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DANCE 150: Introduction to Dance

Yin Mei Critchell

(Submission #101)

Course Description

The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to experience a variety of dance styles inside and outside the parameters of western contemporary dance. Dance is defined within the context of multi-culturalism through exercises and workshops, culminating in student-led collaborative choreographic projects. Students are encouraged to become aware of the broader meaning of dance within particular societal contexts by focusing ON folkloric, religious and theatrical dance traditions. Social, historical and technical aspects of world dance are studied, encouraging students to broaden their awareness of the influence of cultural diversity on contemporary dance. Students are also provided with guided opportunities to further choreographic experience and skills and are required to attend performances of current work by artists using both traditional and contemporary styles in intercultural and multidisciplinary choreography. Students pursue weekly research and movement-based activities that explore a range of choreographic themes. To provide a grounding in dance kinesthetics, two basic movement forms are taught at the beginning level: (1) "improvisation" - AN INCLUSIVE AND OPEN dance FORMAT THAT ANY STUDENT (REGARDLESS OF PHYSICAL ABILITIES MAY PARTICIPATE IN); and (2) "somatic" - cultivating a basic understanding of proper alignment through breathing and practice.


Area of Knowledge and Inquiry: Appreciating and Participating in the Arts (AP)
Context of Experience: World Cultures (WC)
Extended Requirement: Not Applicable

Additional Course information

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: none
Existing Course: Existing
Existing Course Number: Dance 150
Course Anticipated to be offered: Every Semester
Other (if specified): 
Number of Sections: 10
Number of Seats: 25 - 30


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