Courses in Dance

Courses in Dance


ADA-130. The Dance Experience. An experiential survey course introducing the many facets of dance in our contemporary world. Through lectures, performances, and workshops students discover dance vocabulary, styles, and inner skills. Special emphasis on creative abilities, built on trust, and exploration. Studio classes include diverse technique dance forms, video viewing, improvisation, and creative process sessions. Each student will work as a choreographer in an individual and collective dance piece to be performed in public. A weekly dance technique class is required.


ADA-140. American Musical Theater and Dance (Also ATH-140). This course is an introduction to the American Musical from Vaudeville and Minstrel Shows to today’s contemporary Broadway shows. Through lectures, video viewing, and workshops students will learn a historical background focusing on the work of lyricists, composers, choreographers, directors, and producers. This unique American entertainment art form reflects American diversity and culture, changing times, values, and trends. No prerequisite. GenEd: Am-C: CC: LCC


ADA-142. Dance in America. An introduction to dance in America from Native American to contemporary diverse styles, approached through lecture, video viewing, and dance workshops. A voyage through time from the French Court with the birth of Classical Dance through the twentieth century with the development of Modern and Post-Modern Dance. Study of the advent of new music and dance with the African American heritage and American contributions towards social dancing. Special emphasis on historical background and international influences, studying the dancers, choreographers, traditions, and trends that influence the making of contemporary dance as an art and form of expression. No prerequisite. GenEd: Am-C: CC: LCC


ADA-150. Staging Exploration in Theater and Dance (Also ATH-150). This course is based on the close examination of a particular period or theme of multi-disciplinary artistic production that will offer students an immersion into important developments in per formative expressions. This course explores dynamic movements in the artistic avant-garde, its historical background, and its principal creators in theater, dance and associated performing arts, through discussions, lectures, studio work, and collaborative creation. The resulting collaboration will be produced and performed at Yulman Theater. No prerequisite.


ADA-153. Histoire de la danse, Danse de l’histoire/History of Dance, Dance of History (Also FRN-421, MLT-211). Examination of Western European dance and dance texts as revelatory of broader historical and cultural patterns, with special analyses of dance as a key tool of nation-building (as with the court of Louis XIV) and/or a central medium of artistic creation (as in 1920s Paris). Primary focus on France as creator, user, and potential abuser of dance’s power, but some attention given other European models (Berlin, St. Petersburg, London). Readings from theoreticians, historians, and dance litterateurs (Moliere, Gautier, Cocteau).


AMU-354T. Balinese Performing Arts (Also ADA -354).  This mini-term focuses on the study of the performing arts of Bali. Students will have daily group instruction with master performers of gamelan (the Balinese orchestra of gongs and xylophones) and dance, as well as additional lessons in an art form of one’s choosing (e.g. painting, puppetry, etc.). This instruction will culminate in final presentations and performances. Students will also visit many important artistic and ritual locations, attend professional performances, and meet with local Balinese peoples in a variety of contexts. No previous experience is required.


ATH/ADA 370. Theatre or Dance Internship. As a professional work/study experience, students can elect to pursue a specific area of interest in a one-term internship with a professional theatre or dance company. The precise form of this project will vary with the student and area of focus within the department, but may include production, performance, management, or administrative work in the field or other projects approved by the faculty. Appropriate credit is granted upon completion of the internship. this course will be taken Pass/Fail. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and approval of the department Chair.


ADA-295H. Dance Honors Independent Project 1

ADA-296H. Dance Honors Independent Project 2

ADA-490-493. Dance Project 1, 2, 3 & 4. As an Independent Study, students can elect to pursue a specific area of interest. Subjects might include dance styles, a choreographer or dancer’s life and achievements, a dance craze as well as a specific dance technique. Students can also research the creation of workshops, dance classes or new dance techniques for engagement on campus or for outside venues. Students will present their research through a public lecture/demonstration. Prerequisite consists of one history course, ADA-140 Musical Theater and Dance, ADA-142 Dance in America, or ADA-153 Danse de l’Histoire.

Other Dance Projects will allow students to develop their own dance style, create a dance piece or restage the work of a famous choreographer. The student will act as Artistic Director, overseeing the creation and being responsible for collaborators such as musicians, actors, dancers, sculptors or any other inter-disciplinary artists. Prerequisite, ADA-130-Dance Experience.