ACC Dance Course Descriptions

All ACC Dance Courses are online-ready. Instructors are skilled in in-person instruction as well as multiple online course delivery methods. See below for ACC Dance course descriptions.

DANC 1112 – Dance Practicum
Internship opportunity. Students will study methods for teaching dance and will serve as interns in after school dance programs such as Leap of Joy and private dance studios.

DANC 1151 – Freshman Dance Performance
Instruction in dance performance through experiential projects at the freshman level. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 1201 – Dance Composition – Improvisation
This introductory course in improvisation will investigate spontaneous problem solving as a means of generating movement for dance composition. Students will be called upon to explore and respond to various forms of stimuli in a safe and supportive learning environment within solo and group work. Performance opportunity available.

DANC 1241 – Beginning Ballet
Instruction in the fundamental techniques and concepts associated with ballet. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 1245 – Beginning Modern Dance
Instruction in the fundamental techniques and concepts associated with the concert form of modern dance. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 1247 – Beginning Jazz Dance
Instruction in the fundamental techniques and concepts associated with jazz dance. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 1301 – Dance Composition – Choreography
This course is an examination of the principles of movement generation, phrasing, choreographic structure and motif manipulation. Integration of choreographic principles will foster the growth of personal artistic style.

DANC 1305 – World Dance
Fulfills the Texas Core Curriculum requirement for Language, Philosophy, and Culture
A survey of dances from different cultures, their histories, and their influences on contemporary dance and society. Cultural origins, significance, motivations and techniques will be explored experientially. Classes meet two days/week in the classroom plus one day/week in the dance studio. No previous dance experience necessary.

DANC 2151 – Sophomore Dance Performance
Instruction in dance performance through experiential projects at the sophomore level. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 2241 – Intermediate Ballet
Instruction in the intermediate techniques and concepts associated with ballet. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 2245 – Intermediate Modern Dance
Instruction in the intermediate techniques and concepts associated with the concert form of modern dance. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 2247 – Intermediate Jazz Dance
Instruction in the intermediate techniques and concepts associated with jazz dance. May be repeated for credit once.

DANC 2289 – Academic Cooperative in Dance Production
An instructional program designed to integrate classroom study with practical experience in methods and techniques involved in dance performance.

DANC 2303 – Dance Appreciation
Fulfills the Texas Core Curriculum requirement for Creative Arts
A general survey of dance forms designed to create an appreciation of the vocabulary, techniques and purposes of the creative process. This course includes critical interpretation and evaluations of choreographic works and dance forms within cultural and historical contexts.

DANC 2389 – Academic Cooperative in Dance
An instructional program designed to integrate on-campus study with practical hands-on work experience. In conjunction with class seminars, the individual student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of dance.

SMED 1371 – Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
Introduction to the major themes of Laban Movement Analysis, through theoretical and experiential hands-on work. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.

SMED 1372 – Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
An introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals as an entry into the field of somatic movement education. Includes experiential and theoretical approaches to promoting ease of movement and insightful body awareness. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.

SMED 1373 – Introduction to Dance for Special Populations
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
An overview of principles and applications in the study of special populations through a multidisciplinary approach. Contributions from sociology, psychology, and biology are examined to synthesize common issues, including how somatic movement can benefit a range of people from various vulnerable populations, including but not limited to the aging and elderly. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.

SMED 1374 – Advanced Laban Movement Analysis
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
An experiential and theoretical approach to Laban Movement Analysis at an advanced level, including study of Laban’s scales, effort graphs, phrasing and relationships. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.

SMED 1375 – Advanced Somatic Movement Education
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
Develop methods and skills for teaching Bartenieff’s fundamentals, authentic movement, and body-mind centering. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.

SMED 1476 – Applied Somatic Movement Education
Currently offered through Continuing Education only.
Practice assessing fellow students’ and/or clients’ somatic needs; provide instruction in somatic movement; and, demonstrate entry-level workplace competencies. For students enrolled in the Somatic Movement Education certificate program.