DANCE TECHNIQUE COURSES:

 

Intensive technique studies are essential to a serious dance student’s training. Intending and current dance majors must register for two credits of dance technique each semester of their four years at Bard. Technique courses led by American Dance Festival (ADF) meet four times each week and carry 3 credits, courses meeting twice weekly carry 1 credit.

 

Introductory Dance Courses:

Classes in modern dance and ballet intended for the beginner;  no previous dance experience necessary. Open to all students. New students with previous dance experience should speak with the dance professors before registration.

 

91813

DAN 103 ADF

 Intro to Dance:

Expressive Body

Leah Cox

Nia Love

M    F     3:10-4:30 pm

T  Th     3:10-4:30 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

CAMPUS MPR

PA

PART

3 credits This course is for students who want to engage in an intense experience of modern-rooted dance forms, influenced by Western European forms and forms of the African diaspora. We will cultivate kinesthetic sophistication, physical creativity, strength, stamina, and collaborative skills. We will place equal emphasis on developing our skills in improvisation and composition alongside our "dancerly” capacities.  Readings, written assignments, and attendance at performances outside of regular class hours are essential aspects of the course.  This course is taught by Leah Cox and Nia Love (ADF teaching artist), who each will teach class two times a week.  This course is part of the Bard/ADF partnership.  No previous dance experience required.

Class size: 25

 

91812

DAN 103 C/L

 Beginning Ballet I

Lindsay Clark

Tara Lorenzen

M  W      11:50-1:10 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit.   (The first ½ of the semester will be taught by Tara Lorenzen, the second ½ by Lindsay Clark.) Class size: 25

 

91814

DAN 103 SB

 Intro to Contemporary African Dance

Souleymane Badolo

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

Cross-listed: Africana Studies

1 credit.   Rooted in contemporary African Dance, using Badolo’s own movement style, this course explores movement over/under/inside and outside the tradition. The class begins with a warm-up that involves both physical and mental preparation. By listening to internal rhythms of the body and the beat of the music, dancers can discover their own musicality and their own movement language. Students will be exposed to the skills of improvisation starting with simple forms. Class size: 25

 

92661

DAN 140

 MOVING CONSCIOUSLY

Peggy Florin

M  W      10:10-11:30 am

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit.  In this one credit movement practice class, students will learn how to use the principles of the Alexander Technique to access ease and freedom in both movement and stillness. We will look at movement in terms of personal choice and presence. Through floor exercises, standing work and game structures, we will explore how habitual patterns of thought and movement are intimately connected and how they can be noticed, addressed, and shifted in order to support our three dimensional body. This course is good for both experienced movers and non-dancers alike.  No dance experience required.

Class size: 25

 

91815

DAN 211 MS

 Intermediate Ballet

Maria Simpson

 T  Th    11:50-1:10 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit.  This class is designed for students who have mastered the fundamental vocabulary of ballet technique and who are interested in cultivating their potential for movement complexity. The stylistically neutral approach emphasizes the form as a scientific biomechanical system, enabling the dancer to pursue greater expressivity without pre-conceived artifice, and allowing her/him to move easily into other dance forms or physical systems with ease.  Students are expected to engage with (new) concepts around their bodies’ anatomical structure that are brought to bear in the movement practice. Class size: 20

 

91816

DAN 211 PK

 Intermediate Modern Dance

Arthur Aviles

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit.  Class size: 20

 

91817

DAN 215 ADF

 IntermedIATE / AdvAnced Modern Dance

Leah Cox

Nia Love

 M    F    1:30-2:50 pm

T  Th     1:30-2:50 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

CAMPUS MPR

PA

PART

3 credits This course is for students who want to engage in an intense experience of modern-rooted dance forms, influenced by Western European forms and forms of the African diaspora.  We will generate new understandings of what dance can do; hone collaborative skills in order to maximize our ability to learn from one another and work as a group; and cultivate our ability to sustain intense, in-depth physical investigations in form. The course will require outside of class assignments, including readings, viewings of videos, and/or attendance at live performances. Open to moderated dance students and skill ready non-majors (with permission of instructor.) This course is taught by Leah Cox and Nia Love (ADF teaching artist), who will each teach class two times a week.  This course is part of the Bard/ADF partnership.  Class size: 20

 

91818

DAN 217 JC

 Dance Composition II

Jean Churchill

  Lab:

M           4:40-6:00 pm

    F        10:10-11:30 am

    F        11:50 – 1:10 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

Building on concepts introduced in Dance Composition I, this course is intended to prepare students to create original dances for performance in the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Isadora Duncan, Pearl Primus, Jose Limon, George Balanchine, Merce Cunningham, Liz Lerman, Lucinda Childs, Bill T. Jones, Mark Morris, and Donald McKayle  choreograph(ed) using music and/or text in a variety of ways. We study these different approaches; students experiment with a range of sounds and structures to broaden their musical horizons when developing dance studies into completed dances.  The course is required of potential dance majors before moderation; open to students of choreography who are not intending to major in dance (but have seriously studied dance technique here at Bard or elsewhere) and with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: Dance Composition I. Class size: 15

 

91827

DAN 230

 Research and Practice of African DancE / burkina faso

Souleymane Badolo

 T  Th    4:40-6:00 pm

FISHER PAC CONFERENCE ROOM

PA

PART

3 credits  In this course we will  move between lecture/discussion and physical practice as we explore the traditional dances of West Africa and their relationship to divination practices and ceremonies.  Specifically, we will examine the influence of the traditional dances on contemporary dance in Burkina Faso. There will be assigned reading and writing assignments, video research and outside projects. Grading is based on attendance, participation, and outside projects. Completion of at least (one) 100 level dance class required. Class size: 15

 

91821

DAN 315 JC

 Dance Repertory

Jean Churchill

  W         3:10-4:30 pm

       F     11:50-1:10 pm

FISHER PAC NUREYEV STUDIO

PA

PART

Please contact Prof. Churchill if you are interested in registering.

 

91820

DAN 315 PF

 Dance Repertory

Peggy Florin

M           3:10-4:30 pm

 W          3:10-4:30 pm

NUREYEV STUDIO

THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

By invitation.

 

91822

DAN 317 C/B

 Dance Composition III

Leah Cox

Souleymane Badolo

 T  Th         9:30-11:30 am

Lab:    W         4:40 pm 6:00 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

Comp III is designed to expand our scope as makers. We will draw from the movement-based ideas generated by philosophy, cultural studies, as well as dance makers past and present to generate our own processes and questions.  Essential to our trajectory will be an increased understanding of different dance traditions and an increase in our dance literacy: our ability to see and speak about dance in its own milieu as well as understand its implications for and relevance to larger cultural contexts. This course will explore ideas and values about dance composition derived from Western European traditions and the African diaspora. All classes will be co-taught by Souleymane Badolo and Leah Cox. Class size: 15

 

91823

DAN 355

 MATERIALS OF MOVEMENT

Maria Simpson

M  W      11:50-1:10 pm

FISHER PAC CONFERENCE ROOM

 

PART

4 credits  In this course we will study musculoskeletal anatomy in detail and consider its relationship to movement generally, and dance specifically. Emphasis will be placed on the systematic relationships within our moving bodies as we shift between the local and global perspectives. Recent exciting research of the myofascial framework of our connective tissue structure will underpin our understanding of the whole.  The goal of the course is to present a scientific basis for the human body that will enhance the technical and aesthetic growth of dance performance. We will regularly move into the dance studio to activate concepts so students should be dressed ready to move with ease. There will be assigned reading, quizzes, exams, in class presentations, and a final paper. Pre-requisite: moderated (in any discipline) with an active dance practice.  Class size: 15

 

91824

DAN WKSHP

 Dance Workshop

Jean Churchill

 T           6:10-8:00 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

Non-dance majors and students not registered for composition courses can register for Dance Workshop for 1 credit.  Interested students should contact Prof. Churchill  prior to registration (churchil@bard.edu). Class size: Open