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Department of Music, Multimedia, Theatre & Dance


Come Take a Dance Class!

Dance courses are open to majors and non-majors.  
Ballet, Modern, Afro-Caribbean, Improvisation, and General Education  
Contact Amy Larimer for more information  

Dance Perspectives DNC 235 – 3 credits -Fulfills Creative Arts Requirement 
Johanna Meyer: Mon 2:00-3:15 synchronous/asynchronous 
Ballet Principles I DNC 201 – 2 credits 
DNC 203: Technique Workshop: Ballet Principles – 1 credit 
Johanna Meyer: Mon/Wed 6:15-7:30 pm synchronous 

Modern Dance Principles DNC 211 – 3 credits 
DNC 213: Technique Workshop: Modern Dance Principles – 1 credit 
Charmy Wells: Mon/Wed 11:00-12:40 synchronous 
Body and Society DNC 222 – 3 credits- Fulfills Individual and Society Requirement  
Wendell Cooper Wed 2:00-3:15 synchronous/asynchronous 
Improvisation DNC (THE) 323– 3 credits 
Amy Larimer: Mon/Wed 2:00-3:40 synchronous 
DNC 352: Advanced Topics in World Dance: Afro-Caribbean- 3 credits  
DNC 362: Technique Workshop: Afro-Caribbean – 1 credit  
Michael Manswell: Tues/Thurs 11:00-12:40 synchronous  

New! Somatics Studies and Wellness Minor

The 12-credit Minor in Somatic Studies consists of four courses, plus 2 elective credits in dance.  It addresses philosophies and techniques related to the mind-body connection. 

Degree breakdown:

DNC 222: Body in Society (3 credits)

DNC 230: Somatics I (2 credits)

DNC 330: Somatics II (2 credits)
DNC 340: Mind Body Connection (3 credits)
Two additional credits in Dance

The term “somatics,” created by Thomas Hanna in 1970 and drawn from the Greek word “soma” meaning “the body in its wholeness,” refers to a group of techniques that use increased awareness of the body to change habitual psychosomatic patterns and increase ease and self-knowledge. Some techniques included in the realm of somatic practice are, tai chi, yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais technique, meditation, Body Mind Centering, Ideokinesis and Carl Stough breathwork.

Using each individual’s experience as a starting point, these courses address the ways that physical and mental habits, culture, systems of governance and the media affect our perception and experience of the body. Each class will combine physical/experiential learning as well as intellectual inquiry to address the relationship between the physical reality of the individual and the world.  Lectures, discussions, videos and readings will be complimented with physical practices designed to reveal the ways in which our bodies absorb and reflect our culture, environment and history.  These exercises will also give students the tools to reduce anxiety and improve overall health and well-being.