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University of Calgary Calendar 2022-2023 COURSES OF INSTRUCTION Course Descriptions D Dance DNCE
Dance DNCE

For more information about these courses, see the Division of Dance website: arts.ucalgary.ca/schools/creative-performing-arts/dance.

An audition and consent of Dance is necessary before students register in certain courses.

Junior Courses
Dance 201       Introductory Contemporary Dance I
Introductory study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Antirequisite(s):
Not open to Dance Majors.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 205       Introductory Contemporary Dance II
Further introductory study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 201.
Antirequisite(s):
Not open to Dance majors.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 206       Topics in Dance Forms

An introduction to specific dance forms. Designed for non-Dance majors.

206.01 Ballroom Dance
206.02 Latin Dance
206.03 Tap Dance
206.04 West African Dance
206.05 Urban Dance
206.06 South Asian Dance
206.07 Dance for Musical Theatre


Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Antirequisite(s):
Not open to Dance majors.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 207       Elementary Contemporary Dance I
Elementary study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 205 and audition or admission to the Dance major.
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Dance 209       Elementary Contemporary Dance II
Further elementary study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 207.
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Dance 211       Introductory Jazz Dance
Introductory study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 213       Introductory Jazz Dance II
Further introductory study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 211.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 215       Hip Hop I
Introductory study of the techniques of hip hop.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 215 and either 315 or 343.01 will not be allowed.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 217       Hip Hop II
Intermediate study of the techniques of hip hop.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 215.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 217 and either 317 or 343.05 will not be allowed.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 221       Introductory Ballet I
Introductory study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 223       Introductory Ballet II
Further introductory study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 221.   
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 231       Introduction to Dance Writing and Movement Analysis
An introduction to the principles of dance writing in combination with movement analysis skills. Focusses on the identification and articulation of one’s identity as a mover in the context of current and historical movement trends.
Course Hours:
3 units (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Dance major.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 231 and 247 or 267 will not be allowed.
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Dance 235       Safe Dance Practice and Complementary Training
Training principles and components of physical fitness in safe dance practice as they apply to training optimization and injury prevention in dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Admission to the Dance program.   
Notes:
Students from other programs who have a dance background may be eligible to take this course. Contact the Division Lead for more information.
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Dance 243       Dance in Popular Culture
Survey of social dance forms from World War I to present.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
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Dance 295       Dance Performance Practicum I      
Practical experience in dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (1-3)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Senior Courses
Dance 303       Principles of Technique
Reinforcement of the basic principles of contemporary dance in preparation for more advanced study.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 209.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 305       Elementary Contemporary Dance III
This completes the elementary sequence in the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 209.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 307       Intermediate Contemporary Dance I
Intermediate study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 305.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 309       Special Topics in Dance Theory I
Introductory study of topics in dance theory, including Canadian Dance History, Dance Studies, Urban Dance History, and Dance Ethnography.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3S-0)
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 311       Elementary Jazz Dance I
Elementary study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 211.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 313       Elementary Jazz Dance II
Further elementary study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 311.  
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 321       Elementary Ballet I
Elementary study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 221.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 323       Elementary Ballet II
Further elementary study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 321.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 331       Creative Process I: Improvisation
A practical study of movement improvisation as a critical component of creative process with emphasis on improvisation as a performance practice and as a tool for creation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 209 and one of 247 or 231.
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Dance 333       Creative Process II: Solo Forms
A practical application of contemporary models of dance-making with a focus on articulating individualized movement language in the solo form.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 331.
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Dance 341       Early Dance History
Historical survey of dance: origins through the nineteenth century.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 341 and 241 will not be allowed.
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Dance 343       Special Topics in Dance Practices
Possible topics include Contact Improvisation, African Dance, Mixed Ability Dance, Site Specific Dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
One junior level dance course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 345       Twentieth-Century Dance History
Historical survey of western theatre dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
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Dance 347       Modern and Contemporary Dance History
In depth study of western modern and contemporary dance theatre practices with particular focus on twentieth century to present.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 267 or 231.
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Dance 359       Dance Anatomy
Functional anatomy of the skeletal and muscular systems as they apply to training optimization and injury prevention in dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 235.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 359 and 309.05 will not be allowed.
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Dance 363       Dance Science
The scientific study of dance and the practical application of scientific principles to dance practice.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Kinesiology 259 or Dance 359.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 363 and 463 will not be allowed.
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Dance 365       Pilates Conditioning
Study of the Pilates method of conditioning utilizing the Pilates Reformer apparatus.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 235.
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Dance 375       Complementary Dance Training Practices I
Study of complementary training practices for improving dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 235.
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Dance 391       Dance and the Camera
An introduction to making dances for the camera incorporating composing dance for the frame, basic camera skills, story board organization, and basic editing skills, as well as viewing and analysis of dances on film and video.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-1)
Corequisite(s):
Dance 333.
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Dance 395       Dance Performance Practicum II
Further practical experience in dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (1S-5)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 397       Dance Performance Practicum III
Intermediate practical experience in dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (1S-5)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Dance 395.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 405       Intermediate Contemporary Dance II
Further intermediate study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 307.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 407       Intermediate Contemporary Dance III
This completes the sequence of intermediate study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 405.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 411       Intermediate Jazz Dance I
Intermediate study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 313.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 413       Intermediate Jazz Dance II
Further intermediate study of the techniques of jazz dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 411.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 421       Intermediate Ballet I
Intermediate study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 323.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 423       Intermediate Ballet II
Further intermediate study of the techniques of ballet.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 421.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
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Dance 427       Cross-Cultural Currents: Embodying Global Dance
Experiential survey of dance practices from around the world.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
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Dance 431       Creative Process III: Choreography
Continuing focus on developing choreographic structures that support clear artistic statements, with an emphasis on the duet form.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 333.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 431 and 430 will not be allowed.
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Dance 433       Creative Process IV: Choreography
Further study in creating choreographic structures with an emphasis on group forms.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 431.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 433 and 430 will not be allowed.
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Dance 435       Research Creation
Continued study of dance composition introducing concepts of practice-as-research for choreographic creation and analysis. A focus on how to develop new methodologies that integrate theory and practice with a goal toward both written and choreographic outputs.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 405 and 433.     
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Dance 437       Dance Dramaturgy
Strategies of creation and composition are examined through theory and practice, with a focus on the invitation they extend to the audience, and in the context of the dance dramaturg’s facilitating role.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 333.
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Dance 447       Dance Pedagogy: Community Populations
An overview of the approaches to dance pedagogy for teaching varied community populations, including adults, seniors, mixed ability and pre-school children etc.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Corequisite(s):
Dance 235, 307 and 333.
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Dance 449       Dance Pedagogy: Children and Youth
An overview of the approaches to dance pedagogy for teaching children and youth in public schools and studio contexts.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Corequisite(s):
Dance 235, 307 and 333.
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Dance 465       Dance Psychology
An examination of the affective relationships between dance and the cognitive capacities: perception; memory; and learning.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
9 units in Dance and/or Psychology.
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Dance 475       Complementary Dance Training Practices II
Focus on select methods of complementary training practices for improving dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 375.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 481       Cross-Cultural Currents: Theorizing Dancing Bodies
Critical dance theory and global dance forms.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 345 or 347.
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Dance 491       Design and Production for Dance
An overview of the essential skills required to light, present and produce dance performance. 
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
60 units from the Field of Dance.
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Dance 493       Dance Teaching Practicum
Practical experience teaching dance in school and recreational settings.
Course Hours:
3 units; (15-36 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 447 and 449 and consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
Antirequisite(s):
Credit for Dance 493 and either Dance Education 491 or 493 will not be allowed.
Notes:
Students are required to obtain a current Police Information Check.
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Dance 495       Dance Performance Practicum IV
Advanced practical experience in dance performance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (1S-5)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
Corequisite(s):
Prerequisite or Corequisite: Dance 397.
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Dance 503       Special Topics in Dance Theory II
Advanced study of topics in dance theory, including Dance and the Camera, Research Methods, and Cultural Approaches to Dance Studies.
Course Hours:
3 units; (3-0)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 505       Advanced Contemporary Dance I
Advanced study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 407.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 507       Advanced Contemporary Dance II
Further advanced study of the techniques of contemporary dance.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-4)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 505.
Notes:
Final registration is subject to successful audition during the first week of classes. Students who are unsuccessful will be removed from the course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 531       Senior Project
Senior choreographic and/or performance project.
Course Hours:
3 units; (1S-6)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 433 and admission to the BFA Dance program.
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Dance 571       Directed Studies
Independent research under the direction of a faculty member.
Course Hours:
3 units; (12-36 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 575       Travel Study
An international perspective on dance training, performance and culture.
Course Hours:
3 units; (36 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
Notes:
May be offered as part of a group study program. Additional fees will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 581       Advanced Topics in Dance Practices
Possible topics include site specific dance, collaborative creation.
Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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Dance 591       Professional Development
Professional development opportunity with a local professional dance organization.
Course Hours:
3 units; (80 hours)
Prerequisite(s):
Dance 407 or 413, 78 units and consent of the Division Lead, Dance.
Notes:
A supplementary fee will be assessed to cover additional costs associated with this course.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
NOT INCLUDED IN GPA
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Graduate Course
Dance 681       Special Topics in Dance

Course Hours:
3 units; (2S-2)
Prerequisite(s):
Consent of the Division Chair, Dance.
MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT
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