Department of Dance

Course Descriptions

DAN 101R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance I (3 credits)

This studio course helps students develop a command of the fundamental techniques and movements in classical Chinese dance. The training focuses on extending the body’s flexibility and capabilities. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are used in the instruction. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 102R Shen Yun (身韻) I (1.5 credits)

This studio course introduces the basic concepts and body postures/movements in shen yun (bearing), one of the major components of classical Chinese dance. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are used in the instruction. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 103R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance I (1 credit)

This studio course trains students progressively in the basic tumbling and somersault techniques used in classical Chinese dance. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 104R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances I (1 credit)

This is the first of a four-part (studio) study program (spanning four years) introducing the basic movements, stylistic characteristics, and genres in the major traditions of Chinese ethnic and folk dances. The focus in the first year is Tibetan dance and Northeastern yangge dances. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 131 Performing and Acting (1 credit)

This course develops students’ appreciation and understanding of the art of acting with the purpose of strengthening their acting skills and expressive power in dance performances.

DAN 155, 255, 355 Dance Practicum and World Cultures I-III (3 credits)

These three courses are designed to give students the opportunity to gain professional performing experience. Enrollment is audition-based. Students selected will participate in the world tour of Shen Yun Performing Arts and perform at premiere venues around the world. (Courses offered in spring term only.)

DAN 201R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance II (3 credits)

This studio course continues to develop students’ body flexibility and capabilities in classical Chinese dance. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are used in the instruction. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAN 101R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 202R Shen Yun (身韻) II (1.5 credits)

This course introduces the basic rhythmic elements of shen yun (身韻) and representative dance movements incorporating the elements. Both English and Mandarin Chinese are used in the instruction. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 102R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 203R Special Techniques in Chinese Dance II (1 credit)

Built upon the first year’s training, this studio course further develops students’ command of tumbling and somersault movements. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN 103R or by instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 204R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances II (1 credit)

This course helps students master more advanced movements in Northeastern yangge dance and Tibetan dance while introducing a variety of other folk and ethnic dances in China. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN 104R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 221R Repertory & Rehearsal I (1 credit)

This studio course develops students’ overall performance and rehearsal skills through analyzing and rehearsing works ranging from classical Chinese dance to Chinese folk dances. Prerequisite: DAN 101R, 102R, 103R, 104R and their repeats; or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 232 Dance Kinesiology (2 credits)

An introduction to the field of dance science, this course examines the science of human motion with particular emphasis on the biomechanics of dance and injury prevention for dancers.

DAN 301R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance III (3 credits)

A continuation of DAN 201R, this course focuses on mastering advanced tumbling techniques and combining them with other techniques. Prerequisite: 8 credits of DAN 201R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 302R Shen Yun (身韻) III (1.5 credits)

This course further trains students in shen yun by focusing on the interpretation of specific roles and characters in classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 202R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 304R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances III (1.5 credits)

This course further develops students’ command of the techniques and artistic expressions in Chinese folk and ethnic dances. Korean dance will also be added to the repertoire. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 204R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 311A Dance Pedagogy A (3 credits)

This course introduces the basic principles, approaches, and materials in the teaching of dance at different levels and settings, ranging from K-12 and private studio to higher education. Both English and Mandarin Chinese will be used in the instruction.

DAN 311B Dance Pedagogy B (3 credits)

Through seminar and praxis formats this course helps students apply the knowledge and competencies acquired in DAN 311A. Students will be guided in developing pedagogical approaches, making lesson plans, and teaching classical Chinese dance in multiple settings. Prerequisites: DAN 311A or instructor consent.

DAN 312A Choreography A (2 credits)

This lab course introduces the basic elements in choreography and the different choreographic devices. Students will use the devices to compose their own works. Emphasis is on Chinese classical dance. Both English and Chinese will be used in the instruction. Prerequisite: DAN 101R, 102R, 103R, 104R and their repeats; or instructor consent.

DAN 312B Choreography B (2 credits)

This course explores dance making as a creative problem-solving endeavor and focuses on group dances and narrative dances in classical Chinese dance. Both English and Chinese will be used in the instruction. Prerequisite: DAN 312A or instructor consent.

DAN 321R Repertory & Rehearsal II (1.5 credits)

This is a continuation of DAN 221R and further develops students’ overall performance and rehearsal skills. Prerequisite: 2 credits of DAN 221R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 330 Lighting Design (3 credits)

This course introduces the basic principles and techniques of lighting design for theater, dance, and other performance or presentational events. It covers the theories and application of how vision is affected by light, color, texture, and form. Course activities include lectures, interviews, and hands-on projects.

DAN 331 Scenic and Set Design (3 credits)

This course explores the fundamentals of set design for theater. The course covers the design of floor plans, scenery, stage lighting, sound, and construction management skills. Students will apply technical skills discussed in lectures to hands on projects.

DAS 332 Video Production for the Theater (3 credits)

This course covers the basic principles of video production and their application in the theater. Through hands-on lab projects, students will acquire 1) practical skills in lighting, sound, camera, and editing technology; 2) an aesthetics of visual storytelling; and 3) an understanding of how to use video onstage.

DAN 341 Policies and Standards in Dance Education (1 credit)

A series of 15 weekly discussion/seminar sessions, this course familiarizes students with the latest policies in the state of New York regarding education and physical education. There is an emphasis on the commonality between Chinese dance and physical education.

DAN 342 History of Dance: East and West (2 credits)

This is a survey of the developments of major dance traditions both in the East and the West. It examines the origins of the dance traditions and major milestones while reflecting on the philosophical and aesthetic underpinnings of the dances.

DAN 352 Classical Chinese Dance Pedagogy—Peer Observation (2 credits)

Guided by an instructor, students in this course will be active observers of teaching sessions in classical Chinese dance. Through observation reports, self-evaluation, and instructor’s evaluation, students will gain insights into the application of pedagogical concepts and principles in the teaching of Chinese dance.

DAN 370 Internship (2 credits)

The purpose of an internship is to let students gain valuable work experience in a professional environment by applying what they have learned at Fei Tian College. An internship usually lasts for five weeks with 20 to 40 hours of work per week. Review of applications begins in early April. (This course may be repeated once for extra credits.)

DAN 401R Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Dance IV (3 credits)

This course consolidates the techniques covered in the previous three years of the four-year series. Different combinations of more challenging movements will be introduced. Prerequisite: 8 credits of 301R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 402R Shen Yun (身韻) IV (1.5 credits)

This course helps students develop refined delivery of the shen yun (身韻) elements in Chinese dances and perfect their use in performances. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 302R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 404R Chinese Folk and Ethnic Dances IV (1.5 credits)

This course consolidates students’ command of the styles and techniques in Chinese folk and ethnic dances through the learning of representative repertoires. Adapting the dances for modern stage presentation is a special focus. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 304R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 403 Repertory and Analysis (2 credits)

Through examining the choreographic and technical issues in a wide selection of works, this course helps student develop basic plans and strategies in teaching a spectrum of techniques and shen yun in classical Chinese dance. Prerequisite: junior class standing or instructor consent.

DAN 410 Educational Psychology in Context (2 credits)

This course introduces the essentials of psychological theories and concepts with an emphasis on their application in the teaching of classical Chinese dance within different contexts. It examines the development and learning experiences of children, adolescents, and adults.

DAN 411 Dance in Education (1 credit)

This course examines the role of dance in education, especially art education. Students will reflect on the principles and philosophies of creative movements as human persons’ basic means for understanding themselves, other people, and the world around them. Prerequisite: DAN 201R, 202R, 203R, 204R and their repeats; or instructor consent.

DAN 412A Advanced Choreography (2 credits)

This course focuses on choreographing in the styles of the different ethnic dance traditions in China. There will be in-depth study of the cultural characteristics of the ethnic dances. Both English and Chinese will be used in the instruction. Prerequisite: DAN 312B or instructor consent.

DAN 412B Independent Study in Choreography (2 credits)

This course offers individual students the opportunity to synthesize their knowledge and experience in choreography and to create works under the close supervision of a dance faculty member. Prerequisite: DAN 412A or instructor consent.

DAN 413 Principles of Guidance and Pedagogy (3 credits)

This course introduces the basic principles and concepts in counseling and explores their application in the teaching of classical Chinese dance, especially in relation to physical and psychological stress in the world of the performing arts.

DAN 421R Repertory and Rehearsal III (2 credits)

This course enhances students’ performance and rehearsal skills through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with the College’s resident choreographers or guest choreographers. Prerequisite: 3 credits of DAN 321R or instructor consent. (This course has to be repeated once with credits awarded.)

DAN 422 Music Literature in Chinese Dance (3 credits)

This course examines the ties between dance movements (including shen yun and techniques) and music in the performance and choreography of Chinese dance. Students will study the music literature from various perspectives for the purpose of enhancing performance and choreographic techniques. Prerequisite: MUS 110 or instructor consent.

DAN 430 Stagecraft and Dance Production (Not for Dance Production Emphasis; 2 credits)

This course introduces the basic elements and principles of theater production. Topics include set, costume, lighting, and sound design. Prerequisite: DAN 201R, 202R, 203R, 204R and their repeats or instructor consent.

DAN 432 Costume Design (2 credits)

This is an introductory course in costume design with an emphasis on classical Chinese dance. It includes dance/character analysis, costume plots and breakdowns, costume sketches, and basic hand and machine sewing skills. Prerequisite: LAS370A. DAN 450 Research Paper (4 credits) This course offers a senior student the opportunity to write a research paper (at least 25 double-spaced, typed written pages) on a dance-related topic of his or her choice.

DAN 451 Senior Production (4 credits)

This course offers senior students an opportunity to develop their creative skills through choreographing and producing a small-scale dance performance of considerable complexity. The course is open to a limited number of students at the discretion of a faculty committee.

DAN 452 Dance Teaching Practicum (4 credits)

This course allows students to practice his or her skills in dance teaching through supervised classroom teaching. The student will regularly meet with a faculty member for feedback and guidance regarding course planning, implementation of instructional strategies, and self-evaluation. Prerequisite: DAN 311B and 341; or instructor consent.

DAN 455 Advanced Dance Practicum and World Cultures IV (4 credits)

This course is open to senior students wishing to play a solo or lead role in the world tour of Shen Yun Performing Arts. Enrollment is audition-based and is contingent upon the availability of those roles during the world tour. Prerequisite: 4 credits from DAN 155-355. (Course offered in spring term only.)

DAN 480 Stage Management: Concepts and Practice (For Dance Production Emphasis only; 2 credits)

This course covers the principles and practical application of the practices of the Stage Manager as they pertain to the theatrical production (especially dance production) process. Students will gain insights into the responsibilities and necessary qualities of a stage manager through taking part in production projects.