Learn about modern dance through an overview of major works, prominent performers and choreographers, and trends from the Romantic era of ballet to 20th-century modern dance to today's innovative movements. You will approach dance from historical, theoretical, and practical perspectives and explore how concepts originating in the world of dance have driven changes in the arts and how dance contributes to our global society. The course will help you experience the diverse creativity in dance, understand it as a physical expression of our world, and investigate the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts in which this art form is made.
This popular class fills up quickly, and certain sections are restricted to specific student populations. There is no waiting list for this course, so if you are unable to register because sections are at full capacity, keep checking the registration system through the first day of class to see if a space becomes available. During the summer session, Dance 100 is available online.
Dance 100 students enjoy this look into dance's beauty and impact:
"I enjoyed Dance 100 so much this semester and I recommend it to all my friends! I enjoyed learning about modern/contemporary dance as it evolved and being able to watch films of various performances and techniques. My favorite days were definitely "lab" days because I loved being able to express myself freely for an hour and a half every week. It was a great time to relax and enjoy one of my passions, that is dance."
"The presentations in class projected a lot of creativity and individuality that dancers have. Dancing in the studio for lab has encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone in a comfortable environment, which lead me to create beautiful pieces of art that I had no idea I was capable of. “
"I loved taking Dance 100, and I felt like the whole experience was enlightening. I've always liked the art of dance, and it was interesting learning about the evolution of contemporary dance through the lectures. I also enjoyed the studio classes very much. I liked how the performances we watched as part of the class were all very different and unique."
Additional Course Offerings
We also have introductory ballet, modern, jazz, hip-hop, and tap classes suitable for students with majors other than dance. These in-demand electives have no waiting list. If the course you'd like to take is full, check the registration system through the first day of class to see if a spot has opened up.
If you have the appropriate level of skill and if there's space, you might be able to take a class designed for dance majors. If you are interested in taking one of these courses, please contact the instructor directly and attend the first class.