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      LDAN 2024 A   Introduction to Modern Dance Practices  (CRN:2897) 1 CR Carvalho, Joao
      MW - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • This course introduces students to basic practices and principles of modern dance. Students explore concepts of alignment and work to develop strength, flexibility, coordination, and articulation. The class begins with exercises that warm up the torso, stretch the legs, and prepare the body for standing work. The standing work emphasizes coordination of full body movement with the use of breath. The class progresses across the floor using traveling phrases to build movement vocabulary. Open to all students.
    •   LDAN 2040 A   Introduction to Dance History  (CRN:7180) 4 CR Goldman, Danielle
        F - 1:50 pm to 4:30 pm
    • This course introduces students to issues and methods in the field of dance history. Reckoning with the embodied and ephemeral nature of dance, students consider varied ways in which dancing tends to elude official history. With an emphasis on 20th century U.S. concert dance, course material includes theoretical and historical texts, recordings of performance, ethnographic accounts, and oral histories. Exploring a choreographic event of their choosing, students conduct research at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive archives devoted to the documentation of dance. The course is open to students across the arts and humanities.
      •   LDAN 2050 A   Choreographic Research Introduction  (CRN:2948) *BEST BET* 2 CR Greenberg, Neil
          F - 12:00 pm to 1:40 pm
      • This is a studio practice course, at the introductory level, that approaches choreography as a practice of research and discovery. The course surveys varied strategies and models for dance making, with the goal of assisting each student to formulate her or his own questions, ideas and methods. Students will learn a basic research methodology for the creation of choreographic works, developing palettes of material through directed improvisation and other means, and experimenting with strategies of organization to give that material shape and potency. Issues of craft will be explored as methods to keep an audience watching and engaged. Students will work both collaboratively and as choreographers authoring their own works, and will learn methods to describe, analyze and critique each other's choreographic research. Required reading and additional research assignments will support the students' studio practice. Open to all students, though priority is given to dance concentrators due to limited space.
        •   LDAN 2102 A   Trio of Contemporary Dance Practices  (CRN:6310) *BEST BET* 2 CR Mapp, Juliette
          Garcia, Ana
            MWF - 10:00 am to 11:30 am
        • This dance practice course offers students an opportunity to study a constellation of contemporary movement practices with three extraordinary dance artists: Lacina Coulibaly, Rokafella, and Juliette Mapp. Each instructor will teach for a six-week block, with one overlapping week with another instructor. Drawing from their particular experience and performance histories, the instructors will present a range of practices including hip hop, somatic studies, improvisation, and West African and African diasporic practices that emphasize syncopation and polyrhythm. The class explores the term "contemporary" within dance contexts, and considers various understandings of the body, virtuosity, and reasons for dancing. Space is limited and priority is given to dance majors.
          •   LDAN 2300 A   Introduction to Ballet Practices  (CRN:3402) *BEST BET* 1 CR Carpenter, Mary
              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 2400 A   Performance Workshop  (CRN:2719) *BEST BET* 1 CR Stenn, Rebecca
                TR - 3:50 pm to 5:20 pm
            • This course develops performance skills for dance students through rehearsals and performances of a new dance work created for them by a professional choreographer. Students are exposed to a process of choreographic research, from the preliminary stages through performance. The repertory work is presented at the end of the semester in the Lang Dance Performance. Previous dance training and permission of the instructor are required. Students who register for Repertory Workshop must be enrolled in a movement practice course (e.g. Contemporary Dance Practices).
              •   LDAN 2500 A   Ballet Practices  (CRN:4121) *BEST BET* 1 CR Pyle, Katharine
                  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 Intro to Ballet Practices 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 3150 A   Contemporary Dance Practices, Continued  (CRN:3834) 1 CR Kotze, Joanna
                    TR - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
                • 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.
                  •   LDAN 3300 A   Ballet Practices, Continued  (CRN:2040) *BEST BET* 1 CR Roth, Janet
                      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 3305 A   Hip Hop Dance Practices Continued  (CRN:7295) *BEST BET* 1 CR Garcia, Ana
                        MW - 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
                    • Designed for students with prior Hip Hop dance experience, this studio practice course deepens students' understanding of classic styles such as Popping, Breaking, Locking, Uprocking, and Uptown-New Jack Swing. By studying street dance history, while also incorporating today's trends, students begin to craft their own unique personal flavor. An exploration of what it means to freestyle, deconstruct basics, and battle (compete) helps students to understand the "call and response" aspects of performance, while generating respect for fundamentals that pre-date the current urban/global Hip Hop phenomenon. The course includes in-class battles and performances, as well as DVD and internet assignments that will be discussed in class to help dispel media myths surrounding Hip Hop. Prerequisite: a previous semester of Hip Hop Dance Practices or by permission of instructor. Space is limited and priority is given to dance concentrators.
                      •   LDAN 3325 A   Choreographic Research, Continued  (CRN:4403) *BEST BET* 1 TO 2 Moss, Richard Dean
                          TR - 1:50 pm to 3:20 pm
                      • This is a studio practice course that approaches choreography as a practice of research and discovery. The course will utilize choreographic and verbal discourse to reflect on each participant's assumptions about choreography, as well as the assumptions of its traditions, with the goal of assisting each student to formulate her or his own questions, ideas and methods. Students will practice a basic research methodology for the creation of movement studies, resulting in the creation of a completed group dance at the conclusion of the course Students will work both collaboratively and as choreographers authoring their own works, and will learn methods to describe, analyze and critique each other's choreographic research. Required reading and additional research assignments will support the students' studio practice. 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 as conceived and employed by contemporary practitioners. Course is repeatable with different instructors. Prerequisite: Intro to Choreographic Research.
                        •   LDAN 3510 A   Performance A  (CRN:4402) *BEST BET* 1 CR Achugar, Luciana
                            MW - 3:50 pm to 5:20 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.
                          •   LDAN 3700 A   Guest Artist Residency: Susan Rethorst  (CRN:3355) *BEST BET* 0 TO 1 Goldman, Danielle
                              TR - 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
                          • Each spring, Lang College invites a prominent guest artist to either restage an existing work or to create a new work with Lang students. Participants in the class engage in an intensive rehearsal process that culminates in a public performance. Residencies often include study of the guest artist's history and influences, including the social, political, and aesthetic contexts that have affected the artist's life and work. Audition required.