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Welcome to Dance at Shelton State Community College. We offer a variety of courses from beginning level dance for the student new to the art form to advanced classes designed to prepare students to transfer to colleges and universities for further study. Some of the courses we offer are:

  • Modern Dance
  • Jazz Dance
  • Introduction to Dance Styles
  • Stage Movement
  • Elementary Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Fitness Dance
Dance Courses

Jazz Dance I-II,  DNC 267/268
Building a foundation of skills necessary for the technique and performance of jazz dance. This class is intended to enhance the student’s flexibility, strength, body alignment, coordination, balance, kinesthetic awareness, personal range of motion, and musicality through jazz technique.  Class is structured around a pre-set warm-up leading to locomotion across the floor and center combinations. DNC 268 is a continuation of DNC 267.

Elementary Modern Dance, DNC 111
This course introduces the basic movement fundamentals, terminology, and performance skills of modern dance; it is intended to enhance the beginning student’s flexibility, strength, body alignment and coordination.

Introduction to Dance Styles, DNC  110
This course introduces the student to a variety of dance styles through active studio practice (including Modern, Jazz, Ballet, Yoga, Movement Improvisation and Social Dance). This course also looks at the process of dance making and choreography while also providing an understanding of dance history and the significance of dance in culture.

Stage Movement, THR 281
This course introduces Bartenieff Fundamentals, Movement Improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis and Choreography as methods of organizing and integrating body movement and expanding expressive range. Emphasis will be on expanding the performer’s qualitative range of movement to support artistic expression, wellness, and sound production.

Elementary Ballet, DNC 121
This course introduces the basic movement fundamentals, terminology, and performance skills of ballet. Activities will include traditional mode of ballet class including warm-up, locomotion and center combinations.

Fitness Dance,  DNC 141
This course utilizes dance practices of modern, ballet, jazz and yoga for personal fitness growth and enjoyment.

Dance Audition Requirements:
Dancers will take a short audition dance class and should come prepared to perform a solo of any dance style (approximately 2-3 minutes); applicants will also have a personal interview with fine arts faculty.

Dance Facilities

The dance studio at Shelton State is fully equipped with a sprung hard wood floor, surround sound system, two changing rooms, and a lobby area.

Faculty

Lisa Gibbs
Dance Instructor
Phone: 205.391.2317
Email: lgibbs@sheltonstate.edu