Courses

DNCE BC 2501
Biomechanics for the Dancer: Theory and Practice

Links conditioning skills, movement therapies, and neuromuscular patterning through the process of building strength, alignment, and awareness in essential musculature needed for foundational work in ballet and other forms of dance.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of dance technique in ballet or modern.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2555 (Modern Dance), 2556
Ensemble Dance Repertory
The study and performance of choreography using three approaches: learning excerpts from the repertoire of selected choreographers, analyzing through reconstruction of classic repertory works, and understanding the choreographic process by working in a creation from initial concept to finished dance.
Prerequisite: Intermediate level technique and permission of Instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2557
Evolution of Spanish Dance Style
Study of Spanish dance and music from late 17th century to the present. Dance and music styles including castanet technique. Through historical documents, students will experience the cultural history of Spain. Research paper and presentation required.
Prerequisite: BC 3250x or permission of the instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2558
Tap Ensemble

A tap composition, improvisation, and performance class, for experienced tap dancers to develop skills in music, choreography, and creative rhythm-making.
Advanced or Intermediate level tap training and permission of the instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2561
Applied Anatomy for Human Movement
Focuses on physical sciences that relate to human movement and emphasizes functional anatomy. Topics include skeletal structure, physics of dance, muscular balance, and improving movement potential.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2562
Movement Analysis
An introduction to the theories and methods of movement analysis, focusing on its application to dance performance and research. Through lectures, readings, integrative movement exercises, and observation labs, students will learn to analyze and describe the qualitative aspects of human movement; to notate movement in motif writing; and to refine their ability to move efficiently and expressively.
Prerequisite: An intermediate or advanced dance technique course or permission of the instructor.
3 points.
 

DNCE BC 2563x
Dance Composition: Form, Dance/Theater
An exploration of choreography that employs text, song, vocal work, narrative and principles of artistic direction in solo and group contexts
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2563y
Dance Composition: Form
The study of choreography as a creative art. The development and organization of movement materials according to formal principles of composition in solo and duet forms. Applicable to all styles of dance.
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
3 points.

DNCE  BC 2564
Dance Composition: Content
Continued study of choreography as a communicative performing art. This semester of dancemaking focuses on the exploration of ideas and meaning. Emphasis is placed on the development of personal style as an expressive medium, and on unity of style in each work. Group as well as solo compositions will be assigned.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2565
World Dance History
A survey of the major dance traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the Americas. Lectures and discussions address primary written and visual sources, ethnographic and documentary films, workshops, and performances.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2567
Music for Dance
A study of musicianship and musical literacy in relation to dance. Using computer software, drumming studies, score and audio-visual analyses students will learn to identify the compositional elements of dance music with a multi-cultural emphasis. Presentation of individual and collective research in written and performance format.
3 points.
 
DNCE BC 2570
Dance in New York City
A study of the cultural roots and historical contexts of specific communities using New York City’s dance scene as a laboratory. Students will observe the social environments in which various modes of dance works are created while researching the history of dance in New York City.
3 points. 

DNCE BC 2572
Techniques for Performance
This course explores specific techniuqes dancers utilize to cultivate performance: inherent qualities of the stage space, visual, physical and emotional focus, movement dynamics and texture, and the use of imagery, sets and fabric. This course will also deepen one's awareness of these elements from a choreographic and directorial perspective.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
3 points

DNCE BC 2575
Choreography for the American Musical
Examination of a uniquely American art form, this course explores the history and evolution of American Musical Theater dance with special focus on the period known as "The Golden Era." Analysis of the genre's most influential choreographers (including Balanchine, de Mille, Robbins), their systems, methodolgies and fusion of high and low art on the commercial stage.
3 points

DNCE BC 2580
Tap as An American Art Form

Studio/lecture format focuses on tap technique, repertory, improvisation; and the development of tap explored through American history, jazz music, films, videos, and biographies.
Prerequisite: DNCE BC 1446 or equivalent experience.
—M. Morrison
3 points.

DNCE BC 3000
From the Page to the Dance Stage
The study of dance works which have their origins in the written word. Topics considered include: Is choreography a complete act of creative originality? Which literary genres are most often transformed into dance pieces? Why are some texts privileged with dance interpretation(s) and others are not?
3 points.

DNCE BC 3001
Western Theatrical Dance from the Renaissance to the 1960's
Focuses on the history of theatre dance forms originating in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Includes reading, writing, viewing, and discussion of sources such as film, text, original documentation, demonstration, and performance.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3200
Dance in Film
A survey of Theatrical dance in the 20th century specific to film production. Five Kinds of dance films will be examined: musicals, non-musicals, documentaries, film essays and pure dance recording.
Prerequisite: DNCE BC 2566, DNCE BC 2570, FILM W. 1001, Instructor's permission.
3 points
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DNCE BC 3565 Composition: Collaboration and the Creative Process
This course is a study in dance composition with a focus on collaboration.  Whether creating a solo or larger group piece, students are encouraged to collaborate with other artists. Methods employed by contemporary choreographers will be explored.  Peer feedback and creative dialogue will be a component of every class.
Prerequisite: Two semesters of dance composition or permission of the instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3566 Composition: Site Specific and Experimental Methods
Focuses on collaborative creation as conceptual artists, choreographers, improvisers, and performers with an emphasis on site-specific projects and experimental methods. 3pts.

DNCE BC 3567
Dance of India
A range of dance genres, from the traditional to the innovative, co-exist as representations of "Indianness" in India, and beyond. Identities onstage and in films, morph as colonial, national, and global contexts change. This course zooms from micro to macro views of twentieth century staged dances as culturally inflected discourse. We review how Indian classical dance aligns with the oldest of performance texts, and with lively discourses (rasa as a performance aesthetic, Orientalism, nationalism, global recirculations) through the ages, not only in India but also in Europe, Britain and America. Throughout the course, we ask:- How is culture embodied? How do historical texts configure dance today? How might they affect our thinking on mind-body, practice-theory, and traditional-contemporary divides? How does bodily patterning influence the ways that we experience our surroundings and vice versa? Can cultural imaginaries instigate action? How is gender is performed? What are dance discourses?
3 points.

DNCE BC 3570
Latin American and Caribbean Dance: Identities in Motion
Examines the features of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms to uncover the ways in which dancing shapes national, racial, and gender identity.
3 points.

DNCE  3571
Solo Repertory: Performance Styles
The study of solo excerpts from classical ballet and/or modern dance repertory and the presentation of individual research in both written and performance format. Emphasis will be placed on the role that the dancer must play to facilitate the realization of the choreographer’s concept.
Prerequisite: Intermediate level technique and permission of instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3572
Dance Production
The rigorous study of the visual elements of dance design through aesthetic and critical evaluation of lighting, costume, and scenographic techniques as they relate to specific dance repertory works.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3574
Inventing the Contemporary: Dance Since the 1960s
Explores modern/contemporary dance in the United States and Europe since the 1960's. Major units are devoted to the Judson Dance Theater and its postmodernist aftermath, Tanztheater and European dance revisionism, and African-American dance and the articulation of an aesthetic of cultural hybridity.
3 points. 

DNCE BC 3575
George Balanchine and the Reinvention of Modern Ballet
This course examines the life and major work of Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, tracing his development as an artist, his landmark collaborations with Stravinsky, his role in defining modern ballet style and his reinvention of the modern ballerina.
3 points

DNCE BC 3576
Dance Criticism
Intensive practice in writing about dance. Readings drawn from 19th- and 20th-century criticism. Observation includes weekly performances and classroom videotape sessions.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3577y
Performing the Political: Embodying Change in American Performance
An examination of ways in which political and social ideologies are embedded in American performance of the last 75 years. Topics include venues designed to support traditional values, as well as to propagandize, such as pageantry, worker’s theatre and dance, and performance art. Reading and viewing assignments.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3578
Traditions of African-American Dance
Traces the development of African-American dance, emphasizing the contribution of black artists and the influence of black traditions on American theatrical dance. Major themes include the emergence of African-American concert dance, the transfer of vernacular forms to the concert stage, and issues of appropriation, cultural self-identification, and artistic hybridity.
3 points.
 

DNCE BC 3580
History of Social Dancing: Dance Crazes from the Waltz to Flash Mobs

The history of social dancing from the Renaissance to the present: waltz, contradances, ragtime, jazz, disco. Topics include dance "manias"; youth and anti-dance movements; intersections between the ballroom, stage, and film; competitive, exhibition, and "flash mob" dancing. Lectures based on archival sources, film, literature, music, images, and live performances.
3 points.
 

DNCE BC 3583
Gender and Historical Memory in American Dance of the 1930's to the Early 1960's
Seminar poses the question of why so many women dancer/choreographers of the 1930's - to the early 1960's, including relativity well-known ones, have ended up as peripheral rather than central players in what has become the master narrative of a crucial era of the recent dance past.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3601, 3602, 3603, 3604
Rehearsal and Performance in Dance
Students take part in the full production of a dance as performers, choreographers, designers, or stage technicians. —Guest Artists
Prerequisite: Audition. Subject to cap on studio credit. Can be taken more than once for credit up to a maximum of 3 credits a semester.
1–3 points.

DNCE BC 3591
Senior Seminar in Dance
Research and scholarly writing in chosen topics relating to dance. Methods of investigation will be drawn from prominent archival collections and personal interviews, as well as other resources. Papers will be formally presented to the Dance Department upon completion.
4 points.

DNCE BC 3592
Senior Project: Research for Dance
Independent study for research and writing (35-50–page thesis required).
3 points.

DNCE BC 3593
Senior Project: Repertory for Dance
Independent study for preparing and performing repertory works in production to be presented in concert.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3982
Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and Its World
Examines the multifaceted revolution of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and its impact on dance, music, theatre, and visual arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. Outstanding works such as Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, Parade, Les Noces, and Prodigal Son, studied in depth, with an emphasis on artistic collaboration and the remaking of traditional dance language.
Prerequisite: Introductory course in dance, music, theatre history, 20th century art history or permission of the instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3980
Performing the Political: Embodying Change in American Performance

Exploration into the politics of performance and the performance of politics through the lens of 20th-century American dance.
4 points

DNCE BC 3981
Inventing American Modern Dance: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn
The life, writings, and dances of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, focusing on their pioneering role in the development of American modern dance and their radical stagings of race, class, gender, and sexuality.
4 points.

MUSI V2170
Music and Dance from Romanticism to Mark Morris
An exploration of the music-dance relationship from Romanticism to Mark Morris. Specific topics to include Romanticism, Tchaikovsky, the Ballets Russes, Copland-Graham, Stravinsky-Balanchine, jazz/African-American traditions, Cage-Cunningham, and Mark Morris.
3 points.