DANCE TECHNIQUE COURSES:

 

Intensive technique studies are essential to a serious dance studentís 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 Trisha Brown Dance Co. 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.

 

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DAN 104

Intro to Modern Dance

Peter Kyle

T Th 3:10 pm-4:30 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

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.

 

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DAN 106

Advanced / Beginning Modern Dance

Jean Churchill

T Th 11:50 am-1:10 pm

CAMPUS MPR

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Class size: 20

 

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DAN 106

Advanced / Beginning Ballet

Jean Churchill

T Th 8:30 am-9:50 am

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

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Class size: 20

 

 

Intermediate and Advanced Dance Technique:

Intensive technique studies are essential to a serious dance studentís 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.Technique courses led by Trisha Brown Dance Co. meet four times each week and carry 2 credits.

 

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DAN 212

Intermediate Ballet

Peggy Florin

W F††† 10:10 am-11:30 am

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

Class size: 20

 

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DAN 212

Intermediate Modern Dance

Peggy Florin

T Th 10:10 am-11:30 am

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

Class size: 20

 

16221

DAN 216

Intermediate Advanced Modern Dance

Leah Cox/

TBDC

M T W Th 1:30 pm-2:50 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

Class size: 25

 

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DAN 312

Advanced Ballet

Maria Simpson

T Th 11:50 am-1:10 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

Class size: 15

 

16219

DAN 141

Alexander Technique

Peggy Florin

W F††† 11:50 am-1:10 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

2 creditsThis 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. AT 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 individualís ďuseĒ 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. Professor Florin is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Class size: 15

 

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DAN 120

Intro to Contact Improvisation

Amii LeGendre

T Th 10:10 am-11:30 am

CAMPUS MPR

PART

Contact Improvisation (CI) is an improvisational duet dance form based on immediate response to sensation, weight, touch, and communication. This course explores states of presence, perception, awareness, and responsiveness to one's self and environment. This course will cultivate these states as a broader context for a study of physical strategies related to gravity, momentum, flight, falling, and rolling. Class size: 25

 

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DAN 222

Contact Improvisation II

Amii LeGendre

M W †† 8:30 am-9:50 am

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

In this class, we will draw from our working knowledge of the fundamentals of CI in order to deepen our practice; more challenging lifts and more nuanced dancing.  CI 2 emphasizes improvisation, amplifying not only strategies for touch and weight sharing, but also mental mapping. We will look at the form of CI in relation to questions around legibility and performance and we will use our dancing as research to create scores that can cultivate specific states (possibly for directing rehearsals), as well as to create improv-ography, the practice of tracking, shaping, and archiving. Pre-requisite: Intro to Contact or Permission from the Professor.†† Class size: 25

 

 

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.

 

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DAN 118

Beginning Composition

Peter Kyle

T Th 4:40 pm-6:00 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

Class size: 12

 

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DAN 316

Dance Repertory

TBDC

M ††††††† 3:10 pm-6:10 pm

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PART

In this course students will learn a piece from the repertory of the Trisha Brown Dance Company to be performed at the spring Faculty Dance Concert. Students MUST be available, without fail, for all rehearsals, including times outside of the designated course time, which, among others, includes evening rehearsals the week before the performance weekend. Enrollment by audition. All enrolled students must also register for DAN 216 (4 day week) Class size:by invitation.

 

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DAN 350

JUNIOR / SENIOR SEMINAR

Leah Cox

Caleb Hammons

W†††† 3:10 pm-6:10 pm

FISHER NUREYEV STUDIO

PART

Cross-listed:Theater & Performance††† 2 creditsThe current landscape of creative practices and models for cultural production in the contemporary performanc world is a unique and ever-evolving environment. Utilizing the practical experiences of the instructors and guests and the resources of Bardís Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, this course will provide students with the knowledge and skills to evolve their creative imaginations and launch a creative practice post-graduation, building a foundation to support a sustained career in the arts. Students will engage in critical dialogue about their own work as well as otherís work, examining the most relevant and alternative models that support a life in the performing arts. Led by Leah Cox (btjaz@bard.edu) Note: This course will demand 2 - 4 hours of project-based homework each week.Class size: 15

 

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DAN 360

Dance History: Modernity and††††† postmodernity

Leah Cox

Th †††† 3:10 pm-5:30 pm

FISHER CONFERENCE

AART

4 creditsWhat is postmodern dance, how does it relate to modern dance, and how does it extend to current dance practices?Our investigation will begin by looking at the group of artists who took Robert Dunnís composition class in 1962 in New York City and who were considered to be the first generation of postmodern dance artists.From there, our scope will expand to consider these artistsí trends alongside modernism and postmodernismís philosophical developments, modern and postmodern characteristics of other art forms, and significant political and cultural developments influencing the modern/postmodern distinction.We will delve into these topics through video, class discussion, focused weekly readings, reflective analysis assignments, and embodied explorations.The course will culminate in a final project comprised of a paper and presentation focusing on a line of inquiry chosen by each participant.This course fulfills the dance history requirement for the dance major and is open to non-majors.Class size: 15

 

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DAN WKSHP

Dance Workshop

Maria Simpson

T ††††††† 6:15 pm- 8:00 pm

FISHER THORNE STUDIO

PART

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