An introduction to basic ballet movement, technique, theory, history and terminology.
Professor Brent Schneider
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Professor Satu Hummasti
An introduction to dance as a means of cultural expression. Multi-cultural dance in America is explored, with analysis of how divergent traditions have survived in spite of social and cultural pressures.
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First level modern dance technique for Dance majors. Focuses on development of solid foundational skills in modern dance technique and theory that prepare the student for an intensive major program. Emphasizes the development of strength, flexibility, core support, coordination, kinesthetic awareness and memory, and movement expressiveness. Includes experience in improvisation and composition as a means of understanding and applying technical skills in performance settings.
Second level modern dance technique for Dance majors. Focuses on development of technical and performance skills in modern dance. Includes concepts of applied anatomy and kinesiology as well as Bartenieff Fundamentals. Emphasizes clarity of movement intent and interpretation in movement progressions.
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This seminar is designed to introduce graduate students to various theoretical and methodological orientations in research. The course examines theoretical orientations/methodological approaches to dance/art research, and evaluates scholarly writing and creative work.
Modern Dance composition for Sophomore Modern majors.
This course is designed for non-majors to provide structured learning and experience with group improvisation and dance composition. Fundamental concepts of dance composition and choreography are explored.
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For students desiring to increase their physical skills in dance technique and performance technique. Introduces principles and concepts that govern human movement. Emphasizes development of strength, flexibility, coordination, core support, and movement expressiveness. Includes aspects of composition, improvisation, and performance as they relate to technique. Develops foundational skills in modern dance technique. Prepares students for more intensive study.
Professor Eric Handman
This course is designed to introduce nonmajors to the fundamentals of modern dance technique. Students receive technical and creative instruction derived from modern dance forms.
Refinement of beginning skills, emphasis on development of technical abilities and performance qualities.
This course is designed for Ballet majors to provide beginning technical training in Modern Dance technique and introduce the student to Modern Dance movement terminology. Students receive instruction in principles of alignment, placement and motion in Modern Dance. The course serves to add movement vocabulary and an introduction to modern dance to the Ballet major’s curriculum.
An introduction to dance providing a knowledge base from which to experience dance from a variety of viewpoints: historically, culturally, aesthetically, critically, and creatively. This course takes a close-up look at the rules, messages, and meanings embodied in dance around the world.
A course designed for Department of Modern Dance majors and minors during their third year of study also meets the Upper Division Writing requirement for the University of Utah general education requirements. Movement in Culture through History explores dance through multiple lenses by looking at cultural dance forms, including dances of Native American tribes, Africa, South America, and the roots of ballet. This course also discusses Critical Race Theory, dance critique writing, and dance research. The Dance History course focuses on main choreographers in the modern, post-modern, and contemporary periods.
This course explores the intersections of dance, film and web based presentations.