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Fall 2014

ATL 498/DAN 498/VIS 498Princeton Atelier: Dance on Camera/DIY(LA)Dance on camera has a different impact than dance on stage - how can we explore this form that arguably has a bigger audience than live performance? How can we make and distribute dance on camera using equipment that is readily available and low cost? This studio course supports students to create video projects featuring the body in motion; results may be art installations, dance videos or video art. Graphic artist/Princeton Fellow Danielle Aubert and choreographer/professor Susan Marshall will lead workshops in movement and in the use of sound and motion-editing software.Susan S. MarshallDanielle Aubert
DAN 207Introduction to Ballet(LA)From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet. No prior dance experience necessary and beginners are welcome. In this studio course students will learn the fundamentals of ballet, gaining an understanding of its physicality, artistry, and principles of alignment. Students will examine the historical origins of ballet and its absorption of cultural influences. Live music will be featured in this class and key in exploring the inextricable link between music and dance.Tina Fehlandt
DAN 209Introduction to Movement and Dance(LA)Designed for people with little or no previous training in dance, the class will be a mixture of movement techniques, improvisation, choreography, observing, writing and discussing. Students will investigate their own movement patterns and delve into many facets of dance and cultural questions surrounding it. We will explore the role of dancer, choreographer, audience member, and critic in relation to such topics as aesthetic questions, politics, identity, religion, and complex views of the human body.Aynsley L. Vandenbroucke
DAN 211/AAS 211The American Dance Experience and Africanist Dance Practices(LA)A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet. Studio work will be complemented by readings, video viewings, guest speakers, and dance studies.Dyane Harvey Salaam
DAN 215Introduction to Dance Across Cultures(LA)This studio course will have us travel from temples and courtyards to clubs, streets, and stages around the world to better understand the diversity of dance. Featuring movement practices such as Bharata Natyam, Butoh, Rumba, and Burmese dance, this course introduces students to dance across cultures and historical periods while questioning categories such as classical, traditional, ethnic, folk, and world dance. The course meets twice a week; activities will include dance assignments, readings, discussions, and viewings of filmed and live performances. Guest artists will teach different dance forms. No prior dance experience is necessary.Judith Hamera
DAN 219Modern Dance: Beginning Technique and Choreography(LA)Dance technique and choreography for beginning and intermediate levels. Technique class will emphasize placement and the increase of movement efficiency through proper alignment. Students will also explore dancing to different rhythms, tempos and styles of music while emphasizing weight of the body and its relationship to space and gravity. In choreography class students will develop their understanding of the ways in which structural elements and movement vocabularies contribute to a dance's overarching impact and content. Readings and viewings broaden students understanding of dance's position in the world of art and ideas.Rebecca J. Lazier
DAN 319Dance Performance Workshop: Intermediate Repertory and Choreography(LA)Intermediate dance technique and choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices. In technique, students will be challenged to increase their body's strength, coordination and alignment, and to develop awareness and range of motion in multiple spatial planes. The repertory component of this course calls on students' collaborative abilities as they work with faculty in the development a new dance. In choreography, students will work in movement-based laboratories to develop their fluency with a wide range of contemporary choreographic approaches. Readings and viewings contextualize the work culturally and historically.Susan S. Marshall
DAN 419Dance Performance Workshop: Advanced Repertory and Choreography(LA)Students are exposed to distinct choreographers by learning and performing repertory and creating choreography. The Technique and Repertory sections of the course develop technical expertise, expressive range, and stylistic clarity. Students will dance with attention to alignment, detail, spatial clarity, and an awareness of other dancers. In Choreography classes, students will work together in movement-based laboratories to develop choreographic decision-making skills. Readings and viewings inform studio practice and place dance in current artistic movements.Susan S. Marshall
DAN 420Advanced Dance Performance and Choreographic Projects(LA)Advanced students will learn and perform dances that represent diverse approaches to contemporary choreography. Technique and Repertory classes encourage rich, subtle and stylistically accurate renditions of choreography and cultivate intelligent and imaginative artistic interpretations. In Choreography classes, students will develop senior thesis projects; they can choose to focus on choreographic development or enhancing artistry as a performer. Classes will foster individual choreographic practices and mentor students as they transfer a dance from the studio to stage. The course is required for all Seniors pursuing a Certificate in Dance.Rebecca J. Lazier

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