Class held in:
Rehearsal Hall in the Jonsson Building
(the bottom floor, room# 1.216)
Body language is an extension of human emotion.
Often we are able to sense how a person feels or is reacting to a
given situation by the way he or she moves.
So movement is a means of communication. Dance is a way to tell a story.
The story is told through various elements, or tools, the dancer
has: the body and
this workshop we will explore the idea of dance as narrative.
We will look at the elements necessary for a transformation in
both a structured and unstructured format of choreography.
We will also explore the elements involved in doing group work
and the concepts behind choreography.
In addition, we will be exploring the body as a tool of movement
and all the possibilities that lie within.
demonstrations will be given on the following styles of
dance—including, but not limited to:
* Belly Dancing
* Native American Pow-Pow and Cochina Spirit Dances
Because each student
will come to the workshop with varying dance experience, the grade will
not be based on technical merit. Class
participation is a requirement, but grade consideration will be given to
individual attitude and effort.
requirements are as follows:
* Class Participation:
* Quizzes (on readings):
25% (5 quizzes at 5%
* Final project 25%
Attendance for every
workshop class is required. Five
points will be deducted from the final workshop grade for one absence.
For every other absence, attendance points will triple—for
1 absence = 5 points off the final workshop grade
2 absences = 15 points off the final workshop grade
In other words, a student cannot expect to pass the dance workshop with
more than 2 absences.
quizzes will be given at the beginning of class. NO MAKE-UP QUIZZES WILL BE GIVEN. If a student is not present for the quiz, that student will
receive a zero for that quiz. Students
are also expected to participate in class discussion regarding the
Students are responsible
for a five-page to seven-page paper—depending the student’s final
project—on a style of dance, or dancer/choreographer of their choice,
EXCLUDING ballet, tap, jazz or modern.
Students must have a minimum of three sources—only one may be a
web source—and a maximum of five sources.
If you are enrolled in the 1st workshop, the paper is
due April 4th. If you are enrolled in the 2nd workshop, the paper
is due April 30th. Both
workshops will have the same amount of time to finish their papers.
LATE PAPERS WILL BE ACCEPTED. NO
final project will consist of one of two options:
A choreographed piece by the student that must include specific
elements such as turns,
jumps and extensions, as well as elements from each style that will be demonstrated in class.
The student will also be graded on the appropriateness of music,
which will also be discussed in class.
For this project, a five-page paper is required is required.
A presentation—not a reading—of the paper for the class.
For this project, a
seven-page paper is required.
previous dance experience is necessary for this workshop; however, you
must have a willingness to participate and to explore movement and
you have any questions, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or see me during my office hours, JO 3.902: Tuesdays at 10:00.