Movement Practice: Jumping Squirrels (DAN2408.01)

Tal Shibi, MFA Teaching Fellow

How do animals learn movement? How does the human animal move? What can we practice to entice our instincts into motion? What is efficient movement? This class aims for conditioning the body to be fit and able to explore athletic possibilities that include jumping, skipping, hopping, trying inversions, finding smooth entry ways in and out of the floor, as well as increasing core strength and stamina for expanding the range of what we call dancing. We will practice these skills using a variety of methods and improvisational scores, blending and borrowing from the worlds of contact, sports, dance, martial arts, and our own imaginations. This class supports and encourages diversity, different points of view, approaches, and experience while supporting the students in finding their own unique movement voice and style.

Learning Outcomes:
Become familiar with inversions, skips, hops, safe landings.
Find ways to incorporate athletic movement into personal dancing.
Develop core strength, integrating the limbs with the center, strengthening feet and legs.
Experiment with moving from different energy states.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Corequisites: Dance or Drama Lab Assignment if students are registered for 4 or more credits in Dance.
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 2
T/F 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person
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