2014 Spring Term
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Dance is studied as an art form through the investigation of dance history, technique, and the aesthetic choices of choreography. Lecture format is enhanced by slide, film and live presentation. Offered each spring*.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUE I
A study of basic dance movement through exploration, analysis and identification of the principles of Contemporary Dance as an art form. A participation course, utilizing problem-solving and creativity in movement.
The Beginning Ballet course will provide instruction in the basic movements upon which all movements in ballet are built. Posture and alignment are stressed as well as foot articulation and proper use of turn-out. The class incorporates barre work, center combinations and locomotor movements across the floor. Students will also be taught the French terminology for movements learned. Offered each term*. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 4 credits in degree.
TAP DANCE I
Tap Dance I is a studio experiential class in beginning tap dance technique. The purpose of this course is to provide the student with basic tap movements that would be viable for use in Musical Theatre.
PRACTICUM - DANCE PERFORMANCE
A course designed to allow students who are interested in dance as an art form to participate as performers-choreographers in a contemporary dance concert. A student is expected to spend a minimum of 100 hours per credit in rehearsing and performing at times specified by the instructor. Repeatable. Offered every fall, students must be available to continue in spring. Prereq: Audition and consent of instructor
Continuation of basic concepts learned in Ballet I with emphasis on more complex skills and combinations. It is highly recommended that students have at least 2 years of ballet training or two terms of DANCE 145. Repeatable four times for a total of 8 units in the degree. Offered each fall*.
COMPOSITION I (SOLO)
Composition I (Solo) is a course which presents basic material on the craft of creating solo dances. Students will be given structural problems to solve by creating original movement. The use of musical accompaniment and props in choreography will be explored. Videotapes and films of professional choreography will be viewed for discussion and students will be introduced to the use of costumes, lighting, and sets for dance.
Performance Art is an avant-garde form of live art performance. In this course students will learn about the historical predecessors of Performance Art, be exposed to contemporary work through reviews, articles and videotapes, and create their own solo and group work to culminate in a public performance. Repeatable.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE TECHNIQUES III
Learning the kinesthetic way of moving the body and performing more complex technique and style in longer movement phrases appropriate for advanced level technique. Class meets two times per week. An additional hour is spent outside of classroom in individula physical conditioning. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 9 credits in degree. Offered each fall.
DANCE COMPOSITION II (GROUP)
A continuation of the elements of choreography concentrating on form with more complex approaches and depth of movement themes for duet, trio and group.
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN DANCE
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.
DANCE PRODUCTION PROJECT
Choreographing and staging a full length dance concert or its equivalent or choreographing for mainstage productions such as the annual department dance concert or a musical where choreography plays one of the major roles. All choreographic pieces for public performance will be under the supervision of a dance faculty. Repeatable three times for a maximum of 6 credits in degree. Offered on demand.