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This street dance course is designed for dancers to learn the fundamentals of Hip-Hop and House dance. Students will learn the history and culture of Hip-Hop and House along with dance terminology and movements. Class will include across the floor drills and center combinations which will ask the dancers to find their relationship to musicality, athleticism, dynamics, and articulation of the body. Students will be introduced to the "jack" and maintain that groove while doing a variety of footwork patterns. Using film and text in addition to studio work, this class will create a framework from which to understand and participate in the global culture of street dance.
An overview of rhythm, harmony, and various musical styles as they relate to teaching dance, choreographing, and performing. Students will learn to read rhythmic notation, study and play a variety of percussion instruments, and engage in movement, vocal, and percussion improvisation. Some degree of previous dance training or experience is suggested as this course is geared towards but not limited to dance majors.
Course requires that individual BA and BFA candidates create an 8-12 minutes of original work, bringing it through all stages of production to concert performance. Students will take on all aspects of being creative director of their senior project; including auditions, casting, rehearsal schedule and overall creative process. In addition, students will be required to keep a written journal and also submit an in depth creative process research paper.
A special, weekend-long series of workshops that address injury prevention, care, and recovery for dancers. Course workshops feature guest lecturers who are experts in medicine, nutrition, rehabilitation, somatics, and professional dance. Guest lecturers will offer a sequence of panels, seminars, small group discussions, and applied sessions during the weekend-long series with an aim toward inviting an awareness of practices that promote longevity and ease within dance training and performance. The workshops will be complemented by online modules that focus on scientific articles, with application to health and wellness for the dancer.
A contemporary dance technique course with a focus on intermediate/advanced embodied methods in praxis. We attend to dance training in view of the phenomenon that accurate solutions to motor pattern organization questions are invariably unique to a dancer, task-interaction, and environment. As such, we will investigate, develop, and share differentiated and common solutions to aesthetically-concerned motor pattern organization questions. We will examine the effect of shifting attentional focal points in order to extend our awareness of available dance performance states and to develop more adaptive motor pattern organizations. We will extend our ability to manipulate 3-space, time, and energy toward the intent of the dance.