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|Description - |
|Introduction to the exploration of the basic principles and theories of choreography and composition and the tools for defining the creative process.|
|Course Objectives - |
|The student will be able to: |
- recognize the basic components of choreography
- explore the role of the choreographer
- define the elements of the art of choreography and it's impact on a variety of cultures
- perform the choreography which culminates in a live dance experience.
|Special Facilities and/or Equipment - |
- Dance Studio with hardwood floors.
- Sound Equipment (CD and Tape player), Piano/drums (Optional)
- Dance Shoes and dancewear appropriate for dance discipline
- Video playback (VCR) or DVD
|Course Content (Body of knowledge) - |
- The Basic Components of Choreography
- The use of Energy
- The Role of the choreographer
- The Choreographic Process
- Stylistic Approaches
- Cultural variations
- Developing the choreography for Performance
- Creative process
- Problem shooting
- Musical Interpretation
- Storytelling devices
- Entertaining the audience
- Meaning through context
- Avoiding pitfalls
- Discriminating criticism
- Developing organizational skills
- Learning to evaluate your work
|Methods of Evaluation - |
- Dance technique will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
- Pre and post written evaluation to outline dance study
- Regular and punctual attendance and participation.
- Mid-term and final examination of Dance Vocabulary and Terminology
- Journal to record progress and personal observations
- Attendance and written critique of two live dance concerts
- Choreography to culminate in performance before live audience
|Representative Text(s) - |
|Ryan, Walter J. Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, 2011. |
|Disciplines - |
|Method of Instruction - |
- Lecture presentations and classroom discussion using the language and vocabulary of dance.
- Cooperative learning exercises
- Laboratory and Demonstration
|Lab Content - |
- Demonstration and practice of the choreographic process by employing the fundamental elements and techniques of individual and group dance composition.
- Demonstration and application of the knowledge to produce and perform a final dance project which may include costumes, lighting, props, sets, and live audience.
- Demonstration and practice of proper body alignment and awareness.
|Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments - |
- Written critique of a live dance performance
- Optional writing exercises based on recommended reading.