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CT 110 Beginning Ballet I (Fall: 3)
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.


 

CT 111 Beginning Ballet II (Spring: 3)
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.


 

CT 204 Modern Dance I (Fall: 3)
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.


 

CT 205 Elements of Dance (Fall/Spring: 3)
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.


 

CT 206 Dance For Musicals I (Fall: 3)
Kirsten McKinney
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.


 

CT 210 Intermediate Ballet I (Fall:3)
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.


 

CT 211 Intermediate Ballet II (Spring: 3)
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.


 

CT 215 Dance: An Invitation to the Sacred (Fall: 3)
Robert VerEecke, S.J.
Although dance experience is not required, it is recommended.
This course explores the sacred place of the body in prayer and worship in the contemporary experience. It will include a study of the language of movement and dance as it relates to the dynamic movement of religious experience. Biblical stories and psalms will be used as well as the individuals' religious experience. It will include a study of movement and dance used in ritual and liturgical context, as well as in artistic performance. Readings will include works on dance composition and movement improvisation, as well as contemporary studies of sacred and liturgical dance.


 

CT 220 Stage Movement I: The Articulate Body (Fall, alternate years: 3)
Sun Ho Kim
Stage Movement prepares the performer to be grounded in and comfortable with his or her amazing instrument, the physical body. Movement for theatre focuses on what it feels like to be yourself, proprioception, and how to communicate through gesture, energy and voice. By focusing on the present, class members learn ways to be more powerful performers and how to deal with stage fright. We turn fear into force by using energy to invigorate action. This is a class about being fully yourself. This is not a dance class. You need no experience other than having curiosity. Though dancers often take Stage Movement, this class does not teach steps and combination. It presents warm-up techniques, exploration, observation, and the beginnings of character development. You learn how to feel your own center, to find neutral, and to see what is going on around you in a focused way. You explore breath, awareness of "centers," mannerisms and efforts. This course is about stability, fun, fantasy and trust. It invites you to open up and settle down, to focus inward and propel energy outward. The goal is to develop a conscious crown, bountiful back, breathing belly, powerful pelvis and luscious legs.


 

CT 306 Dance For Musicals II (Spring: 3)
Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission
Kirsten McKinney
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.


 

CT 321 Choreography: Composition and Movement (Spring: 3)
Prerequisites: Instructor’s permission
Kirsten McKinney
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.


 

CT 322 Physical Theatre I (Fall: 3)
Sun Ho Kim
The body is the tool of the actor. This is an intensive studio class in physical theater including; relaxation, observation, and alignment exercises, mask and character work, mime, clowning and improvisation. Based on Jacques Lecoq's training for actors, ensemble and solo work will be explored with informal showings.