Courses

Dance Program education and training includes half-credit courses focused on technique and performance across a variety of dance forms. We also offer a holistic range of full credit courses that explore the creative process of making dances in specific contexts, and that integrate movement-based inquiry with scholarly discourse on dance and embodied knowledge across arts and non-arts disciplines. A maximum total of four course credits (made up of partial credit courses) in technique and performance courses may count toward the thirty-four courses required for graduation from Duke. If you need special accommodations with your course schedule or course load in order to take a technique or a performance class, see the DANCE 280 overview or Performance Contract option.

Professionals/community members and non-Duke university students may also register for Duke Dance Program courses.

To see courses offered during a specific semester, please visit DukeHub and select “Class Search”.

Number Title Codes
DANCE 89S First-Year Seminar
DANCE 101 Introduction to Dance CCI, ALP
DANCE 105S Dance Composition R, ALP
DANCE 110 Elementary Modern Dance
DANCE 116 Alexander Technique for Musicians, Dancers, and Actors ALP
DANCE 120 Beginning Ballet
DANCE 122 Intermediate Ballet
DANCE 130 African Dance Technique I
DANCE 131 Capoeira: Brazilian Dance/Martial Art
DANCE 132L African Dance Percussion
DANCE 135 Experimental Sculpture and Installation Art ALP
DANCE 140 Jazz Dance I
DANCE 142 Hip Hop I
DANCE 143 Hip Hop II
DANCE 152 Dance Improvisation
DANCE 165 Let's Dance! Live Art and Performance CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 201S Arts Entrepreneurship
DANCE 205S Advanced Dance Composition R, ALP
DANCE 206S Solo Performance W, ALP
DANCE 208S Non-Profit Cultural Institutions EI, SS
DANCE 210 Intermediate Modern Dance
DANCE 211 Musical Theater Workshop: Performance ALP
DANCE 225S Ballet Forces: Dancing the State CCI, EI, W, ALP, CZ
DANCE 226S Performing Brazil CCI, W, ALP
DANCE 226S Performing African Diaspora
DANCE 230 African Dance Technique II
DANCE 235SL Capoeira: Practice and Culture CCI, W, ALP, SS
DANCE 240 Jazz Dance II
DANCE 255 T'ai Chi and Chinese Thought CCI, CZ
DANCE 276S Lighting Design R, ALP
DANCE 279SA The Economics of Art (The Chicago Scene) CCI, ALP
DANCE 280 Individual Dance Program: Special Topics
DANCE 284 Ritual, Performance, and Religion CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 290 Special Topics Lecture
DANCE 290A Special Topics in Dance Duke-Administered Study Abroad
DANCE 290S Special Topics Seminar
DANCE 297 Floor Barre - Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique®* with Andrea E. Woods Valdés ALP
DANCE 302S Writing about Performance CCI, R, W, ALP
DANCE 305T Choreography R, ALP
DANCE 306S Dance for the Camera R, STS, ALP
DANCE 307SA stARTup Project R, ALP
DANCE 308 Performance and Technology: Composition Workshop STS, ALP
DANCE 309S Dancing States of Mind: The Self, Social and Political Practice of Dance R, ALP
DANCE 310 Advanced Modern Dance
DANCE 315S History of Modern Dance, 1880-1950 CCI, ALP
DANCE 316S Postmodernism in Dance, 1950-2000 W, ALP
DANCE 317 The Body in Art in Early Modern Europe: Power and Limits of Corporeal Representations CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 318S Movement in Question: Introduction to Critical Dance Studies CCI, R, W, ALP, CZ
DANCE 320 Advanced Ballet
DANCE 321 Pointe and Variations: Advanced Study of Pointe Work for Ballet
DANCE 325S The Black Parades: African Diaspora Parade Culture and Radical Resistance CCI, ALP, SS
DANCE 332 Black Theater Workshop CCI, ALP
DANCE 335SL West African Rootholds in Dance CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 336 Black Dance CCI, R, W, ALP
DANCE 356 Dance and Dance Theater of Asia CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 367 Dance and Religion in Asia and Africa CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 368 Gender in Dance and Theatre CCI, ALP, CZ
DANCE 370S The Choreographic Mind: Order, Disorder, Organization, Relations CCI, R, ALP, CZ
DANCE 371 Artists in Healthcare: Collaborations and Complexities CCI, EI, R, ALP, CZ
DANCE 375 Music for Dancers ALP
DANCE 377S Dance Science: An Evolutionary Approach R, ALP, NS
DANCE 379S Legal Issues for the Performing Arts EI, SS
DANCE 390 Special Topics
DANCE 390L Special Topics
DANCE 390S Special Topics
DANCE 391 Independent Study
DANCE 393 Research Independent Study R
DANCE 394 Research Independent Study R
DANCE 403S Pedagogies of Dance ALP
DANCE 410 Intensive Modern Dance
DANCE 412 Performance: Modern
DANCE 420 Intensive Ballet
DANCE 422 Performance: Ballet
DANCE 432 Performance: African
DANCE 435 Experimental Sculpture and Installation Art ALP
DANCE 442 Performance: Jazz
DANCE 443 Performance: Tap
DANCE 462 Performance: Interdisciplinary - Time Slips Community Engagement
DANCE 472 Performance: Dance Theater
DANCE 487S Capstone Seminar: Research Methods in Dance Studies and Choreographic Performance CCI, R, W, ALP, CZ
DANCE 489T Capstone: Senior Project R, ALP
DANCE 490S Special Topics in Dance
DANCE 499S Capstone Seminar: Distinction Project R, ALP
DANCE 535S AfroFuturism ALP
DANCE 545S Selected Topics in Dance Theory ALP
DANCE 561S Art as Work: Valuing Labor in the Arts CCI, EI, R, ALP, CZ
DANCE 575S Somatics: Embodiment for the Twenty-First Century EI, R, ALP, NS
DANCE 590S Topics in Dance/Embodiment
DANCE 645S Black Performance Theory CCI, R, ALP
DANCE 665S Contemporary Dance History CCI, W, ALP, CZ
DANCE 690S Special Topics in Dance
DANCE 701S Choreographic Praxis: Choreography as an Aesthetics of Change
DANCE 703S Pedagogies of Dance
DANCE 710L Movement Research I
DANCE 771S Graduate Seminar: Theories of Corporeality
DANCE 772S Graduate Seminar in Critical Dance Studies
DANCE 787S Research Methods in Dance
DANCE 801S Establishing a Choreographic Practice
DANCE 810L Movement Research II
DANCE 871S Critique I
DANCE 891 Independent Study
DANCE 971S Critique II
DANCE 989 Thesis Project - MFA in Dance: Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis