Dance Courses


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New Course!

Trace the histories, traditions, and innovations in Black American dance with award-winning performance studies scholar Jasmine E. Johnson. Learn more about DAN 305/AMS 310/AAS 307

Introduction to Choreography

DAN 204 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This studio course will introduce students to choreographic processes and questions of movement vocabulary, structure, pacing, orchestration and meaning.


DAN 206 / MTD 206 / THR 206 · Spring 2022

U01 · Thursdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

We will look at practice as both verb and noun, pay special attention to the ways in which we embody the work (and change) we want to see in the world. Through somatic activities, talks with invited guests, projects, and readings (across the arts, sciences, philosophy, religion, and activism), we'll revel in the interplay between process and product, solitude and community, structure and freedom, life and art.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we'll dive into experiences in which body and language meet.

The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora

DAN 211 / AAS 211 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 2:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Dyane Harvey-Salaam

A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

DAN 213 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:20 PM

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

This course offers a broad, embodied introduction to the breadth of contemporary dance. We will be moving, reading, watching, and writing about dance. Contemporary issues, such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and American exceptionalism will be viewed through the lens of contemporary dance.

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

DAN 222 / AAS 222 · Spring 2022

Multiple sections offered

Instructors: Joseph Schloss · Raphael Xavier

This introductory survey course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore a range of hip-hop dance techniques, as well as the cultural and historical contexts from which these dances emerged. Special attention will be given to breaking – the most prominent hip-hop form – as a foundation for exploring other forms of movement. By critically exploring these physical and historical connections, individuals will adapt and apply their own philosophies to dance in order to develop a personalized style.

Experiential Anatomy

DAN 224 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Sasha Welsh

This course introduces students to human anatomy using movement, drawing, and dance practices. We will study the structure and function of the body from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a focus on relationships between cognition, the nervous system and movement.

Introduction to Breaking: Deciphering its Power

DAN 225 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Raphael Xavier

This introductory course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore the flow, power and cultural contexts of Breaking.

#Dancing Black: Black American Dance from 1970 to Today

DAN 302 / AAS 316 · Spring 2022

S01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Jasmine E. Johnson

This course explores the politics, aesthetics, and histories of Black American dance from the early 1970s to today. Paying special attention to the politics of circulation and new technologies, we will explore questions around innovation, virality, citation, ownership, and appropriation.

Rhythm Tap Dance Lab: Explorations in Black Embodied and Electronic Music

DAN 303 / AAS 329 / MTD 303 / MUS 268 · Spring 2022

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Michael J. Love

Enrolled students will engage with this course as workshop cast members of a new interdisciplinary piece by Princeton Arts Fellow Michael J. Love and explore methods of rhythm tap dance performance, live electronic music composition, and practice-based research on Black American music (genres such as jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, techno, and house).

Choreography Studio

DAN 317 · Spring 2022

U01 · Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This seminar is designed for junior dance certificate students to investigate current dance practices and ideas. Part study and discussion of the processes, aesthetics and politics involved in dance making and viewing — part independent creative practice and critique — this course invites students to a deeper understanding of their own art making perspectives and to those of their classmates.

Performance as Art

VIS 354 / DAN 354 / THR 354 · Spring 2022

U01 · Tuesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper

This studio class will explore a broad range of approaches to art-based performance: from instruction pieces and happenings, to the body as language and gesture, to performance as a form of archiving.

Are you for sale? Performance Making, Philanthropy and Ethics

DAN 357 / AMS 358 / THR 357 / VIS 357 · Spring 2022

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Miguel Gutierrez

In this class we study the relationships between performance-making, philanthropy and ethics. How are performing artists financing their work, and what does this mean in relationship to economic and social justice?

Approaches to Ballet: Technique and Repertory

DAN 431 · Spring 2022

C01 · Monday, Wednesday + Thursday, 4:30-6:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

A studio course in Classical and Contemporary Ballet technique for advanced dancers, with explorations into neoclassical and contemporary choreography through readings, viewings, and the learning of and creation of repertory.