Courses

The listing of a course description here does not guarantee a course’s being offered in a particular semester. Please refer to the published schedule of classes on the Student Link for confirmation a class is actually being taught and for specific course meeting dates and times.

  • PDP AQ 101: Beginning Swim I-Introduction to Swimming
    This is a course for swimmers who have had little or no swimming experience. Instruction will focus on basic swimming skills for beginners to advanced beginners. Skills to be covered include: front crawl with rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, comfort in the deep end of the pool, and treading water.
  • PDP AQ 102: Beginning Swim II - Progressive Swim
    Prerequisites: Ability to swim 20 continuous yards of any stroke, ability to float, tread water, and submerge. This is a course for students who have attended PDP AQ 101, Beginning Swim I or who meet the prerequisite requirements of the course. Instruction will focus on basic swimming skills for beginners to advanced beginners. Skills to be covered include: front crawl with rotary breathing, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, comfort in the deep water, and treading water.
  • PDP AQ 201: Intermediate Swim - Stroke Improvement
    Prerequisites: Ability to swim 50 continuous yards of any stroke, 25 continuous yards of the backstroke, and 25 continuous yards of the breaststroke. This course is designed for students who have a solid understanding of front crawl, are familiar with the backstroke, and are comfortable in deep water with emphasis on body form, stroke efficiency, and conditioning of all strokes. Skills to be covered will include: refinement of front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and an introduction to butterfly.
  • PDP AQ 301: Advanced Swim - Fitness Conditioning
    Prerequisites: Ability to swim 200 continuous yards and be capable of performing/demonstrating the front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and basic butterfly. This course is designed for intermediate and advanced swimmers who want to improve their fitness and technique through workouts and drills. Workouts will focus on improving technique and building endurance. More advanced workouts will be provided for swimmers who enjoy swimming as a method of improving cardiovascular performance and maintaining their fitness level. The class will focus on applying the basics of fitness swimming, including technique drills, flip turns, reading a pace clock, interval training, and creating a personalized workout. The instructors will critique students' strokes and offer stroke feedback.
  • PDP AQ 320: Lifeguard Training
    Prereq: Must be at least 15 years old and pass the swim test given by the instructor at the first class. This American Red Cross certification class will prepare students to become certified lifeguards. Students must attend all sessions and pass the prerequisite swim test on the first day of class. Successful completion of all skills, tests, and requirements will result in a two year certification in Lifeguard Training/First Aid/CPR/AED. Students may still receive a passing grade in the course, even if they do not achieve the lifeguard certification. Lab Fee $280
  • PDP AQ 330: Water Safety Instructor
    Prereq: Must be at least 16 years old and pass the swim test given by the instructor at the first class. This certification class will prepare students to become American Red Cross certified swim instructors. Students who pass a written exam and practical skills test receive certification in American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Lab fee: $280. 1 cr.
  • PDP DA 100: Pilates-Based Conditioning
    Students will explore the fundamental Pilates techniques. Through simple, targeted exercises, students will increase their flexibility, strength, and core stability yielding improved posture, increased endurance and lowered risk of injury. Beginners and those with previous Pilates experience will find a safe, supportive environment. Exercises can be adapted for all abilities. Come ready to focus, explore and discover!
  • PDP DA 101: Pilates-Based Conditioning
    Students will explore the fundamental Pilates techniques. Through simple, targeted exercises, students will increase their flexibility, strength, and core stability yielding improved posture, increased endurance and lowered risk of injury. Beginners and those with previous Pilates experience will find a safe, supportive environment. Exercises can be adapted for all abilities. Come ready to focus, explore and discover!
  • PDP DA 111: Ballroom, Beginning
    An introduction to the American Style Ballroom & Rhythm form of partner dancing. For both students with little or no instruction and students who may have taken previous Ballroom & Rhythm classes. Two to three dances are introduced per semester on a rotating basis. American Smooth includes: Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango and Viennese Waltz. American Rhythm includes: Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Mambo, and Bolero. Students will gain confidence in leading and following a partner.
  • PDP DA 112: Ballroom, Tango
    An introduction to the American Style Tango. For both students with little or no instruction and students who may have taken previous Tango classes. Students will gain confidence in leading and following a partner.
  • PDP DA 113: Ballroom, Swing
    An introduction to the American Style East Coast Swing and elements of Lindy and Foxtrot. For both students with little or no instruction and students who may have taken previous Swing classes. Students will build confidence in their ability to dance, create and enjoy a wide range of Swing music. Students will gain confidence in leading and following a partner.
  • PDP DA 114: Salsa and Merengue Ballroom
    An introduction to the Salsa and Merengue. For both students with little or no instruction and students who may have taken previous Swing classes. Students will gain confidence in leading and following a partner.
  • PDP DA 115: Ballroom, Latin
    An introduction to the Latin Style of Ballroom dancing. Appropriate for students who have had little or no instruction in this style of dance. In- depth enough for students who may have taken previous Latin Style Ballroom classes for the purpose of building confidence and gaining additional dance experience with a partner. Typically two dances per semester are introduced on a rotating basis: Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha, Rhumba and/or Argentine Tango. Enjoy learning the skills of both leader and follower.
  • PDP DA 129: Ballet, Beginning
    A class for first-time students of ballet or for students returning after several years without practice. Students begin with exercises at the ballet barre designed to teach basic ballet technique and to build strength, flexibility, control, and alignment. With each class, the barre technique is reinforced in the center through movement and traveling phrases. Accompanied by live music.
  • PDP DA 130: Ballet, Advanced Beginning
    For students who have some ballet training or who are returning to ballet. Students will learn combinations at the barre and in the center that focus on developing alignment, strength, endurance, flexibility, control, coordination, and musicality. The class will focus on the athleticism of ballet along with development of fluidity by use of port de bras and a sense of musicality. Live music.
  • PDP DA 138: Improvisation
    Dancers and non-dancers alike are welcome. The skills developed in this class are applicable to any creative process as well as to everyday life. In this class we engage in exercises and improvisational structures to heighten our awareness, broaden our individual movement vocabulary and develop our skills in instant composition. The class also introduces basic partnering skills and often involves optional performance opportunities. This is a dynamic class that fosters both the ability to work in ensemble as well as strengthening the individual's personal aesthetics and movement style.
  • PDP DA 140: Modern Dance, Beginning
    This class is for those who've never taken a dance class before, those who have never studied modern before, or those returning to dance after a hiatus. The course is an overview of four modern dance techniques: Limon, Horton, Graham and Release. The basic concepts, theories, and vocabulary of each technique are explored 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 training. Students will engage in full bodied physical movement, while developing confidence and subtle intricacies for a variety of hip hop styles. Class includes a warm-up/work out, progressions across the floor, and choreography. This class will challenge dancers to fully express themselves.