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Courses Offered
Dance

COURSES IN DANCE: PERFORMANCE FOCUS

116. Introduction to Modern Dance. (A) Every Fall

The practice of modern dance technique, integrating movement experience with study of the philosophies and theories that have shaped the art and its practice. Staff

117. Introduction to Ballet. (A) Spring 2015

Basic technique and theory of ballet including the anatomical laws governing ballet movement and investigation of the style and aesthetic of ballet technique. The course emphasizes the practice of dancing as well as that of writing, thinking and speaking clearly about ballet. Brooks

200 – 201 and 300 – 301. Dance Production Ensemble I and II. (A) Every Semester

Credit for work undertaken toward performance in at least two College productions. Students are cast in choreographies by audition. They study techniques, theory and history appropriate to mastery of the work in progress. Class/rehearsal and performance participation are mandatory. For TDF 200 and 300, students receive no credit, but a full credit is awarded for the completion of TDF 201 and TDF 301. Prerequisites: audition and permission of the instructor. Brooks, Vail

218. Intermediate Modern Dance Technique and Composition. (A) Every Spring

A continuation of modern dance technique study, with further development of flexibility, strength and efficiency in movement. Fundamentals of dance composition are also studied. Ways that dance can communicate meaning are explored through reading, writing and movement assignments. Prerequisite: TDF 116 or permission of the instructor. Vail

219 and 319. Flamenco Dance I and II. (A) Fall 2013

Technique, rhythms and history of Flamenco dance in a studio format. TDF 319 has a prerequisite of TDF 219 or permission of the instructor. Hevia y Vaca

227. Intermediate Ballet. (A) Fall 2013

Continued study of ballet technique and theory. Class includes kinesiological applications as well as historical and compositional investigations. The course emphasizes not only the practice of dancing but also of writing, thinking and speaking critically and clearly about ballet. Prerequisite: TDF 117 or permission of the instructor. Vail

260. Compositional Improvisation. (A) Spring 2014

The practice of improvisation not only as a tool for choreography, but also as an art and performance form in itself, offering insightful experiences and discoveries. Students learn how to be fully present, both in body and in mind, making conscious choices and composing in the moment. Reading, writing and movement assignments support in-class practice. Prerequisite: TDF 116 or permission of the instructor. Vail

317. Advanced Modern Dance Technique and Performance. (A) Fall 2014

A continuation of modern dance technique study, with further development of flexibility, strength and efficiency in movement. Investigating individual dynamism and nuance in movement — aspects of performance — is an essential aspect of coursework. Strategies that enhance, deepen and develop this practice are explored through reading and writing assignments and studio work. Prerequisite: TDF 218 or permission of instructor. Vail

330. Choreography and the Creative Process. (A) 2013 – 2014

Investigation of choreographic problems and complex questions of artistry, based on reading, writing, discussion, feedback, movement exploration and performance. Questions asked include: What is creativity? How do we foster it for ourselves? TDF 116 or permission of the instructor.  Vail

490. Independent Study. (A) Every Semester

Independent study directed by the Theatre, Dance and Film staff. Permission of chairperson.

495. Senior Seminar. (A) Every Semester

See description under TDF Core Courses.

COURSES IN DANCE: ANALYTICAL FOCUS

220. Introduction to Movement Analysis. (A) 2013 – 2014

Introduction to concepts of movement analysis, including theoretical and practical investigations of effort, shape, space and the body in motion. Motif-writing, movement fundamentals, observational techniques and history of movement analysis are introduced through lecture, discussion and movement exploration. Brooks

238. Dance on the American Musical Stage. (A) 2014 – 2015

A lecture-survey, supplemented by studio experiences, of musical stage dancing in America from the colonial period to the present. Dance styles covered include acrobatic, ballet, ballroom, melodrama, exotic, folk, jazz, modern and tap. Same as AMS 238. Brooks 308. Writing Dance. (A) Fall 2013 Exploration of dance writing through literature (fiction and poetry), and scenarios, dance journalism including criticism and dance and notation. In addition to writing about dance, students will realize, through movement, dance poetry and scenarios. Prerequisite: TDF 116 or permission of instructor. Brooks

320. Kinesiology for Dance. (A) Spring 2015

Study of the science of movement as it relates to dance, including basic anatomy and physiology, the physics involved in dancing and the mind-body connection responsible for producing and controlling movement. Lectures, discussions and movement focus on understanding how the body moves and on increasing movement efficiency to enhance performance and prevent injury.  Vail

330. Choreography and the Creative Process. (A) 2013 – 2014

See text above, under Performance courses. Vail

331. History of Western Theatre Dance. (A)  Spring 2014

Survey of the forces that have shaped and influenced stage dancing in much of Western Europe and the Americas beginning with the renaissance and moving through the baroque, romantic, classical, modern and contemporary periods. Class formats include lecture, discussions and studio sessions. Brooks

345. Videodance. (A) 2014 – 2015

An intensive workshop investigating the relatively young art form of video dance. In addition to reading and writing assignments, coursework will entail analysis of existing dance films and creation of original works. Students will collaborate in all aspects of the creative process, which includes directing, choreography, filming, and editing. Prerequisite: TDF 116 or permission of the instructor. Vail

380. Dance Notation and Repertory. (A) 2013 – 2014

Study of basic concepts and skills for reading and writing Labanotation, a system for recording movement in symbolic form. Studio work emphasizes recreating and performing dances from written scores. Staff

490. Independent Study. (A) Every Semester

Independent study directed by the Theatre, Dance and Film staff. Permission of chairperson.