Dance Courses

Creativity in Motion

Join our community of students, scholars, artists, and artisans who regard the collaborative and creative process as the core of education. You'll be engaged in a creative process that intentionally combines dance with technology, as you discover new ways of knowing yourself and the world around you.

Students participating in the dance program are from every level of experience and ability. It's a unique experience bringing together deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing students from the various disciplines RIT.

NTID Dance Courses

NHSS-134
Credits 3
Provides students with a wide range of dance movement and dance vocabulary, which is created from jazz dance, hip-hop and other contemporary dance idioms. Students will experience a variety of dance form through physical movement including the styles of Bob Fosse, Michael Bennett and Frank Hatchett as well as elements of street dance, including the styles of Laurie Ann Gibson and Shane Sparks.
NHSS-220
Credits 3
This course fosters the understanding and appreciation of design as part of theatrical productions with specific reference to the fields of scenic, lighting, and costume design and the personnel involved. Students will explore the historical and cultural aspects of theatre while examining the relationship to their activities in everyday life. Students will learn how theatrical scripts and stage directions influence the design, aesthetics, and use of space in a theatrical production, and how to use the script to visualize the design process. Deaf Theatre and other cultural references will be used to discuss the ever growing need to address diversity and accessibility in theatrical productions. Emphasis will be placed on using literary analysis of themes and metaphors inherent in a script to develop an appreciation for the artistic and aesthetic aspects of technical theatre. No artistic or technical skills necessary.
NHSS-235
Credits 3
This course provides an introduction to Ballet and Modern Dance. Through Ballet's vocabulary (French, Sign, and English), discipline base, protocols, and specific movements, students perform floor, center, and barre work. The course also provides an introduction to dance that gives students access to the language as well as the fundamental movements of Modern Dance. The styles and technique of Martha Graham (contraction) and Jose Limon (fall and rebound) are explored. Ensemble work, performance standards and creation of character and theme are stressed. Each student is responsible for their own communication in the classroom. This course is open to all RIT students; an interpreter will not be provided.

Wellness Education Dance Courses

WDAN-001
Credits 0
Ballet is a form of dancing performed for theatre audiences. Like any other dance forms, ballet may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music. But a ballet dancer's technique (way of performing) and special skills differ greatly from those of other dancers. Ballet dancers perform many movements that are unnatural for the body, but when these movements are well executed, they look natural and beautiful. The beginner section is for students with 0-4 years of formal training. The intermediate/advanced section is for students with 5 or more years of formal training. Both sections will focus on the various ballet movements, from the very fundamental to more complex movements, poses and classical styles. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-002
Credits 0
Advanced Ballet is for students with 5 or more years of formal training. This class will focus on the various ballet movements to solidify fundamental techniques to more complex poses and styles. Each week, choreography will be introduced that will incorporate classical, contemporary and modern styles to challenge, refine and enhance each dancer’s skill level. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-006
Credits 0
This course is designed to introduce you to foundation figures in several different partner dances. Smooth Dances include Foxtrot, Waltz, and Tango. Ballroom Latin dances include Rumba, Cha cha, Samba & Swing. The Latin Dance Class will cover Salsa, Merengue, Bachata & Cha cha. Attention will be paid to understanding music, and how the movement fits the music, and lead and follow techniques. Major course objectives include: Body and self-awareness, how to mix well with the same and opposite sexes, boosting self confidence, developing natural body rhythms and improving posture and poise. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-007
Credits 0
This advanced course is designed for students who have participated in formal ballroom training or have successfully completed the Beginner Ballroom class at RIT. Dances covered will be the Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quickstep, Rumba, Cha Cha, and Swing. The focus will be on understanding different rhythms, musicality, partner skills, footwork and presentation. The intent is to create a sense of student competency as an above average ballroom dancer. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-009
Credits 0
This Latin dance class will introduce the salsa, meringue, bachata and cha cha. Focus will be on the learning and mastering each dance with a partner. Latin dance forms which have their origin in Latin American countries (Central and South America) are known as Latin dances. These dances are categorized into social and ballroom dances. The adjectives which best describe the different Latin dance types are expressive, passionate, suggestive and romantic. No previous dance experience required. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-012
Credits 0
This course provides students with a wide range dance vocabulary which is created from ballet, modern dance and ethnic traditions. The styles of Bob Fosse and the fall and rebound of Jose Limon are a basis for this jazz course. The course will focus on the basic, intermediate and some advanced movements of contemporary jazz dance to help enable students to experience successful and enjoyable jazz dancing. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-015
Credits 0
Covering the latest line dances, club, and studio couples dances, Country Line Dancing is designed for beginning to intermediate dancers. Traditional dances give depth and background to the various basic terminology and techniques. Becoming familiar with today's social sector, dance adds excitement to body coordination, improved memorization, gained confidence, partner skills, self-confidence and enhanced creativity. The Electric Slide, Chattahooche, Dr. CC, Earthquake and Bubba are line dances of distinction. Couples pursue the Cha-Cha, Two Step, Waltz and the Sugar Waltz (full of turns and spins). Beginning with music beats and basic dance choreography counting, students pursue understanding that lays the foundation to all. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-031
Credits 0
Hip Hop dance refers to styles primarily danced to hip hop music or that have evolved as a part of the hip hop culture. Hip hop dances are often considered street dances because of how they were formed and are being practiced. This hip hop class offers basic to more advanced skills that will encourage students to use their bodies in ways that help to develop/execute many different stylistic techniques. This class is high-paced and challenging and allows students to emphasize their creative rhythmic talents. As hip hop is a broad genre in dance studios the instructor has the freedom/room for personal interpretation thus allowing the class to be highly creative. **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-037
Credits 0
Often marked with a blur of flashing feet, Irish step dancing has emerged from the pubs of Ireland to the international stage. This course teaches the style of dance made famous by the shows Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. In addition to being introduced to the rich history of Irish dance, students will learn soft shoe, hard shoe and ceili (group) dances. Be prepared for a great cardiovascular workout. Irish dance requires endurance, coordination and strength. The first dances (reels, jigs and slip jigs) are taught in soft shoe. These dances begin to teach the fundamentals of Irish dance. As you progress, you will start to learn more complex soft shoe dances, and then move onto learning hard shoe dances (treble jigs and hornpipes). **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-042
Credits 0
This course is an introduction of two American Swing dance styles: East Coast Swing and Lindy Hop. The format will include seven weeks of East Coast Swing and seven weeks of Lindy Hop. American Swing dance is best known for group dances and competitions. This course will introduce single basic and triple basic steps, the pretzel, tuck turns, free spins, swings out and in, Lindy circles, side by side Charleston, front to back Charleston and wring out the rag and pop. *Note: No previous dance experience necessary and no need to register with a partner.* **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-045
Credits 0
Tango Dancing will focus on dancing comfortably and expressively to traditional tango music in a social setting. Argentine Tango traditionally stresses improvisation over repetition of set patterns. Students will progress from simple walking exercises to an introduction to simple steps and figures that are idiomatic of Argentine tango. Once students are comfortable with basic figures and a connection to the music and their partner, we will progress to more complex sequences built up from the basics. We will emphasize the spontaneous discovery of these sequences as a creative response in the moment to the music and to our partners over the route memorization of rigid choreography. Students will learn the art of dancing expressively while also respecting the boundaries of other dancers on the floor. Navigation - or floor craft - is an essential skill to master in order to enjoy dancing in a crowded room. Upon completion of the class, students will feel comfortable dancing at a tango social dance along side experienced tango dancers. *Note: This is a Co-Ed Class environment.* **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**
WDAN-048
Credits 0
Rhythm, technique, and musicality are the three areas of tap dance emphasized in this course. Whether you are brand new to tap or have previous experience, this course challenges students of all levels. Each level will receive tap steps and variations appropriate for their level. Beginners will learn basic steps, shuffles, ball changes, flaps, Maxie Fords, buffalos, and turns. Intermediate and advanced technique include wings, pullbacks (pickups), more intricate footwork, directional changes, and challenging variations. Styles include soft shoe, waltz clog, swing tap, musical theater and urban. *Note: Tap shoes are required.* **Fee: A course fee applied via SFS bill. See Course Notes for course fee information.**