In this basic intermediate dance course, students are introduced to some fundamental principles of dancing by learning various movement patterns. The class also introduces the use of breath and somatic practices, which reflect some principles of Zen and Japanese somatic practices such as butoh and Water Body Movement (or Noguchi Taiso). 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 be disciplining the body to move rhythmically and precisely with clear intentions and awareness.
Co-requisite: Dance or Drama lab assignment if students sign up for 4 or more credits in dance.