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Dance program

  • Dance your way through school

    The dance program at SPC offers a wide variety of dance courses including Jazz, Modern and Ballet technique. Dancers as young as 16 are able to participate in the SPC dance program. There are beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. In addition to the regular dance classes, SPC offers many exciting dance workshops.

    Scholarships

    Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Nancy Smith, 727-341-4361.


    No artist is ahead of his time. He is his time; it is just that others are behind the times.

    Martha Graham, dancer, choreographer


  • You can take dance classes as electives for your Associate in Arts degree or to meet common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major.

    Dance classes


    • DAA 1100Modern Dance I

      DAA 1100   Modern Dance Icredits: 1

      This course includes elementary modern dance techniques and the basic elements of design and the fundamental factors related to movement. In addition to learning the basic principles of proper body alignment, balance and rhythm, an overview of the historical background of modern dance will be provided. No dance experience is necessary for the successful completion of the class. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAA 1200Ballet I

      DAA 1200   Ballet Icredits: 1

      This course is an introduction to techniques at the barre using basic foot, arm and body positions. Basic center work is also included. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAA 1351Zumba International Dance

      DAA 1351   Zumba International Dancecredits: 1

      This course is designed to provide the student with a blend of Latin and international music and dance patterns which create a dynamic, exhilarating and effective fitness system. The choreographed routines feature aerobic/fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body. Zumba utilizes interval training principles and resistance training to maximize caloric output, fat burning and total body toning. Zumba targets the muscles of the buttocks, abdomen, legs, arms and most vitally, the heart. A variety of music provided by Zumba International and other appropriate artists from all corners of the world is used to accompany the choreographed routines. Zumba is designed for everyone and may be modified for any fitness entry level. This course is repeatable up to 5 times.

    • DAA 1500Jazz Dance I

      DAA 1500   Jazz Dance Icredits: 1

      This course is an introduction to the jazz style of dance in which the student coordinates movements with isolated parts of the body. In addition to learning the basic principles of proper body alignment, balance and syncopation, an overview of the history of jazz dance will be provided. No prior dance experience is necessary for the successful completion of the class. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAA 1680Dance Repertory I

      DAA 1680   Dance Repertory Icredits: 1

      This course enables students of dance to earn academic credit for their participation in a public dance presentation. Through intensive rehearsal and performance experiences the student will acquire skills in movement, human understanding, cooperation and self discipline. Minimum of 2 hours required during rehearsal periods. Additional hours may be required during production weeks. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAA 1810Stage Movement Technique

      DAA 1810   Stage Movement Techniquecredits: 1

      This course is an exploration of dance and movement as it relates to music performance. The focus is on development of the performer's sense of balance, relaxation, physical coordination, breath and control. Particular attention will be on how each individual can enhance their personal visual presentation as it relates to live performance. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAA 2101Modern Dance II

      DAA 2101   Modern Dance IIcredits: 1

      This course is a continuation of Modern Dance I and is geared toward intermediate level combinations of movement which promote the understanding of modern dance theory and technique. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

      Prerequisite: DAA 1100 with a minimum grade of B or permission of instructor

    • DAA 2201Ballet II

      DAA 2201   Ballet IIcredits: 1

      This course is a continuation of Ballet I, an intermediate course in classical ballet with emphasis on the balletic style. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

      Prerequisite: DAA 1200 or permission of instructor

    • DAA 2501Jazz Dance II

      DAA 2501   Jazz Dance IIcredits: 1

      This course is a continuation of Jazz Dance I, geared toward intermediate level combinations of movement which promote the understanding of jazz dance theory and technique. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

      Prerequisite: DAA 1500 with a minimum grade of B or permission of instructor

    • DAA 2681Dance Repertory II

      DAA 2681   Dance Repertory IIcredits: 1

      This course enables students of dance to earn academic credit for their participation in a public dance presentation. Through intensive rehearsal and performance experiences the student will acquire skills in movement, human understanding, cooperation and self-discipline. Some touring experiences may be provided. Audition or permission of instructor required. Four hours per week is the minimum requirement during rehearsal times. Additional hours may be required during production weeks. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

    • DAN 1768Applied Lessons in Alexander Technique

      DAN 1768   Applied Lessons in Alexander Techniquecredits: 1

      Private instruction. No audition required. This course includes elementary Alexander techniques, basic elements of kinesthetic awareness and injury prevention. In addition to learning the basic principles of proper body alignment, students will recognize and release habits of movement and thinking that cause tension and hinder movement. In addition, this course will include a study of anatomy and body alignment, the writings of F. M. Alexander and others related to the Alexander Technique. No experience is necessary for the successful completion of the class. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. 16 contact hours.

  • A liberal arts education with courses in Dance can serve as the foundation for advanced degrees and professions such as dancing, choreography, musical performance, producing, directing and teaching.

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  • Nancy Smith
    Academic Department Chair
    St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
    (727) 341-4361

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    Administrative Services Specialist
    St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
    727-341-7984

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    Accounting Support Technician
    St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus
    727-341-4330
  • As an SPC student, you can audition to performing in CoMotion Dance Theatre, the resident dance company at St. Petersburg College, which hosts two annual dance concerts. You can earn college credit by enrolling in the Dance Repertory classes or perform in off-campus performances. The concerts are choreographed by SPC faculty and are enhanced by the Guest Choreographer Series which commissions works from several local professional choreographers each year.

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