Whether you want to try something for the first time, or dive deep into your area of study, our courses offer you the opportunity to shine a light on what interests you. 

Please note: The Course Catalog should be used for all official planning. 

MUDA - Dance

MUDA 110: Dance Appreciation

How do you define dance? Where is dance found? How does dance affect you? As we explore this line of inquiry, we will touch on topics such as dance history, theory, culture and documentation. Drawing from a variety of somatic practices and our collaborative experience, we will physically sample approaches to dance and practice noticing dance in our lives.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 110

MUDA 132: Ensemble Thinking

Ensemble Thinking is a system of physical, improvisational, group exercises that provides organizing lenses through which we observe and participate in movement and performance. Using this technique, we will develop awareness and listening skills for relating to others, build a common language, and practice collaboratively creating dances. Through embodied studio investigations, this course introduces students to dance composition.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 132

MUDA 134: Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form that explores movement possibilites created when two or more individual bodies are touching and/or sharing weight, balance or support. The practice of Contact Improvisation encourages the development of self-responsibility, awareness, clear physical communication and a strong, versitile body. This is a rigorous dance lab in which we will experiment with action, physics and listening.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 134

MUDA 136: Embodied Creative Practice

This is a course designed to build your creative muscle. In the supportive community of this class, we will access your individual story, writing, drawing, movement and voice to create and perform for each other every class meeting. Employing diverse performance techniques and referencing various readings, we will discover and craft our unique inspirations, directions, and experience.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 136

MUDA 138: Articulating the Solo Body

Based in ReWire/Dancing States and other contemporary techniques, this course will build a movement foundation for the solo dancing body. In the studio, we will work with clarity, speed, and precision to develop a versatile and conscious dancer. We will also explore topics such as performance, intention, and habits while dancing.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 138

MUDA 143: Movement for the Theatre: Fundamentals of Movement

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 143

MUDA 145: Movement for the Theatre: Ballet

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 145

MUDA 147: Movement for the Theatre: Modern Dance

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 147

MUDA 149: Movement for the Theatre: Social Dance

Movement for the Theatre introduces students to the basic movement and gestural vocabulary of the dance discipline and promotes a fundamental understanding of how dance and movement serve as one of the contributing arts to the theatre. In each section, emphasis will be placed on basic technique, historical context, and their relationship to common theatre, musical, and opera production practices. Recommended for students who wish to participate in theatre, opera, and musical productions. Only 6 units of Movement for the Theatre (any type) can count toward the theatre arts major.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 149

MUDA 185: Movement and Text

This studio-based introductory course examines the interplay of physical movement with verbal and written texts. Using choreographic approaches and improvisational structures, students will investigate how to mine a theatrical text for its range of expression, embodiment, and compositional qualities, and to examine the kinesthetic body as a text.
Units: 6
Also listed as Theatre Arts 185

MUDA 191: Directed Study in Dance

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 220: Topics in Movement/Performance

Topics in this series vary from year to year. May be repeated when topic is different.
Units: 3
Also listed as Theatre Arts 220

MUDA 221: Dance Studies: Global Perspectives

This course introduces major concepts, approaches and issues in the study of dance as a cultural, historical and artistic practice. By examining key texts in dance studies, viewing dance films and engaging in the practice of dancing, students will investigate how moving bodies shaped history while considering dance as a form of cultural identity and political power.
Units: 6
Also listed as Theatre Arts 221

MUDA 222: Dance, Yoga, and Body Knowledge in Religion

This class introduces students to the concept of embodied knowledge, asking students 'what do our bodies know and how do they learn?' and 'what do the performances of our bodies create?' Students will explore embodied ways of knowing at the intersection of Indian classical dance, yoga, and Hindu traditions and then create and analyze their own movement practices as part of the class.
Units: 6
Also listed as Religious Studies 221

MUDA 390: Tutorial in Dance

A tutorial is a student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or a small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members from the department. The primary goal of a tutorial is the expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge through in-depth exploration of a specific topic. A tutorial may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 391: Directed Study in Dance

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 399: Independent Study in Dance

An independent study is largely student-directed work in scholarship or creative activity supervised by a member of an academic department. An independent study may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 590: Tutorial in Dance

A tutorial is a student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or a small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members from the department. The primary goal of a tutorial is the expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge through in-depth exploration of a specific topic. A tutorial may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 591: Directed Study in Dance

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 599: Independent Study in Dance

An independent study is largely student-directed work in scholarship or creative activity supervised by a member of an academic department. An independent study may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 690: Tutorial in Dance

A tutorial is a student-driven course of study undertaken by an individual student or a small group of students in collaboration with one or more faculty members from the department. The primary goal of a tutorial is the expansion, refinement, and synthesis of knowledge through in-depth exploration of a specific topic. A tutorial may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 691: Directed Study in Dance

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98

MUDA 699: Independent Study in Dance

An independent study is largely student-directed work in scholarship or creative activity supervised by a member of an academic department. An independent study may be arranged with an instructor in accordance with the guidelines contained in the course catalog and any departmental requirements.
Units: 1 TO 98