Conservatory of Dance: SOA Courses, 1000–4999


These courses, offered by the Conservatory of Dance, are open to students in all disciplines (excluding dance majors, unless otherwise noted). Additional courses may be added each semester.

Note: There are also undergraduate courses in the dance BFA curriculum that are open to students in other disciplines with permission of instructor, when noted in the description.


Introduction to Ballet
SOA 1250 / 1.5 credits / Every semester
Classical ballet course designed especially for students in all disciplines.

Intermediate Ballet
SOA 1260 / 1.5 credits / Every semester
Intermediate-level course in classical ballet, designed especially for students in all disciplines.

Hip-Hop
SOA 1270
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A study of the origins and training in the technique of hip-hop as a contemporary form of “street dance.”

Jazz Dance
SOA 1275
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Designed for all students interested in the technique and practice of jazz dance in the contemporary styles used in theatre today.

Introduction to Modern Dance
SOA 1280
/ 1.5 credits / Every semester
For beginners and those with little dance experience, or those who have not had modern training for many years. Includes warm-up exercises, alignment focus, and movement patterns and combinations.

Topics in Music
SOA 1300
and 1301 Refer to DPD 1655 and 1665 in Undergraduate Dance Courses: DPD 1000–4999 for description.

The Best of 20th- and 21st-Century Dance
SOA 1310
/ 3 credits / Every semester
Examines pivotal works in dance, physical theatre, and multimedia in 20th- and 21st-century dance through lectures, videos, discussions, and live performance.

Western Dance History I and II
SOA 2260
and 2270 Refer to DPD 2060 and 2070 in Undergraduate Dance Courses: DPD 1000–4999 for description.

Your Brain on Art: Explorations in Neuroaesthetics
SOA 3280
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this exploration of neuroaesthetics, students examine the ways in which new advances in cognitive research have enriched people’s understanding and appreciation of art making. Art forms covered include dance, music, and visual arts.

Music III
SOA 3300
Refer to DPD 3650 in Undergraduate Dance Courses: DPD 1000–4999 for description.
Prerequisite: One year of music history


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/SOAcourses.aspx.

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