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.

 

19117

DAN 104

 Beginning I Ballet

Jean Churchill

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit Class size: 25

 

19116

DAN 104 LC

 Beginning I Modern Dance,

 Intro to Contemporary Dance Practices: Liberatory Actions and Communal Joy

Leah Cox

 T  Th    10:10-11:30 am

CAMPUS MPR

PA

PART

1 credit This course explores our innate desire to dance as a vital means of individual and collective liberation, expression, and communication. We will experience contemporary, postmodern, and modern dance informed by African diasporic, American, and Western European dance traditions; somatic practices drawn from Eastern and Western wisdom; social dance; and our individual cultural identifications as sources of motional meaning-making.  We will investigate how an aesthetics of joy has been and can be employed as an intentional response to political and social stressors.  Rigorous movement that generates heat, energy, and solidarity will be the daily starting point for a class that culminates in collaborative dancemaking.   Weekly readings, performance viewings, and reflective writing assignments will share the many ways that people from diverse cultures have employed dance as a liberatory practice that fosters communal empowerment and joy.  Dancers of all levels are welcome to enroll; all levels will be challenged.  No prior dance experience necessary.  If you have questions, please email lcox@bard.edu.  Class size: 25

 

19119

DAN 122

 Hip Hop

Quilan “Cue” Arnold

Leah Cox

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

CAMPUS MPR

PA

PART

1 credit This course is an introduction to the studio practice of hip-hop dance.  It will include a survey of the history, theory, and literature of hip-hop dance.  Students will learn to execute and name hip-hop groove techniques and styles within social dances, as well as apply these elements to freestyle. 

Class size: 20

 

 

DANCE COMPOSITION

3 credits. Dance Composition aims to introduce principles and theories about choreography in a studio setting. Three levels of Dance Composition are required of all dance majors, and all students enrolled in Dance Composition must attend Dance Workshop but should not register for it.

Dance Composition is open to non-majors with permission of the instructor.

 

19118

DAN 118

 Dance Composition I

Peggy Florin

M  W      4:40-6:00 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

Class size: 12

 

 

19121

DAN 141

 Alexander Technique

Lindsay Clark

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

2 credits - This course will introduce students to the principles and application of the Alexander Technique, a method of psychophysical re-education developed by F. Matthias Alexander in the early parts of the 20th century. Alexander Technique is system of learning that gives close attention to functional anatomical organization; it is a study of how thought, on the sensory & neuromuscular level, plays a crucial role in an individual's "use" of his/herself. Sought out by musicians, performing artists and others who seek clarity and efficiency in motion and expression, Alexander Technique aims to identify habitual misuse, promoting ease in any physical practice. Students will be asked to identify habits of personal use and alignment through observation, study of the skeleton, drawing, movement and touch. Readings, including articles by F.M. Alexander, John Dewey, Raymond Dart and other more recent practitioners, writing assignments & discussion will extend this study.  Class size: 15

 

 

Intermediate and Advanced Dance Technique:

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.   Also open to non-majors with experience, inclination, and permission of the instructor. 

 

19123

DAN 212 LC

 Intermediate Ballet

Lindsay Clark

 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

 

19122

DAN 212 TL

 Intermediate Modern Dance

Tara Lorenzen

 T  Th    10:10-11:30 am

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit “The most essential thing in dance discipline is devotion, the steadfast and willing devotion to the labor that makes the classwork not a gymnastic hour and a half, or at the lowest level, a daily drudgery, but a devotion that allows the classroom discipline to become moments of dancing too...” — Merce Cunningham  - By studying the Merce Cunningham technique, we will explore the virtuosity of the body in relationship to time and space. This class is intended for individuals who are interested in exploring rigorous dancing within a structured foundation. Must have previous dance experience.

Class size: 20

 

19126

DAN 312

 Advanced BALLET

Maria Simpson

M  W      10:10-11:30 am

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

1 credit Class size: 15

 

19124

DAN 216 C/A

 beginning hip-hop dance and Intermediate / Advanced post-Modern technique, finding common ground

 Quilan “Cue” Arnold

 Leah Cox

M  W      1:30-2:50 pm

 T  Th    1:30-2:50 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

3 credits  This course explores the physical and conceptual intersections between modern/postmodern and hip-hop dance forms.  Classes meets four days a week: twice a week, students will take classes rooted in modern/postmodern dance technique, and twice a week, students will take classes in hip-hop.  The hip-hop ½ of the course is an introduction to the studio practice of hip-hop dance.  It will include a survey of the history, theory, and literature of hip-hop dance.  Students will learn to execute and name hip-hop groove techniques and styles within social dances, as well as apply these elements to freestyle.  Students may register for the hip-hop portion of the course for 1 credit. (see listing for DAN 122) The four day a week commitment is geared toward dancers with a foundation in modern and postmodern dance. In combination, this course aims to engage the student in experiences that generate critical questions and embodied understandings of what unites and distinguishes these dance traditions.  Modern/postmodern forms will be rooted in Western European and African diasporic traditions.  Coursework will include outside readings, writing, and attendance at performances.  The four day a week course is 3 credits. This course is part of the partnership between the Bard Dance Program and the American Dance Festival.  Questions: email Leah Cox lcox@bard.edu.    Class size: 20

 

19125

DAN 240

 Moving Consciously II

Peggy Florin

M  W      3:10-4:30 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

This class is intended for experienced movers, both dancers and athletes of all kinds. We expand on the material of the first level of this course, Moving Consciously, diving deeper into principles of Alexander Technique (AT) within a studio setting. We begin with the assumption that we are perfectly designed for movement and balance; we engage the mind to undo layers of interference, creating opportunities for change. Through floor exercises, standing warm-ups and game-like structures, we will explore how habitual patterns of thought and movement are intimately connected. What can be noticed and shed in order to allow for more wholeness, efficiency and support of our three dimensional selves?  Prerequisite: One semester of Moving Consciously or familiarity with AT or previous experience in a physical discipline.  Class size: 16

 

 

DANCE REPERTORY

3 credits. Dance Repertory is designed to expose students to the real life demands of a professional dancer, class time will be spent in the development and rehearsal of a dance in preparation for a public performance at semester’s end.

 

19128

DAN 316

 Dance Repertory - CLP

Maria Simpson

M  W      11:50-1:10 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

In this course students will work with Marjani Forte-Saunders, a celebrated artist from NYC/CA on a choreographic piece which will result in the performance of the work as a featured event in the spring faculty dance concert. Professor Maria Simpson is the designated rehearsal director who will run the rehearsals during the weekly course meetings. Students MUST be available, without fail, for all rehearsals, which will include a full week during the last week of January before the spring semester begins. Registration by invitation. Students invited are also required to enroll in at least one movement dance course.   

 

19127

DAN 316 ADF

 Dance Repertory

Beth Gill

   Th       5:00-8:00 pm

      F      9:00-12:00 pm

FISHER PAC THORNE STUDIO

PA

PART

In this repertory course, Beth Gill will engage students in her creative process, asking them to examine how identity, belief and desire inform their performing. How do they currently locate an idea of themselves inside of broad frameworks like culture, psychology, family, race, gender and sexuality that is specific, unique and deeply connected to memory and emotion? How does one bring these notions of self to their dancing with intention and specificity? How does choreography provide a framework for performance and simultaneously complicate the expression of self? This course will utilize material from Gill’s past works. Our research together will culminate in a performance during the first week of May.  Students will be selected for the class based on an audition process and should be enrolled in at least an intermediate level dance course.  This course is part of the Bard American Dance Festival partnership.  Please direct questions to Leah Cox: lcox@bard.edu.  Class size: 9

 

19129

DAN 316 JC

 Dance Repertory

Jean Churchill

 T  Th    11:50-1:10 pm

CAMPUS MPR

PA

PART

In this course students will work on choreography by Professor Churchill to be presented on the 2019 Faculty Dance Concert in the LUMA theater. Interested dancers should contact: churchil@bard.edu

 

 

 

19130

DAN 322

 CULTURAL STUDIES OF African American Dance Forms

Quilan “Cue” Arnold

 T  Th    3:10-4:30 pm

FISHER PAC CONFERENCE ROOM

HA

D+J

HIST

DIFF

3 credits  This course covers African American dances that have captured the attention and imagination of the American public over the last century, focusing on three sites where we can routinely find African-American dance: the club, the stage, and the screen.  Using a historical overview of various styles and sites, we will consider who dances, how they move, and how movement constructs identity. Identification of movement vocabulary within their historical time period and its time period will lead to discussions of how African-American dance reflects and influences our perceptions of gender, age, ethnicity, and economic status. Coursework will include critical engagement with readings, photographs, and videos, as well as movement sessions wherein material will be presented through teacher and student demonstration. Students will be asked to situate the topic in relation to their own identities and in relation to timely, relevant political and social issues. No pre-requisites required.  This course is part of the partnership between the Bard Dance Program and the American Dance Festival.  Questions: email Leah Cox lcox@bard.edu   Class size: 25

 

19131

DAN WKSHP

 Dance Workshop

Jean Churchill

Maria Simpson

 T           6:15-8:00 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.  Class size: Open