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Take a Pilates class for academic credit

PDP credit courses are a great way for students to schedule a workout into their academic weeks or balance their course loads. From swimming to group fitness to dance, BU offers something for everyone! Classes generally meet once or twice a week, for varying times. Most are held in BU’s new, state-of-the-art Fitness and Recreation Center. Register for your class on StudentLink, and then pay fees (if necessary) on My FitRec.

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PDP DA 100 Pilates-Based Conditioning

Fall ‘14

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.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 10:00 am – 11:00 am Allen FRC L137
B1 MW 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Allen FRC L137
C1 TR 11:30 am – 12:30 pm Allen FRC L137

PDP DA 111 Ballroom, Beginning

Fall ‘14

Introduction to a selection of smooth dances (fox-trot, waltz, tango, and Viennese), and rhythm/Latin dances (cha-cha, rumba, mambo, bolero, samba, disco hustle, east coast swing, and west coast swing). Note: Time constraints reduce the selection to only three or four dances per semester.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 T 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Paul FRC 211
B1 T 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paul FRC 211
C1 W 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 112 Ballroom, Tango

Fall ‘14

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 M 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 113 Ballroom, Swing

Fall ‘14

Course material includes a variety of tempi and different rhythm variations, such as the triple, lindy, and jitterbug.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 T 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 114 Salsa and Merengue Ballroom

Fall ‘14

Students learn the spiciest of the Latin dances. Includes an introduction to other Latin dances.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 M 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Paul FRC 211
B1 M 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 115 International Ballroom, Standard

Fall ‘14

This ballroom class focuses on the International Standard style dances including the Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, and Viennese Waltz. Men are encouraged to register for the class.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 116 International Ballroom, Latin

Fall ‘14

This ballroom class focuses on the International Latin style dances including Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. Men are encouraged to register for the class.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Paul FRC 211

PDP DA 129 Ballet, Beginning

Fall ‘14

Program of classical ballet for the beginner, including alignment of the body, positions of the feet, elementary port de bras and locomotive movements, basic ballet turns, and jumps.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Allen FRC L126

PDP DA 130 Ballet, Advanced Beginning

Fall ‘14

Program of classical ballet with some experience.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 138 Improvisation

Fall ‘14

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.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Roncka FRC L137

PDP DA 140 Modern Dance, Beginning

Fall ‘14

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.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Taylor-Pinne FRC L240

PDP DA 150 Cardio-Jazz Funk

Fall ‘14

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.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 10:00 am – 11:00 am Coleman FRC L240
B1 MW 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Coleman FRC L240

PDP DA 160 Hip-Hop Dance

Fall ‘14

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.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 9:30 am – 10:30 am Coleman FRC L240
B1 TR 10:30 am – 11:30 am Coleman FRC L240

PDP DA 170 Tap Dance, Beginning

Fall ‘14

Students will learn the basic steps while focusing on rhythm and coordination. A variety of tap styles will be introduced in increasingly dynamic and challenging combinations as students become more proficient. Tap shoes required.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Casey FRC 220

PDP DA 179 Afro-Jazz

Fall ‘14

An invigorating workout that incorporates West African and Caribbean dance with contemporary jazz technique. Each class begins with a core-strengthening warm-up and continues with fun and fluid combinations. All levels welcome.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm Allen FRC L240

PDP DA 180 Jazz, beginning

Fall ‘14

Technique class in jazz dance emphasizing mastery of fundamental jazz principles, development of lyrical jazz styles, and learning combinations to traditional and contemporary jazz music.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Pellecchia FRC L240

PDP DA 229 Ballet, Low Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Program of classical ballet for students who have completed beginning level ballet courses.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Roe FRC L126

PDP DA 230 Ballet, Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 229 or previous ballet experience. Classical ballet including work in allegro, adagio, pirouettes, turns, and jumps.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 240 Modern Dance, Low Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 140 or dance experience. Modern dance with an emphasis on technique development, study of movement qualities, and improvisation.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Taylor-Pinne FRC L240

PDP DA 270 Tap Dance, Low Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 170 or previous experience. For students who have successfully completed a beginning-level tap course. Includes various rhythms and tempos as well as combinations of tap with jazz movements. Tap shoes required.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 10:00 am – 11:00 am Casey FRC 220

PDP DA 280 Jazz, Low Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 180 or previous dance training. Technique course with an emphasis on style, placement, strength, and stretch.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Pellecchia FRC L240

PDP DA 329 Ballet, High Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 229 or previous ballet experience. A program of advanced classical ballet.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MWF 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 330 Pointe

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 229 or previous experience. Introduction or reintroduction to basics of pointe work. Ballet barre and center work.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 F 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 340 Modern Dance, High Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 240 or previous experience. A technique course designed to enhance the experienced dancer's kinesthetic awareness and performance capabilities.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 TR 9:30 am – 11:00 am Ewing FRC L137

PDP DA 370 Tap Dance, High Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 270 or previous tap experience. Course develops students technical skills and performance capabilities.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Casey FRC 220

PDP DA 380 Jazz, High Intermediate

Fall ‘14

Prereq: PDP DA 280 or the equivalent. Practice in the fast, dynamic jazz dance style associated with Broadway, hip-hop, and dance video with an emphasis on style and sound anatomical technique. Students must be at the intermediate/advanced level and be ready for a workout.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Pellecchia FRC L240

PDP DA 400 Repertory and Performance

Fall ‘14

Prereq: Previous dance training and the instructor's consent. Students are part of the choreographic process as faculty members create or rework pieces. Dances are performed in a Dance Theatre Group concert.   [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 R 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Taylor-Pinne FRC L240

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