Movement Practice: Beginning Dance Technique (DAN2121.02)

Mina Nishimura

This beginning dance course requires no previous dance training.
Students are introduced to some basic principles of dancing by learning various movement patterns and simple choreographed phrases. The class also introduces the use of breath, somatic, improvisational and compositional practices, which reflect some principles of Zen and Japanese somatic practices such as butoh and Water Body Movement (or Noguchi Taiso). In addition, we will use writing and drawing practices. Attention will be given to cultivating and sharpening each student’s awareness of time, space and energy, in order to understand and maximize the individual’s unique physical impulses and expressions. At the same time, we will nourish a body-centered thinking process and creativity.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T/F 10:20AM-12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every Term

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