Dance: B.F.A. Course Offerings

The Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s B.F.A. in contemporary dance performance is a 141-credit program. The courses outlined below are offered to students in this program.

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Movement Training

Ballet Technique

Placement in specific ballet courses and sections is determined by the Dean of Dance, in consultation with the ballet faculty. Placement is based not only on skill level, but also on creating the best match between the expertise of individual faculty members and the specific needs of each student.

Ballet Core Flat

Classical ballet technique informed by contemporary somatic approaches and knowledge. Students will focus on proper body alignment, placement, turn out or rotation of the legs from the hip sockets, positions of the body in relation to space and direction of movement, positions of the head and shoulders, and positions of the arms and poses of the body. Class will include exercises at the barre, as well as the classical progression of center work. The following courses are offered:

Ballet Technique: Men’s Class
4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Required: D-ST 0101 (note: D-ST 0101 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in Ballet Technique D-ST 0117, D-ST 0127, D-ST 0137, D-ST 0147)

Ballet Technique: Women’s Class
4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Required: D-ST 0102 (note: D-ST 0102 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in Ballet Technique D-ST 0118, D-ST 0148)

D-ST 1109 Ballet
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits

D-ST 71710 Advanced Ballet Technique
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
 
D-ST 71711 Advanced Contemporary Ballet
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits

Ballet Core Pointe

D-ST 0128 Ballet Technique: Intermediate Pointe
4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Designed for students who have thorough knowledge of the classical ballet vocabulary and good command of ballet technique, this course develops the technical skills and strength for sustained, anatomically sound pointe work in conjunction with an exploration of artistry and interpretation. Pointe work will include strengthening exercises as well as articulation of the feet, jumps en pointe, turns, and traveling turns. Emphasis is placed on breath, musical phrasing, fluidity, energy pathways, and harmoniously carving the space with the body.
Prerequisite: D-ST 71510
 
D-ST 0138 Ballet Technique: Intermediate/Advanced
4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Designed for students who have full knowledge of the classical ballet vocabulary and strong pointe technique. This course increases the level of challenge technically, musically, and artistically, encouraging dancers to further refine technique and to bring a strong focus to individual artistic interpretation and expression.
Prerequisite: D-ST 71510

Ballet Electives

D-ST 71510 Basic Pointe
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Designed to prepare dancers for Ballet Technique: Intermediate Pointe (D-ST 0128), this course focuses on developing the strength and technique for sustained pointe work through strengthening exercises for the ankles and feet at the barre. Emphasis will be placed on proper alignment of the feet en pointe as well as articulation of the feet through movement, including piqué, relevé, échappé, and sissone.
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
 
D-ST 71511 Intermediate Pointe
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course expands on the basic pointe skills developed in D-ST 71510. Students will learn the skills and technique to support jumps en pointe, pirouettes (en dehors, en dedans) from different positions (fifth, fourth, second) and with all positions of the body (arabesque, á la seconde, attitude), traveling turns (chaînés, déboulés) and fouetté. The course emphasizes freedom of movement of the head and arms in order to produce the effect of ease and absence of strain as well as artistry of the dance.
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
Prerequisite: D-ST 0128
 
D-ST 71512 Pointe and Variations
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course offers students with a strong and confident pointe technique the opportunity to focus on applying that technique to the interpretation and performance of movement variations from the classical ballet canon as well as contemporary choreography.
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
Prerequisite: D-ST 0138
 
D-ST 71513 Ballet Repertory
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course explores excerpts from well-known classical or contemporary repertory and is geared toward group work.
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
 
D-ST 71712 Topics in Advanced Repertory: Ballet
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: D-ST 2191 or D-ST 2201

Modern Technique

Modern Core

D-ST 1201 Modern Technique 1
D-ST 1202 Modern Technique 2

4.5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
This freshman technique course is an immersion into the physicality, principles, and aesthetics of contemporary concert dance, with influences from Limón, Horton, and Cunningham techniques, as well as consistent practice of movement improvisation. The courses will improve the student’s movement potential, body awareness, and musicality. Emphasis is placed on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, speed, phrasing, and proper alignment.

D-ST 2201 Modern Technique 3
D-ST 2202 Modern Technique 4

4.5 hours weekly; 2.5 credits
Sophomore Modern Technique has two components. D-ST 2201 focuses on postmodern movement techniques (“release techniques”) emphasizing efficiency, depth of physicality, alignment, and articulation. D-ST 2202 focuses on the modern technique of Lester Horton.
Required: D-ST 2200 (note: D-ST 2200 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in D-ST 2201 Modern Technique 3 or D-ST 2202 Modern Technique 4)
 
D-ST 3201 Modern Technique 5
D-ST 3202 Modern Technique 6

4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Junior Modern Technique has three components: contemporary technique with an emphasis on extreme athleticism, low flying and floor work, inversion, and efficiency; eclectic contemporary technique connected to the study of Laban Movement Analysis, with an emphasis on physical articulation and specificity, complex phrasing and musicality, and continued development of the individually expressive voice; and a continued study of movement improvisation.
Required: D-ST 3200 (note: D-ST 3200 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in D-ST 3201 Modern Technique 5 or D-ST 3202 Modern Technique 6)

D-ST 4201 Modern Technique 7
D-ST 4202 Modern Technique 8

4.5 hours weekly; 2 credits
Senior Modern Technique has three components: eclectic contemporary technique with an emphasis on physical articulation and specificity, complex phrasing and sophisticated awareness of dynamic and quality, and clearly developed individual artistic voice; current approaches to movement efficiency and alignment developed through various “release techniques;” and a continued study of movement improvisation.
Required: D-ST 4200 (note: D-ST 4200 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in D-ST 4201 Modern Technique 7 or D-ST 4202 Modern Technique 8)

Modern Electives

D-ST 72510 Modern Repertory: Speaking Through the Solo Voice
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Through choreographic solos students will explore movement trajectories and analyze ideas from a multitude of lenses. By deconstructing solo repertory students deepen perception and awareness while enhancing their own artistic expression. This course is designed to teach the young artist to be communicative by integrating choreographic work, imagination, and life experience.
 
D-ST 72710 Topics in Contemporary Dance: Limón Technique

3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Building on the foundation of D-ST 1201 and D-ST 1202, an advanced study of the modern technique of José Limón.
 
D-ST 72711 Topics in Contemporary Dance: Horton Technique
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Building on the foundation of D-ST 2202, an advanced study of the modern technique of Lester Horton.

D-ST 72712 Topics in Contemporary Dance: Salsa
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Salsa is presented as an Afro-Latin form in interaction with Latino culture. Students will learn about the ethnology of salsa primarily through the lens of Afro-Cuban dance. Forms considered in the course include sacred dances, rumba, cha cha cha, and rueda de casino. Students will gain a physical understanding of salsa through body movement, vocabulary, and styling. This will be reinforced through observation and analysis of Afro-Cuban dance as it relates to salsa.

D-ST 72713 Topics in Contemporary Dance: Release Technique
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
We focus on the relationship to the ground through breath, dynamic alignment, and the use of gravity and momentum to find dynamic range. We survey our strength to find ease and fluidity in and out of the floor, on our hands and feet. We develop range through fine articulation of the joints, and concentrated explorations of appendicular vs. axial skeleton movement and qualities. Warm ups include moving from images to support inner awareness and creative expressivity and progress through structured skill-building exercises and challenging phrasework that encourages efficient movement patterning.
 
D-ST 72718 Topics in Advanced Repertory: Modern
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: D-ST 2191 or D-ST 2201
 
D-ST 73712 Topics in Contemporary Dance: Hip Hop
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits

Partnering

D-ST 0111 Ballet Partnering I
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
An introduction to the basic concepts of classical ballet partnering. Both female and male dancers will learn technical partnering skills (lifts, turns, and Adagio partnering). Dancers will be challenged to develop the connection to each other that is essential as the primary means to communicate synchronized movement between partners.
Required: D-ST 0103 (note: D-ST 0103 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in D-ST 0111 Ballet Partnering I)
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
Prerequisite: (Women) D-ST 0138 or D-ST 71511.
 
D-ST 0112 Ballet Partnering 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Intermediate/advanced classical ballet partnering. The course focuses on partnering within choreographic phrases and variations.
Required: D-ST 0103 (note: D-ST 0103 is not a course, but rather a review for placement in D-ST 0112 Ballet Partnering 2)
Corequisite: D-ST 1109 or D-ST 71710
Prerequisite: D-ST 0111
 
D-ST 0201 Contact Skills 1
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D-ST 0202 Contact Skills 2
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D-ST 1203 Modern Partnering

2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Students learn the basic elements of partnering, exploring various tools of partnering such as listening skills, moving through space simultaneously, non-contact partnering, spatial interweaving, levels of contact, opposition, and full lifting. Qualities of good partnership are addressed, including listening and communication skills, responsibility toward one’s partner, awareness, focus on task, enabling trust, risk taking, dissolving tendencies of fear, and timing.
 
D-ST 72714 Contact Improvisation
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Contact Improvisation began as a means to explore the physical forces imposed on the body by gravity and the physics of momentum. Dancers will develop the skills to improvise while in contact with one or more dancers, including the possibility of improvised partnering. This class is geared to dancers who want to further their understanding of Contact Improvisation through a sustained improvisation practice. Areas of exploration will include deepening the connection to the ground, releasing excess muscular tension, developing an internal sense of movement, following points of contact, expanding spatial awareness, and integrating leading and following skills in partnering.
Prerequisite: D-ST 0202

Jazzdance, African Dance

D-ST 73710 Jazzdance Technique
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
An in-depth study of jazz dance technique and exposure to the eclectic range of jazz dance from its African roots to the fusion styles of today. Students will learn a wide range of jazz styles in relationship to the musical forms that inspired them (such as jazz, swing, and blues). We will emphasize signature elements of jazz dancing such as syncopation, initiation of movement from multiple locations within the body, isolations of various body parts, and expressiveness.
 
D-ST 73711 African Dance

2 hours weekly; 1 credit
An introduction to African dance technique rooted in both traditional and contemporary forms. Students will learn numerous African dance styles that reflect the cultural lifestyles of people of the African Diaspora. Emphasis will be placed on developing increasing sensitivity to music through intensive work with accompanying musicians.

D-ST 73711 Topics in Advanced Repertory: Jazzdance
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Prerequisite: D-ST 2191 or D-ST 2201

The Academic Component

D-LT 1601 Introduction to Dance
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
A survey course designed to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of dance as an art form. The course examines a wide range of Western dance forms including ballet, modern, jazz, and postmodern dance, as well as different ways dance is presented to the public, such as concert dance, commercial dance, and vernacular dance. Through the study of some of the major dance trends and choreographic figures in the U.S., the class will address the diverse creativity of individual and cultural expression through the art of dance.
 
D-LT 3601 Dance History
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce the field of dance history through an examination of the major trends in dance performance that developed during the approximately 100 years from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. The class focuses primarily on the evolution of the 19th-century romantic and classical ballet, ballet’s movement toward modernism, and the emergence of modern dance as a distinctly 20th century phenomenon.
Prerequisite: D-LT 1601
 
D-PD 2901 Dance Pedagogy 1
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
An exploration into the nature of teaching and learning, including recent findings in cognitive and motor learning research as applicable to dance education. A wide range of contemporary models for movement education will be examined, ethical issues will be discussed, and students will be asked to reflect upon their own training in order to begin developing a set of strong, conscious values to serve them in all facets of their professional lives.
Prerequisite: D-LT 1601
 
D-PD 2191 Ballet Pedagogy
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
An experiential course designed to give students the applied skills to teach classical ballet technique. Students learn how to develop and present all aspects of a fully realized and informed ballet class.
Prerequisite: D-PD 2901
 
D-PD 2201 Modern Pedagogy
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
An experiential course designed to give students the applied skills to teach contemporary dance technique. Students learn how to develop and present all aspects of a fully realized and informed modern dance class—warm-up exercises technical and rhythmical exercises, across the floor phrases and combinations.
Prerequisite: D-PD 2901
 
D-PD 2391 Jazzdance Pedagogy
3 hours weekly; 2 credits
An experiential course designed to give students the applied skills to teach jazzdance technique. Students learn how to develop and present all aspects of a fully realized and informed jazzdance class—warm-up exercises, technical and stylistic exercises, across the floor phrases and combinations.
Prerequisite: D-PD 2901
 
D-LT 79910 Topics in Dance Academics: Postmodernism in Dance
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
An investigation of trends in dance performance that emerged in the wake of World War II, seeking the genesis of these trends, tracking their development, attempting to understand their relationship or non-relationship to extant and future styles of dance, and their place in the larger artistic and cultural milieu.
Prerequisite: D-LT 3601
 
D-LT 79911 Topics in Dance Academics: Introduction to Dance on Film and Video
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
The preoccupation with capturing motion is evident in the history of art, from cave paintings to Muybridge’s photography experiments of late 19th century. When Thomas Edison invented the moving picture camera, some of the first images he captured were of dance. In this course, students will gain a comprehensive introduction to the history of Dance on Film (1893–present) while learning basic filmmaking techniques for capturing choreography on camera. Through viewings of examples ranging from Busby Berkeley, to the experimental films of Maya Deren, to music videos and contemporary dance film dramas, students will be exposed to the vast potential of a growing field.
Prerequisite: D-LT 3601
 
D-LT 79912 Topics in Dance Academics: European Dance Theater Trends
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
An examination of how Pina Bausch and her Tanztheater Wuppertal influenced the field of modern/contemporary concert dance. The course will also inquire into the processes and aesthetics of other influential European choreographers working with mixed media, physical theatricality, and dramaturgy. Amongst these are William Forsythe, Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker, and Lloyd Newson’s DV8 Physical Theatre.
Prerequisite: D-LT 3601
 
D-LT 79913 Topics in Dance Academics: History of Jazzdance
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Jazzdance, sometimes called “The American Folk Form,” had its birth in the late 1800s and continues its evolution to the present day. This course explores the distinct but intertwined elements that have contributed to the creation of this unique dance form, beginning with its roots in African dance and African-American vernacular (social) dances. We will examine the co-evolution of vernacular music and movement, investigating music such as ragtime, stride (boogie woogie) piano, jazz, blues, swing, rhythm and blues, soul, funk, Latin music and hip hop and the movement inspired by this music. We will look at the contributions of specific choreographers and how they have shaped the form. The course will examine the impact of popular entertainment, such as vaudeville, musical theatre, films, television, music videos, etc. on jazzdance. Based on the premise that social dance and popular entertainments reflect and embody the political and cultural climates in which they are created, we will look at issues of race and gender relations and the dynamics of power and privilege in 20th century United States.
Prerequisite: D-LT 3601
 
D-LT 79914 Topics in Dance Academics: Advanced Studies in Laban Movement Analysis
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Study of Laban’s theories and their application to performance, choreography, pedagogy, somatic techniques, or other areas dictated by the interests of the participants. Opportunities for individual study, development of personal interests and practical experience.
Prerequisite: D-ST 3502
 
D-LT 79916 Topics in Dance Academics: Dance Challenge: Critique and Analysis
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course encourages critical thinking practices in relation to performance and art making. The course is designed to confront theory, and re-define conventional ideas behind documented dance practices and methodologies. Students will develop a personal analytical voice through evolving research practices, and deepen their understanding of current dance trends through critical thinking, discussion, and observation.
Prerequisite D-LT 3601
 
D-LT 79917 Topics in Dance Academics: Dance and Pop Culture
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
Prerequisite: D-LT 3601
 
D-PD 3991 Dance Pedagogy 2
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
This course focuses on the practical skills involved in teaching dance to a variety of populations. We will first reflect on possible pre-conceptions and priorities when considering teaching “non- dancers.” We will then focus on young children and explore teaching creative movement from a conceptual point of view. Through experiential learning we will examine how to apply Laban’s framework (the elements of dance) to lesson planning, as well as consider dance- making, teaching historical /cultural context, responding to dance, and arts integration projects. We will then turn to other specific populations, such as those with low mobility or learning challenges. Throughout the semester, while we explore dance content, we will also be steadily increasing our understanding of best practices in curriculum planning, effective instruction, and assessment. We will also reflect upon the process of forging our own authentic teaching styles and explore how to incorporate valuable parts of all models and practices while honoring our individual temperaments and interests.
Prerequisite: D-PD 2901
 
D-PR 4901 Senior Seminar 1
D-PR 4902 Senior Seminar 2

1.5 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Senior Seminar is designed to prepare the graduating senior for survival and success in the professional dance world. During the two-semester course, students have the opportunity to explore professional career choices within dance and dance-related fields; learn to create a range of electronic and/or paper marketing materials for themselves and for concert or event promotion; and gain familiarity with their rights and responsibilities in a number of important business areas including taxes, contracts, union membership, copyright and fair use issues, studio/company organization, and operation. This class also serves as the umbrella under which the senior project is designed and presented.

The Creative Component

D-EN 0909 Performance Repertory
2–10 hours weekly; 1 credit for each casting (at the discretion of the Dean of Dance)
Rehearsal process for either the creation of a new work or re-staging of an existing work, led by guest choreographers and re-stagers in collaboration with faculty rehearsal directors, and culminating in mainstage performances.
 
D-ST 1204 Improvisation
1.5 hours weekly, 1 credit
A research oriented approach to discovering one’s movement potential through improvisation. The course explores the areas of composition and technique, which underlie the relationship between the creative self and the body/mind. The technical work centers on kinesthetics rather than aesthetics, utilizing a study of perception to rediscover how we move and are moved.
 
D-ST 1409 Dance Composition

1 hour weekly; 1 credit
An introduction to classical modern dance compositional elements. Students will develop solo, duet, and small group studies through exploring choreographic elements including use of unison, counterpoint, and canon; theme and variation as developed through the creation and manipulation of movement phrases; and the relationship between movement and music.
 
D-ST 2409 Dance Composition
1 hour weekly; 1 credit
Sophomore Dance Composition is designed for the student who has completed two semesters of Freshman Dance Composition or an equivalent course at another institution. During the two semesters students are encouraged to fine-tune their understanding of compositional elements and phrase-making, and to expand their choreographic movement range and point of view through work with selected styles and processes of composition. In-class and assigned work includes the creation of solo and group studies, oral and written critique, and a final piece each semester.
Prerequisite: D-ST 1409
 
D-ST 3499 Dance Composition

2 hours weekly; 2 credits
An in-depth exploration of the relationship between choreography and music, with a focus on the collaborative process between choreographer and composer. Each student in class will collaborate with a student composer to develop a new dance work with an original score.
 
D-ST 4499 Dance Composition
2 hours weekly; 2 credits
This is a two-semester course for students who have completed Dance Composition 1–6 at Boston Conservatory or equivalent courses at another institution. It is designed as a workshop for the highly motivated, talented student—one who is interested in developing his/her choreographic voice through a process of independent work, presentation, and critique.
 
D-ST 72715 Improvisation in Performance
3 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
An immersion into improvisation as a performance practice. Students will practice making compositional choices in the moment, working as soloists, duet, small, and large groups. This course culminates with a studio performance.
Prerequisite: D-ST 0202
 
D-ST 72716 Creative Process: Postmodern Approaches
3 hours weekly, 1.5 credits
A continued study of postmodern approaches to collaborative movement development and improvisation.
 
D-ST 72717 Advanced Creative Process: Postmodern Approaches
2 hours weekly, 1 credit
A continuation of D-ST 72716 Creative Process: Postmodern Approaches for students interested in further exploring collaborative creative process.
Prerequisite: D-ST 72716

The Body Knowing Component

General Courses

D-ST 0501 Dancer’s Toolkit
1.5 hours weekly, half semester; 1 credit
A small group seminar designed to give freshman dance majors an introduction to holistic self-care practices as well as practical information in various areas that will support health and optimum well-being throughout a professional performance career. The course is experiential, with weekly classes taught by guest faculty in areas such as the Alexander Technique, injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutrition, and more.
 
D-PR 0599 Alexander Technique
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course introduces students to the Alexander Technique principles as applied to the dancer. Students will learn tools to enhance the mind/body connection in relation to themselves and the environment through exercises and hands-on experience.
 
D-ST 2501 Experiential Anatomy
2 hours weekly, 1 credit
Students learn to integrate information about and awareness of the body and body processes through practical, individual movement-focused exercises. Course provides a detailed overview of anatomical structure and function (bones, joints, fluid system, organ system, nervous system) using an experiential approach to increase self-awareness, decrease stress, injury and tension patterns.
 
D-ST 2504 Laban Movement Analysis
1.5 hours weekly; 1.5 credits
Introduces Laban Movement Analysis with primary focus on the concepts of Body and Effort, Motif writing, and Laban history and philosophy. Concepts are explored through movement tasks, improvisation, dance repertory, classroom discussion, and observation through both independent and cooperative work.
 
D-ST 75514 Advanced Alexander Technique
2 hours weekly, 1 credit
Prerequisite: D-PR 0599

Somatic Techniques

D-ST 1502 Floor Barre 1
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Zena Rommett Floor-Barre Technique® is a gentle and highly effective method for correcting and refining body alignment, building muscular strength and length, strengthening joints, and increasing vitality and artistic expression. Working on the floor eliminates the pull of gravity on the body, enabling dancers to concentrate on proper placement during basic ballet-based exercises. This course prepares the student for morning movement classes and supports the proper body alignment essential in ballet class.
 
D-ST 2502 Floor Barre 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Designed to encourage a focus on alignment and efficient use of the muscles and joints, this class offers students the opportunity to explore movement patterns common in ballet free from the effects of gravity. Students will develop greater strength, flexibility, mobility, and sensitivity that will support the work done in ballet technique class.
 
D-ST 75610 Floor Barre 3
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
D-ST 1503 Gyrokinesis®
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Gyrokinesis®, as developed by Juliu Horvath, embraces key principles also found in yoga, dance, gymnastics, and tai-chi. The system works the entire body through seven natural elements of spinal movement: forward, backward, left side, right side, left twist, right twist, and circular, as well as all other joint articulation. This work develops strength, flexibility, integration, and prepares the body for dance movement.
 
D-ST 75612 Gyrokinesis®
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
D-ST 2503 Pilates 1

2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
D-ST 75613 Pilates 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
D-ST 75515 Conditioning for Dancers
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
 
D-ST 75515 Dynamic Warm Up with Therabands and Balls
2 hours weekly; 1 credit

Cross-Conservatory Studies

T-PR 1901 Production Practicum
Production assignment(s); 0.5 credits
An overview of the positions included in technical theater (stage manager, assistant stage manager, technical director, master electrician, crew, etc.), responsibilities for each position, and skills needed to work as a crew member. Students will gain an applied understanding of these skills by participating as crew members for mainstage productions throughout the semester.

M-SK 1750 Voice
1 hour weekly; 0.5 credits
An exploration of vocal potential through discovery and performance. Areas of focus include breath, technique, tone production, physical coordination, vocal registration, diction, vocal health, and the integration of all these factors. Students are expected to develop a fundamental vocabulary for musical communication and are required to demonstrate ability to formulate and express concepts of vocal function. Emphasis will be placed on group and solo performance, ranging from sight-singing exercises to mock auditions.

D-LT 1701 Introduction to Western Music
2 hours weekly; 2 credits
An introduction to the building blocks of Western music, as derived from the European-American tradition. This course will define melody, harmony, and rhythm; introduce terms, and music notation, with a focus on rhythmic notation. Instrumentation, compositional procedures, and forms will be covered, and students will be given historical context where relevant.

M-SK 1105 Time and Rhythm 1
1.5 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course develops the student’s sense of time (the perceived space between events and/or elements) and inner pulse using body movement, speaking, and clapping, and relates this to the student’s art form (instrumentalist, dance, voice, etc.) through learned timing techniques and group exercises.

D-SK 4705 Dance Theater
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
Students will explore various acting and performance strategies (tradition and non-traditional) as applied to dance, theater, and dance theater. An emphasis will be placed on use of the voice (breath, sound, spoken word, and song) through engagement of Roy Hart Theater–inspired exercises. Students will study a wide variety of dance theater works and engage in written analysis and discussion that explores common themes, technical approaches, and cultural and political relevancy.
 
D-LT 3791 Music Literature 1
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
An overview of Western music literature, from the Middle Ages to the present, highlighting masterworks and composers. Special attention will be given to music form and compositional techniques. Students will be encouraged to contemplate and periodically discuss music’s relevance to and relationship with movement and choreography.
Prerequisite: D-LT 1701
 
D-LT 3792 Music Literature 2
3 hours weekly; 3 credits
A study of music literature by genre. Interpretation and performance included. Emphasis is placed on the application of this study to dance.
Prerequisite: D-ST 3791
 
T-ST 4103 Fundamentals of Acting 1
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course hones students’ acting skills, emphasizing the reactions and choices made in the character-development process. Students are encouraged to use the external world as inspiration for their acting choices, working from the outside in. Viewpoint exercises ask students to explore shapes, define spaces, and embody the physical in new ways, leveraging the unique physical knowledge of a dancer. Students prepare and present monologues for class discussion and critique.
 
T-ST 4104 Fundamentals of Acting 2
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course moves from the individual to the collective, placing emphasis on scene studies and group work. Students study, prepare, and perform seminal works from the modern actor’s repertoire.
Prerequisite: T-ST 4103

Individual Studies

D-PR 0091 Minor Continuing Study
D-PR 0093 Combined Continuing Study

Hours and credits vary
In-depth, individualized exploration of somatically based physical practice. May include—but not limited to—work in The Alexander Technique, yoga, TRX training, and other approaches to maintaining optimal physical wellness and health. Requires permission of the Dean of Dance.
 
D-PR 0092 Rehab Mobilization
2 hours weekly; 1 credit
This course offers students a transition from post-injury or surgery rehabilitation back to the work of ballet barre. Students will develop the specific strengths and flexibilities needed for ballet, while deepening their understanding of their own unique physicality, as well as learning movement practices and approaches designed to help prevent future injury. Faculty offer each student a personalized approach.

C-PR 0093 Internship
Hours and credits vary
The Dance Division encourages off-campus learning experiences in the form of internships or other credit-worthy work experiences during the junior and senior year.
 
D-PR 00912 Independent Study
3 hours weekly; 1 credit
D-PR 00913 Independent Study
6 hours weekly; 2 credits
Independent Study is encouraged for students who want to explore in greater depth areas of specific interest not represented in current course offerings. Independent Studies in the Dance Division can be focused on applied research, academic research, or a combination of both.
 
C-PR 0097 Topics in Professional Performance
Hours and credits vary
Provides opportunities for students to experience professional rehearsal and performance process while earning credit during the junior and senior year.