Fall 2020  

Modern: Beginning Technique

ArtD 136        or          PE 105

.5 or PE

M/W     1:10 - 2:30 pm

Mady Cantor

Pem

Ballet: Beginning Technique

ArtD 137        or          PE 101

.5 or PE

M/W    11:40 – 1:00 pm

Jennifer Chipman Bloom

Pem

Hip Hop Lineages ArtD 138        or          PE 111 .5 or PE W/F      2:40 - 4:00 pm Lela Jones/ Melanie Cotton     Pem
Jazz: Beginning Technique                       PE 108 PE M/W       5:40 - 6:30 pm Yasmin Goodman Pem

Modern: Intermediate Technique

ArtD 230        or          PE 106

.5 or PE

T/TH    5:40 – 7:00 pm

Britt Whitmoyer Fishel

Pem

Ballet: Intermediate Technique

ArtD 231        or          PE 102

.5 or PE

T/TH    9:55 – 11:15 am

Linda Mintzer

Pem

Modern: Advanced Technique

ArtD 330        or          PE 107

.5 or PE

T/TH     4:10 – 5:30 pm

Bethany Formica/ tba

Pem

Ballet: Advanced Technique

 

ArtD 331        or          PE 103

.5 or PE

M/W   7:10 – 9:00 pm    (Optional pointe or repertory, 8:30 – 9:00)

Denise D'Angelo

Pem

Hip Hop PE 111 PE Fri         2:40 - 4:00 pm                  Melanie Cotton Pem

Dance of the African Diaspora

PE 112

PE

Fri         5:15 – 6:30 pm

Peaches Jones

Pem

Ensemble: Modern* Audition: Tues., Sept. 1 at 7:10 pm

ArtD 345        or          PE 145

.5 or PE

Tues     7:10 – 9:30 pm

Lela Aisha Jones

Pem

Ensemble: Ballet* Audition: Wed., Sept. 2 at 4:10 pm

ArtD 346        or          PE 146

.5 or PE

M/W       4:10 - 5:30 pm

Becky Malcolm- Naib

Pem

Dance Composition: Elements and Craft

ArtD 144

1.0

T/TH    2:25 – 3:45 pm

Mady Cantor

Pem

Dancing Histories/ Writing Dance 

ArtD 225

1.0

M/W      2:40 – 4:00 pm

Elizabeth Bergman

Goodhart B

Diasporic Bodies, Citizenship, and Dance 

ArtD 270

1.0

Thurs    1:10 – 4:00 pm

Lela Aisha Jones

Goodhart B

*Ensemble auditions are similar to a class; no need to prepare anything. Ensembles culminate in performances April 23 & 24 plus rehearsals earlier that week. One concurrent weekly technique class is recommended.
Start Dates: Ensemble auditions, Dance Composition, Dancing Histories/Writing Dance, and Diasporic Bodies, Citizenship and Dance start the week of Monday, August 31. Technique classes start the week of Tuesday, September 8.

 

Spring 2020  

Modern: Beginning Technique

ArtD 136 or PE 105

.5 or PE

M/W     11:40 - 1:00 pm

Mady Cantor

Pem

Ballet: Beginning Technique

ArtD 137 or PE 101

.5 or PE

M/W       1:10 – 2:30 pm

Denise D’Angelo

Pem

Jazz: Beginning Technique

PE 108

PE

M/W       7:10 – 8:00 pm

Yasmin Goodman

Denbigh

Modern: Intermediate Technique

ArtD 230 or PE 106

.5 or PE

T/TH      5:40 – 7:00 pm

Britt Whitmoyer Fishel

Pem

Ballet: Intermediate Technique

ArtD 231 or PE 102

.5 or PE

T/TH     12:55 – 2:15 pm

Linda Mintzer

Pem

Jazz: Intermediate Technique

ArtD 232 or PE 110

.5 or PE

M/W     5:40 – 7:00 pm

Yasmin Goodman

Pem

Modern: Advanced Technique

ArtD 330 or PE 107

.5 or PE

T/TH      4:10 – 5:30 pm

Bethany Formica

Pem

Ballet: Advanced Technique

 

ArtD 331 or PE 103

.5 or PE

M/W      7:10 – 9:00 pm    (Optional pointe or repertory, 8:30 – 9:00)

tba

Pem

Tap Dance

PE 131

PE

Tues        4:40 – 6:00 pm

Corinne Karon

Denbigh

Social Dance: Salsa/Swing

PE 127

PE

Fri          4:20 – 5:40 pm

Marck “Flaco” Best

Pem

Ensemble: Modern*

Audition:            Wed., Jan. 22 at 4:10 – 5:30 pm

ArtD 345 or PE 145

.5 or PE

M/W       4:10 – 5:30 pm

Lela Aisha Jones

Pem

Ensemble: Ballet*

Audition:          Wed., Jan. 22 at 7:00 – 8:30 pm

ArtD 346 or PE 146

.5 or PE

4 weekends           1/31 to 2/8, Fri.   6 – 9 pm, Sat. 10 am – 1 pm;     2/15 to 2/23, Sat and Sun mornings, time tba

Colby Damon

Pem

Ensemble: African Dance Forms*

Audition:          Thurs., Jan. 23 at 7:10 – 8:30 pm

ArtD 348 or PE 148

.5 or PE

Thurs        7:10 – 9:30 pm

Peaches Jones

Pem

Ensemble: Hip-Hop*

Audition:            Tues., Jan. 21 at 7:10 – 8:30 pm

ArtD 350 or PE 150

.5 or PE

Tues         7:10 – 9:30 pm

Melanie Cotton

Pem

Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives

ArtD 140

1.0

Mon           7:10 – 9:30 pm

Lela Aisha Jones

Goodhart B

Dance Composition: Elements and Craft

ArtD 144

1.0

T/TH      2:25 – 3:45 pm

Mady Cantor

Pem

Practical Anatomy: Bones, Muscles, Movement

ArtD 180

1.0

T/Th       9:55 – 11:15 am

Becky Malcolm-Naib

Goodhart B

*Ensemble auditions are similar to a class; no need to prepare anything. Ensembles culminate in performances April 24 & 25 plus rehearsals earlier that week. One concurrent weekly technique class recommended.
Start Dates: Ensemble auditions, Dance Composition, Approaches to Dance, and Practical Anatomy start the week of Tuesday, January 21. Technique classes start the week of Monday, January 27.

Fall 2019

Course Day and time Instructor Location
       
Ballet: Beginning Technique
ARTD 137 or PEB 101  
MW 1:10 - 2:30 pm  Chipman-Bloom Pem
Ballet: Intermediate Technique
ARTD 231 or PEB 102  
TTH 12:55 - 2:15 pm  Mintzer Pem
Ballet: Advanced Technique1
ARTD 331 or PEB 103​
MW 7:10 - 9:00 pm  D'Angelo Pem
Modern: Beginning Technique
ARTD 136 or PEB 105 
MW 11:40 - 1:00 pm  Kiefer Stark Pem
Modern: Intermediate Technique
ARTD 230 or PEB 106 
TTH 5:40 - 7:00 pm  Whitmoyer Fishel Pem
Modern: Advanced Technique
ARTD 330 or PEB 107
TTH 4:10 - 5:30 pm  Malcolm-Naib Pem
Jazz: Beginning Technique
PEB 108
MW 5:40 - 6:30 pm  Goodman Pem
Dance of the African Diaspora
PEB 112
FRI 5:15 -  6:30 pm  Jones, P. Pem
Hip-Hop 
PEB 111
FRI  3:10 - 4:30 pm  Cotton Pem
Ensemble: Modern2
ARTD 345 or PEB 145
Audition on Thurs. Sept 5 at 7:10 pm
TTH 7:10 - 8:30 pm  Formica Pem
Ensemble: Jazz2
ARTD 347 or PEB 147
Audition on Wed., Sept 4 at 4:10 pm
MW  4:10 - 5:30 pm  Gonzalez Pem
Ensemble: School Performance Project3
ARTD 349 or PEB 149
Info meeting/Movement session on Fri., Sept 6 at 9:10 am
FRI 9:10 - 12:00 pm
 
 Cantor Pem
Dance Composition: Process and Presence
ARTD 142
TTH 2:25 - 3:45 pm  Jones, L. A. Pem
Screendance: Movement and the Camera
ARTD 220
TTH 9:55 - 11:15 am  Whitmoyer Fishel Goodhart B
Diasporic Bodies, Continual Revivals
ARTD 267                                 
TTH 12:55 - 2:15 pm  Jones, L. A. Goodhart B
Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings      
ARTA 251/EDUC 251
MON 7:10 - 10:00 pm  Cantor  Goodhart B
Schedule Notes
1  Last half hour of advanced ballet is optional pointe or repertory at the discretion of the instructor.
2  Students must be available for the Spring Concert, April 24 and 25, 2020. One concurrent dance technique class per week is strongly recommended.
3 The School Performance Project tours regional schools with a performance program. Students should have experience dancing in some genre/style, enthusiasm for performance and an interest in education in and through the arts. If interested contact Madeline Cantor at mcantor@brynmawr.edu and attend the Friday, Sept. 6 meeting in Pem Studio at 9:10 am.

Spring 2019

Course Day and Time Instructor Studio
       
Beginning Technique: Ballet​
PEB 101 or through ARTD 137 
MW 11:10–12:00 pm  D'Angelo Pem
Intermediate Technique: Ballet 
ARTD 231 or PEB102  
TTH 12:55–2:15 pm  Mintzer Pem
Advanced Technique: Ballet 
ARTD 331 or PEB 103​
MW 7:10–9 pm  Cruz Pem
Beginning Technique: Modern
PEB 105 or through ARTD 136
MW 12:10–1 pm Cantor Pem
Intermediate Technique: Modern
ARTD 230 or PEB 106 
TTH 5:40–7 pm Powers-Klooster Pem
Advanced Technique: Modern
ARTD 330 or PEB 107
TTH 4:10–5:30 pm Formica Pem
Intermediate Technique: Jazz
ARTD 232 or PEB 108
MW 5:40–7 pm Goodman Pem
Tap: Learning and Performing
PEB 131
M 4:40–6 pm Karon Denbigh
Social Dance Forms: first half Salsa,
second half Intro to Social and Ballroom forms
PEB 127
W  4:10–5:30 pm  Berger/ 
Reinhart & Butryn
Denbigh
Ensemble: Ballet
ARTD 346 or PEB 146
.
MW 4:10–5:30 pm Rainey Pem
Ensemble: West African
ARTD 348 or PEB 148
 
TH  7:10–9:30 pm L. A. Jones Pem
Ensemble: Hip-hop
ARTD 350 or PEB 150
.
TTH  7:10–8:30 pm Cotton T/Pem
TH/Denbigh

Ensemble: Modern
ARTD 345 or PE 145

Students will learn a reconstructed work
from the repertory of the renowned mid-20th
century choreographer Alwin Nikolais. Tensile
Involvement
 was created in 1953 and is an
early example of Nikolais' interest in multi-media
dance theater and kinetic metaphors for human
experience. Tensile Involvement will be set on
student dancers by Alberto del Saz, longtime
member of the Alwin Nikolais Dance Company
and artistic director of the Nikolais/Louis
Foundation for Dance. The work will be taught in
two intensive weekend rehearsal periods:
Feb. 1-3 and Feb. 8-10, followed by weekly rehearsals, TBA.

del Saz Pem
Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
ARTD 144
TTH 2:25–3:45 pm Cantor Pem

Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
ARTD 140

T  7:10–9:30 pm Caruso Haviland Goodhart B
Dance: Close Reading
ARTD 145
M 7:10–9 pm Cantor Goodhart B
       
       

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Fall 2020

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTD B136-001Modern: Beginning TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWPembroke StudioCantor,M.
ARTD B137-001Ballet: Beginning TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B138-001Hip Hop LineagesSemester / 0.5Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM WFPembroke StudioCotton,M., Jones,L.
ARTD B144-001Dance Composition: Elements and CraftSemester / 1Lecture: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHPembroke StudioCantor,M.
ARTD B225-001Dancing Histories/Writing DanceSemester / 1Lecture: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWGoodhart Hall BBergman,E.
ARTD B230-001Modern: Intermediate TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM TTHPembroke StudioFishel,B.
ARTD B231-001Ballet: Intermediate TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHPembroke StudioMintzer,L.
ARTD B270-001Diasporic Bodies, Citizenship, and DanceSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THJones,L.
ARTD B330-001Modern: Advanced TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TTHPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B331-001Ballet: Advanced TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM MWPembroke StudioD'Angelo,D.
ARTD B342-001Advanced ChoreographySemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAPembroke StudioCantor,M.
ARTD B342-002Advanced ChoreographySemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBAPembroke StudioJones,L.
ARTD B345-001Dance Ensemble: ModernSemester / 0.5Lecture: 7:10 PM- 9:30 PM TPembroke StudioJones,L.
ARTD B346-001Dance Ensemble: BalletSemester / 0.5LEC: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM MWPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B400-001Senior Project/ThesisSemester / 0.5,1
ARTD B400-002Senior Project/ThesisSemester / 0.5,1
ARTD B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 0.5,1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B251-001Fundamentals of ActingSemester / 1LEC: 10:10 AM-11:30 AM MWGoodhart Hall Common RoomSlusar,C.

Spring 2021

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARTD B136-001Modern: Beginning TechniqueSemester / 0.5Lecture: 11:40 AM- 1:00 PM MWPembroke StudioCantor,M.
ARTD B137-001Ballet: Beginning TechniqueSemester / 0.5LEC: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B139-001Movement as Freedom: Improv/FreestyleSemester / 0.5
ARTD B140-001Approaches to Dance: Themes and PerspectivesSemester / 1LEC: 7:10 PM- 9:30 PM TGoodhart Hall BJones,L.
ARTD B142-001Dance Composition: Process and PresenceSemester / 1LEC: 2:25 PM- 3:45 PM TTHPembroke StudioJones,L.
ARTD B220-001Screendance: Movement and the CameraSemester / 1Lecture: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHGoodhart Hall BFishel,B.
ARTD B230-001Modern: Intermediate TechniqueSemester / 0.5LEC: 5:40 PM- 7:00 PM TTHPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B231-001Ballet: Intermediate TechniqueSemester / 0.5
ARTD B232-001Jazz: Intermediate TechniqueSemester / 0.5
ARTD B330-001Modern: Advanced TechniqueSemester / 0.5LEC: 4:10 PM- 5:30 PM TTHPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B331-001Ballet: Advanced TechniqueSemester / 0.5LEC: 7:10 PM- 9:00 PM MWPembroke StudioDept. staff, TBA
ARTD B342-001Advanced ChoreographySemester / 1
ARTD B342-002Advanced ChoreographySemester / 1
ARTD B345-001Dance Ensemble: ModernSemester / 0.5
ARTD B347-001Dance Ensemble: JazzSemester / 0.5
ARTD B348-001Dance Ensemble: African Dance FormsSemester / 0.5
ARTD B350-001Dance Ensemble: Hip-hopSemester / 0.5
ARTD B400-001Senior Project/ThesisSemester / 0.5,1
ARTD B400-002Senior Project/ThesisSemester / 0.5,1
ARTD B403-001Supervised WorkSemester / 0.5,1Dept. staff, TBA
ARTT B251-001Fundamentals of ActingSemester / 1

Fall 2021

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

For information about courses offered by other Bryn Mawr departments and programs or about courses offered by Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, please consult the Course Guides page.

For information about the Academic Calendar, including the dates of first and second quarter courses, please visit the College's calendars page.

Fall 2020

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Spring 2021

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

Fall 2021

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2020-21 Catalog Data

ARTD B136 Modern: Beginning Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Beginning level dance technique courses focus on introducing movement vocabulary, developing skills, and gaining an understanding of the form. Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete three shorting writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B137 Ballet: Beginning Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Beginning level dance technique courses focus on introducing movement vocabulary, developing skills, and gaining an understanding of the form. Students must meet the attendance requirement, and complete three short writing assignments. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B138 Hip Hop Lineages
Fall 2020
Hip Hop Lineages is a team-taught practice-based course, exploring the embodied foundations of Hip Hop and its expression as a global phenomenon. Offered on a credit / no-credit basis only.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARTD B139 Movement as Freedom: Improv/Freestyle
Spring 2021
This course will be a team-taught experience in the physical practice of movement invention. One half of the course will investigate structured improvisation and the other will involve freestyle as an African diasporic tradition. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B140 Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives
Spring 2021
This course introduces students to dance as a multi-layered, significant and enduring human behavior that ranges from art to play, from ritual to politics, and beyond. It engages students in the creative, critical, and conceptual processes that emerge in response to the study of dance. It also explores the research potential that arises when other areas of academic inquiry, including criticism, ethnology, history and philosophy, interact with dance and dance scholarship. Lectures, discussion, film, video, and guest speakers are included.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTD B142 Dance Composition: Process and Presence
Spring 2021
This dance and movement composition course is open to movers of any kind, from any background, who want to explore embodied creation as a part of their educational and/or life practice. It engages students in developing and structuring movement ideas to build community with one another and the natural environment. This course will offer tools for developing creative problem-solving skills; exploring embodied approaches to observation, analysis, and communication; and investigating possibilities for collaboration. Students will be introduced to freestyle, cultural narratives, memoir, and other relevant resources as tools for researching and sketching choreographic ideas. Movement exercises, viewing of live and filmed work, and discussions will help to sharpen visual analysis and kinesthetic responses. The course includes journaling and required readings and viewings but focuses primarily on weekly movement assignments. ARTD B144 Dance Composition: Elements and Craft is offered in the spring. ARTD B142 and ARTD B144 are not sequential and may be taken in any order. Concurrent participation in any Dance Program technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is recommended.
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ARTD B144 Dance Composition: Elements and Craft
Fall 2020
This dance composition course develops knowledge and skill in the theory and craft of choreography. Basic elements of dancemaking such as space, timing, shaping, and relationship are explored and refined through structured and open movement experiences. Attention is given to developing movement invention skills and compositional strategies; considering form and structure; investigating music, language, images, and objects as sources; experimenting with group design; and broadening critical understanding of their own work and the work of others. Students will work on weekly solo and group projects. Related viewing and reading will be assigned. Concurrent participation in any Dance Program technique course, either for credit or as an auditor, is recommended.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ARTD B180 Practical Anatomy: Muscles, Bones, Movement
Not offered 2020-21
KNOW THYSELF! This course is designed as a human anatomy class for students interested in the application of anatomy to physical activities including dance, sport, and movement in general. Students will learn musculoskeletal anatomy, basic kinesiology, strengthening and stretching practices, and injury identification and management. Students will support theoretical knowledge with experiential movement analysis in class. The goal of the course is to present a scientific basis that will aid in a greater understanding of how individual's bodies are shaped and move, and how to achieve greater efficiency of movement and desired performance outcomes.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B220 Screendance: Movement and the Camera
Spring 2021
This course is a practical introduction to Screendance for students interested in extending their experience or interest in dance and movement into a new realm. Also known as dancefilm, cinedance, videodance and/or dance for the camera, Screendance connects film (and filmmaking) with dance (and dancemaking) in an evolving hybrid performative practice. For both the maker and audience, the inquiry is the adventure of discovering what the coming together of dance and screen can be. Screendance can be described as diverse, global, emergent, alive, active, trans-media, continually evolving. Through class screenings, exercises, readings and discussion, students will learn approaches to combining dance and the moving image. Students will work alone and in small collaborative groups to create their own works integrating dance and video. Through creative projects, students will develop their own cinematic style and an increased proficiency with both filming and editing movement.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Film Studies

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ARTD B225 Dancing Histories/Writing Dance
Fall 2020
This course has three overlapping aims: to learn about concert dance histories through historical sources, scholarship, and embodiment; to understand the processes of historiography; and to prepare students to undertake their own historical research and scholarship. The course is designed to illustrate how our understanding of the past is dynamic and evolving rather than fixed and static. Through critical engagement with concert dance history's canons, values, and ideological premises, Dancing Histories/Writing Dance emphasizes how history is written, questioned, and rewritten. A range of concert/art dance genres across Europe, the US and Japan will be explored to exemplify how concert dance draws from both Western and non-Western dance forms and aesthetics. Moving from 16th century court ballet through 20th century modern and postmodern dance to international "contemporary" stages, assigned readings will enable recognition of how dance scholars have employed national and transnational frameworks to write, and revise, dance histories. Students will develop a strong methodological framework that will allow them to grasp the significance of source material, the effects of cultural competence and critical bias, and the ways in which the writing of history is a creative, political, and ideological process.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARTD B230 Modern: Intermediate Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on directing attention to dynamics and spatial ideas. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: two semesters of beginning level modern, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B231 Ballet: Intermediate Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on directing attention to dynamics and spatial ideas. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: three semesters of beginning level ballet, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. First-semester first year students must take a placement class during customs week.
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B232 Jazz: Intermediate Technique
Spring 2021
Intermediate level dance technique courses focus on expanding the movement vocabulary, on introducing movement phrases that are increasingly complex and rigorous, and on further attention to motional dynamics and spatial contexts. Students at this level are also expected to begin demonstrating an intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of these technical challenges and their actual performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: two semesters of beginning level jazz, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor
Course does not meet an Approach

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ARTD B241 Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance
Not offered 2020-21
This course investigates the history of dance with particular emphasis on its development in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as a Western Theater Art form within a broader context of global art and culture. The course investigates the historical and cultural forces that shape both the form and function of dance as well as the reciprocal relationship of dance to impact those same forces. Dance will be considered both chronologically and theoretically as cultural, social, aesthetic, and personal phenomena. The course will provide students with an introduction to both traditional and more contemporary models of historiography with particular reference to the changing modes of documenting, researching, and analyzing dance. In addition to lectures and discussion, the course will include film, video, slides, and some movement experiences.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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ARTD B245 Dance: Close Reading
Not offered 2020-21
Students will engage in a close reading of dance, using live dance performances and events as primary texts. They will set them in critical and historical contexts through readings in dance criticism and theory, activities, discussion and media. The class will take part in trips to live performances and events, selected from a range of genres, and will work through their responses in discussion and writing. Requires attendance at performances and events, off-campus and on-campus. No dance experience necessary. In lieu of books students can expect $30 - 50 in ticket expenses for the course.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARTD B250 Performing the Political Body: Dance and Power
Not offered 2020-21
Artists, activists, politicos, regents, intellectuals, and just ordinary people have, throughout history and across cultures, used dance and performance to support political goals and ideologies or to perform social or cultural interventions in the private and public spheres. From a wide range of possibilities, this course focuses on how dance is a useful medium for both embodying and analyzing ideologies and practices of power, particularly with reference to gender, class, and ethnicity. Students will also investigate bodiedness as an active agent of social change and political action. Students will read excerpts from seminal and contemporary theory of performing bodiedness, ethnicity, and gender, as well as from theoreticians, performers, and other practitioners more specifically engaged with dance and performance. In addition to literary, dance historical, anthropological and political texts, the course includes media, guest lecturers, and introductory group improvisation and performance exercises, however, no prior training or experience in dance or performance is necessary. In lieu of books, readings will be posted on Moodle. Preparation: A previous dance lecture/seminar course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is recommended but not required.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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ARTD B267 Diasporic Bodies, Continuous Revivals
Not offered 2020-21
This dance theory, writing, and practice course takes marronage--the act of escaping from slavery in the Americas to create autonomous communities--as its model. It views Black and African diasporic movement cultures and artistic practices as forms of contemporary marronage, providing spaces of embodied activism, release, restoration, and revival. Students will engage the body as an individual, intimate maroon site and cultivate the embodied collective spaces that counter oppressive systems. By connecting theory and practice, students will build individual and collective consciousness through the resources of narrative, memoir, and nostalgia intertwined with guided movement sessions. We will also utilize creative writing, film, and visual arts as components that enhance potential for deeper embodied engagement. This course is writing attentive and has required movement assignments/presentations. A previous dance studies course or a course in a relevant discipline such as anthropology, sociology, or history is strongly recommended but not required. No dance experience is necessary, but a willingness to move and create is essential.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARTD B270 Diasporic Bodies, Citizenship, and Dance
Fall 2020
Take a journey through citizenship, belonging and revolutions, guided by the lived experiences of prominent teachers, choreographers, and performers of traditional and contemporary dances of Black and African descent. Our theory and practice frameworks are grounded in women and LGBTQ+ scholars and dance artists navigating diasporic blackness, citizenship, and nationhood. We will centralize the notion that, Black Life is Tied to All Life, investigating the significance of developing philosophies and practices of integrity, as well as boundary-breaking transformations when traversing dance/movement as a nomadic practice in a globalized world. Dance/movement experience is not a prerequisite, although this is a dance/movement and writing attentive course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARTD B330 Modern: Advanced Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. The advanced modern course focuses on both intellectual and kinesthetic understanding of movement and command of technical challenges and performance. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: three semesters of Modern: Intermediate Technique, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

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ARTD B331 Ballet: Advanced Technique
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Advanced level technique courses continue to expand movement vocabulary and to introduce increasingly challenging movement phrases and repertory. The advanced ballet course focuses on both intellectual and kinesthetic understanding and command of technical challenges and performance. The last half hour of the class is used for optional pointe or repertory work with permission of the instructor. Students will be evaluated on their openness and commitment to the learning process, increased understanding of the technique, and demonstration in class of their technical and stylistic progress and accomplishment. Preparation: Minimum of three semesters of intermediate level ballet, or its equivalent, or permission of the instructor. First-semester first-year students must take a placement class during customs week.

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ARTD B342 Advanced Choreography
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Independent study in choreography under the guidance of the instructor. Students are expected to produce one major choreographic work and are responsible for all production considerations. Concurrent attendance in any level technique course is recommended. Pre-requisite: ARTD B142: Dance Composition: Process and Presence and ARTD B144: Dance Composition: Elements and Craft.

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ARTD B345 Dance Ensemble: Modern
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

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ARTD B346 Dance Ensemble: Ballet
Fall 2020
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

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ARTD B347 Dance Ensemble: Jazz
Spring 2021
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

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ARTD B348 Dance Ensemble: African Dance Forms
Spring 2021
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in at least one technique class per week is recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.
Counts toward Africana Studies

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ARTD B349 Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project
Not offered 2020-21
Dance Ensemble: School Performance Project is a community-focused project in which students learn a lecture-demonstration and a narrative dance work and tour this combined program every fall semester to schools in the Philadelphia area, reaching 1500 to 2000 children per year. The course introduces these audiences to dance through a program of original choreography supported by commissioned music and costuming. Interested students are expected to have some experience in a dance form or genre, enthusiasm for performance, and an interest in education in and through the arts. Students are selected after an initial group meeting and movement session in the fall. Concurrent participation in at least one technique class per week is recommended.

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ARTD B350 Dance Ensemble: Hip-hop
Spring 2021
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works are choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, demonstration of commitment and openness to the choreographic process, and achievement in performance. Preparation: This course is suitable for intermediate and advanced level dancers. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and performances in the Spring Dance Concert.

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ARTD B400 Senior Project/Thesis
Majors develop, in consultation with a faculty advisor, a senior capstone experience that will expand and deepen their work and interests within the field of dance. This can range from a significant research or expository paper to a substantial choreographic work that will be supported in a full studio performance. Students who elect to do choreographic or performance work must also submit a reflection paper. Work begins in the fall semester and should be completed by the middle of the spring semester.

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ARTD B403 Supervised Work
Research in a particular topic of dance under the guidance of an instructor, resulting in a final paper or project. Permission of the instructor is required.

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ARTA B251 Arts Teaching in Educational and Community Settings
Not offered 2020-21
This is a Praxis II course intended for students who have substantial experience in an art form and are interested in extending that experience into teaching and learning at educational and community sites. Following an overview of the history of the arts in education, the course will investigate underlying theories and practices. The praxis component will allow students to create a fluid relationship between theory and practice through observing, teaching, and reflecting on arts practices in educational contexts. School or community placement 4 hours a week. Preparation: At least an intermediate level of experience in an art form. This course counts toward the minor in Dance or Theater and towards a major or minor in Education.
Counts toward Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARTT B251 Fundamentals of Acting
Fall 2020, Spring 2021
This studio course provides an introduction to the basic processes of acting to students of various experience levels. We develop tools and a shared vocabulary using performance exercises, games, improvisation and scene work.

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2020-21 Catalog Data

PE(D) B108 Jazz: Beginning Technique
Not offered 2020-21
An introduction to the basic movement elements of jazz dance styles including the development of the necessary skills for moving dynamically through space, with rhythm and expression. The course uses a variety of contemporary music and focuses on both high energy and more subtle uses of movement. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Semester course, 2 PE credits)

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PE(D) B111 Hip-Hop
Not offered 2020-21
Students learn basic movements from hip-hop, funk, house, breakin' and other contemporary urban styles. The course aims to expand the student's dance skills while increasing their knowledge of the history of hip-hop and providing a sophisticated understanding of the potential of hip hop as an art and social form. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Full Semester, 2 PE Credits)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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PE(D) B112 Dance of the African Diaspora
Not offered 2020-21
This course explores the movement and rhythms of African Dance and aims to develop the necessary skills and deepen the student's kinesthetic, aesthetic and cultural awareness of the power of African dance forms. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Semester Class, 2 PE Credits)

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PE(D) B126 Rhythm & Style
Not offered 2020-21
Learn Tap and Flamenco in the same semester! Half a semester introduces street tap or hoofing, a uniquely American and long-standing Philadelphia form of tap that focuses on rhythms and sounds produced by the dancer's taps. Half a semester introduces basic postures, rhythms, foot, and hand percussion that are central to Flamenco dance. Both fun and energetic, these forms cultivate listening and rhythmic skills and a sense of personal style. Shoes provided. (Semester Course, 2 PE Credits)

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PE(D) B127 Social Dance Forms: Salsa/Swing
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Salsa and Swing
Not offered 2020-21
This course teaches the steps, moves and rhythms of social or ballroom dance. The first half introduces basic social dances such as cha-cha, swing dance, waltz, etc.; the second half focuses on Salsa. This course is open to all levels of experience. (Semester Course, 2 PE credits)
Counts toward Africana Studies

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PE(D) B131 Tap: Learning and Performing
Not offered 2020-21
During the first half of the course, students learn and review basic tap vocabulary. In the second half, students utilize the techniques they have acquired to prepare one or two short choreographed pieces with mixed level sections for an end-of-semester studio performance. Open to advanced beginners through intermediate tap dancers. Preparation: minimum of one-half semester of tap or proficiency in basics of tap. (Semester Course, 2 PE Credits; Intermediate students may register for 2nd half only, for 1 PE credit)

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PE(D) B145 Dance Ensemble: Modern
Not offered 2020-21
Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique and performance skills. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed/restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. This course is open to intermediate and advanced level dancers.

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PE(D) B150 Dance Ensemble: Hip-hop
Section 001 (Spring 2020): Hip Hop
Not offered 2020-21
Enrollment Criteria: By audition only. Dance ensembles are designed to offer students significant opportunities to develop dance technique, particularly in relationship to dance as a performance art. Students audition for entrance into individual ensembles. Original works choreographed by faculty or guest choreographers or works reconstructed / restaged from classic or contemporary repertories are rehearsed and performed in concert. Students are evaluated on their participation in rehearsals, their demonstration of full commitment and openness to the choreographic and performance processes both in terms of attitude and technical practice, and their achieved level of performance. This course is open to intermediate and advanced level dancers. Concurrent attendance in one technique class session a week is strongly recommended. Students must commit to the full semester and be available for rehearsal week and two Spring Dance Concert performances. (Semester course, 2 PE credits)

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PE(D) B195 Movement for Theater
Not offered 2020-21
Students must be performing in a faculty-directed Theater Program production that utilizes physical theatre techniques. This course can fulfill a total of two Physical Education credits but not concurrently with taking it for academic credit. This course can fulfill up to a total of two Physical Education credits and cannot be repeated beyond that. Credit is approved through faculty director at end of semester.

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PE(D) B196 Dance Composition Lab
Not offered 2020-21
Students rehearse and perform in Dance Composition II student dance works. (Semester Class, 2 PE Credits)

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PE(D) B197 Directed Work in Dance
Not offered 2020-21
This course can fulfill up to two Physical Education credits and cannot be repeated. Permission of Dance Program Director is required. (Semester Course, 2 PE Credits)

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