Dance

  • 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 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.
  • PDP DA 162: Afro-Fusion
    This course will build upon foundations of traditional and contemporary elements of African and Western dance styles including West African, Caribbean, hip hop, house and jazz dance. Students will engage in full bodied physical movement, while developing confidence and subtle intricacies for a variety of styles. Students will learn progressions across the floor and choreography that challenges them to fully express themselves. Some previous dance/movement training is helpful but not essential.
  • PDP DA 170: Tap Dance, Beginning
    This class provides a solid foundation in tap technique and musicality, along with elements of classic repertoire, tap history, and music theory. Students will develop strong, fundamental skills relevant to both jazz tap and musical theater tap styles, and ultimately be able to perform basic steps and patterns with clarity, timing, style, joy, and confidence. Tap shoes required.
  • PDP DA 180: Jazz, beginning
    A class for first time students of jazz or for students returning after several years without practice. Each semester, the pace of the class is determined by the level of the individuals in the class. Technique class in jazz dance emphasizing mastery of fundamental jazz principles, understanding proper alignment, development of lyrical jazz styles, and learning combinations to traditional jazz and contemporary music. Classes include a warm-up, skills moving across the floor, and work on basic contemporary-jazz choreography.
  • PDP DA 229: Ballet, Low Intermediate
    For those either returning to class after a hiatus, or for the student who has taken a Beginner Ballet class, either at BU or in another dance program or studio. The class requires a familiarity with basic ballet concepts such as the positions of the feet, port de bras, ballet terminology, and ballet steps. The class follows the traditional classical ballet class model, beginning with barre exercises designed to increase strength and flexibility, and progressing to center work, including, but not limited to, adagio, pirouettes and other turns, petit and grand allegro, and beats. Particular attention will be placed on aligning the body safely within each student's individual anatomical ability. Live music.
  • PDP DA 230: Ballet, Intermediate
    For students at the intermediate level who have studied ballet and have completed PDP DA 229 or the equivalent at a different program or studio. Barre and center work will focus on musicality, dynamic alignment, and expression. Classical ballet combinations will guide students to become more fluid and confident in the ballet technique while developing strength, endurance, flexibility, control, coordination, and breath. Live music.
  • PDP DA 240: Modern/Contemporary Dance, Low Intermediate
    Section A1: meets with PDP DA 280, Jazz, Low Intermediate. This low intermediate, multi-genre class meets twice a week. Fast-paced technique class for both genres incorporating Ballet, Yoga, and Pilates with floor work and strength training designed specifically for dancers;. Prerequisites: PDP DA 140, 180, or the equivalent dance training. Section B1: meets with PDP DA 340, Modern/Contemporary, High Intermediate. This multi-level modern/contemporary class meets once a week. The course is an overview of concepts and vocabulary of modern and contemporary technique. Historical, anatomical, and compositional information is interspersed to enhance students' skills in self-expression, injury prevention and putting dance in a cultural context. Prerequisites: intermediate level dance training.
  • PDP DA 270: Tap Dance, Intermediate
    For students who have completed PDP DA 170 or the equivalent. This class builds on beginning material not just by learning more complicated steps, but by working with more challenging rhythms and musically sophisticated phrases, as well as improvisational skills. Students will develop strong feet and musical ears relevant to both jazz tap and musical theater tap styles, and ultimately be able to perform choreography and improvise with clarity, timing, style, joy, and confidence. Tap shoes required.