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Contemporary Dance Technique: Dancing During Pandemic
DANC 216
Fall 2020
Section: 01  

This combined-level dance class draws on multiple approaches to dance technique and the moving body in an outdoor, site-specific, pandemic-specific context. We will focus on large group ensemble movement as well as on individual movement specificity, and developing awareness of space, time, energy, technical precision, and dynamic variation. Course content will draw on modern dance techniques, contemporary/release techniques, and improvisational forms, as well as somatic practices.

During any major social transformation or crisis, like this pandemic, movement practice is essential. Our world and our rules of engagement are changing before our eyes. Creative physical movement is integral to our physical and psycho-social well-being, and through it we learn how to navigate the new context. On a basic level, we move our bodies to stimulate circulation of blood, breath, and digestive tract. But, equally important, and more central to higher education, we also need to move in ways that help us adjust to and make sense of our new circumstances--to orient ourselves to this new environment. This is the overarching purpose of this course: to collectively find new ways of being, understanding, moving, and creating our new world.

Classes will be held outside, and students will be expected to dress for the weather, and with freedom of movement in mind--in other words, wear safe footwear and clothing that does not constrict range of motion. Classes will only be canceled in the case of severe weather (i.e., hurricane). In those cases, hybrid practice-based assignments will be given to supplement in-class material.

This course is intended as an alternative to our regular Contemporary Technique course DANC300, which is being taught in an online format. Students are invited to choose the format that they feel most comfortable with. Both courses count toward major and minor requirements.
Credit: .5 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA DANC
Course Format: StudioGrading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (DANC-MN)(DANC)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on MAY-22-2024
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