, strength, body alignment, coordination, balance, kinesthetic awareness, range of motion, and musicality.
  3. Employ basic theories of classical ballet placement and proper alignment.
  4. Develop basic ballet terminology, variations in timing and changes of facing, and barre and center combinations.

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DANC 1131. Introduction to Ballroom Dance

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to ballroom dance for non dance majors. Students will learn basic ballroom technique and partnering work. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. learn to dance Figures 1-7 in 3 American Style Ballroom dances
  2. develop rhythmic accuracy in movement
  3. develop the skills to adapt to a variety of dance partners
  4. develop adequate social and recreational dance skills
  5. develop proper carriage, poise, and grace that pertain to Ballroom dance
  6. learn to recognize Ballroom music and its application for the appropriate dances
  7. understand different possibilities for dance variations and their applications to a variety of Ballroom dances
  8. understand and appreciate the process of creating original patterns and variations
  9. expand his/her knowledge of dance forms through attending two (2) NMSU Dance Department performances and writing a critique on one of the performances
  10. 1enjoy the process

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DANC 1135. Introduction to Argentine Tango

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to skills and techniques of Argentine Tango.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance figures from Argentine Tango.
  2. Develop a “style.
  3. Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance Technique
  4. Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing
  5. Further lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels
  6. Learn practice performance dance skills
  7. Understand and appreciate the process of creating original amalgamations
  8. Expand your knowledge of other dance forms by attending required (2) NMSU Dance Department performances and writinga critique of one (1) performance
  9. Enjoy the process!

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DANC 1140. Flamenco I

1 Credit (1)

This course introduces the student to the art of flamenco and its cultural features and significance. Students will learn the fundamentals of this art form and introductory techniques and skills, which may include handwork, footwork, postures, and specific dances. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a basic level of competency in the principles of alignment, anatomy, coordination, mobility, stability, and stamina.
  2. Demonstrate fundamental flamenco techniques relative to spatial awareness, rhythm, phrasing, and sequencing.
  3. Demonstrate competency with basic flamenco movement vocabulary.
  4. Perform a variety of flamenco dances, poses, steps, hand movements, and combinations.

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DANC 1150. Modern Dance I

1 Credit (1)

Modern Dance techniques and styles. Students are introduced to proper warm-up techniques, body alignment, control and flexibility. Students work with various rhythms and combinations of movements. The course emphasizes dance technique and creative experience. The history, terminology and philosophy of Modern Dance are also discussed. May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Use a more developed sense of muscle control and strength, stretch and balance, coordination.
  2. Demonstrate and verbalize an increased awareness of Modern Dance techniques
  3. Execute dance phrases,combining several movements and in more than one rhythm.
  4. Demonstrate an increased awareness of musicality while dancing and use Modern Dance Techniques creatively.

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DANC 1155. Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

1 Credit (1)

This course provides an atmosphere of safety and encouragement in which students can express creativity and individuality through hip-hop dance. No previous dance experience required. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate appropriate strength, stamina, balance, body alignment, and flexibility
  2. Demonstrate creativity, independent thinking and self-motivation as these pertain to hip-hop dance
  3. Apply appropriate integration of cognitive and kinesthetic skills
  4. Execute sage and creative hip-hop dance movements

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DANC 1185. Beginning Country Western Dance

1 Credit (1)

Beginning County Western dance, including Country Western two-step, nightclub two-step, polka, and Country Western line dance. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance figures in Country Western Dances.
  2. Develop a “style.
  3. Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance Technique
  4. 4Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing
  5. Further lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels
  6. Learn practice performance dance skills
  7. Understand and appreciate the process of creating original amalgamations
  8. Expand your knowledge of other dance forms by attending required (2) NMSU Dance Department performances and writing a critique of one (1) performance
  9. Enjoy the process!

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DANC 1220. Introduction Latin Social Dance

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to Latin social dance for non dance majors. Students will learn basic Latin dance technique and partnering work. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance 4 of the American Rhythm Style dances.
  2. Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement.
  3. Develop the skills to adapt to a variety of dance partners.
  4. Develop adequate social and recreational dance skills.
  5. Develop Cuban Motion, hip swing, proper carriage, poise, and grace that pertain to Rhythm dance.
  6. Learn to recognize Latin/Swing music and its application for the appropriate dances.
  7. Understand different possibilities for dance variations and their applications to a variety of Latin dances.
  8. Understand and appreciate the process of creating original patterns and variations.
  9. Expand his/her knowledge of dance forms through attending two (2) NMSU Dance Department performances and writing a critique on ONE performance.

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DANC 1235. Intro to West Coast Sw

1 Credit (1)

Students will learn to dance the smooth style of Swing. The West Coast Swing may be danced to ANY style of music that has a beat (Country, R&B, Hip Hop, Disco, House). Also featured is the Hustle (fast paced and exhilarating). May be repeated up to 4 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance figures from both West Coast Swing and Hustle
  2. Develop a “style” in both West Coast Swing and Hustle.
  3. Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance Technique
  4. Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing
  5. Further lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels
  6. Learn practice performance dance skills
  7. Understand and appreciate the process of creating original amalgamations
  8. Expand your knowledge of other dance forms by attending required (2) NMSU Dance Department performances and writing a critique of one (1) performance
  9. Enjoy the process!

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DANC 1460. Dance for Musical Theater I

1 Credit (1)

This course provides students with an understanding of the Tap and Jazz Dance technique for use in Musical Theater and other performance genres at the beginning level. This course is designed for students to gain knowledge and understanding of Tap and Jazz Dance as art forms. May be repeated up to 2 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. An understanding of traditional styles of dance used for musical theater.
  2. An understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and development of movement principles
  3. Improvement of muscular strength, flexibility, and elasticity
  4. An understanding of motion awareness and movement vocabulary

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DANC 2114. Dance Sport I

1 Credit (1)

Performance-based, team formation dance in a variety of Latin and ballroom dances. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Practice a variety of Ballroom and Latin dances to be expressed socially, competitively and on stage Adapt and communicate with a variety of dance partners Learn skills for successful partnership Practice advanced level technique in all styles of DanceSport Develop awareness of “what is good dancing” Create original choreography for both stage and competition Self-assess -learn to be your own best teacher Self-coach -learn to coach self through four stages of development Develop musicality skills, including rhythmic accuracy and timing 1 Work as a team to make sure that no one is left behind while furthering your leadership abilities 1 Promote DanceSport in the community and in the world as a healthy and fun lifestyle alternative 1 Develop valuable life skills such as enrollment, registration teamwork 1 Enhance cognitive thinking as described by Robert J. Sternberg’s triarchic theory of intelligence 1 Learn to act and perform as a “professional” dancer 1 Produce creative spring dance concert

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DANC 2130. Ballet II

2 Credits (2)

Intermediate level of ballet technique; Introduction of more advanced Ballet vocabulary at barre/center work; increase flexibility, strength, body alignment, and coordination for practice of steps/combinations with variations in timing and changes of facing. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. A successful student will be able to understand and execute with accuracy all the steps presented on the take home quizzes and are encouraged and expected to attend at least two semesters of each level in order to advance to the next level of ballet technique

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DANC 2130L. Ballet Technique II Lab

1 Credit (1)

This course is designed for the acquisition of intermediate level ballet technique and skill development. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. An increased level of technical proficiency in ballet
  2. A greater understanding and knowledge of ballet vocabulary
  3. Increased flexibility and range of motion
  4. Increased strength
  5. Increased awareness of body alignment

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DANC 2140. Flamenco II

2 Credits (2)

The structure of flamenco through choreographies that represent the basic flamenco dance forms: Fandangos de Huelva, Alegrias, Solea “por” Bulerias, and Tientos/Tangos. The course will also cover intermediate flamenco technique including footwork, palmas as (hand claps), braceo (movement of the arms), and floreo (movement of the hands). May be repeated up to 8 credits.

Prerequisite: DANC 1140.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to dance a short Fandangos de Huelva Demonstrate the ability to dance a short Alegrias or So lea por Bulerias Demonstrate the ability to dance a short Tientos /Tangos Demonstrate an intermediate level of Pal mas, Brazeo, Floreo, Taconeo

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DANC 2140L. Flamenco Dance II Lab

1 Credit (1)

This course is designed for the acquisition of intermediate level Flamenco dance technique and skill development. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 1140 or instructor permission.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Intermediate to advanced understanding of musical structures, enabling the identify of 12-count from 8 count rhythms.
  2. An ability to present the styles of Sevillanas and Tangos as well as other Flamenco Spanish folk dances popular in Spain today.
  3. An ability to utilize and present the arm work (brazeo), hand work (floreo) and hand clapping (palmas) from the various styles (palos) being explored.
  4. An ability to build the footwork (taconeo), marking (marcaje) and turns (vueltas) that dancers create in response to the song (cante) and guitar tones.
  5. An introductory ability to use castanets as the rhythmic accompaniment of their dance performance.

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DANC 2142. Classical Spanish II

2 Credits (1+3P)

The study of theory, techniques, and practice of Classical Spanish at the intermediate level. Includes historical and cultural contexts of this art form. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 1140.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Knowledge of basic Classical Spanish vocabulary
  2. Understanding of the basic differences between Classical Spanish dance and Ballet techniques
  3. Increased coordination and rhythmic accuracy
  4. Knowledge of the onomatopoeia of castanets
  5. Ability to perform a Classical Spanish Dance piece with castanets

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DANC 2142L. Spanish Dance II Lab

1 Credit (1P)

This course is designed for the acquisition of intermediate level Spanish dance technique and skill development. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Knowledge of basic Classical Spanish vocabulary
  2. Understanding of the basic differences between Classical Spanish dance and Ballet techniques
  3. Increased coordination and rhythmic accuracy
  4. Knowledge of the onomatopoeia of castanets
  5. Ability to perform a Classical Spanish Dance piece with castanets

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DANC 2150. Modern Dance II

2 Credits (2)

Modern II is designed to further the student’s abilities in modern dance technique, to enhance efficient use of weight and momentum, to release held patterns in the body’s mechanics, to enrich spatial awareness, and to begin work on performance techniques.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Improve accuracy in alignment and shape Improve precision in space, in timing and rhythm, and in focus/intent Learn combinations and movement dynamics quickly Begin to integrate performance techniques while working in the classroom setting Use a concentrated attitude and an open, creative mind to approach the work in an artistic manner unique to your abilities Listen, see and apply all the information given within one class period and over the semester Self-awareness and mindfulness: how much space do you take in the class and why? How aware are you of those around you, and those you are dancing with? Release of weight to create controlled momentum Locating center and moving from there

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DANC 2150L. Modern Dance Technique II Lab

1 Credit (1P)

This course is designed for the acquisition of intermediate level modern dance technique and skill development. May be repeated up to 2 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Replication of movement phrases
  2. Understanding of the anatomy and kinesiology principles of movement
  3. Movement initiation and movement motivation
  4. Static and dynamic balance
  5. Modern dance movement vocabulary
  6. Temporal, spatial, effort and motion awareness
  7. Artistic expression by way of movement intent, imagery, and interpretation

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DANC 2155. Hip Hop Dance Ensemble I

1 Credit (1)

Performance-based instruction for students pursuing a career in hip hop dance. Instruction includes dance repertory and choreography for stage, commercial/industry, and competitive dance areas. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Consent of Instructor required.

Learning Outcomes
  1. The artistry of the dancer
  2. The art and interpretation of the choreography
  3. An understanding of various hip-hop isolations, footwork, and basic movements dance movement vocabulary
  4. Increased awareness of stage presence and projection for different avenues of hip hop such as stage, commercial, and competition
  5. An understanding of behind the scene workings of a dance performance
  6. How to critically reflect

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DANC 2157. Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance

2 Credits (2)

This course is for students who have experience in Hip-Hop dance. The movement material will cover West coast and Southern styles with the inclusion of the history and evolution of Hip-Hop dance. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. How he/she has developed his/her hip-hop personality
  2. How she/he has improved confidence through this style of dance
  3. How he/she has integrated core initiation with other body parts
  4. How she/he uses space, time, effort and relationship to express movement ideas
  5. How he/she has improved muscular control and strength
  6. How she/he has physically embodied Hip-Hop movement vocabulary

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DANC 2250. Contemporary Dance Ensemble I

1 Credit (1)

Performance-based instruction for students pursuing a career in contemporary dance. Instruction includes contemporary dance repertory and choreography for stage, outdoor arenas, and site-specific areas. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. (Performance) An understanding of the artistry of the dancer
  2. (Performance) An understanding of the art and interpretation of choreography
  3. (Performance) An improvement of movement performance skill
  4. (Performance) An understanding of various dance movement vocabulary
  5. (Performance) An increased awareness of stage presence and projection
  6. (Performance) An understanding of technical stage production
  7. (Production) An understanding of costume design and construction
  8. (Production) An understanding of behind the scene workings of a dance performance

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DANC 2251. Spanish Dance Ensembles I

1 Credit (1)

Performance-based instruction for students pursuing a career in dance with an emphasis in Spanish Dance. Instruction includes dance repertory and choreography for stage, outdoor arenas, and site-specific areas. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Consent of Instructor required. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. An understanding of the artistry of the dancer
  2. An understanding of the art and interpretation of choreography
  3. An improvement of movement performance skill
  4. An understanding of various dance movement vocabulary
  5. An increased awareness of stage presence and projection
  6. An understanding of technical stage production
  7. An understanding of behind the scene workings of a dance performance
  8. An understanding of the marketing and promotional aspects of performance
  9. An understanding of costume design and construction

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DANC 2265. Principles of Choreography I

3 Credits (3)

Solo dance choreography technique. The course must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Offered only in Fall semester during even years.

Learning Outcomes
  1. ability to create original choreographic material for solo work (289) or group work (389), understanding of how to create a movement theme/motif, and ability to take improvisational material and turn it into choreography

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DANC 2270. Improvisation I

2 Credits (2)

Development of movement improvisational skills with complex examination of improvisational structures. Offered only in Fall semester during odd years.

Learning Outcomes
  1. An understanding of the movement potential of the body An understanding of the principles of motion An awareness and skill of movement motivation An improvement of static and dynamic balance An understanding of temporal, spatial, effort and motion awareness An understanding of group dynamics An awareness of other media that can motivate movement

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DANC 2310. Bronze American Rhythm

2 Credits (2)

Bronze level American Rhythm patterns, techniques, and partnering with emphasis on elements of dance. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance the Bronze DIVIDA Manual in American Rhythm
  2. Develop Bronze level dance technique
  3. Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance
  4. Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing
  5. Further develop lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels

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DANC 2311. Bronze American Smooth

2 Credits (2)

Bronze level American Smooth patterns, technique, and partnering with an emphasis on the elements of dance. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance the Bronze DIVIDA Manual in International Latin
  2. Develop Bronze level dance technique
  3. Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance
  4. Develop rhythmic accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing
  5. further develop lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels

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DANC 2320. Bronze International Latin

2 Credits (2)

This is the style of Latin dance that is danced around the globe and is featured in the World DanceSport Championships. Students will learn the Bronze Level figures and techniques in four (4) International Style dances: Rumba, Cha Cha, Samba & Jive. May be repeated up to 8 credits. Restricted to Las Cruces campus only.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance the Bronze DIVIDA Material for the International Latin Syllabus Develop Bronze level dance technique Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance Develop Smooth accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing Further develop lead follow skills that will enable you to dance more advanced levels

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DANC 2321. Bronze International Standard

2 Credits (2)

This is the style of Ballroom dance that is performed around the globe and is featured in the World DanceSport Championships. Learn the Bronze Level figures and techniques in five (5) International Style dances: Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Foxtrot & Quickstep. Students will focus on understanding technical elements of dance, memorizing and performing routines. May be repeated up to 4 credits.

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learn to dance the Bronze DIVIDA Manual in International Standard Develop Bronze level dance technique Gain deeper understanding of the Elements of Dance Develop Smooth accuracy in movement, ability to dance on time discover phrasing Further develop lead follow skills that will enable you to dance at more advanced levels

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DANC 2460. Dance for Musical Theater II

2 Credits (2)

This course provides students with an understanding of the Tap and Jazz Dance technique for use in Musical Theater and other performance genres at the intermediate level. This course is designed for students to gain knowledge and understanding of Tap and Jazz Dance as art forms. May be repeated up to 4 credits. Consent of Instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): DANC 1460 or consent of instructor.

Learning Outcomes
  1. An understanding of traditional styles of dance used for musical theater.
  2. An understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and development of movement principles
  3. Improvement of muscular strength, flexibility, and elasticity
  4. An understanding of motion awareness and movement vocabulary

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