The purpose of the Cottey Dance Department is to enhance physical, intellectual, emotional, and social aspects of students’ development.
The Dance Department at Cottey allows students to explore dance in a liberal arts setting, where the topics of biology or history classes overlap with topics in dance classes. The view is of dance within the world, not dance as the world. It is important to the faculty of the Cottey Dance Department that students maintain a panoramic world view, one in which the field of dance is enhanced and in turn, enhances, their other coursework and life activities.
Dance Department Philosophy
Move freely—we focus on safe alignment and kinesiological practices for injury-free and personally satisfying movement practices. Students are encouraged to make conscientious, reflective decisions about the movement they perform, to increase their comfort. Consistent attendance and participation guarantees personal success.
Have fun—while expectations for attendance and participation are high, we encourage taking things lightly, and celebrating our abilities and accomplishments. Consistent attendance and participation facilitates more ease with course material.
Feel good—physical activity contributes to positive physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Consistent attendance and participation enhances positive outcomes.
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DAN 110 Beginning Dance Technique–Introductory Western concert dance technique course in the ballet, jazz, and modern genres. Intended for students with little to no previous experience. Emphasis on development of basic skills. Performance of short dance phrases using fundamentals. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 107 Dance Appreciation– Introduces dance as an historic, creative, expressive, and communicative art form. Explores elements of dance through philosophical reading, writing, discussion, and observation.
DAN 120 Traditional and Social Dance– Course offers students with any level of movement experience the opportunity to learn traditional and social dances from a variety of cultures. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 136 Musical Theater Dance–Course offers students with any level of movement experience the opportunity to learn choreography from stage and film musicals. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 145 Improvisation–Course offers students with any level of movement experience the opportunity for creative exploration of spontaneously generated movement. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 150 Beginning Yoga Asana–Introduction to yoga postures (asana). This course, while respecting and peripherally touching on the other aspects of yoga, will focus on the physical practice of postures. The course will emphasize safe body alignment and personalizing one’s practice. Participation in this course will lead to increased strength, flexibility, and balance. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 200 Dance Company–Prerequisite: Audition Co-requisite: additional DAN class. Rehearsal and presentation of concert works by faculty, students, and guest artists. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 201 Introduction to Choreography–Prerequisite: DAN 145 Improvisation Exploration of basic elements, processes, and theories of dance making. The course stresses innovation, focused choreographic concepts, and creation of dances that include a variety of expressive movement qualities and interesting visual elements that complement the performer(s).
DAN 210 Intermediate/Advanced Dance Technique– Prerequisite: Instructor Permission. Intermediate/Advanced Western concert dance technique course in the ballet, jazz, and modern genres. Intended for students with previous dance training. Emphasis on increased technical abilities, more complex movement combinations, and enhanced performance qualities. May be repeated for credit.
DAN 250 Yoga Asana Practice—Prerequisite: DAN 150 Beginning Yoga Asana or Instructor permission. Ongoing, informed practice of yoga postures (asana). This course, while respecting and peripherally touching on the other aspects of yoga, will focus on the physical practice of postures. The course will emphasize safe body alignment and personalizing one’s practice. Participation in this course will lead to increased strength, flexibility, and balance. Additional poses, beyond the Beginning Yoga Asana course, will be introduced. May be repeated for credit.
Variety of opportunities for dancers of all levels: Classes are offered in multiple dance techniques, appreciation, creation, and performance.
Small Class Size: As with all disciplines, small class size gives each student the advantage of individualized attention. Because so much of assessment in a dance class is based on visual observation and immediate feedback, fewer students in a class give the instructor the opportunity to focus on each individual student more of the time. Hence, each student gets more feedback and more opportunities to apply that feedback and improve. Dance technique classes are usually capped at 16 students.
All classes open to all students: In many college dance departments upper level technique classes and specialized classes such as Improvisation are reserved for dance majors and minors only. We allow any Cottey student in any course, providing pre-requisites are met.
Facilities: The Dance Department has two beautiful, spacious studios with sprung floors, mirrors, and ballet barres in the new Rogers Fine Arts Building. Students have access to studios seven days per week. Student dance performances are given in the Haidee and Allen Wild Center for the Arts.
Cottey-in-Motion Dance Company: Cottey Students may audition for the Cottey in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company, whose members learn and perform choreography by faculty, students, and guest artists. The Company meets as a class and usually performs twice a semester. Many college departments have performing groups, but the groups are not always a scheduled class; the students and faculty meet on evenings or weekends to rehearse, more as an extra-curricular activity. Having the Dance Company as a class displays the college’s commitment to having a strong dance curriculum.
Performance Opportunities: Cottey Students may perform in an Informal and Formal Dance Concert each semester. The Informal Dance Concerts include performances by students enrolled in dance technique classes, and the Formal Dance Concerts are performances by the Cottey in-Motion (Co-Motion) Dance Company.
Scholarships: There are opportunities for talent-based scholarships in dance. Dance Scholarship applicants must have applied and been accepted to the College. For further information contact the Office of Enrollment Management toll-free at 1-888-526-8839 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alums: Students from the Cottey Dance Department have gone on to prestigious dance programs at transfer institutions such as Cornish School of the Arts in Seattle, Columbia College in Chicago, Mills College in Oakland, CA, Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ, and the University of Maryland. Cottey Alums are teaching and performing in many cities across the United States.
For any Cottey student
These courses may be repeated for credit.
Beginning Dance Technique (fall) (1)
Traditional and Social Dance (fall, beginning F22) (1)
Musical Theatre Dance (spring) (1)
Improvisation (odd spring) (1)
Beginning Yoga (fall & spring) (1)
Dance Company (Taken a 4th time) (fall & spring) (1)
Int/Adv Dance Technique (fall & spring) (1)
Yoga Practice (spring & odd fall) (1)
Advanced Improvisation (occasionally) (1)
|No more than 2 hours may be yoga|
Take 3 times:
Dance Company (fall & spring)(1)
Dance Appreciation (3) (even spring)
Choreography* (3) (odd fall)
*DAN 145 Improvisation is a pre-requisite for Choreography
Stagecraft (3) (fall)
Event Technology** (2) (alternate spring)
**if this class is chosen, take an additional 1-credit hour DAN course
Lifetime Fitness Concepts (3) (fall & spring)
Anthropology of Music and Dance (3) (alternate spring)
|For Dance Certificate students, all DAN activity courses may be used to fulfill General Education core or elective requirements. Dance activity courses may be repeated for credit, and are marked accordingly in the course descriptions.||12 credit hours|
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