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 New York Live Arts meet four times each week and carry 2 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.

 

15328

DAN  104   NYLA

 Intro to Modern Dance

Leah Cox

M . W . .

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3:10pm-4:30pm

3:10pm-4:30pm

PAC THORNE

CAMPUS MPR

PART

2 credits  This course is for students who want to engage in an intense experience of dance in the broadest and most contemporary sense. We will move vigorously in each class in order to develop our skills as articulate movers, cultivating athleticism, kinesthetic sophistication, and range.  We will place equal emphasis on developing our skills in improvisation and composition alongside our "dancerly" capacities.  Class will include watching and discussing contemporary dance performance and choreographers working today.  Readings, written assignments, and attendance at performances outside of regular class hours are essential aspects of the course. No movement experience required, only a commitment to rigorous intellectual, creative, and physical experiences.  Taught as part of the partnership with New York Live Arts, led by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and NY Live Arts teaching artists.  This class meets 4 days per week.  Contact Leah Cox at btjaz@bard.edu with any questions. Class size: 25

 

15327

DAN  104   PF

 Intro to Modern Dance

Peggy Florin

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10:10am- 11:30am

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

1 credit   Class size: 25

Advanced Beginner level is intended for students who have had at least one semester, or the equivalent, of dance. Students are urged to speak with instructors about their dance level prior to registration.

 

15330

DAN  106   PK

 Advanced / Beginning Modern Dance

Peter Kyle

. T . Th .

3:10pm-4:30pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

1 credit   Class size: 20

 

15329

DAN  106   VA

 Advanced / Beginning Ballet

Victoria Anderson

. T . Th .

11:50am-1:10pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

1 credit   Class size: 20

 

15475

DAN  135   

DABKEH: introduction to

palestinian “stomp”

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

M . W .  .

3:10pm-4:30pm

FISHER NUREYEV

PART

Cross-listed: Middle Eastern Studies  Dabkeh (also sometimes transliterated as dabke, dabka, dabki, dabkah or debke) is a popular dance form that emerged in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey. “Dabkeh” comes from the Arabic word for “stomping the ground.” It has historically been and continues to be danced at community celebrations such as weddings. In the past several decades it has also been become more stylized for performances on stage and in dance competitions in the Middle East and abroad. This class will offer the opportunity to learn some “traditional” versions of dabkeh, danced in a line or a circle, as well as more contemporary choreographies designed for the stage. We will draw especially on forms of dabkeh danced and performed in Palestine today. No prior experience in dance or in dabkeh necessary. Sneakers or flat, hard-soled boots are required.  Class size: 15

 

 

 

Intermediate and Advanced Dance Technique:

 

15332

DAN  212   PF

 Intermediate Ballet

Peggy Florin

. . W . F

8:30am-9:50am

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

Class size: 20

 

15333

DAN  212   PF2

 Intermediate Modern Dance

Peggy Florin

. T . Th .

11:50am-1:10pm

CAMPUS MPR

PART

Class size: 20

 

15334

DAN  216   NYLA

 Intermediate / Advanced Modern Dance

Leah Cox

M . W . .

. T . Th .

1:30pm-2:50pm

1:30pm-2:50pm

PAC THORNE

CAMPUS MPR

PART

2 credits  This course is designed for students wishing to experience an intense, three-dimensional study of modern dance.  Technique class is structured as a laboratory where physical possibilities are explored with a mixture of rigor and freedom, specificity and abandon.  Technique class will also be a place of critical thinking.  The material we study exists to nourish our creative bodies/minds, challenging us to re-articulate/re-imagine our relationships to codified movement systems. Students must have a strong technical foundation, be self-motivated, and be capable of handling the demands of a four-day-a-week class.  Readings, written assignments, and attendance at performances outside of regular class hours are essential aspects of the course, augmenting our intellectual understanding of technique and performance.  Taught as part of the partnership with New York Live Arts, led by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and NY Live Arts teaching artists.  Course led by Leah Cox and Cori Olinghouse.  Prerequisite: Previous enrollment in a BTJAZ/NYLA technique class.  Contact Leah Cox with any questions: btjaz@bard.edu. Class size: 20

 

15337

DAN  312   MS

 Advanced Ballet

Maria Simpson

M . W . .

10:10am- 11:30am

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

Class size: 15

 

15335

DAN  222   

 Contact Improvisation

Amii LeGendre

. T . Th .

10:10am- 11:30am

CAMPUS MPR

PART

Class size: 25

 

 

DANCE COMPOSITION / CREATIVE PRACTICE

Three credits. Dance Composition introduces principles and theories about choreography. 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.

 

15331

DAN  118   

 Beginning Composition

Peter Kyle

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4:40pm-6:00pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

Class size: 12

 

15345

DAN  WKSHP   

Dance Workshop

Peggy Florin /

Maria Simpson

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6:15pm-8:00pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

Non-dance majors and students not registered for composition courses can register for Dance Workshop for 1 credit.  Class size:TBA

 

15481

DAN  LAB   

Dance composition lab

TBA

. . . . F

10:10-am-11:30am

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

 

 

DANCE REPERTORY

 

15339

DAN  316   NYLA

 Dance Repertory

Leah Cox /

Beth Gill

. . . Th .

. . . . F

6:15pm-9:15pm

12:00pm-3:30pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

This Repertory class will act as a research lab for choreographer Beth Gill's current dance project I'm not supposed to be here, which will premiere in NYC in spring 2016. Students will be given a window into Gill's creative process by participating in and contributing to this project's early research. Certain classes will allow student's to work alongside Gill's four professional dancers. Class time will be spent developing new methodologies for generating movement material, actively reflecting through shared discourse and ultimately generating choreographic structures, which may be shared informally at the end of the class. Participating students should be enthusiastic about improvisation, self motivated, disciplined, curious and critical thinkers. Enrollment will be by audition only. Contact Leah Cox at btjaz@bard.edu for audition date and time. 

 

15340

DAN  316   MS

 Dance Repertory / CHOREOGRAPHY LICENSING PROJECT

Maria Simpson

M . W . .

11:50am-1:10pm

FISHER PAC THORNE

PART

3 credits  In this course students will learn a seminal choreographic work from an established choreographer outside of Bard which will result in the performance of the work as a featured event in the spring faculty dance concert. 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 4- 5 intensive weekend work periods in February and March. Class size: by invitation

 

15338

DAN  316   PF

 Dance Repertory

Peggy Florin

TBA

 

TBA

PART

Class size: by invitation

 

 

DANCE STUDIES

 

15342

DAN  350   

 Junior / Senior Seminar

Leah Cox

. T . Th .

11:50am-1:10pm

FISHER CONFERENCE

 

Cross-listed:  Theater & Performance What is the current landscape of the contemporary performance world?  What are the most relevant models for funding and producing independent work?  Who are the other professionals involved in getting a performance?  What are the options for continuing your learning after your undergraduate career and when is graduate school the right next step, if at all?  This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to begin a professional practice.  Among other skills, students will prepare a portfolio of their work, delve into development, and imagine future work.  Students will explore the range of jobs that allow for a continuing creative practice and understand how to interact with professionals in all aspects of the performing arts.  A rotating roster of guest teachers will address issues relevant to artists entering the field and discuss their own roles within the professional dance/theater world.  This course is geared towards junior and senior dance and theater majors.  Led by Leah Cox (btjaz@bard.edu) Note: This course will demand 2-4 hours of project-based homework each week.  Class size: 15

 

15343

DAN  360   

 Dance History

Victoria Anderson

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3:10pm-4:30pm

OLIN 309

AART

This course, entitled An Archeology of Dance: Ten Masterworks of Modernity presents ten dance masterworks of the twentieth century as windows onto the history of dance. The works are diverse in genre and origin, ranging from Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring(1913), to Katherine Dunham’s Shango (1945), to Banchine’s Agon (1957), to the Swing Dance movement of the Harlem Renaissance. Inspired in part by Foucault’s notion of archeology as historical method the class will treat each masterwork as a site in which history may be traced by delving into the cracks and fissures the work instigates in the historical archive. The class will be a lecture / discussion seminar with weekly reading assignments, several short essay response papers, and student presentations.  Class size: 15