Dance

Professor: Jeanne Periolat Czula (Chair); Associate Professor: Stephen Rooks; Visiting Instructors: Paul Mosley, Director of VRDT, Abby Saxon, Katherine Wildberger*.

* Part time.

Courses are offered for 1/2 unit of academic credit with the exception of Dance 181, 182, 264, 265, 266, 267, 280, which receive 1 unit.

Most of these courses are offered for ungraded credit for a 13-week term. Exceptions are the following graded courses: Dance 177, 178, 264, 265, 266, 267, 278, 364, 365, 366, 367, 394, 395, 396, 397. Course content includes: analysis and practice of techniques for the development of skill; understanding and application of mechanical and aesthetic principles; anatomy and physiology where appropriate. Outside reading and practical work may be required. The department reserves the right to drop a student whose skill level is not appropriate to the class.

A standard of achievement set by the instructor must be met, as well as demonstrated improvement in skill and knowledge of the activity. Regular class participation is essential, as well as completion of all required reading and outside assignments. Advancement to a higher level of the same activity is not automatic: the instructor’s recommendation is necessary. Evaluation may take the form of skill testing, written work, and/or examinations.

I. Introductory

155. Dance Improvisation ( 1/2)

This is a non-performance oriented approach to discovering one’s movement potential and physical and thought patterns through improvisation. Utilizing contact improvisation, music visualization, and personal expression, this course is designed to develop freedom of thought and movement. The improvisation techniques range from aerobic to meditative. Creative games, spatial awareness, and problem solving are investigated in order to discover the innovative language of the body. Disability is not a limitation. Ms. Wildberger.

160a and b. Beginning Ballet ( 1/2)

Introduction to the fundamentals of the ballet class; includes the basic exercises for the barre and centre. Mr. Mosley and instructor to be announced.

165a and b. Advanced Beginning Ballet ( 1/2)

A course for the student who has had some basic training in ballet; includes the entire barre and centre with some emphasis on Vaganova vs. Cecchetti terminology. Mr. Mosley, Ms. Czula.

166a and b. Low Intermediate Ballet I ( 1/2)

A course for the student who has good beginner training (complete barre and some centre work). The emphasis is on the development of steps for centre work, i.e. adagio, petit allegro, etc. Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: Dance 160 and 165 or equivalent.

167a and b. Low Intermediate Ballet II ( 1/2)

A continuation of the development of steps for centre work. Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: Dance 165 and 166 or equivalent.

170b. Movement Analysis ( 1/2)

This course focuses on a study of movement designed to increase body awareness in students of all movement disciplines. Through observation, analysis and exploration, students are introduced to functional anatomy, Laban Movement principles, identification of personal movement habits and the understanding of movement efficiency. Students participate in an eclectic mix of movement experiences that include games, improvisations and exercises. This work is beneficial to the dancer, musician, actor and athlete in us all. Ms. Wildberger.

One 2-hour period.

174a. Beginning Jazz Dance ( 1/2)

Jazz dance, which can be defined as “popular dance of the times”, incorporates many different styles and eras of dance including cakewalk, charleston, lindy-hop and swing, blues, tap, ballroom, rock and roll and hip-hop as well as use of modern and ballet vocabulary. There is an emphasis on body isolations, pulsing movements, rhythm patterns, weightedness and momentum. The class includes warm-up, traveling sequences and a final combination. Ms. Saxon.

175b. Advanced Beginning Jazz ( 1/2)

Continued work on the fundamentals taught in 174. More demanding combinations. Ms. Saxon.

177. Dance Technique and Its Development in Western Civilization (1)

This course is a beginning level dance course and does not assume any prior dance experience. The class meets five times per week for 50 minutes. On Mondays and Wednesdays students take an academic classical ballet class and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take a modern technique class. On Fridays, students attend a lecture series that provides an overview of dance history from classicism to the present. This course is part of a two-part sequence of Dance 177, 178. (These do not need to be taken in order). Mr. Mosley.

178. Dance Technique and History in the Twentieth Century (1)

This course complements Dance 177. The class like Dance 177 meets five times per week for 50 minutes and is taught at a beginning or fundamental level. Students who have taken Dance 177 continue to develop skills, but new students are also welcome with the permission of the instructor. On Mondays and Wednesdays students take an academic classical ballet class and on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take a modern technique class. On Fridays, students attend a lecture series in which we conduct a chronological survey of great choreographers of the twentieth century. Mr. Mosley.

194a and b. Beginning Modern Dance ( 1/2)

This course is an introduction to the basic principles and history of American modern dance. Class work introduces students to technical concepts involved in training the body to be an articulate, expressive instrument. The course includes some outside written work, performance attendance, and video viewing all aimed at giving a background necessary to the appreciation of dance as a creative art form. No prior dance experience is necessary. Modern dance faculty.

195a and b. Advanced Beginning Modern ( 1/2)

This class continues to develop on the movement principles introduced in Beginning Modern Dance. Modern dance faculty.

196a and b. Low Intermediate Modern ( 1/2)

Continued work in the fundamentals of American modern dance movement from advanced beginning. Combinations become more demanding and students are introduced to etudes in various modern styles and techniques. Modern dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 195 or equivalent.

II. Intermediate

215a. Dance Composition and the Craft of Choreography ( 1/2)

An introduction to the basic elements of dance composition. Body space, stage space, time, form, props, and music are incorporated in the creative process resulting in the student’s own dynamic studies. Modern Dance faculty.

One hour lecture, 2-hour lab.

264a and b. Intermediate Ballet I (1)

Development of the classical ballet syllabus at the intermediate level. This course includes three 11/2-hour sessions per week with an added arranged hour to be used for work in one of the following areas: pointe, terminology, theory, men’s class, or adagio (when possible). Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

265a and b. Intermediate Ballet II (1)

Further development of the classical ballet syllabus at the intermediate level. Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

266a and b. Intermediate Ballet III (1)

Further development of the classical ballet syllabus at the intermediate level. Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

267a and b. Intermediate Ballet IV (1)

Further development of the classical ballet syllabus at the intermediate level. Ms. Czula.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

274a. Intermediate Jazz I ( 1/2)

Continued work in the different styles and eras of jazz dance. Traveling sequences and techniques become more demanding as does the final dance combination. Ms. Saxon.

Prerequisite: Dance 174 and 175 or equivalent.

275b. Intermediate Jazz II ( 1/2)

Continued work at the intermediate level of jazz technique including traditional styles such as Luigi and Fosse as well as moving on to more contemporary styles of the later twentieth century. Ms. Saxon.

Prerequisite: Dance 274 or equivalent.

278. Graham Technique and Repertory (1)

This course is designed for Intermediate/Advanced level dancers who want to explore, in-depth, the codified technique of Martha Graham, a pioneer of American Modern Dance. Students learn excerpts from selected classic works of the Graham Repertory. Supplementary video viewing and a lecture during an arranged lab time are required. Mr. Rooks.

290a and b. Field Work ( 1/2 or 1)

To be elected in consultation with the adviser and field work office.

294a and b. Intermediate Modern Dance I ( 1/2)

Exercises and phrases continue from Physical Education 196. Material builds in complexity and technical demand. Modern Dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 196 or equivalent.

295a and b. Intermediate Modern Dance II ( 1/2)

This class continues to develop on the movement concepts and investigations introduced in Low Intermediate Modern Dance. Modern dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 294 or equivalent.

298a and b. Independent Work ( 1/2 or 1)

Permission granted by the chair of the department for the study of a topic in depth.

Reading Course

297a and b. History of the Dance ( 1/2)

Modern dance faculty.

III. Advanced

364a. Repertory Dance Theatre I ( 1/2)

Performance in repertory of master choreographers. Works by students and faculty are also offered. In addition, several workshops in new student choreography are given throughout the year. (Auditions for intermediate and advanced students are held the first week in September.) Mr. Mosley and Ms. Wildberger.

Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

365b. Repertory Dance Theatre II ( 1/2)

Mr. Mosley, Ms. Wildberger.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

366a. Repertory Dance Theatre III ( 1/2)

Mr. Mosley, Ms. Wildberger.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

367b. Repertory Dance Theatre IV ( 1/2)

Mr. Mosley, Ms. Wildberger.

Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

394a. Advanced Modern Dance I ( 1/2)

Continuation and enlargement of all previously taught material. In addition, advanced work in phrasing and musicality is combined with the development of a personal ‘voice’ or style in one’s dancing. Modern Dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 294 and 295 or equivalent.

395b. Advanced Modern Dance II ( 1/2)

Modern Dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 294 and 295 or equivalent.

396a. Advanced Modern Dance III ( 1/2)

Modern Dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 294 and 295 or equivalent.

397b. Advanced Modern Dance IV ( 1/2)

Modern Dance faculty.

Prerequisite: Dance 294 and 295 or equivalent.