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2019-2020 College Catalog

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DANC 150 Dance Improvisation

This course will provide students with guided exploration in the elements of dance for the creative development of personal movement repertoire, spontaneous group interaction, and choreographic and movement observation skills. It emphasizes the exploration of movement through spur-of-the-moment problem solving and creative risk-taking. This course is designed to evoke the student's creative individuality and sense of ensemble. It may also include weightsharing and contact improvisation.

Credits

3

Hours Weekly

3 hours weekly

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate abilities in leadership, following, and democratic group decision-making.
  2. Sense physically, sentiently, and personally the neuromuscular logic of the body and address the specific
    quirks, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences of one’s own body.
  3. Acknowledge and disregard one’s own preconceived notions of what dance/movement “should” be like
    according to a previous sense of intellectual logic or form.
  4. Develop the skill of following a movement/movement idea as it applies to direction, form, energy,
    dimension, texture, shape, tempo/rhythm focus, and/or feeling.
  5. Communicate motionally, without need for verbal cues, to another mover and/or group and sense the
    motion and intention of another mover and/or group.
  6. Develop the ability to maintain the improvisational process while performing in front of an audience.
  7. Exhibit the fortitude and stamina to follow through the process (obstacle/problem solving/goal) without
    backing away from the challenge.
  8. Become motionally inventive.
  9. Select and recall improvised movement for the purposes of creating choreography
  10. Explain and embody basic concepts of weight-sharing and contact improvisation.

Course Objectives

Demonstrate abilities in leadership, following, and democratic group decision-making.

Sense physically, sentiently, and personally the neuromuscular logic of the body and address the specific
quirks, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences of one’s own body.

Acknowledge and disregard one’s own preconceived notions of what dance/movement “should” be like
according to a previous sense of intellectual logic or form.

Develop the skill of following a movement/movement idea as it applies to direction, form, energy,
dimension, texture, shape, tempo/rhythm focus, and/or feeling.

Communicate motionally, without need for verbal cues, to another mover and/or group and sense the
motion and intention of another mover and/or group.

Develop the ability to maintain the improvisational process while performing in front of an audience.

Exhibit the fortitude and stamina to follow through the process (obstacle/problem solving/goal) without
backing away from the challenge.

Become motionally inventive.

Select and recall improvised movement for the purposes of creating choreography

Explain and embody basic concepts of weight-sharing and contact improvisation.