Student Profile
Brenna Mateljan '13

Brenna is a dance and communication major who hopes to use both to realize her dream career.

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Why Choose
Cedar Crest?
  • Personalized attention
  • Average class size <20
  • Women's leadership opportunities
  • Flexibility to add dual major, minor

Dance Courses

DNC 102 Dance as a Medium I - 3 credits

An experiential survey of dance to identify and explore the theoretical, analytical and creative aspects of dance as art. This course is also a stylistic investigation of dance that introduces the elements of style, their physical causes and usages as explored through the medium of dance.

DNC 113 Body Listening - 1 credit

An introduction to techniques used to release stress and tensions in the body and to assist the individual to develop an efficient use of body energy.

DNC 115 Human Movement Potential - 1 credit

A movement class implementing the conceptual and anatomical approaches to dance. This somatic (mind/body) approach can be used by dancers, actors, musicians and singers to initiate improvements in technique and performance. For the non-movement-or performance-oriented student, this course is a way to explore and effectively use the mind/body connection.

DNC 211 Beginner Ballet - 2 credits

A sequence of physical experiences designed to introduce the student to classical ballet technique. Attention is given to alignment, musicality and ballet vocabulary. May be repeated.

DNC 213/313 Intermediate Ballet - 2 credits

A continuation of beginning ballet with an increase in the level of technical difficulty. Attention is given to alignment, musicality and a broader knowledge of ballet terminology. May be repeated.

DNC 216 Beginner Jazz - 2 credits

A sequence of physical experiences designed to introduce the student to jazz dance technique. Attention is given to alignment, musicality and jazz dance vocabulary. May be repeated.

DNC 218 Intermediate Jazz - 2 credits

A continuation of jazz dance skills learned at the beginner level with an increase in the level of difficulty. Attention is given to alignment, musicality and jazz dance vocabulary. May be repeated.

DNC 220 Beginning Modern - 2 credits

Using the expressive nature of movement as a guide to listen, explore and integrate body knowledge, modern dance helps facilitate self-knowledge and individual creativity through implementation of factual information, imagery, guided movement exploration and dialogue. No previous dance experience is required. May be repeated.

DNC 223 Beginning Tap - 2 credits

An introduction to the fundamentals of tap dancing; may be repeated.

DNC 225 Intermediate Tap - 2 credits
DNC 226 – Dance Improvisation - 2 credits

A form of dance that provides an explorative environment to investigate the creation of movement. Students will explore their own bodies, their relationship to other bodies, and how these relationships are affected by gravity, weight, momentum, and inertia. This class will incorporate solo, duet, and group experiences. Guided exercises will provide a basis for rolling, falling, balance/counterbalance, and weight sharing. The guided exercises will lead into time for free improvisation.

DNC 230/330 Intermediate Modern - 2 credits

Creative challenges and problem solving are implemented through movement to stimulate, discover and create linkages with ourselves, others and our world. May be repeated.

DNC 235 History of Dance I - 3 credits

An exploration of the history of dance from ancient civilizations to the 19th century. It approaches dance as an art form and a social matrix through which humans express and maintain their cultural values, societal relationships and history.

DNC 236 Cultural Dynamics of Movement - 3 credits

This course uses dance as a medium to communicate, explore and understand cultural diversity.

DNC 237 History of Dance II - 3 credits

A continuation of Dance History I with an emphasis on dance in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prerequisite for Dance majors: DNC 235.

DNC 252 DanceWorks - 1 credit

Alumnae, faculty and student choreographers under the artistic direction of the dance concert director present original choreographed works accepted. Student choreographers are expected to present their original choreography for adjudication in the preceding spring. May be repeated each year. Students must register for credit each term.

DNC 253 Dance Company - .5 per company per term

Students have the opportunity to audition for faculty and guest choreographed works in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance presented in the concerts. Pieces selected for excellence from previous student performances may be included in the spring concert. Students may be selected for one or more companies: ballet, tap, modern or jazz for .5 credits for each company. Check with instructor for last day to withdraw.

DNC 260 – Special Topics
DNC 280 Dance Pedagogy - 3 credits

A study of the values of experimental inquiry. It will integrate studio experiences with classroom experiences, class discussions, observations, reading, writing, teaching practice, and reflection to illuminate and advance the professional practice of dance teachers. The course is grounded in values of critical pedagogy and reflective practice.
Prerequisites: DNC 102

DNC 320 Dance Composition - 3 credits

An introduction to the movement tools used to create and structure dance. Students must have the movement technique and vocabulary to physically implement these concepts and be creative through movement problem solving.
Prerequisite: DNC 102, and 211 or 221 or 216 or 223.

DNC 321 Dance Composition II - 3 credits

Further exploration of the movement tools used to create and structure solo and group dance.
Prerequisite: DNC 320.

DNC 331 Advanced Ballet - 2 credits

A sequence of classical ballet technique classes with emphasis placed on combining ballet vocabulary to achieve fluid movement phrases. Attention is given to the artistry of dance. May be repeated.

DNC 332 Advanced Jazz - 2 credits

Provides an awareness of the broader theories of jazz dance. They expand vocabulary and challenge technical abilities by creating designs in space through body positions and movements. Attention is given to the artistry of dance and combining jazz dance vocabulary to achieve fluid movement phrases. May be repeated.

DNC 333 Advanced Modern Dance - 2 credits

May be repeated.

DNC 334 Advanced Tap - 2 credits

May be repeated.

DNC 390 Independent Study in Dance - 1-3 credits

Must have a declared major in dance and junior status.