Courses

  • PDP AQ 101: Beginning Swim
    For those who have had little or no swimming experience. Instruction in basic swimming skills for beginners to advanced beginners. Learn and improve the crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, and breaststroke. Work at your own pace with individualized guidance from the instructor.
  • PDP AQ 201: Swimming, Stroke Improvement
    For swimmers who have a solid understanding of the crawl stroke and are familiar with backstroke and breaststroke. Students learn drills for skill improvement. Emphasis is on body form, stroke efficiency, and conditioning in all the strokes.
  • PDP AQ 220: Scuba
    Prereq: 200-yard swim test and 10 minute float. Course includes all pool and academic training to become scuba certified. Pool equipment is provided. Lab fee: $850 fee due before class, payable online. Fee includes books, open water dives for certification. Purchase or rental of personal gear, snorkel, mask, and fins is required for open water dives. 1 cr. either sem.
  • PDP AQ 301: Fitness Swim
    Prereq: Ability to swim 200 yards continuously and competence in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke. For intermediate and advanced swimmers who want to improve their fitness and technique through workouts and drills. The class will focus on applying the basics of fitness swimming, including technique drills, flip turns, reading a pace clock and interval training that includes endurance, speed and strength sets. Coached workouts are provided for more advanced swimmers. 1 cr. either sem.
  • PDP DA 100: Pilates-Based Conditioning
    Students explore fundamental matwork evolved from the teaching of Joseph H. Pilates, the seminal conditioning pioneer. Individuals are taught to balance flexibility with strength within the context of proper body alignment. The concepts of centering and stabilization with a strong and mobile abdominal "core" develop finely-tuned athletes and dancers and benefit all who seek an intelligent approach to movement.
  • PDP DA 111: Ballroom, Beginning
    This class is suitable for beginners and intermediate level dancers. Focus is on the Social Style Smooth dances (Fox-trot, Waltz, Tango, and Viennese), and Rhythm/Latin dances (Cha-cha, Rumba, Mambo, Bolero, Samba, Disco Hustle, East Coast Swing.) You will be able to dance with confidence anywhere people come together to socialize.
  • PDP DA 112: Ballroom, Tango
    Focus is on the tango, a smooth dance with Latin roots, popularized in the 1920s and enjoying a resurgence. Beginning and intermediate dancers learn the traditional steps and some of the Argentine variations.
  • PDP DA 113: Ballroom, Swing
    Students will learn the fun East Coast and West Coast Swing styles with a variety of tempi and different rhythm variations.
  • PDP DA 114: Salsa and Merengue Ballroom
    Students learn the spiciest of the Latin dances. Includes an introduction to other Latin dances.
  • PDP DA 115: Ballroom, Latin
    Imagine yourself being able to dance in any city, here or abroad. This fun but challenging Ballroom class focuses on the International Style dances including the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Cha-Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. One Standard and one Latin dance will be introduced.
  • PDP DA 129: Ballet, Beginning
    Students are guided in movement exercises accompanied by live music. Students begin with exercises at the ballet barre designed to teach basic, classical technique and to build strength, flexibility, control and alignment. As each class develops, the movement progresses to center practice and then to larger phrases across the floor including leaps, jumps and turns.
  • PDP DA 130: Ballet, Advanced Beginning
    Program of classical ballet with some experience.
  • PDP DA 138: Improvisation
    An introductory class designed to heighten spontaneity and creativity. Class begins with an energetic movement warm-up,then explores a variety of improvisational games, structures, and compositional studies. Class includes partnering. Dancers and non-dancers welcome.
  • PDP DA 139: 20th Century Dance History
    An introduction to the people, events and masterworks that shaped the development of dance in the twentieth century. Course includes lectures, viewing videos and films, select readings and discussions. Offered spring semester. 2 credits
  • PDP DA 140: Modern Dance, Beginning
    Focus is on the fundamentals of the major modern dance techniques (Limon, Graham, Horton, Release)to improve agility, physical awareness, coordination and expressiveness in a fun and supportive environment. Class includes energizing warm-up and choreography.
  • PDP DA 150: Cardio-Jazz Funk
    A funky combination of low-impact aerobics, hip-hop, and jazz dance. Designed to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular strength while learning the fundamentals of jazz dance and the latest dance club moves. No prior dance experience is necessary.
  • PDP DA 151: Cardio-Jazz Funk
    A funky combination of low-impact aerobics, hip-hop, and jazz dance. Designed to improve muscle tone and cardiovascular strength while learning the fundamentals of jazz dance and the latest dance club moves. No prior dance experience is necessary.
  • PDP DA 160: Hip-Hop Dance
    Prereq: PDP DA 150 or previous dance/aerobic dance training. Learn hip-hop and street funk dance choreography and get a fitness workout in this fun and challenging class.
  • PDP DA 161: Hip Hop Dance
    Prereq: PDP DA 150 or previous dance/aerobic dance training. Learn hip-hop and street funk dance choreography and get a fitness workout in this fun and challenging class.
  • PDP DA 162: Afro-Fusion
    Afro-fusion blends the traditional and contemporary elements of African and Western dance styles. Students will experience a full-body, energetic workout while learning vibrant choreography with references to West African, Caribbean, hip hop, house and jazz to upbeat music. No prior dance experience is necessary.