University of Rochester Program of Dance & Movement

Program

Course Descriptions

Students enrolled in courses in the Program of Dance and Movement are expected to complete a requirement of attending Guest Artist and Program-sponsored performances and workshops. We believe this is an integral part of dance and movement education and is often an inspiring and motivating component of student learning.

Fall 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses

Summer Courses

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Dance Major

Our program offers a BA in dance. Students looking to major in dance can choose from two major tracks: creative expression and performance or dance studies.


Concentration: Creative Expression and Performance

The dance major is comprised of at least 50 credits.

This program is flexible enough that students can choose to focus on western dance forms such as contemporary modern dance and contemporary ballet, or world dance forms such as those from the African Diaspora that might include West African dance, Capoeira, Zimbabwean dance, hip hop and jazz. 

Required Courses

Foundations – Minimum of 6 credits required

DAN 242: Design for Dance (2 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • DAN 288: Movement Analysis and Integration (4 credits)
  • DAN 170: Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 credits)

Embodied Practice - Minimum of 16 credits required

We recommend at least one embodied practice course each semester, as an ongoing practice is crucial to the development of the dancer and the integration of the body and mind. Students are required to take at least 16 credits of embodied practice courses.

Choose two or more courses:

  • DAN 204: Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 250: Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 251: Intermed/Adv Jazz Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 252: Intermediate Ballet: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 253: West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)

Additional embodied practice courses: DAN 102: Fundamentals of Movement (2 credits)

  • DAN 110: Beginning Dance Techniques (2 credits)
  • DAN 150: Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 265: Contemporary Dance Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 267: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 credits
  • DAN 145: Beginning Jazz Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 140: Tap Dance: Beginning (2 credits)
  • DAN 240: Tap Dance: Intermediate (2 credits)
  • DAN 171: Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 271: Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 credits)
  • DAN 273: Capoeira: Strategies and Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 181: West African Dance Forms I (2 credits)
  • DAN 281: West African Dance Forms II (2 credits)
  • MUR 210/ DAN 212: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance and Ritual in Southern Africa (4 credits)
  • DAN 188: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking (2 credits)
  • DAN 180: Creative Middle Eastern Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 190: Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 credits)
  • DAN 290: Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 credits)
  • DAN 116: Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 215: Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 268: Intermed/Adv Contemporary Ballet (2 credits)

Dance History and Context - Minimum of 4 credits required

Choose one of the following:

  • DAN 228: Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics & Culture (4 credits)  
  • DAN 195: World Dance  (4 credits)
  • AH311: Dance, Art and Film (4 credits)

Creative Expression/Collaborative Arts - Minimum of 12 credits

This category gives students an opportunity to develop skills for expressing their own artistic and aesthetic voices in order to improvise, create dances of their own, and think outside of the box.  They also provide a performance experience as well as developing their observation and analytical skills for dance, art in general and composition. 

All dance majors in creative expression and performance are required to present work and/or participate in public performance through one or more of the following courses.  

Twelve credits of the following:

  • DAN 104: Contact Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 160: Dance Improvisation (2 credits)
  • SA 243/DAN 243/FMS 223/DMS 281:  Dance on Camera/Camera on Dance (4 credits)
  • DAN 245: Dance Therapy Foundations (4 credits)
  • DAN 278: Choreography (4 credits)
  • SA 281:  Performance Art and Social Intervention (4 credits)
  • DAN 296: Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 credits)
  • DAN 378: Choreographic Voice: Dance and Social Justice (4 credits)
  • DAN 385: Dance Performance Workshop (2 credits)
  • DAN 380: Repertory and Performance (3 credits)
  • DAN 397:  Dance Ensemble (1 credits)

Somatic Awareness – Minimum of 6 credits required

This category is designed to encourage a diverse approach to a depth of understanding of embodiment.  These courses serve not only as valuable cross training practice for dancers, but also provide training for relaxed strength, total body coordination/organization, integration of breath support, balance, centered alignment, timing, weight shifting, mindfulness, fluidity, and energy flow.  Somatic study also helps to identify unconscious physical habits that over time can lead to injury or pain.

Choose at least one of the following:

  • DAN 230: Living Anatomy ~ Living Yoga (4 credits)
  • DAN 200: Kinesiology (4 credits)

Additional somatic awareness courses:

  • DAN 130: Conditioning for the Dancer and Athlete (2 credits)
  • DAN 114: Intro to Yoga (2 credits)
  • DAN 115: Moving Into Stillness (2 credits)
  • DAN 208: Tai Chi:  Movement Art and Culture (2 credits)
  • DAN 209: Qi Gong Way to Health (2 credits)
  • DAN 211: Tai Chi: Explorations in Qi (4 credits)
  • DAN 225: Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 credits)

Senior Seminar - 4 credits required

DAN 360W: Senior Seminar/Project * (4 credits)

Optional Courses
DAN 260: Seed Seminar * (2 credits)
DAN 391 Independent Study

*The senior capstone research can take the form of a paper, project, service or community-based activity, choreography and/or performance.

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

The upper-level writing requirement is built into the array of courses in the dance major where reflective and research-based writing is inherent. In all of our courses, we assess our students through reflective writing and/or research papers and projects, which account for approximately 40%-50% of a student’s final grade.

One particular course where we pay attention to the writing requirement for this major is the required DAN 360W: Senior Seminar. In DAN 360W, students submit drafts and received feedback before a final version of their senior thesis is due.  This practice is not exclusive to this course, as the practice of written expression is an important part of creative process and critical and reflective thought in dance.


Concentration: Dance Studies

The dance major is comprised of at least 50 credits.  The dance studies concentration, incorporates a two to three courses  in another discipline into the major.  Many students will choose to combine their study in a second major of their choice with this major that has interdisciplinary applications.

Required Courses

Foundations – Minimum of 4 credits required

Choose one of the following courses:

  • DAN 288: Movement Analysis and Integration (4 credits)
  • DAN 170: Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 credits

Embodied Practice - Minimum of 10 credits required

At least one practice course each year is recommended. Students must take at least 10 credits of embodied practice courses.
Choose at least two of the following:

  • DAN 204: Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 credits)
  • DAN 250: Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 251: Intermed/Adv Jazz Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 252: Intermediate Ballet: Context and Practice (4 credits)
  • DAN 253: West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 credits)

Additional embodied practice courses:

  • DAN 102: Fundamentals of Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 110: Beginning Dance Techniques (2 credits)
  • DAN 150: Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 265: Contemporary Dance Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 267: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 269: Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 145: Beginning Jazz Technique (2 credits)
  • DAN 140: Tap Dance: Beginning (2 credits)
  • DAN 240: Tap Dance: Intermediate (2 credits)
  • DAN 171: Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 credits)
  • DAN 271: Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 credits)
  • DAN 273: Capoeira: Strategies and Improvisation (2 credits)
  • DAN 181: West African Dance Forms I (2 credits)
  • DAN 281: West African Dance Forms II (2 credits)
  • MUR 210/DAN 212: Ngoma: Drumming, Dance and Ritual in Southern Africa (2 credits)
  • DAN 188: Hip Hop Culture and Breaking (2 credits)
  • DAN 116: Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 215: Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 268: Intermed/Adv Contemporary Ballet (2 credits)
  • DAN 180: Creative Middle Eastern Dance (2 credits)
  • DAN 190: Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 credits)
  • DAN 290: Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 credits)

Creative Expression/Collaborative Applications - Minimum of 12 credits required

This category gives students an opportunity to develop skills for expressing their own artistic and aesthetic voices in order to improvise, create dances of their own, and think outside of the box.  They also provide a performance experience, as well as developing their observation and analytical skills for dance, art in general and composition.  All dance majors are required to present work and/or participate in public performance through one or more of the following courses.

DAN 104: Contact Improvisation (2 credits)
DAN 160: Dance Improvisation (2 credits)
DAN 195: World Dance  (4 credits)  
DAN 228: Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics and Culture (4 credits)  
SA 243/DAN 243/FMS 223/DMS 281):  Dance on Camera/Camera on Dance (4 credits)
DAN 245: Dance Therapy Foundations (4 credits)
DAN 278: Choreography (4 credits)
DAN 296: Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 credits)
DAN 200: Kinesiology (4 credits)
AH 311: Dance, Art and Film (4 credits)
DAN 378: Choreographic Voice: Dance and Social Justice (4 credits)*
DAN 385: Dance Performance Workshop (2 credits)
DAN 380: Repertory and Performance (3 credits)
DAN 242: Design for Dance (2 credits)
DAN 397/DAN398:  Dance Ensemble I/II (1 credits)

*DAN 378A and DAN 378B also acceptable.

Somatic Awareness – Minimum of 4 credits required

This category is designed to encourage a diverse approach to a depth of understanding of embodiment.  These courses serve as valuable cross training exercise for the dancer, but also provide training for relaxed strength, total body coordination/organization, integration of breath support, balance, centered alignment, timing, weight shifting, mindfulness, fluidity and energy flow.  Somatic study also helps to identify unconscious physical habits that over time can lead to injury or pain.

Four credits of the following:

  • DAN 230:  Living Anatomy Living Yoga (4 credits)
  • DAN 114:  Intro to Yoga (2 credits)
  • DAN 115:  Moving Into Stillness (2 credits)
  • DAN 130:  Conditioning for the Dancer and Athlete (2 credits)
  • DAN 208:  Tai Chi:  Movement Art and Culture (2 credits)
  • DAN 209:  Qi Gong Way to Health (2 credits)
  • DAN 211:  Tai Chi: Explorations in Qi (4 credits)
  • DAN 216:  Yoga and Experiential Anatomy (2 credits)
  • DAN 225:  Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 credits)

Interdisciplinary Dance Studies - 8 to 12 credits required

Students will choose two to four classes in a related program that support their dance major and research interests.  Courses should be chosen with the help of a dance advisor.

See interdisciplinary dance studies for more information.

Seminar Courses

The Seed Seminar and Senior Seminar courses are the foundation for each student’s individualized and interdisciplinary research in dance and their own chosen related area.

The two courses provide a forum and platform for developing their own undergraduate thesis/project.  Planning and research will take place in the Seed Seminar, either in a student’s junior year, or in an Independent Study in the fall of a student’s senior year, while further research, development, writing and/or project implementation will take place in the Senior Seminar.

Participation in the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Expo is strongly encouraged.  This research should be built over at least one full year (but over two years or more is encouraged) and can take the form of a study, paper, project, service or community based activity, choreography and/or performance.

Courses

DAN 360W: Senior Seminar/Project * (4 credits)

Plus one of the following:
DAN 260: Seed Seminar (2 credits)
DAN 391: Independent Study (2-4 credits)

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

The upper-level writing requirement is built into the array of courses in the dance major where reflective and research-based writing is inherent. In all of our courses, we assess our students through reflective writing and/or research papers and projects, which account for approximately 40%-50% of a student’s final grade.

One particular course where we pay attention to the writing requirement for this major is the required DAN 360W: Senior Seminar. In DAN 360W, students submit drafts and received feedback before a final version of their senior thesis is due.  This practice is not exclusive to this course, as the practice of written expression is an important part of creative process and critical and reflective thought in dance.

Interdisciplinary Dance Studies

The following are approved courses that student can combine to form a dance and interdisciplinary applications major, but other options can be discussed and approved with a student’s advisor. 

Dance and disability:

  • CLT 101C/ENG 242: Disability Studies: Rethinking Difference and Diversity
  • CAS 125: Creating an Inclusive Campus Community: Disability, Mentorship, and Inclusive Higher Education
  • Participation as a TOUR mentor in a dance course. 

Dance and gender:

  • ANT 246/WST 246: Anthropological Approaches To Gender & Sexuality
  • CSP267/WST 266: Psychology of Gender
  • WST 105: Sex and Power
  • HIS 284/WST 285: History of the Body
  • ENG/230/AAS 230/WST 234 The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies
  •  WST 219: Politics of Sport

Dance and social justice:

  • SA 281:  Performance Art and Social Intervention
  • ANT247/AAS 261: Islam and the Third World
  • REL 125/AAS 125: Religion, Race and Ethnicity in America
  • REL 246/AAS 246: Cry Freedom
  • ANT 230/AAS 232: War, Genocide and Justice
  • PSC 267: Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • PH 101: Intro to Public Health
  • PH215/ANT 215: Public Health Anthropology

Dance and African and African American studies:

  • REL 156/AAS 157: Religions of African Diaspora
  • REL 170/AAS 170: Religion and Hip Hop Culture
  • REL 151/AAS 151: The Blues
  • ENG 230/WST 234/AAS 230: The Black Body: Intersecting Intimacies

Dance and religion and classics:

  • REL 162: Mysticism
  • REL 243: Islamic Mysticism
  • REL 244: Islamic Mystical Poetry
  • REL 250 Shiva and Shakti
  • REL 261: Hindu Tantric Yoga
  • REL 272: Classical Yoga Traditions of India

Dance, movement and brain and cognitive sciences :

  • BCS 110 Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • BCS 151 Perception and Action (pre-requisite is BCS110)
  • BCS 172 Development of Mind and Brain

Dance Minor

The Minor in Dance consists of a minimum of 26 credits. No more than two courses included in one's major may be counted toward the minor. A required student Performance Component is included in DAN 278 and/or DAN 385 and at least two courses need to be taken at the Intermediate or Advanced level.

The Minor will develop skills in observation, analysis and critical response to dance as an art form and as a component of life and culture. We do not merely dance for the sake of fitness or memorizing steps as our studies are the result of the theoretically-based movement explorations and more. Ultimately, dance literacy and appreciation along with the potential for participation in and/or an understanding of a dance-related career including but not limited to performance, teaching, arts management, choreography, criticism and production design, are at the heart of our purpose. Regardless of a student’s career path, a minor in dance will help foster educated audiences and participants in the diverse field of dance in culture.

Core Context Courses (Choose at least 8.0 credits)

  • DAN 195 World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 cr.) - Offered spring and summer
  • DAN 204 Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 228 Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics, & Culture (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 250 Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered fall and summer
  • DAN 251 Jazz Dance: Context & Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 252 Intermediate Ballet: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 253 West African Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered every other year
  • DAN 288 Movement Analysis & Integration (4 cr.) - Offered every other year

Creative Expression Courses (Choose at least 6 credits)

  • DAN 104 Contact Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 160 Dance Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • **DAN 243 Dance on Camera, Camera on Dance (4 cr.)
  • DAN 245 Dance Therapy Foundations (4 cr.)
  • DAN 278 Choreography (4 cr.)
  • **DAN 296 Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 cr.)
  • **DAN 378 Choreographic Voice: Dance & Social Justice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 380 Repertory & Performance (3 cr.)
  • DAN 385 Dance Performance Workshop (2 cr.)
  • (**Offered every other year)

Somatic Awareness Courses (Choose at least 2.0 credits, but no more than 4.0 credits)

  • DAN 114 Introduction to Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 115 Moving Into Stillness (2 cr.)
  • DAN 130 Conditioning For Dancer and Athlete (2 cr.)
  • DAN 170 Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 cr.)
  • DAN 208 Tai Chi: Movement Art and Culture (2 cr.)
  • DAN 209 Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 cr.)
  • DAN 225 Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 cr.)
  • DAN 230 Living Anatomy, Living Yoga (4 cr.)

Style Courses (Complete 26 credits)

  • DAN 102 Fundamentals of Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 110 Beginning Dance Techniques (2 cr.)
  • DAN 116 Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 140 Tap Dance: Beginning (2 cr.)
  • DAN 145 Beginning Jazz Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 150 Beginning Contemporary Dance Technique (2 cr.)
  • DAN 171 Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 181 West African Dance Forms (2 cr.)
  • DAN 188 Hip Hop Culture & Breaking(2 cr.)
  • DAN 189 Hip Hop Culture & Breaking IA (2 cr.)
  • DAN 190 Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 cr.)
  • DAN 212 Ngoma: Drumming Dance, and Ritual in S. Africa (4 cr.)
  • DAN 215 Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 240 Tap Dance: Intermediate (2 cr.)
  • DAN 242 Design For Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 267 Interm/ Advanced Contemporary Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 268 Intermed/Adv Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 271 Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 cr.)
  • DAN 279 Dance as Collaborator (2 cr.)
  • DAN 281 West African Dance Forms 2 (2 cr.)
  • DAN 283 West African Dance & Dundun (2 cr.)
  • DAN 386 Dance Performance Workshop II (2 cr.)
  • DAN 397 Dance Ensemble I(1 cr.)
  • DAN 398 Dance Ensemble II(1 cr.)

Movement Studies Minor

The Minor in Movement Studies consists of a minimum of 26 credits. No more than two courses included in one’s major may be counted toward the minor.

In the Movement Studies minor, The Program of Dance and Movement is committed to offering experiential and theoretical study of movement and dance that honors and informs the whole student. The minor in movement studies emphasizes self-awareness, contemplative practice, the nature of community, diversity and an appreciation of diverse and creative ways of thinking and moving. It also educates students about dance as an art form, explores the use of movement and dance as a means of creative and personal expression, as mindful, physical and spiritual practice and as a way of understanding culture, traditions and philosophies from all over the world.
This minor encourages students to validate their conceptual understanding through their own experience. Through this embodied knowledge where students can engage ideas through action and experiential investigation, each individual has the opportunity to find a personal connection and resonance with intellectual material. In this way, information is received and retained on a deeper level, and academic material can be taken beyond the classroom and applied to everyday life. The “academic” material at the core of our goals for the movement studies minor includes embodiment of self-awareness, knowledge of culture through movement and dance within a theoretical framework and movement studies as a practice for lifelong health and stress management. Our classes and faculty promote a sense of community within which discussions and experiential study take place focusing on a number of issues surrounding cultural identity, movement practices across cultures, dance as an art form, internal practices for self-discovery and creative expression, body image, centered alignment, body conditioning and philosophies for mindfulness are some of topics investigated in this minor.

Fundamentals (Choose at least 2 credits)

  • DAN 102 Fundamentals of Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 288: Movement Analysis & Integration (4 cr.)

Core Context Courses (Choose at least 8 credits)

  • DAN 170 Embodied Resourcing Through Somatic Practices (4 cr.)
  • DAN 195 World Dance: Movement as Culture (4 cr.) - Offered spring and summer
  • DAN 204 Contact Improvisation and Culture (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 211 T'ai Chi: Explorations in Chi (4 cr.) - Offered once per year
  • DAN 230 Living Anatomy, Living Yoga (4 cr.) - Offered spring and summer
  • DAN 250 Intermediate Contemporary Dance: Context and Practice (4 cr.) - Offered once per year

Movement Studies (Chose from the following or from any courses in Core Context that have not yet been taken in total 26 credits)

  • DAN 114 Introduction to Yoga (2 cr.)
  • DAN 115 Moving Into Stillness (2 cr.)
  • DAN 130 Conditioning For Dancer and Athlete (2 cr.)
  • DAN 208 T'ai Chi: Movement, Art, and Culture (2 cr.)
  • DAN 209 Qi Gong: Chinese Way to Health (2 cr.)
  • DAN 225 Yoga II: Continuing the Journey (2 cr.)
  • DAN 271 Capoeira II: Music in Motion (2 cr.)

Dance Appreciation (Choose at least 4 credits but no more than 6 credits)

  • DAN 104 Contact Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 110 Beginning Dance Techniques (2 cr.)
  • DAN 116 Intro to Somatic Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 140 Tap Dance: Beginning (2 cr.)
  • DAN 145 Beginning Jazz Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 150 Beginning Contemporary Dance (2 cr.)
  • DAN 160 Dance Improvisation (2 cr.)
  • DAN 171 Capoeira: Brazilian Art Movement (2 cr.)
  • DAN 181 West African Dance Forms (2 cr.)
  • DAN 188 Hip Hop Culture & Breaking (2 cr.)
  • DAN 189 Hip Hop Culture & Breaking IA (2 cr.)
  • DAN 190 Middle Eastern Dance: Folkloric/Bedouin (2 cr.)
  • DAN 212 Ngoma: Drumming, Dance, & Ritual in S. Africa(4 cr.)
  • DAN 215 Beginning Ballet II/Advanced Beginning Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 228 Dance History: Philosophy, Aesthetics, & Culture (4 cr.)
  • DAN 240 Tap Dance Intermediate (2 cr.)
  • DAN 242 Design For Dance(2 cr.)
  • DAN 243 Dance on Camera, Camera on Dance (4 cr.)
  • DAN 251 Intermediate/Advanced Jazz: Context & Practice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 253 West African Dance: Context & Practice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 268 Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary Ballet (2 cr.)
  • DAN 273 Capoeira Roda: Strategies & Improvisation(2 cr.)
  • DAN 278 Dance as Collaborator (2 cr.)
  • DAN 281 West African Dance Forms II (2 cr.)
  • DAN 283 West African Dance & DunDun (2 cr.)
  • DAN 290 Middle Eastern Dance: Orientale (2 cr.)
  • DAN 296 Art of Teaching Dance K-12 (4 cr.)
  • DAN 378 Choreographic Voice: Dance & Social Justice (4 cr.)
  • DAN 380 Repertory and Performance (3 cr.)
  • DAN 397 Dance Ensemble I (1 cr.)
  • DAN 398 Dance Ensemble II (1 cr.)

Clusters

The program offers four clusters; each provides an in-depth view of a different area:

Improvisation and Creative Process

This cluster encourages students to discover the potential of their own creative energies. Through reading, attending lecture-demonstrations, discussion, and improvisation, we explore the creative process.

Movement and Culture

In this cluster students will have the opportunity to investigate theoretically and experientially movement and dance from different cultures. The goal is to increase knowledge and understanding of the rich and varied roles of movement from around the world with a focus on community.

Mind-Body Somatics

This cluster explores multiple perspectives of somatic approaches to movement repatterning, teaching how to change maladaptive movement patterns in order to develop new, more integrated movement. Valuable for the dancer non-dancer.

Dance and Performance

This cluster is designed for the student interested in the art of dance and performance. Through the study of dance technique and theory as well as the context within which dance exists in the field, students will have opportunities to experience, view and discuss the art of dance, performance, and creative expression.