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PACD 100 Ballet I

Prerequisite: Student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Students will be in a studio class through a series of barre, adagio, petit allegro, and turns exercises. Students will learn the principles and techniques of American classical ballet. By learning a series of ballet combinations, students will begin to learn some of the choreographic principles and styles of classical dance.

3 credits

PACD 102 Jazz I

Prerequisite: Student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: The study of jazz dance techniques. During discussing and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of jazz dancing as a performing art.

3 credits

PACD 103 Aerial Arts I

This course is open to students majoring in Commercial Dance and Performing Arts only.

Course Description: Students will learn the basic elements of the Aerial Arts using a variety of aerial apparatuses. Class will include work on silks/fabric, Spanish web, hammock/sling, and static trapeze. This art has been around for over 150 years in many circuses and has been reinvented with companies such as Cirque du Soleil, 7 Fingers, Cirque Eloize, and many more. This has transformed the art into 2 styles, the traditional circus style and the artistic cirque style. In this class we will not only learn aerial arts but also how to execute the movement to fit both a circus and cirque style.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 credits

PACD 104 Puppetry

This course is open to students majoring in Commercial Dance and Performing Arts only.

Course Description: A practical experience focusing on the puppeteer’s creative process. Emphasis will be placed on practical application and skill development in the following styles of puppetry: hand/rod ("Muppet") puppetry (for theatre and television), found object puppetry, "bunraku" - style puppetry, hand puppetry, and shadow puppetry.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

1 credits

PACD 105 Ballet II

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisite, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.
Course Description: Students will be in a studio class through a series of barre, adagio, petit allegro, and turns exercises. Students will learn the principles and techniques of American classical ballet. By learning a series of ballet combinations, students will begin to learn some of the choreographic principles and styles of classical dance.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 106 Somatic Practices for Dancers

strong>Course Description: This course incorporates numerous somatic techniques as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais, Bartenieff, and (MELT) Method of Hands-off Bodywork principals to build mind-body awareness, improve posture, and detect imbalances and tension within the muscles and joints. This course is a self-treatment technique that achieves effects similar to those achieved by manual therapists. Using specific foam rollers and balls, the methods in class will help to rehydrate the connective tissues and rebalance the nervous system. This, in turn, leaves the body in a more balances state.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring

1 credits

PACD 107 Jazz II

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.
Course Description: The study of jazz dance techniques. During discussion and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of jazz dancing as a performing art.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 108 Hip Hop 1

Course Description:This course is designed for all dance levels to enjoy. It will examine numerous hip hop styles relevant to the history of hip hop dance. Students will learn to execute the basic hip hop moves that have become to prevalent in today’s dance society.

Course Rotation: Fall.

Course Campus:New York City.

2 credits

PACD 109 Theater Dance 1

Course Description:The study of theater dance techniques. During discussions and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of musical theater dance as a performing art.

Course Rotation:Fall

Course Campus:New York City

2 credits

PACD 110 Core Strengthening for Dancers

Course Description: This course helps strengthen the student's "core," increase flexibility, and improve body awareness and overall posture. Building the strength around the core helps dancers build stability around the spine for increased strength in partnering, dancing, and for spinal protection and injury prevention. The course includes a combination of methods such as mat work, Pilates, yoga, Gyrokinesis, and other core strengthening techniques to strengthen the muscles of the spine and abdominals.

Course Rotation: Spring.

1 credits

PACD 116 Tap Dance 1

This course is open to students majoring in Commercial Dance or Musical Theatre only.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop the student's beginning tap technique, vocabulary, performance, and basic understanding of Tap.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall.

2 credits

PACD 145 Vocal Music for Dancers I

Prerequisite: Student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: A vocal technique class focusing on the entire process of singing and the building of strong voice skills for dancers. Emphasis will be placed on the process of learning songs and understanding the basic terminology of singing through assigned song repertoire that will be limited to the standard Musical Theatre canon.

3 credits

PACD 199 Commercial Dance Lab

Prerequisite: Audition, permission from the instructor to register, and student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Jazz class is energetic, rhythmic, and stylized. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet as it encourages grace and balance. Jazz classes at Pace University are well paced classes that include a warm up to hone the dancer, numerous technical loco motor movements, jumps, leaps, turns, kicks, and long combinations of movement to prepare the dancer for the audition process.

0 credits

PACD 200 Ballet III

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Ballet III encompasses the more difficult movements of classical ballet. Students of proficient technical level, (possessing perfectly placed bodies with feet and legs that are lengthened and strong), may explore pointe work and basic ballet partnering at the discretion of the instructor.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 202 Jazz III

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: The study of jazz dance techniques. During discussing and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of jazz dancing as a performing art.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 203 Aerial Arts 2

Course Description:Students will learn the more advanced elements of the Aerial Arts using a variety of aerial apparatuses. Class will include work on silks/fabric, Spanish web, hammock sling, and static trapeze. The class will teach more advanced drops and skills. We will learn elements of doubles and group work.

1 credits

PACD 205 Ballet IV

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Ballet a highly formalized and codified system of classical training taught in both the European and American fashion as a basis for all performance dance techniques. It is an exceedingly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary, which will additionally be part of each class at Pace University. Ballet training is essential to building successful dancers and the B.F.A classes are focused on development of technique, line, strength, and agility. Six semesters of ballet are required for graduation. Classes offered Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Ballet IV, Ballet V, and Ballet VI. Ballet IV encompasses the more difficult movements of classical ballet. Students of proficient technical level, possessing perfectly placed bodies with feet and legs that are lengthened and strong, may explore basic pointe work at the barre with permission of the instructor.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 207 Jazz IV

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, permission of instructor to register, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: This advanced 300 level course will develop the student’s ability to execute various styles of jazz dance steps to a wide variety of jazz and pop music and proficiently incorporate them into a dance composition. The students will apply advanced technique to performance theories and concepts, as well as audition skills. The course will also examine the theory, advanced technique, and vocabulary of jazz dance and explore individual artistic style.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 202 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 208 Hip Hop 2

Course Description: This course is designed for all dance levels to enjoy. It will examine numerous hip hop styles relevant to the history of hip hop dance. Students will learn to execute the basic hip hop moves that have become so prevalent in today’s dance society.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall and Spring.

2 credits

PACD 209 Theater Dance 2

Course Description:This course is designed to develop the student’s ability to understand and properly execute theatre dance movement/styles of the various decades: 1900’s-present day. The student will complete this class with a thorough overview of theater dance styles and the tools to successfully audition and perform in musical theatre dance.

Course Rotation:Spring

Course Campus:New York City

2 credits

PACD 216 Tap Dance 2

Course Description: Tap 2 is a course designed to develop the student's advanced tap technique, vocabulary, performance, and intricate rhythms of more advanced Tap.

2 credits

PACD 225 Anatomy for Dancers

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: This course is structured towards the dancer/athlete application. Students will be discussing body, space planes, physical orientations, the bony skeleton, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, and circulation.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 227 Choreography I

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: A practical experience focusing on the choreographer’s creative process. Emphasis will be placed on identifying, selecting and utilizing a variety of source material. Interpreting the source material and creating a piece of choreography through use of various dance styles.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 110 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 210 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 310 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 240 Vocal Music for Dancers II

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: A practical experience focusing on the singer’s creative process. Emphasis will be placed on identifying, selecting and utilizing a variety of source material. Students will interpret the source material and create a vocal piece through use of various vocal styles.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 300 Ballet V

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, permission of instructor to register, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Students will be in a studio class through a series of barre, adagio, petit allegro, and turns exercises. Students will learn the principles and techniques of American classical ballet. By learning a series of ballet combinations, students will begin to learn some of the choreographic principles and styles of classical dance.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 302 Contemporary I

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance that employs systems and methods found in modern dance, ballet, jazz and postmodern dance. This course is designed for the advanced beginner level dancer. Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman, Francois Delsarte, Emilie Jaques-Dalcroze, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Rudolph von Laban, Loie Fuller, Jose Limon and Marie Rambert. By exploring the movement styles of these pioneers and discovering the basic concepts of the following techniques: Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Contact and Dance Improvisation, Floorwork/Gymnastics, Graham Technique, Horton Technique, Humphrey-Weidman Technique, Pilates, Release Technique and Yoga, students will learn a basic understanding of the foundation and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 306 Body Awareness and Wellness for Today's Dancer

Course Description: This course is a study of basic practices related to the current concepts of preventative medicine. Basic anatomical functions and kinesiology concepts analogous to the physical health of the performer will be addressed.

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 205 Minimum Grade of C and PACD 225 Minimum Grade of C

PACD 307 Contemporary II

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisite, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Contemporary II is a genre of dance popularized following the post-modern dance era. Typically refers to modern dance forms that include influence from jazz, theatre dance, hip-hop and other stylized genres. Contemporary movement at Pace University is a fusion of modern dance training, which does not identify with any codified system or technique. The contemporary classes are a hybrid of jazz, modern, and ballet, which hone dancer’s technique, and develop unique movement styles specific to each dancers’ individuality. 2 semesters of contemporary are required for graduation. Contemporary I DAN, Contemporary 2 DAN. The study of contemporary dance techniques. During discussions and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of contemporary dancing as a performing art.

3 credits

PACD 325 Improvisation

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: This is a performance application class where students will explore a variety of movement motivations, somatic practices, and guided improvisation exercises in Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Modern and Hip Hop. The goal of this course is to instill confidence in dancers’ improvisation skills for use in choreography or for the current Commercial audition environment.

1 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 202 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 207 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 300 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 302 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 375 Ballet Pedagogy

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Ballet Pedagogy is the theory and practice of teaching ballet technique to assess and train students in a logical, progressive, and responsible manner. This course includes an overview of different methodologies for teaching ballet pedagogy and applying them in practice through class observation, self-observation, and peer assessment. You must have completed four semesters of ballet to enroll in this course.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 300 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 379 Jazz Dance Pedagogy

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Jazz Pedagogy is the theory and practice of teaching jazz technique to assess and train students in a logical, progressive, and responsible manner. This course includes an overview of different methodologies for teaching jazz pedagogy and applying them in practice through class observation, self-observation, and peer assessment. You must have completed four semesters of jazz to enroll in this course.

2 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 202 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 300 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 311 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 400 Ballet VI

Prerequisite: List prerequisites, and student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Ballet a highly formalized and codified system of classical training taught in both the European and American fashion as a basis for all performance dance techniques. It is an exceedingly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary, which will additionally be part of each class at Pace University. Ballet training is essential to building successful dancers and the B.F.A. classes are focused on development of technique, line, strength, and agility. 6 semesters of ballet are required for graduation. Classes offered Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Ballet IV, Ballet V, and Ballet VI. Ballet VI encompasses the more difficult movements and ballets of the classical and contemporary ballet. Pointe work for the entire class is required. Dancers must have the technical strength to execute exercises at the barre, center floor work and to perform pertinent ballet repertoire taught in class. Students must have achieved proficient technical level, to execute the class on Pointe and have basic ballet partnering knowledge.

3 credits

PACD 407 Modern Dance

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. or B.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Modern dance is a style of dance that moves away from the rigid rules of ballet. Modern dance has an emphasis on gravity, weighted emotional movements, and using opposition and succession as movement motivations. There are numerous codified systems of modern dance training such as Horton, Limon, Graham, and Cunningham, which will be evenly touched upon throughout modern training in the B.F.A program. There is no one modern technique that is predominantly taught at Pace University. One Semester of modern is required for graduation.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 302 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 408 Dance for the Camera

Course Description: This course develops the student's ability to execute various styles of dance steps to a wide variety of jazz and pop music and proficiently to incorporate them into a dance composition for the camera. The students apply advanced technique to performance theories and concepts, as well as audition skills. This course examines the theory, advanced technique, and vocabulary of various genres of dance on camera and explores individual artistic expression. At the completion of this course, students will have applicable skills to succeed in the Los Angeles dance industry. Course Rotation:Spring.

3 credits

PACD 420 Advanced Choreography

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisite, junior standing, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.
Course Description: Students will be in a studio class through a series of barre, adagio, petit allegro, and turns exercises. Students will learn the principles and techniques of American classical ballet. By learning a series of ballet combinations, students will begin to learn some of the choreographic principles and styles of classical dance.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 227 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 421 Choreography for the Camera

Course Description: This course teaches students how to choreograph movement of different types of on-film work. They learn to "choreograph the cameras" to achieve the shots necessary to capture the physical movement they have created. Students work hands-on with dancers to create work that then must be translated onto film. The projects range from choreographing assignments such as a television commercial, a music video, to film segment, and live television. Students study daily with high-profile industry choreographers who are prevalent in the teaching of these techniques.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

PACD 425 Partnering

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: This course is designed to develop and increase the partnering skills necessary for success in the dance industry. Students will be exposed to a wide range of contemporary styles including jazz, contemporary ballet, modern, and ballroom partnering. Must have completed four semesters of ballet and jazz to enroll in this course, performance concentration is required to enroll in this course.

1 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 300 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 426 Partnering Lab

Course Description: This course further develops and increases the students' partnering skills. Students are exposed to a wide range of contemporary styles including jazz, contemporary, ballet, modern, and ballroom partnering. This lab is an open arena in which students can hone their partnering skills through practice and repetition of material. It is necessary for dancers to have intense studio time to build strength and muscle memory in their partnering skills. This course is also specifically designed for Commercial Dance BFA students to build their repertory of lifting techniques and allow practice time of this material. It is further suggested that partnering couples sign into this course together to ensure they are a suitable couple. Physical attributes such as this are key for safety, so finding a suitable partner in regards to height and strength is essential to success in the course.

Course Rotation: Fall and Spring

0 credits

PACD 435 Dance History

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: The study of theatre dance techniques. During discussions and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of musical theatre dance as a performing art.

3 credits

Prerequisites

PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D

PACD 475 Dance Seminar

Prerequisite: All PACD courses, and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance or pursuing a B.A. degree in Theater/Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Designed to immerse students in the knowledge of how to succeed as a professional performer. Professional panels, guest lecturers, faculty, and current professionals will guide them on how to market and employ themselves in the industry. Students should leave this course prepared to graduate and join the professional community. Must have completed six semesters as a BFA candidate to enroll in this course. .

1 credits

PACD 499 Senior Project

Prerequisite: Student must be pursuing a B.F.A. or B.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: The study of theatre dance techniques. During discussions and assignments students will be encouraged to develop their critical awareness of numerous dance styles as a performing artist.

2 credits