About DNCE 012 A

Beginning/intermediate level applied practice in contemporary dance. Training in dance technique, including an investigation of historical contributions to modern/contemporary dance technique and choreography. Reading, writing, and attending live performances required. Prerequisite: DNCE 011 or Instructor permission.


Prereq: DNCE 011 or comparable experience; Open to Degree and CDE students

Section Description

Description This course serves as a continued investigation of movement as an art form—specifically the progression from movement and intellectual development into choreographic awareness and performance. For this class, we will investigate a diverse spectrum of dance practices that enables rigorous and playful exploration of the dancer/body as an instrument for articulate and technical movement and the introduction of dance-making as a bridge for personal expression and identity. The course will focus on and prioritize the body in motion by building strength, endurance, range of motion, and coordination, through exercises that also hone a grounded perspective of time, space, intention, and more. From these practices, we will examine movement as a performer, observer, collaborator, and creator, venturing into the personal and public process of sharing and making and dances. We will dance and create from multiple points of view, examining the way we think about, perform, and make dance with the goal of deepening authorship simultaneously as a dancer and maker. This course involves concentrated beginning - intermediate level work in contemporary dance. Theoretical issues of importance to the dancer/choreographer are addressed through discourse, viewings, readings, and writings. Course Objectives: • To develop enhanced agency in the body through physical practice, including range of motion, strength, coordination, and endurance, and the ability to navigate complex materials, structures, proposals, and scores with grounded and confident curiosity, efficiency, and understanding. • Through viewings, readings, writings, and discourse, find a personal and rigorous perspective and lens through which to think about and articulate the practice of dancing, performance, and dance-making. • To think critically about movement technique and choreography, both as a dancer and maker, and be able to communicate effectively to collaborators, mentors, and an audience. • To be able to work in relation to multiple aspects of dancing and dance-making such as solos, duets, trios/quartets, and larger groups. As well as be able to identify and understand the use of time, space, intensity, form, dramaturgy, and other keys themes, etc. in each practice. • To gather a database or toolkit of movement and choreographic practices and proposals that can be utilized towards your own work or in the future. Course Requirements: Modalities This class aims to be an in-person course, either in studio or outdoors. Certain assignments will require independent work outside of the studio. If the pandemic prohibits us from meeting in-person, we will meet via Microsoft Teams. Required platforms Blackboard and Microsoft Teams Reading All readings will be accessible via Blackboard as PDF files or links. When a reading is assigned, you are expected to have read it in advance of the next class, and complete Talking Points (described below) by each Tuesday of the following week. • Virtuosity by Bebe Miller • Before Your Eyes by Lisa Nelson • Being Contemporary by Various • The Creative Process by James Baldwin • Spectator, Character by Miguel Gutierrez Performance Viewings: Live Because of the pandemic, there will be no live performances this semester, with the exception of our annual spring showcase, Dancing Uphill 2021, which will happen April 16-17 (live streaming or limited capacity). This performance is required. More info TBA. Performance Viewings: Online All online performances are accessible via Blackboard as links. When a viewing is assigned, you are expected to have seen it in advance of the next class, and complete Talking Points (described below) by each Tuesday of the following week. It is imperative that you set aside the appropriate amount of time to watch each performance without interruption and with focus. Try to give each performance the same viewing attention as you would in a theater. Although video is incomparable to live performance, it can be still be a resonant viewing experience. Optimize the experience with headphones and full-screen viewing. Avoid watching on a phone. • Kathleen Hermesdorf: Virtuosity (2min) • Together We Rise by Morcean Dance (12min) • Sel Fou! by Bebe Miller (32min) • Crystal Pite Rehearsal (60min) • 52 Portraits by Jonathan Burrows and various (23min) • Zenith by Maria Campos and Guy Nader (14 min) • One Flat Thing by William Forsythe (25 min) • Pavement by Kyle Abraham (60 min) • For Pina by Hannah Dennison (55min) Talking Points For EVERY reading and performance viewing assignment, you will be asked to write a Talking Points reflection and upload them to Blackboard every Tuesday before class. For these Talking Points, you can write in a list, outline or personal journaling format. Please indicate what ideas/themes/concepts you perceived and what the performance or reading made you think and feel. What specific things connect to what we have done in class and how might it influence your own work or not. If a Viewing and a Reading are assigned in one week, combine both Talking Points into one file. Please upload as a PDF file. ALL performances and readings will be discussed in class. Essay Throughout the semester you will have to complete two written assignments/essays. Essay 1: Identity(ies) Through Dance If the body is a living archive, when did you begin dancing? Do you remember dancing as a baby? How far back can you go? Were your parents ‘dancers’? Were your ancestors? What sparked your interest in movement? Why have you signed up for this class and what do you hope to learn or expand? Do you see yourself dancing in the future? What does it look like? Where is it? 500 word minimum. Essay 2: Performance Reflection From the assigned performance viewings over the entire semester, choose one to write a fuller Performance Reflection essay on. Choose a work that resonated with you and go into further detail describing the ideas/themes/materials you perceived, how the work made you think and feel, how it might influence your own artistic work. Avoid language that centers around what you ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ but see if you can articulate more fully why you enjoyed the work. 500 word minimum Presentations There will be presentations throughout the semester that directly relate to practices and proposals we engage in during class. It’s important to be prepared and ready when these happen. Class Environment Expectations: Active participation is being respectful, punctual, focused, non-judgmental, and on-topic during class. Being present in mind and body, walking into class with a sustained curiosity to learn and motivation/willingness to take risks. Taking responsibility to improve in mind-and-body knowledge, integrate and retain student-teacher dialogue, and actively integrate required readings, writing, and performance viewings. This is a dance class, we will move (and likely sweat)! Wear comfortable clothes – avoid jeans, hats, belts, excessive jewelry. Be respectful to the space, our time together, your body, and especially your colleagues and instructor. While discussing and dancing, students must be respectful, patient, and compassionate with each other. This class will maintain being a SAFE space for all, especially given the focus of the class, and for experimentation and critical engagement. Learning, moving and dancing will come easily for some and more slowly for others. A supportive, encouraging, collaborative attitude is essential. Come to class with a positive attitude, a curious mind, and a kind heart. Except for water bottles, keep food/drink/glass/shoes off the dance floor and your personal items (shoes, bags, jackets) in the designated area. Attendance Policy: Since this is a technique and movement course, attendance is vital and there is no grade substitution for being present in class. There is no make-up work for absences. Classes have clear beginnings and endings - students should plan to arrive early (at least 10min), dressed and fully prepared to begin class on time. You will not be excused for any doctor's appointments or conflicts. Although I expect you to attend every class, I understand that illness may require you to miss the occasional class and you are allowed TWO absences with no penalty to your grade (no distinction between excused and unexcused, except in case of emergency). Every subsequent absence will lower your overall grade by 1.5 points. If you have 5 absences, you may fail the class. Three late arrivals will equal one absence. On-time observation of class *All papers must be at least 500 words minimum, written in 12 pt. font, double-spaced, saved as a PDF file, and uploaded to Blackboard (before class). Late papers will affect grading. will count you as attended, though extended observations because of ongoing injury will require further discussions about your grade and process. Tardiness: Arriving more than fifteen minutes after the class has started, you may have to observe the class, and you will receive 1⁄2 credit for this class. Any later than 15 minutes is considered absent. Leaving early is not allowed unless with permission by instructor. Grading Rubric: The grading for this course is cumulative and based on attendance, active participation, and completion of all required viewings, readings, writings, and presentations. Grading Distribution: 30% Active Participation – Movement, Discussion 30% Talking Points: Readings/Viewings 20% Presentations 10% Essay #1 10% Essay #2 Grading Scale: A’s are reserved for consistent excellence in all areas. A+ 97-100 pts. A 94-96 A- 90-93 B+ 87-89 B 84-86 B- 80-83 C+ 77-79 Grade Appeals: C 74-76 C- 70-73 D+ 67-69 D 64-66 D- 60-63 F 0-59 If you would like to contest a grade, please follow the procedures outlined in this policy: https://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/gradeappeals.pdf Covid 19: The Green and Gold Promise clearly articulates the expectations that UVM has for students, faculty, and staff to remain compliant with all COVID-19 recommendations from the federal CDC, the State of Vermont, and the City of Burlington. This include following all rules regarding facial coverings and social distancing when attending class. If you do not follow these guidelines, I will ask you to leave the class. If you forget your mask, you cannot enter the class and should go back and retrieve your mask. The Code of Student Conduct outlines policies related to violations of the Green and Gold Promise. Sanctions for violations include fines, educational sanctions, parent notification, probation, and suspension. The University of Vermont reserves the right to make changes in the course offerings, mode of delivery, degree requirements, charges, regulations, and procedures contained herein as educational, financial, and health, safety, and welfare considerations require, or as necessary to be compliant with governmental, accreditation, or public health directives. Attendance and illness/isolation/quarantine: Some students in class may need to isolate or quarantine this semester. If a student needs to isolate or quarantine, Student Health Services will inform their Dean’s office. The student should contact me to make arrangements to discuss missed work. There will be much flexibility given to students in these cases, but when possible, especially those who are asymptomatic in quarantine, should be expected to continue their academic work. Recording Class Sessions: Our class sessions may be audio-visually recorded for students in the class to refer back to, and for enrolled students who are unable to attend live. Students who participate with their camera engaged or utilize a profile image are agreeing to have their video or image recorded. If you are unwilling to consent to have your profile or video image recorded, be sure to keep your camera off and do not use a profile image. Likewise, students who un-mute during class and participate orally are agreeing to have their voices recorded. If you are not willing to consent to have your voice recorded during class, you will need to keep your mute button activated and communicate exclusively using the "chat" feature, which allows students to type questions and comments live. Academic Integrity: Academic integrity is an essential part of learning at UVM. Students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical manner while at the University and abide by the Code of Academic Integrity. Offenses against the Code are deemed serious and insult the integrity of the entire academic community. Any suspected violations of the Code will not be tolerated, and all allegations will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards. For a copy go to: https://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf Intellectual Property Statement/Prohibition on Sharing Academic Materials: Students are prohibited from publicly sharing or selling academic materials that they did not author (for example: class syllabus, outlines or class presentations authored by the professor, practice questions, text from the textbook or other copyrighted class materials, etc.); and students are prohibited from sharing assessments(for example homework or a take-home examination). Violations will be handled under UVM’s Intellectual Property policy and Code of Academic Integrity. Student Learning Accommodations: In keeping with University policy, any student with a documented disability interested in utilizing accommodations should contact SAS, the office of Disability Services on campus. SAS works with students and faculty in an interactive process to explore reasonable and appropriate accommodations, which are communicated to faculty in an accommodation letter. All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their faculty to discuss the accommodations they plan to use in each course. A student's accommodation letter lists those accommodations that will not be implemented until the student meets with their faculty to create a plan. Contact SAS: A170 Living/Learning Center; 802-656-7753; access@uvm.edu www.uvm.edu/access Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. If you need to miss class to observe a religious holiday, please submit the dates of your absence to me in writing by the end of the second full week of classes. You will be permitted to make up work within a mutually agreed-upon time. https://www.uvm.edu/registrar/religious-holidays Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities: http://catalogue.uvm.edu/undergraduate/academicinfo/rightsandresponsibilities/ FERPA Rights Disclosure: The purpose of this policy is to communicate the rights of students regarding access to, and privacy of their student educational records as provided for in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. http://catalogue.uvm.edu/undergraduate/academicinfo/ferparightsdisclosure/ Statement on Alcohol and Cannabis in the Academic Environment As a faculty member, I want you to get the most you can out of this course. You play a crucial role in your education and in your readiness to learn and fully engage with the course material. It is important to note that alcohol and cannabis have no place in an academic environment. They can seriously impair your ability to learn and retain information not only in the moment you may be using, but up to 48 hours or more afterwards. In addition, alcohol and cannabis can: • Cause issues with attention, memory and concentration • Negatively impact the quality of how information is processed and ultimately stored • Affect sleep patterns, which interferes with long-term memory formation It is my expectation that you will do everything you can to optimize your learning and to fully participate in this course. Promoting Health & Safety: Center for Health and Wellbeing: https://www.uvm.edu/health Counseling & Psychiatry Services (CAPS) Phone: (802) 656-3340 If you are concerned about a UVM community member or are concerned about a specific event, we encourage you to contact the Dean of Students Office (802-656-3380). If you would like to remain anonymous, you can report your concerns online by visiting the Dean of Students website at https://www.uvm.edu/studentaffairs Communication: If you are struggling through the course or need to speak individually, please let me know. To ensure that I can help you, be specific about what may be the issue and contact me in person, during office hours, or via email at any time. Course Evaluation: All students are expected to complete an evaluation of the course at its conclusion. These evaluations will be anonymous and confidential, and the information gained, including constructive criticisms, will be used to improve the course.

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