Courses for Non-Dance Majors

Enjoy the health and wellness benefits of dancing technique courses, awaken your creativity in dance making and improvisation courses, or satisfy general education requirements through theory and practice courses.

Dancing Technique Classes

Dance at Illinois offers a global spectrum of dance aesthetics and dance forms such as African- Caribbean, Ballet, Capoeira, Contemporary, Hip-hop, House, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theater Dance, Tap, Umfundalai and Vogue in light-filled studios.  The department also offers mindfulness practices such as Pilates, Yoga, Feldenkrais and Tai Chi. These in-demand electives have no waiting lists. If the course you’d like to take is full, check the course catalog and registration system through the first day of class to see if a spot has opened up.

Dance Making and Improvisation Courses

DANC 103: Contact Improvisation

(2 credit hours) Introduction to basic elements of Contact Improvisation through learning skills such as weight sharing, falling, rolling, responding to touch, momentum, gravity and disorientations.

DANC 104: Making Dances

(2 credit hours) Introduction to basic choreographic elements. Course work will include dancing, dance making, viewing dance, in-class discussions and short writing assignments. This course satisfies the General Education criteria for Humanities – Lit and Arts and Cultural Studies – Western.

DANC 259: Contact Improvisation for Actors, Musicians and Dancers 

(1 credit hour)  In this interdisciplinary course, performing arts students learn physical skills necessary for the practice of the contact improvisation (CI) partnering dance form as well as improvisational and performance skills.

Theory and Practice Courses

DANC 100: Introduction to Contemporary Dance

(3 credit hours) Overview of major works, figures, and trends responsible for shaping dance as an evolving contemporary art form. The course has lecture, viewing, discussion and experiential (studio participation) components. Online and/or live. This course satisfies the General Education criteria for Humanities – Lit and Arts and Cultural Studies – Western.

DANC 125: Black Dances of Resistance

(3 credit hours) The Break Down: Black Dances of Resistance interrogates African American dance for its potential for social resistance through lectures and physical practice classes. Offered online and/or live. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for  Cultural Studies – US Minority.

DANC 200: Explore Music through Dance

(3 credit hours) Online only. In-depth study of musical form, history, culture, and styles, taught from a physical learning, i.e., dance, perspective. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for Humanities – Lit & Arts.

DANC 340: Dancing Black Popular Culture

(3 credit hours) Introduces students to black dance aesthetics and its interconnectedness with American popular culture. Offered online and/or live. This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for Humanities – Hist & Phil and Cultural Studies – US Minority.

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