Theatre and Dance

First-year students may select from the courses found under the Theatre section on the First-Year Student website. Students who have a particular interest in theatre are encouraged to enroll in THEA 101 Basic Acting, and in THEA 110 Theatre Practicum, as a co-requisite. 

THEA 101
Basic Acting
Common Area: Arts

This course offers an approach to understanding, appreciating, and practicing the art of acting through classroom exercises, improvisations, and performance of scenes from plays. Co-enrollment in theatre practicum (THEA 110) is required.


THEA 111
Basic Dance
Common Area: Arts

This is an introductory course for students with little or no dance experience. The course is a combination of studio and lecture/discussion. Students will learn proper alignment, basic positions, and dance combinations. Readings will cover the history of dance and the political and social changes that influence the creative process in the development of dance. Movement studies will be integrated with readings.


THEA 126
Asian Performance Traditions
Common Area: Arts
Common Area: Cross Cultural

Performance Traditions in Asia will examine Asian culture and its performance methods, theories, and traditions. Artistic forms of these regions include Gamelan, Topeng, Arja, Wayang, Kathakali, Kathak, Bharata Natyam, Thovil, Kabuki, Noh, Butoh, Chinese opera, etc. These forms are expressions of the belief systems of these areas of the world and contain both similarities and vast differences from their counterparts in the West. One unit.


THEA 127
Design & Tech Production
Common Area: Arts

Examines the arts and crafts required to mount a live theatrical production during the planning, preparation, and performance phases. Also explores the function and responsibilities of the design team. Class projects and enrollment in Theatre Practicum provide practical experience in many areas.

THEA 131
Balinese Dance 1–2
Common Area: Arts or Cross-Cultural Studies

Balinese Dance is a dance performance class which surveys the rich classical, contemporary, and folk traditions of music, mask, dance, and theatre from Bali, Indonesia. Hinduism plays a significant role in the performing arts of Bali and will be discussed in relationship to performance. Students rehearse and perform with Gamelan Gita Sari, the Holy Cross gamelan orchestra. This course can be taken for two semesters.

THEA 141
Jazz Dance 1–2
Common Area: Arts

This is a studio course open to students with previous dance experience. It focuses on technique and touches on aspects of jazz history and its relationship to music and social history. The class is for students who have had at least six months of dance experience.

THEA 181
Modern Dance 1–2
Common Area: Arts
This is a basic introductory modern dance technique course for beginners or students with less than six months of dance experience. Students learn beginning modern dance exercises and movement combinations. The basic components of modern dance and its place in 20th-century art are examined.

THEA 199
Hip-Hop / Breaking 1-2
Common Area:  Arts

An introductory breaking technique course for beginners who have no prior dance experience.  Students learn foundational exercises, improvisation and movement combinations.  The course will emphasize the cultural and historical roots of the form along with key artists who have contributed to its evolution.


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