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AFR 250 Black Women in Contemporary Performance
DAN 101 Introduction to Dance
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

An introduction to the discipline of dance studies, this primarily lecture/discussion course investigates dance as a cultural form and as an artistic, meaning-making system.  Through lectures, discussions, readings, video screenings, attendance at performances, critical writing, and occasional movement sessions, students will build a well-rounded, foundational understanding of major concepts and issues engaged in the study of various dance forms.  No previous dance experience is necessary. 

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

DAN 240 Modern Dance Technique I
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Emerging at the turn of the twentieth century, modern dance encourages the development of physical capacities for creative expression. Focusing on proper alignment, body mechanics, and anatomical efficiency, this course introduces the basic principles and technical components involved in performing techniques of Modern Dance.  Though the primary work is in the studio, course work will also include readings, video viewing, discussion, and written analysis. 

No previous dance experience is necessary.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement. 

DAN 250 Dance Repertory: Composing, Crafting, & Collaboration
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240, or permission of the instructor

Instructor
Bory

In this course, students will experience and develop choreography as an unfolding practice, an act of creative research, and a collaborative endeavor. Working closely with the instructor and with others in the class, students will work though the choreographic process to develop an original composition from a predetermined site of instigation, selected by the instructor. Throughout the semester, students will work together to research choreographic themes, craft and revise performance material, refine performance strategies and approaches, and publicly present their work. The making and performance process will address issues related to composition and collaboration, including: questioning aesthetic values and assumptions about the dancemaking process; prioritizing experiences; cultivating presence in rehearsal and performance; and challenging traditional ideas about authorship and meaning-making. Throughout the semester, physical practice will be supported by dramaturgical research and reflective writings.

Fulfills an elective requirement or serves an alternative to the composition requirement (DAN 260) in the Dance Studies minor.
Satisfies a Visual & Performing Arts requirement.

DAN 260 Dance Composition I
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Bory

An introduction to the fundamental skills of dancemaking, this course explores the development and crafting of movement for performance. Examining a range of compositional methods and performance approaches, students will develop the basic tools for dance choreography. Coursework will include studio practice, readings, performance viewings, and written assignments.

Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Students entering before 2012: satisfies Fine Arts requirement.

DAN 282 Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

Through a transhistorical study of a various styles and forms, this lecture/discussion class examines a variety of issues around gender and sexuality illuminated in the staging, performance, and practice of dance. Understanding dance as a focused site for conceptualizing how bodies make meaning, this course explores the social and historical configuration of dancing bodies and dance's capacity to form and transform social identities. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.


Satisfies a requirement in the Gender & Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.
Satisfies the Liberal Studies requirement.
 

DAN 284 Dancing Diaspora: The African American Theatrical Dance Tradition
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Amin

Drawing on scholarship about the African Diaspora, this lecture/discussion course examines how United States dance performance has shaped and been shaped by ideas about Africanist aesthetics and cultural identities.  Exploring entertainment and concert performances from late minstrelsy to the present day, the class will investigate both how black dance artists have staged their cultural experiences, and how those theatrical representations have been received and interpreted. Course work includes readings, performance viewings, presentations, and written assignments.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Dance.
Counts as an elective in the Cultural Production & Expression category of the Africana Studies major (Geographic Region = North America).
Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.

DAN 288 Choreographing Politics: Policy, Practice, and Protest
Prerequisites & Notes

Instructor
Bory

In this course, we will consider the ways in which dance and performance scholarship examines the politics of performance, exploring both how dance practices have been used to wield state power and how acts of protest and dissent might be choreographically conceived. Looking at particular dance forms and choreographic compositions as case studies, we will scrutinize how dance has been exercised by institutional powers to control bodies, forward narratives of nationhood, and secure ideological belief systems. To being to question what is threatening about dance's organizing of bodies, we will also examine dance practices that have been outlawed or censored. Finally, the course will also examine dance scholarship on mobilization and protest, in order to think through the choreographies of dissent and demonstration. Considering the body and its organization in performance as potent sites for analysis, this course will take an interdisciplinary approach to our study, intermingling critical readings in Dance Studies, Performance Studies, and political theory, alongside performance viewings and physical exploration.

Fulfills a theory requirement in the Dance minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

DAN 340 Modern Dance Technique II
Prerequisites & Notes

DAN 240 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor
Bory

Designed for students with prior dance training, this movement practice course builds upon student awareness of the principles and techniques of modern dance. Emphasizing further development of the skills of movement execution and expressively, course work will include studio practice, readings, video screenings, and written work.

Students entering 2012 or after: satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Students entering before 2012 or after: satisfies the Fine Arts requirement.

DAN 360 Dance Composition II
Prerequisites & Notes

Prerequisite: DAN 240 or permission of the instructor

Instructor
Bory

Building upon the choreographic ideas introduced of Dance Composition I, this course explores compositional practices and processes in more depth. Through the coursework, students will research performance making methods, engage various approaches to performance making, and develop methods for crafting their own performance work. In order to begin to define their own dancemaking aesthetics, each student will be asked to create their own set of research questions, which will drive their movement and compositional explorations throughout the semester.

Satisfies Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Dance Studies.

MUS 233 American Musical Theatre
MUS 261 Introduction to Composition
THE 335 Fundamentals of Stage Design