Fall 2017 Course Schedule


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      LDAN 2004 A   Introduction to Contemporary Dance Practices  (CRN:3707) *BEST BET* 1 CR Manago-Alexander, Merceditas
      MW - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
      MW - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • This course, open to all students, introduces basic practices and principles of contemporary dance practices. Classes begin with a slow warm-up focused on anatomical landmarks and alignment principles, but then progress to vigorous, rhythmic movement patterns. A primary focus is to help each student find a connection to the floor from which she or he can stretch and move out into space. The course, which utilizes movement practices that are being utilized by some of the field's most progressive choreographers, will give students experience learning choreographed sequences, while also fostering students' ability to self-direct as movers. Prerequisites: None.
    •   LDAN 2021 A   Lang at Judson Church  (CRN:4052) *BEST BET* 2 CR TBA Faculty   MW - 6:00 pm to 7:40 pm
        MW - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    • This course provides students the opportunity to delve into experimental dance and performance in downtown New York by attending regular weekly performances of Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church. These performances are a free, high visibility, low tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works in progress. Required reading and class discussion considers the history of the Judson Dance Theater in the context of post-modernism and avant-garde experimentalism in the early 1960's. A dance background is not a requisite for this class. Students will attend performances at Judson Church every Monday evening and participate in class discussion on Wednesday evenings. The church is located at 55 Washington Square South. *This LDAN course can be used to fulfill an Arts program LINA (InterArts) requirement.
      •   LDAN 2021 A   Lang at Judson Church  (CRN:4052) *BEST BET* 2 CR TBA Faculty   MW - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
          MW - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
      • This course provides students the opportunity to delve into experimental dance and performance in downtown New York by attending regular weekly performances of Movement Research at Judson Memorial Church. These performances are a free, high visibility, low tech forum for experimentation, emerging ideas, and works in progress. Required reading and class discussion considers the history of the Judson Dance Theater in the context of post-modernism and avant-garde experimentalism in the early 1960's. A dance background is not a requisite for this class. Students will attend performances at Judson Church every Monday evening and participate in class discussion on Wednesday evenings. The church is located at 55 Washington Square South. *This LDAN course can be used to fulfill an Arts program LINA (InterArts) requirement.
        •   LDAN 2100 A   Contemporary Dance Practices A  (CRN:4109) 1 OR 2 Boule, Michelle
            MWF - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
            MWF - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
        • This course continues the study of practices and principles of contemporary dance, as informed by the particular experience and performance history of each teacher. A primary focus is to help students find a connection to the floor from which they can stretch and move out into space. Attention is given to educating the body to move with specificity; to sharpening each student's rhythmic, spatial and energetic acuities; and to augmenting each student's range of qualitative possibilities. The course, which utilizes movement practices that are being utilized by some of the field's most progressive choreographers, will give students experience learning choreographed sequences, while also fostering students' ability to self-direct as movers. Prerequisite: a previous Moving with Somatics or Contemporary Dance Practices course, or permission of instructor or dance program director is required. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators. Note: This course is offered for variable credit: First year dance concentrators and others taking this course for the first time, and who do not meet the pre-requisite, should register for 2 credits/MWF classes; students who meet the pre-requisite should register for 1 credit/MW classes only.
          •   LDAN 2300 A   Introduction to Ballet Practices  (CRN:2346) 1 CR Carpenter, Mary
              TR - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
              TR - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
          • This studio practice course is designed for the student with little to no prior experience with ballet practices, or someone returning to ballet after a hiatus. The course introduces principles of movement, shape, and alignment as grounded in the perspectives of classical ballet practices. Students work at the ballet barre, as well as explore center work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grand allegro. Pre-requisites: None.
            •   LDAN 2305 A   Hip Hop Dance Practices  (CRN:4532) *BEST BET* 1 CR Garcia, Ana
                MW - 11:55 am to 1:25 pm
                MW - 11:55 am to 1:25 pm
            • This studio practice course introduces students to Hip Hop culture and dance, aiming to broaden students' understanding of Hip Hop beyond the commercialized representations prevalent in the media. Through the study of classic Hip Hop dance styles, students expand their awareness of connections among various dance forms, including Capoeira, Tap, Lindy Hop and Salsa movements. Students learn how Hip Hop dance styles developed within specific community contexts, and consider similarities and differences between previous trends and today's social exchanges in dance. Required readings, videos, and occasional performances explore historical and theoretical perspectives on Hip Hop, supporting an immersive studio practice. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators.
              •   LDAN 2500 A   Ballet Practices  (CRN:5546) 1 CR Pyle, Katharine
                  TR - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
                  TR - 8:00 am to 9:30 am
              • This studio practice course builds on principles of movement, shape, and alignment as grounded in the perspectives of classical ballet practices. Students work at the ballet barre, as well as explore center work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grand allegro. Prerequisite: a previous semester of Ballet Practices, Continued or Advanced Placement Audition. First year dance students are also expected to also enroll in Contemporary Dance Practices A. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators. Interested students outside of the Dance Program must contact the instructor for permission to enroll in the course.
                •   LDAN 2502 A   Experiential Anatomy  (CRN:5878) 4 CR Welsh, Sarah
                    TR - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                    TR - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                • How is it possible for humans to move in the multitude of ways that we do? This studio/seminar course asks the mover to consider and embody anatomical information as a springboard for dancing. Students explore how the body functions through actions and interactions of its structures, while utilizing a possibilities-in-the-field approach to study and embody some of the varied interpretations that can arise from the same set of anatomical facts. Class time will be divided between study of anatomy and kinesthetic information and concepts, and engaging with the material experientially through movement and touch. Required reading and additional research assignments will explore topics related to kinesthetic anatomy and somatic movement approaches. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators. Prerequisites: None.
                  •   LDAN 2920 A   IHD-Harlem Dance and Education  (CRN:2901) 4 CR Stenn, Rebecca
                      TR - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                      TR - 3:50 pm to 5:30 pm
                  • "This course offers Lang students the opportunity to mentor elementary school students through the ""I Have a Dream: Harlem"" afterschool program at P.S. 7, located at 160 East 120th St. In the Tuesday seminar sessions at Lang, students will be exposed to critical pedagogy and transformative arts education as they explore the field of dance in education. On Thursday afternoons Lang students work directly with third- and fourth-grade students in Harlem to develop a curriculum for their small dance groups. At the end of the semester Lang students will help facilitate a performance by their IHD-Harlem students for their families and community. Coursework also includes readings, weekly written assessment papers, a midterm research paper, and a final project where students are required to create a syllabus for future teaching endeavors."
                    •   LDAN 3010 A   Movement Research Performance  (CRN:6795) *BEST BET* 1 CR Hoffbauer, Patricia
                        MW - 3:50 pm to 5:20 pm
                        MW - 3:50 pm to 5:20 pm
                    • A partnership with Movement Research, a NYC-based organization that serves as a laboratory for experimentation in movement-based performance work, this course develops performance skills for advanced dancers through rehearsals and performances of a dance work choreographed by a current Movement Research Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.). The new work is performed at the end of the semester in the annual Spring Dance Performance. This course provides students the opportunity to engage with varied approaches to choreographic research and understandings of the body and performance, as conceived and employed by some of the field's most adventurous contemporary practitioners. Audition required.
                      •   LDAN 3150 A   Contemporary Dance Practices, Continued  (CRN:4533) 1 CR Love, Lori
                          TR - 11:55 am to 1:25 pm
                          TR - 11:55 am to 1:25 pm
                      • African Diasporic Practices - This course continues the study of practices and principles of contemporary dance, as informed by the particular experience and performance history of each teacher. This semester the course focuses on the Africanist presence in contemporary movement practices. The engine of the class is the syncopated and poly-rhythmic body. Afro-Beat, Blues, Butoh and Funk landscapes are harvested and become identifiers that contextualize the power and force of the urban gait, the grounded pulsations, the flick, 'wack' and head-bobbing gestures that underscore the notion of trans-global movement. Prerequisite: a previous Contemporary Dance Practices or Moving with Somatics course, or permission of instructor or dance program director is required. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators.
                        •   LDAN 3201 A   Watching Ballet/Watching Balanchine  (CRN:6871) 2 CR Kendall, Elizabeth
                            F - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
                            F - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
                        • Learn the language and methods of the Western proscenium art of classical ballet through this writing intensive course. Partnering with the George Balanchine Trust and New York City Ballet (NYCB), students will gain an understanding of the history, traditions, and systems of training involved in the form. In addition, the class will attend performances and engage directly with NYCB choreographers in seminar, developing a hands-on approach to thinking and writing about ballet, exploring how a great choreographer like Balanchine used the vocabulary of ballet to express timeless emotion as well as contemporary kinetics.
                          •   LDAN 3300 A   Ballet Practices, Continued  (CRN:2347) 1 CR Roth, Janet
                              TR - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
                              TR - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
                          • This studio practice course builds on principles of movement, shape, and alignment as grounded in the perspectives of classical ballet practices. Students work at the ballet barre, as well as explore center work that includes adagio, pirouettes, petite allegro and grand allegro. Prerequisite: a previous semester of Ballet Practices, Continued or Advanced Placement Audition. First year dance students are also expected to also enroll in Contemporary Dance Practices A. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators. Interested students outside of the Dance Program must contact the instructor for permission to enroll in the course.
                            •   LDAN 3330 A   Dance Making  (CRN:4176) *BEST BET* 2 CR TBA Faculty   F - 11:55 am to 1:35 pm
                                TR - 1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
                            • This course functions as a dance-making work group, approaching choreography as a practice of research and discovery. Students will develop original dance and performance projects throughout the semester, revising and showing them in class at least three times before a final presentation. Students can work both collaboratively and/or as choreographers authoring their own works, and will learn methods to describe, analyze and critique each other's choreographic projects. This course is repeatable. Prerequisite: Intro to Choreographic Research.
                              •   LDAN 3330 A   Dance Making  (CRN:4176) *BEST BET* 2 CR TBA Faculty   TR - 1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
                                  TR - 1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
                              • This course functions as a dance-making work group, approaching choreography as a practice of research and discovery. Students will develop original dance and performance projects throughout the semester, revising and showing them in class at least three times before a final presentation. Students can work both collaboratively and/or as choreographers authoring their own works, and will learn methods to describe, analyze and critique each other's choreographic projects. This course is repeatable. Prerequisite: Intro to Choreographic Research.
                                •   LDAN 3510 A   Performance A  (CRN:1962) 1 CR Spence, Stacy
                                    TR - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
                                    TR - 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
                                • This course develops performance skills for advanced dancers through rehearsals and performances of a dance work choreographed by a guest artist. Students perform the work at the end of the semester in the Lang Dance Performance. By design, this course is taught by a rotating group of artists currently practicing in the field, giving students the opportunity to engage with varied approaches to choreographic research and understandings of the body and of performance, as conceived and employed by some of the field's most adventurous contemporary practitioners. Audition required. Corequisite: Students must also be enrolled in a Lang Dance movement practice course.
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