World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Dance Upper-Division Courses

101. Theories of Dance. (5) Lecture, four hours; discussion, two hours. Enforced requisite: course 45. Ideas of dance, choreography, and movement have achieved broad resonance in contemporary performance, art, politics, culture, and studies of social behavior. Examination of concepts and approaches to dance studies and deployments of its vocabulary within field and beyond, concentrated in four principal approaches: history, ethnography, choreographic analysis, and critical theory. Use of key ideas in dance to investigate allied areas of performance, embodiment, social constructions of identity and difference, and relationship between aesthetics and politics. Design of dance performances to illustrate link between theory and practice. How dance creates alternative modes of history and knowledge in range of cultural contexts. P/NP or letter grading.

C106A. Advanced West African Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Advanced-level study of dances originating from Mandingo culture in sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated for credit without limitation. Concurrently scheduled with course C406A. P/NP or letter grading.

C109A. Advanced Hip-Hop Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Advanced-level study of Hip-Hop movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. Concurrently scheduled with course C409A. P/NP or letter grading.

C113A. Advanced Ballet. (2) Studio, three hours. Advanced-level study of ballet as movement practice. May be repeated for credit without limitation. Concurrently scheduled with course C413A. P/NP or letter grading.

114. Performance Practicum. (1 to 4) Studio, three to 12 hours. Rehearsal and performance in selected choreographic/theatrical work. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP grading.

C112A. Advanced Special Topics. (2) Studio, three hours. Advanced-level study of variable movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. Concurrently scheduled with course C412A. P/NP or letter grading.

C115. Advanced Modern/Postmodern Dance. (2) Studio, six hours. Advanced-level work in modern and/or postmodern movement practices. Technical training, with emphasis on increased understanding of movement principles and ability to apply these to performance. May be repeated for credit without limitation. Concurrently scheduled with course C415. P/NP or letter grading.

116. Advanced Improvisation in Dance. (2) Studio, four hours. Enforced requisite: course 16. Development of aesthetic perspective through use of imagery, sound, and other art. Concentration and projection. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

117A. Theories and Methods in Dance Composition III: Locations. (4) Seminar, two hours; studio, two hours; outside study, eight hours. Enforced requisites: courses 16, 67A, 67B. Examination of how location of dancing impacts its meaning. How does occasion of dance, concert, festival, ritual, or celebration influence experience of it? What are factors that need to be considered when locating dance in one particular place? Answers to these questions in relation to broad range of artistic approaches, acknowledging that dance-making occurs distinctively in different cultural contexts and different historical moments. Examination of range of locations for dances, including proscenium stages, theaters in round, parks, sidewalks, temples, amphitheaters, village squares, and other site-specific locations that endow dance with specific significance and how various artists have worked with place in construction of new dances. Use of these analyses to assist in creative process for making new dances. P/NP or letter grading.

117B. Theories and Methods in Dance Composition IV: Impacts. (4) Seminar, two hours; studio, two hours; outside study, eight hours. Enforced requisites: courses 16, 67A, 67B. Examination of relation of dance to its audience. Synthesis of analyses undertaken in previous courses to determine how dances move their viewers. How do dances appeal to or address their audiences? How do dance vocabulary, sequencing, and location combine to create particular effects? Answers to these questions in relation to broad range of artistic approaches, acknowledging that dance-making occurs distinctively in different cultural contexts and different historical moments. Different approaches to dance result in highly distinctive kinds of responses from audiences. Focus on creation of three in-depth studies, each of which endeavors to construct distinctive kind of response from viewers. P/NP or letter grading.

117C. Advanced Topics in Choreography. (4) Lecture, four hours; studio, two hours; outside study, six hours. Enforced requisites: courses 16, 67A, 67B. Directed exploration in composition, with focus on developing theme-based choreographic works that are informed by theoretical engagement with selected topics through lectures, readings, and discussion. Thematic topics include contemporary issues and concerns such as image, essence, and abstraction; home, history, and memory; interculturalism; constructing identity. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

118. Advanced Interdisciplinary Composition. (4) Lecture, four hours; studio, two hours. Enforced requisites: courses 67A, 67B. Directed exploration in composition, with focus on developing works that engage two or more disciplines, such as dance, music, visual art, performance art. Theoretical engagement with selected topics through lectures, readings, and discussions. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

119. Advanced Intercultural Composition. (4) Lecture, four hours; studio, two hours. Enforced requisites: courses 67A, 67B. Directed exploration in composition, with focus on works that engage techniques and practices of two or more cultures. Engagement with postcolonial theory through lectures, readings, and discussions. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

C122. Music and Dance Collaborations. (4) Studio, four hours. Requisites: courses 67A, 67B. Designed for dance students who have had prior coursework/experience in choreography and for music students who have had prior coursework/experience in music composition. Opportunity for directors, choreographers, and composers to work together creating and developing material in their respective disciplines. Exploration of different forms and ways of approaching creative process of making dance and music, presenting material on weekly basis, and developing skills for discussion, critique, and review. Concurrently scheduled with course C222. P/NP or letter grading.

C145. Selected Topics in Dance Studies. (4) Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Selected topics in study of dance and corporeality. Consult Schedule of Classes for topics to be offered in specific term. May be repeated for credit with topic change. Concurrently scheduled with course C245. P/NP or letter grading.

C152. History and Theory of Modern/Postmodern Dance. (4) Lecture, four hours; studio, two hours; outside study, six hours. Introduction to key figures in creation of modern dance, with special attention to their theories and philosophies and tracing of radical shift to postmodern dance that occurred in mid-20th century. Contemporary developments, both historical and theoretical. Student projects involve choreography and writing. Concurrently scheduled with course C252. P/NP or letter grading.

M157. Rechoreographing Disability. (Same as Disability Studies M157.) Seminar, four hours. Through study of range of performance by, featuring, or about people who identify as disabled, reading and discussion of range of writing about experiences of disability and process of making work about disability by key artists and thinkers. Introduction to concept of choreography as political/cultural idea broadly defined as scored movement and organization and behavior of bodies, as well as choreography as poetic form for expression of ideas, creative tool, or product. Viewing and discussion of work, and embodying ideas through movement and dance-making. P/NP or letter grading.

158. Choreographing Gender. (4) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, two hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Analysis of aesthetic codes and theatrical choreographic approaches as they intersect with construction of gender in U.S., with close attention to race, class, and sexuality. P/NP or letter grading.

159. Movement Theories. (2) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Study of motor coordination patterns as related to expressive movement features for dance performance. Personalized attention and use of video to increase students’s stylistic diversity. Development of movement efficiency for prevention of dance injuries. May be repeated twice. P/NP or letter grading.

160. Topics in Body Mechanics. (4) Lecture, three hours; studio, one hour. Designed for juniors/seniors. Variable topics course with discussion of injury prevention, anatomy for dancers, and study of biological and physical principles of human movement as related to dance. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

161. Movement Observation and Analysis. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Use of variable theoretical frameworks and techniques such as labananalysis to emphasize culturally defined processes of observing, analyzing, and describing human movement. P/NP or letter grading.

165. Foundations of Dance Education. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, three hours. Introduction to movement concepts, skills, and teaching principles for modern/postmodern dance instruction. Supervised teaching practicum included. P/NP or letter grading.

166. Dance as Culture in Education. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Theoretical and practical aspects of teaching ethnic dance, especially in higher education. P/NP or letter grading.

167. Creative Dance for Children. (4) Lecture, three hours; laboratory, one hour. Introduction to movement concepts, skills, and principles for teaching children’s dance; emphasis on dance as creative medium of expression. P/NP or letter grading.

CM168. Beyond Academia: Making Art in Real World. (4) (Same as World Arts and Cultures CM168.) Lecture, four hours; outside study, eight hours. Designed for juniors/seniors. Focus on understanding bureaucratic structures and regional histories conditioning creation of art in real world, including such practical issues as publicity and grant-writing. Concurrently scheduled with course CM268. P/NP or letter grading.

169. Repertory Tour Ensemble. (2 or 4) Lecture, two hours; studio, four to six hours. Designed for World Arts and Cultures majors. Creation and presentation of performances in community, with special emphasis on problems of touring companies with variable repertoire. May be repeated once. P/NP or letter grading.

170. Advanced Production. (1 to 2) Laboratory, three hours; outside study, up to three hours. Requisite: course 70. Further development and application of practical perspectives on producing events in department, including but not limited to theatrical support and planning and executing lecture series. Provides students with advanced practical knowledge necessary, as well as opportunity to study nature of this component in world arts and cultures/dance studies. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP grading.

C171. Dance Production: Variable Topics. (4) Lecture, four hours; laboratory, two hours. Foundational experience in range of dance production practices, including but not limited to lighting design, set design, costume design, and stage management. Practical training in area covered, combined with theoretical inquiry into practice and opportunities for students to reflect on their own work and that of others. Completion of production project required. May be repeated for maximum of 12 units. Concurrently scheduled with course C271. P/NP or letter grading.

174A. Projects in Dance. (2) Laboratory, four hours. Individualized major projects in choreography, performance, cultural studies, production, and media. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

174B. Projects in Dance. (4) Laboratory, six hours. Individualized major projects in choreography, performance, cultural studies, production, and media. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

182. Dance and Visual Media. (4) Lecture, four hours. Examination of aesthetic differences between dance, film, and video and exploration of new aesthetic when they are combined. Analysis of record and documentary dance film, choreo-cinema, and impact of MTV, as well as integration of media with performance. Letter grading.

C180. Dance for Camera. (4) Lecture, two hours; laboratory, two hours. Introduction to making dance for camera. Students acquire and apply basic video production skills for creation of movement-based projects. With rudimentary tools — to film, frame, set up shots, storyboard, design shot lists, and set-up lists, log and capture, edit, and export footage — students create their own dance for camera video projects. Students gain deeper understanding of conceptualization, practice, theory, history, and current state of dance for camera. Concurrently scheduled with course C280. Letter grading.

C184. Production Arts Seminar. (4) Seminar, four hours. Theory and practice of production administration, including hands-on case studies for producing public events in arts and academia. Topics include, but are not limited to, history and theories of producing, mission statements, budgeting, marketing, public relations, fund-raising, legalities, and archiving. Concurrently scheduled with course C243. P/NP or letter grading.

186A-186B. Senior Projects in Dance. (5-5) Lecture, four hours; outside study, 11 hours. Course 186A is requisite to 186B. Limited to senior Dance majors. Application of concepts, skills, and content from interdisciplinary major to individual projects. Methodologies may include critical, comparative, ethnographic, and performance approaches. Lecture/seminar format with Dance faculty during first term; faculty-directed presentations of individual projects during second term. Letter grading.

189. Advanced Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to undergraduate lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.