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

Credits 3
This course 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.
Credits 1 - 3
This course applies technical, performing, script analysis, stage management, and other skills to an actual theatrical production. Students contract with a department mentor for responsibilities and the appropriate credit expectations. In addition to production responsibilities, students are expected to complete reading and writing assignments connected to the production. This course is repeatable for credit.
Credits 3
This course introduces the two important languages of dance: Ballet and Modern Dance. Through Ballet’s vocabulary (French, Sign Language, and English), discipline base, protocols, and specific movements, students perform floor, center, and barre work. This 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.
Credits 3
This course is designed as an introduction to ballet observed through artistic principles, movement concepts and the exploration of technique. Students will discover new technical capabilities regarding flexibility, strength, coordination, balance and their comprehension of the ballet form in relation to music, space, time and energy. Through practice and application, students will understand the unique structure of their own bodies and expand their awareness of self and others. While the primary focus is on strengthening individual dance technique and knowledge of traditional and contemporary ballet movements, dynamic alignment, movement efficiency, connectivity, articulation, phrasing, and breath support, students can expect to develop an appreciation for aspects of the ballet aesthetic while considering theoretical aspects related to historical and socio-cultural contexts. Learning about dance performance and history through the use of images, video, practice and discussions as well as reading and writing assignments will be part of the course. No previous dance experience is required.
Credits 1 - 3
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Wellness Education Dance Courses

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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**
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.**