Undergraduate Dance Courses: DPB 1000–4999

Ballet Vocabulary
DPB 1000
/ 1 credit / Spring
A lecture course focusing on the knowledge of ballet nomenclature.

Ballet Technique I
DPB 1010
(Fall) and 1020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique class that provides intermediate-level training for students in Level I ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPB 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Ballet Technique level.

Ballet Theory
DPB 1030
(Fall) and 1040 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Emphasis on the basic techniques of classical ballet.

Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I/Freshmen
DPB 1400
/ 1 credit / Every semester
Proper use of ballet technique while on pointe. Includes ballet barre warm-up and strengthening exercises at the barre and in the center, followed by classical phrases and/or variations.

Ballet Partnering (Pas de Deux)
DPB 1600 (Fall) and 1610 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux.

Men’s Class/Variation
DPB 1655
(Fall) and 1665 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
A year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance.

Special Ballet Technique: First Year
DPB 1800
(Fall) and 1820 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
Classical ballet technique class for freshman dance majors.

Ballet Technique II
DPB 2010
(Fall) and 2020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique class that provides advanced-level training for students in Level II ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPB 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Ballet Technique level.

Ballet Technique III
DPB 3010
(Fall) and 3020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique class that provides advanced/professional level training for students in Level III ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required, placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPB 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Ballet Technique level.

Purchase Dance Company
DPB 3055
/ Variable credits / Every year
Performance in a piece choreographed or staged by a guest artist, faculty member, choreographer, or rehearsal director in The Performing Arts Center, on tour, or in the Dance Theatre Lab. By audition only. Also offered as DPM 3055.

Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I
DPB 3530
(Fall) and 3535 (Spring)
2 credits (per semester) / Every year
A continuation of DPB 1400. Audition required.

Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation
DPB 3540
(Fall) and 3545 (Spring)
2 credits (per semester) / Every year
A continuation of DPB 3530 and 3535. Audition required.
Prerequisite: DPB 3535

Special Ballet Technique
DPB 3800
(Fall) and 3820 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
Classical ballet technique class; six semesters required (sophomore through senior year).

Ballet Technique IV
DPB 4010
(Fall) and 4020 (Spring)
3 credits (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A year-long technique class. Placement audition required, placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPB 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Ballet Technique level.

Ballet Partnering II
DPB 4600
(Fall) and 4610 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
The art of classical ballet partnering at the professional level, in preparation for performance.

Contemporary Off-Pointe Partnering
DPB 4620
(Fall) and 4630 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An off-pointe partnering class that uses classical ballet partnering to explore more contemporary work. Material is not gender-based.


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

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