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PDP credit courses are a great way to schedule a workout to balance your course load, continue your dance training, or try something new. 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.

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PDP DA 100 Pilates-Based Conditioning

Sprg ‘18

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 10:10 am – 11:00 am Allen FRC L137
B1 MW 11:15 am – 12:05 pm Allen FRC L137
C1 MW 3:35 pm – 4:25 pm Allen FRC L137
D1 TR 2:25 pm – 3:15 pm Allen FRC L137
E1 TR 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm Allen FRC L133

PDP DA 111 Ballroom, Beginning

Sprg ‘18

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 T 1:30 pm – 2:20 pm Herman-Haase FRC 212A
B1 W 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm Herman-Haase FRC 212A

PDP DA 112 Ballroom, Tango

Sprg ‘18

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 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Paul FRC 212A

PDP DA 113 Ballroom, Swing

Sprg ‘18

Students will learn the fun East Coast and West Coast Swing styles with a variety of tempi and different rhythm variations.  [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 2:30 pm – 3:20 pm Herman-Haase FRC 212A

PDP DA 114 Salsa and Merengue Ballroom

Sprg ‘18

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 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm Paul FRC 212A
B1 M 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm Paul FRC 212A

PDP DA 115 Ballroom, Latin

Sprg ‘18

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 W 1:25 pm – 2:15 pm Herman-Haase FRC 212A

PDP DA 129 Ballet, Beginning

Sprg ‘18

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.  [ 1 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 12:20 pm – 1:50 pm Allen FRC L126
B1 M 10:10 am – 11:40 am McDowell FRC L126

PDP DA 130 Ballet, Advanced Beginning

Sprg ‘18

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

Sprg ‘18

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

Sprg ‘18

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 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm Taylor-Pinne FRC L240

PDP DA 150 Cardio-Jazz Funk

Sprg ‘18

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 10:10 am – 11:00 am Coleman FRC L240
B1 MW 11:05 am – 11:55 am Coleman FRC L240

PDP DA 151 Cardio-Jazz Funk

Sprg ‘18

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 F 11:15 am – 12:05 pm Coleman FRC L131

PDP DA 160 Hip-Hop Dance

Sprg ‘18

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 9:00 am – 9:50 am Coleman FRC L240
B1 TR 9:55 am – 10:45 am Coleman FRC L240

PDP DA 161 Hip Hop Dance

Sprg ‘18

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 F 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm Coleman FRC L131

PDP DA 162 Afro-Fusion

Sprg ‘18

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.   [ 0.5 cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 F 10:10 am – 11:00 am Coleman FRC L131

PDP DA 170 Tap Dance, Beginning

Sprg ‘18

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 11:15 am – 12:05 pm Schwartz FRC 220

PDP DA 180 Jazz, beginning

Sprg ‘18

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 TR 11:00 am – 11:50 am LeDuc FRC L240

PDP DA 200 Pilates, Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

Students explore intermediate 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 TR 11:15 am – 12:05 pm Allen FRC L137

PDP DA 229 Ballet, Low Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MW 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Roe FRC L126

PDP DA 230 Ballet, Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 240 Modern/Contemporary Dance, Low Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

Prereq: PDP DA 140 or previous experience. The course is an overview of four modern dance techniques: Limon, Horton, Graham and Release. The concepts, theories, and vocabulary of each technique are developed and explored. Students will build vocabulary, and improve strength, flexibility, musicality, and performance qualities.   [ 1 cr. ]

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

PDP DA 270 Tap Dance, Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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 12:20 pm – 1:10 pm Schwartz FRC 220

PDP DA 280 Jazz, Low Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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 9:15 am – 10:45 am Pellecchia FRC L137

PDP DA 286 Indepen-Dance

Sprg ‘18

  [ Var cr. ]

Section Days Times Instructor Location
XA ARR Taylor-Pinne

PDP DA 329 Ballet, High Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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

Section Days Times Instructor Location
A1 MWF 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Parsons FRC L126

PDP DA 330 Pointe

Sprg ‘18

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 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Parsons FRC L128

PDP DA 380 Jazz, High Intermediate

Sprg ‘18

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 TR 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm LeDuc FRC L240

PDP DA 400 Repertory and Performance

Sprg ‘18

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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