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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 MinimumGrade 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