"Beginning-Intermediate" study of the principles and vocabularies of classical ballet. Emphasis on correct alignment, whole body movement, musicality, and embodiment of performance style. Pointe work included as appropriate. Students must have a solid basic training and knowledge of ballet vocabulary. Also taught at Mount Holyoke and Smith.
Introductory jazz technique, including body isolations, syncopation, specific jazz dance traditions, and movement analysis. Emphasis on musical rhythmic phrasing, efficient alignment, performance clarity, and performance style. Also taught at Smith.
Intermediate study of the principles and vocabularies of classical ballet. Emphasis on correct alignment, whole body movement, musicality, and embodiment of performance style. Pointe work included as appropriate. Also taught at Mount Holyoke and Smith.
Intermediate jazz techniques, including body isolations, syncopation, specific jazz dance traditions, and movement analysis. Emphasis on musical and rhythmic phrasing, efficient alignment, performance clarity, and performance style. Also taught at Mount Holyoke and Smith.
Advanced jazz technique, including body isolations, syncopation, specific jazz dance traditions, and movement analysis. Emphasis on musical and rhythmic phrasing, efficient alignment, performance clarity, and performance style. Taught on one campus each semester. Location alternates between the University and Smith. Placement in the course is by Five College audition.
An applied writing course for dance and the related professions (e.g., performance, research, education, art management/administration, etc.). This course attends to aspects of writing in dance across multiple domains, covering topics such as artist statements and press releases; cover letters and resumes; small grant and residency applications. We will engage in weekly seminar-style discussions as we unpack essential elements of writing. We will review expert examples of artistic, professional, and scholarly documents as we prepare our own professional dossiers. We will engage in weekly writing workshops that leverage the power of peer-review. This course prepares dancers to effectively communicate their artistic, professional, and scholarly ideas through the media of conversation and writing. All will complete this course with a set of original documents that can be used to support future writing about dance.