Graduate Dance Courses: DPC 5000–5999

Advanced Improvisation
DPC 5010
/ 1 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Through structured assignments, students investigate their own physical vocabulary, explore trust, and open new personal-movement boundaries.

Choreography I and II (Choreography Track)
DPC 5115 and 5215 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Highly concentrated studies designed to develop choreographic proficiency and strengthen understanding and application in both structured work and the student’s own creative concepts. In the fall, these works are presented in workshop format at the end of the semester. In spring, these works are presented in an informal concert in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Choreology I, II, III, IV
DPC 5120, 5220, 5320, 5420
/ 3 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Research and analysis of the choreographic importance of works, as reflected by history, design, music, visual arts, and the social/political climate. Divided into four periods: classic, romantic, modern, and postmodern. A thorough and complete investigation surrounds major repertory and its impact on the state-of-the-art form, as it is evolving today.

Pilates I
DPC 5300
(Fall) and 5350 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
The authentic Pilates mat workout, a technique for core conditioning, for novice or entry-level students. This course is the basis for the Pilates method of body conditioning. The class sessions include work on the Pilates exercises and address the history, philosophy, and methodology of Joseph H. Pilates.

Choreography III and IV (Choreography Track)
DPC 5315 and 5415 / 2 credits (per semester)
III: Fall; IV: Spring
A continuation of DPC 5215. Works are presented in a fully produced, major concert.

Pilates II
DPC 5325
/ .5 credit / Fall
The authentic Pilates mat workout for students with prior Pilates experience. This course is the basis for the Pilates method of body conditioning. In each class session, students work out; examine the history of the Pilates method and its creator, Joseph H. Pilates; discuss the six principles of the method and the importance of the Powerhouse; and incorporate the five elements of the mind.


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