Spring 2013 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Hanlon, Michele
Discipline and Number
DANC 3342 Section 001
S Time 12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Course Title
Contemporary Performance Studies

Description of Course:

Contemporary Performance Studies includes both an academic component and a performance component. Students wishing to take this course will audition for the UTDallas Dance Ensemble on December 8 from 1 - 4 pm in the rehearsal hall (Jo. 1.216).

Participation in the ensemble will make up the performance aspect of the course work. Additionally, students will read about, view, and study examples of works created by contemporary dance choreographers and performers. Included in the course work will be comparative papers on selected artists that are studied in class. Students will keep a journal of their own experiences as a performer in the Dance Ensemble.

A culminating paper contextualizing personal experience and contemporary practices in dance performance, along with performing in the dance main stage production on April 25-27 will serve as a final exam for the course.

This course may include participation in the American College Dance Festival Regional Festival at Sam Houston State University on March 5 - 9. This topics class meets the topics course requirement for the Theater/Dance minor.

Audition on December 8, 1-4pm in JO 1.216 - It is recommended that auditioning students have some training in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, hip-hop or world dance forms. The UTD Dance Ensemble concert will consist of contemporary dance works in Modern, jazz, and possibly tap dance.

Required Texts:

None. Readings will be assigned in class.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

See above.

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