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Theatre & Dance - Spring 2017

THDN 031A
Intermediate Modern Dance

1 Credit
Stridsberg, Christeen
Prerequisite: THDN 030A or Permission of Instructor
Continuing development of contemporary dance technique at an intermediate to advanced level with emphasis on refining performance quality, depth of physicality, expression, and individual style. Focuses on a progressive development of movement concepts and vocabulary from the beginning level course, THDN030A, paying particular attention to technical versatility. Students will be provided with technically challenging movement material to expand their kinetic capabilities, assisting their artistic growth as performers. Evaluation based on in-class participation and progress, 2 written assignments and a final class room project. Class meets first half of the semester.

THDN 032A
Advanced Modern Dance

1 Credit
Stridsberg, Christeen

Prerequisite: THDN 031A
Continuing development of contemporary dance technique at an intermediate to advanced level with emphasis on refining performance quality, depth of physicality, expression, and individual style. Focuses on a progressive development of movement concepts and vocabulary from the beginning level course, THDN030A, paying particular attention to technical versatility.  Students will be provided with technically challenging movement material to expand their kinetic capabilities, assisting their artistic growth as performers. Evaluation based on in-class participation and progress, 2 written assignments and a final class room project. Class meets second half of the semester.

THDN 041A
Intermediate Ballet

1 Credit
Stridsberg, Christeen

Prerequisite: THDN 040A
This class focuses on Ballet technique and terminology. Students will begin at barre and work through center and across the floor exercises, discovering alignment and musicality. Ballet shoes required. Class meets 1st half of Spring Semester.

THDN 042A
Advanced Ballet

1 Credit
Stridsberg, Christeen

Prerequisite: THDN 041A
This class focuses on Ballet technique and terminology. Students will begin at barre and work through center and across the floor exercises, discovering alignment and musicality. Ballet shoes required. Class meets 2nd half of Spring Semester.

THDN 050-01
Jazz Dance

1 Credit
Li-Chang, Shih-Ming
Prerequisite: None
This course is an introduction to basic Jazz dance history, styles and technique. Over fifteen weeks, the students will learn two to three dances and are expected to perform them in the informal show with other technique classes and possible with the Witt dance alumni and guests. Students are required to attend TWO LIVE dance concerts and write one 2-3 pages comparison paper and turn it in before May 3rd in order to receive the credit. One of the concerts could be our Spring Dance Recital in April. The other one, we will try to arrange an off campus performance in nearby cities.  (Department can provide the transportation if more than 5 students are attending with one authorized driver. Sign up sheet will be on the studio bulletin board). 

THDN 070A
Dance Workshop

1 Credit
Li-Chang, Shih-Ming

Prerequisite: THDN Intermediate/Advanced Level Classes or permission of instructor.
This class is to introduce different techniques and styles of dance. The student will receive exposure to issues in dance composition, performance, training, and teaching. Different artists’ approaches to dance instruction and composition will be studied. The student will develop the ability to analyze, discuss, and evaluate dance more effectively. A $50 fee will be assessed to the students’ account for concert attendance and guest artist expenses.

THDN 120A-01
Art of the Theatre

4 Credits
Podplesky, Jason

Prerequisite: None
An overview of the development of the Theatre, this course is designed to introduce students to dramatic literature and theatre practice. This survey will explore the role of Theatre in Western culture within a historical context. The lecture/discussion format is designed to provide insights needed to understand and value Theatre as part of our culture. During the term students will read four plays. Four projects, four tests, one critical essay, attendance at one main stage production, and one final exam are required.

THDN 120A 02
Art of the Theatre

4 Credits
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: None
This course provides an overview of the many areas that come together to comprise theatre: acting, playwriting, design, directing, literary analysis, and production. Students will read and attend plays, participate in class activities, learn about the social role of theatre, and work collaboratively on projects.

THDN 211A
Dance Composition

4 Credits
Li-Chang, Shih-Ming
To introduce students to choreography by focusing on the investigation of movement invention, dynamic movement qualities, and the elements of time, space and force in relation to structure and content in choreography. Students will source movement vocabulary from personal life experiences, structured improvisations, as well as other artistic disciplines and physical practices. Short assignments for each class — ranging from movement generation, reading assignments, video viewings, internet research, written responses, and live performances — will encourage students to situate their individual interests within a historical and contemporary context.  Students will compose dances using basic tools of dance making such as Motif Writing. They will also learn to analyze, discuss and evaluate dance.

THDN 215
Dance Kinesiology

4 Credits
Staff

Prerequisite: None
Understanding how the human body’s anatomical aspects apply to dance training is the goal of this course. We will look at the bone and muscle structures of the human body and their relationship to dance technique, movement efficiency, and injury prevention. Dance experience is not required; however, the course is designed to address dancers’ needs and concerns. Assessment is based on tests, class participation, a project, and in-class assignments.

THDN 226A-1W
Improvisation

4 Credits
Podplesky, Jason

Prerequisite: None
This course introduces students to theatre improvisation, its principles, techniques, uses, and history. Upon completion of the course the students will:

  • Appreciate the art of theatre improvisation
  • Understand the principles and techniques of improvisation
  • Demonstrate proficiency in improvisation as a performer
  • Exhibit increased self-confidence and effectiveness in oral and written communication.

This course is structured primarily as a workshop; however, some sessions are discussion-centered and deal either with the subject or with students’ writing. Students are required to participate daily in class. They are required to complete various writing assignments including: lab reports, essays, reviews of literature, and a written final examination. Evaluation is based on written assignments, three exams, and demonstrated proficiency in improvisation as a performer. Text: Viola Spolin’s Improvisation for the Theater. Writing Intensive.

THDN 313H 1W
Dance in the 20th Century

4 Credits
Li-Chang, Shih-Ming

Prerequisite: None
This course studies the significant developments in dance during the 20th century with an emphasis on ballet and modern dance. Writing intensive.

THDN 322 01
Advanced Acting

4 Credits
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: Acting (THDN 222A) or permission of the instructor
This course builds off skills and approaches from Acting (THDN 222A). Performers act and analyze classical verse theatre; identify, develop, and perform a unique clown; and create theatre through psycho-physical techniques.

THDN 400
Senior Seminar II

2 Credits
Reynolds, Patrick

Prerequisite: For senior majors only.
Intended for senior theatre majors, the second semester of Senior Seminar concentrates on pre-professional development and the emerging modern literary canon. Students will continue their active exploration of post-graduate theatrical engagement, read significant modern works, and collaboratively research and create a theoretical theatre group. The final section of this course involves the creation of a short cumulative theatre piece.

 

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