Introduction to applied practice in contemporary dance. Open to students with no previous dance training. Emphasis on fundamentals of contemporary dance technique and movement mechanics. Includes basic composition and experiential anatomy. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required.
Open to Degree and CDE students
The University of Vermont Julie Peoples-Clark, Lecturer in Dance firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: meeting with instructor by appointment DESCRIPTION: This is a studio course in beginner/intermediate dance technique; it’s the right level for students who are beginners, or who have some dance but no contemporary dance training, and/or are entering technique classes in the Dance Program for the first time. The class will be an introduction to contemporary dance as an art, craft, and a body practice. Contemporary dance – also called “modern dance” - has historically been individualistic and transgressive, first against societal and aesthetic strictures in the early years of the 20th century, and then in successive reactionary waves throughout the 20th and 21st centuries; there are endless varieties of movement and training. METHOD and ASSESSMENT: The primary method of study is consistent and fully embodied physical/mental participation in the class. A student's success in the course will depend on willingness and ability to develop meaningful understandings of dance training and bring in-depth participation and response in class activities and assignments. Supplements to in-class work: reading, drawing/writing, video and live performance viewing, and a final in-class composition & performance. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: ACTIVE PARTICIPATION - Active participation is being present in mind and body, a curiosity to learn; being consistent, punctual, motivated and willing to take risks; taking responsibility to listen, apply corrections, and synthesize required readings, writing projects, and performance viewing. Respect for the teacher and fellow students is expected. Attendance: Regular attendance and active participation are required in this course. Please notify instructor if you are beginning this course with any prior health condition that might require you to modify your participation in class. If you sustain an injury during your enrollment in this course, you are required to be present, observe the class, and take notes (paper only). Turn them in at the end of class; otherwise, it will count as an absence. Medical appointment excuses will be handled on a case-by-case basis established by the parties involved. Students are allowed two absences (excused and unexcused) before their grade is affected. After that, every absence drops the active participation final grade down by one letter. Any absence over 6 will result in the failure of the course. Dance Class Expectations: Wear comfortable clothes to move in - avoid jeans, hats, belts, excessive jewelry. - Please do not chew gum. - Except for plastic water bottles, keep food/drink/glass off the dance floor. - Stay active, focused, and on-topic during class – no sitting, checking phones, etc. - Class will be dismissed on time by teacher. REQUIRED – INSPIRATION / IMAGE JOURNAL You will be required to keep an “inspiration / image journal.” Images should primarily be hand-made with a pen or pencil or other drawing tool, in a regular-size journal book or looseleaf. They can be supplemented by other media. “Inspiration” can mean responses, thoughts, ideas, feelings, stories, descriptions, poetry. The journal is in no way a measure or test of your skill in drawing. It does not need to be a finished product. It is an honest and in-the-moment response that helps you to process the information you are seeing, experiencing, feeling. Create at least one page of image journal for each week of class. Feel free to do more. The journal is a means to think and connect on paper. Approach the task as something like stream-of-consciousness. Be wide-ranging in making connections to other thoughts/images in your life. Avoid “just doing the assignment.” Draw/write for yourself.
Cohen Hall 110 (View Campus Map)
to on Monday and Wednesday
Note: These dates may change before registration begins.
Note: These dates may not be accurate for select courses during the Summer Session.
|Last Day to Add|
|Last Day to Drop|
|Last Day to Withdraw with 50% Refund|
|Last Day to Withdraw with 25% Refund|
|Last Day to Withdraw|
There are no courses that meet this criteria.