2023 Dance Curriculum
Our choreography offers an array of tools in composition to prepare dancers in their choreographic practice. Dancers will learn key dance concepts such as directions, weight, speed, flow, levels & locomotion. Dancers will apply the tools gathered in both creative collaboration and solo composition. They will be exposed to exploration with key choreographic elements that lead to more complex movement creations.
Dance History II
Dance History II focuses on expanding our dance history knowledge and contextualizing it in practice. The course explores how dance history connects to our personal history as dancers and what we can learn from significant figures in the dance industry. The course will include investigation on figures who were part of the inception of techniques and organizations recognized today, and the evolving relationship of dance with media. The course gives up the learning and teaching to the students by asking them to be an active participant that looks to make connections that might otherwise seem invisible to others.
Ballet III/IV offers different perspectives on codified ballet techniques. Questioning and evaluating their purpose, their relevance and importance as a form of healthy assessment through practice. Participants will understand the functionality of ballet, how to advocate for your body in class and the use of technique for efficient moving in a stylized way. Participants will undergo a thorough analysis of technique in barre and its purpose, its relationship to center work, including adagio, jumps and codas.
Contemporary III/IV is an advanced course that deepens into the contemporary dance practice of previous training. The course focuses on training to push the boundaries of the relationship between body, space, and time, while also propelling the dancers in the development of their artistic voice. The course utilizes principles of Modern Dance, Release Technique, Improvisation, Floor work, and other contemporary approaches to movement to have the dancers garner a profound knowledge of their physical abilities alongside their emotional and intellectual range. The dancer acquires diverse approaches to movement creation, movement retention and choreographic understanding.