This seminar course is designed to guide students as they imagine and design both their UMass Dance experience and craft their larger vision for careers in dance beyond university. Ideas and concepts that shape forms of expression are referenced and illuminated through writing, classroom viewings, listenings, readings as well as attendance performances. Students will research and discuss possibilities for futures in dance, and ask essential questions like: How do I view and write about dance from a critical perspective? What is the difference between academic and creative research? How do we research creative work -and- how do we demonstrate and language this research? How do I craft an artist statement, proposal or eventually a grant? These questions help to frame the larger picture of: What is possible in dance and what do I desire from it? And how might I set goals and develop a path toward them?
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An introduction to selected scientific aspects of dance, including anatomical identification and terminology, physiological principles, and conditioning/strengthening methodology. Also taught at Mount Holyoke.
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Intermediate elements of dance composition including phrasing, musical forms, character development, and personal imagery. Emphasis on organizing and designing movement creatively and meaningfully in solo, duet, and group forms. Also taught at Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith.
Introductory study of modern dance techniques. Topics include kinesthetic perception, efficient alignment, strength, flexibility, movement qualities, exploring new vocabularies and phrasing styles, and individual embodiment of movement material. Also taught at Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith.