Teaching Example – Intermediate Ballet Class
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Dance for Camera
In today’s visual and continually evolving technological culture, dance can be seen not only on the stage but also in videos, commercials, movies, video games, Internet, and virtual environments. This course is designed as an introduction to help students develop basic skills in camera techniques, video editing, and publishing of dance on film. The course will consist of a series of progressive assignments culminating in each student’s unique Dance for Camera project!
Dance History: Beyond the Books
This Course provides a comparative study of dance performance and choreography within and between various historical periods and cultures with an exploration into the roles mimicry, spirituality, rebellion, and creativity play. Emphasis is on how styles relate to the performance and choreographic practice of contemporary dance artists and artists of the future.
Dance in Contemporary Contexts
This course looks beyond the proscenium stage at other venues for dance creation and performance. What are the possibilities? We will explore this question by making and sharing dances, and by expanding the potential boundaries of our bodies and experience to investigate potentials within the form. Participants will explore strategies and tactics utilized in the creation of site-specifc works, developing tools around written and video documentation, and methods for sharing of artistic content.
This course explores many diverse theories within the fields of education, dance education, somatic training, cognition studies, and disability studies. Students will discuss various readings and explore methods for putting ideas into action within the dance classroom. Students will create a concise and clear teaching philosophy, examples of teaching methods reflecting their philosophy, and lesson plans which put the philosophy into action with identifiable assessments.
This course introduces the basic elements of Effort/Shape in the context of Laban Movement Analysis. Exercises and projects ask students to explore how the dance elements of Space and Time can deepen movement phrases within performance. The four guiding elements of the class are clarity of: intention, spatial relationship, articulation, and connecting personal meaning of intention with meaning within movement.
Inter Arts Seminar
This seminar examines collaborative methodologies, a spectrum of historical and emerging technologies, and important historical contexts that inform and shape contemporary transdisciplinary convergences. The environment is one of a collective discussion groups / creative arts think-tanks, and creates a space for exploring outside the bounds of a single medium or discipline during the creative process.
Inter Media Performance Arts
This course acts as a think-tank and laboratory for the creation of collaborative inter media performance & installation works. Emphasis is placed on collaborative process and compositional methodology as opposed to technical training in hardware or software applications. Students will participate in discussions, complete a variety of production and organizational tasks, and immerse themselves in the creative realization of a final inter-media project.
Interactive Video Tools and Techniques
This course introduces students to the software application Isadora. Isadora is an open-ended modular programming environment for building media-art applications. The software is remarkably easy to use, yet capable of many complex functions including real-time video manipulation-projection and responsive-interactive environments. Participants will culminate the course with a final inter media installation or performance work.
This course provides the groundwork for development of a personal “somatic” understanding though individual and group explorations of the mind-body unity. Participants will be introduced to the practices of Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais Methodology, Aston Patterning, Experiential Anatomy, Movement through Imagery, Massage, Yoga, and Pillates.
This course prepares students for producing performance events by providing training and practical, hands-on experience in stage management, crew work, lighting design, sound operation, and all aspects of technical management through active participation of dance concert productions.
Purposeful Play: Intentional Improvisation and Choreography
This course is designed to help students develop improvisational skills of observation, intuition, availability, and potentials when engaged in the act of purposeful play. This is achieved by exploring ideas of somatic awareness, relationships of the body to its environment, spontaneous creation, and trust in a holistic manner.
The Third Sector & Grant Writing
This course explores the leading theories of the third sector and its nonprofit organizations (primarily in the U.S. context) by examining the unique elements of nonprofit organizations and the challenges produced by these distinctive elements. Participants will learn the basics of grant writing and culminate the course by working in groups to complete a real or fictitious grant proposal.