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THTR 1125 Beginning Ballet I (Fall: 3 credits)
Margot Parsons
This course is designed to challenge both the experienced and beginner dancer. Individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will become familiar with the vocabulary and the historical background of ballet. Work in anatomy, kinesiology, costume design, and music will be introduced. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard, and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany each class.


 

THTR 1126 Beginning Ballet II (Spring: 3 credits)
Margot Parsons
This course, a continuation of Beginning Ballet I, is designed to challenge both the experienced and beginner dancer. Individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will increase their ballet vocabulary and their understanding of historical background of ballet. In addition, there will be readings in anatomy and criticism. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany each class.


 

THTR 2221 Modern Dance I (Fall: 3 credits)
Sun Ho Kim
This course is designed to introduce students to the essentials of modern dance, which originally grew out of the traditions of classical ballet. Subjects to be covered include such areas as dance history, composition, technique, improvisation, and movement analysis. Technique classes will focus primarily on the modern tradition, but some attention will also be given to popular contemporary dance forms such as jazz, funk, and hip-hop.


 

THTR 1120 Elements of Dance (Fall/Spring: 3 credits)
Robert Ver Eecke, S.J. / Sun Ho Kim
This course is designed to develop the student’s knowledge and experience of dance as an art form. The elements of dance used in ballet, modern, and jazz will be introduced along with the principles of composition. The aesthetics of dance as an art form will also be studied. Students will be reading texts as well as viewing dance works in live performance and on video. This course will provide a groundwork for students who wish to do further work in technique, composition and performance.


 

THTR 2223 Dance For Musicals I (Fall: 3 credits)
Nicole Sell
Designed for the beginner to experienced dancer. Each student will study jazz, tap, modern/contemporary dance, ballroom, world dance and more. Emphasis is placed on the individual students development in dance technique, physical conditioning and artistic expression. Students will begin the study of the most influential choreographers of past and present including: DeMille, Bennett, Fosse, Robbins and others. Each class will consist of a body warm-up, strength and flexibility training and choreographed combinations. Both a written and performance final will be given. Specific dress and footwear will be required.


 

THTR 2225 Intermediate Ballet I (Fall: 3 credits)
Margot Parsons
This course is designed to challenge the intermediate dancer who has a solid command of ballet vocabulary and who has had two to three years of secure ballet training or who has completed Ballet II. Individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will increase their ballet vocabulary and their understanding of the historical background of ballet. In addition, there will be readings in anatomy and dance criticism. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany each class.


 

THTR 2226 Intermediate Ballet II (Spring: 3 credits)
Margot Parsons
Prerequisites: CT 210 or permission of instructor
A continuation of Intermediate Ballet I (CT 210). As in Intermediate Ballet I, individual attention will be given with the goal of perceiving the technical and artistic aspects of dance as a performing art. Each class will incorporate barre and center work with phrases appropriate to the individuals in the class. Students will continue to increase their ballet vocabulary and their understanding of the historical background of ballet. In addition, there will be further readings in anatomy and dance criticism. Dress code will be leotard and tights or unitard and ballet shoes. A pianist will accompany the class.


 

THTR 2223 Dance For Musicals II (Spring: 3 credits)
Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission
Nicole Sell
Designed as a continuation of Dance for Musicals I, students will expand upon their knowledge of jazz, tap, modern/contemporary dance, ballroom world dance and others. Influential choreographers styles and characteristics of past and present will be analyzed and learned through the study of their repertoire. Such repertoire might include pieces from West Side Story, Fosse, Chicago and Thoroughly Modern Mille, among others. Continued emphasis will be placed on the individual students’ exploration of dance technique, physical conditioning, and artistic expression. Audition techniques will be emphasized. Each class will consist of a body warm-up, strength and flexibility training and choreographed combinations. Both a written and performance final will be given. Specific dress and footwear will be required.


 

THTR 4421 Choreography: Composition and Movement (Spring: 3 credits)
Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission
Sun Ho Kim
Making dance involves energy, skill and enthusiasm. This course will introduce concepts of dance composition while encouraging new approaches to the interplay of movement and sound. We will consider shape, dynamics, rhythm, motivation, abstraction and mood. Each class will begin with warm-up exercises and work into creative problem-solving. Through improvisation and short movement studies, the teacher will introduce the basic tools of choreography. Looking at the works that other students have constructed, the class will then learn how to turn theory into effective dance phrasing. Active individual participation will culminate in the making of longer dance pieces. Students will be encouraged to stretch both their bodies and ways of thinking.


 

THTR 3311 Physical Theatre I (Fall: 3 credits)
Sun Ho Kim
Physical theater is often presented as a mixture of various arts forms from different traditions such as theater, dance, physical comedy, mime, music, visual art and more.  In this class students will use ‘body and body language’ as a primary tool and will learn how they can train their body to perform certain tasks in a physical theater setting. The training will include somatic based body intelligence, physical controlling with strength, flexibility and endurance, dance theater, and theatrical movement from different cultures combined with interdisciplinary art forms.