Movement Practice: Beginning/Intermediate Dance Technique (DAN2002.01)

Levi Gonzalez

This movement practice course will utilize exercises culled from various somatic practices as an entryway into exploring sensation and cultivating attention towards the vast amount of information already present in our bodies. These awarenesses will then be put to use by some sweet dance moves, repetitive technical exercises, improvisational prompts, set choreographic material and performance constructs. We will watch, listen and learn from one another and challenge ourselves by taking ourselves seriously, taking the work seriously (though not without a sense of humor), and embracing failure and vulnerability as part of the process of dancing. We will incorporate moving from different body systems (nerves, glands, bones, organs), vocalization as a movement practice, and practicing abandon and precision simultaneously, with the hopes of expanding our notion of dance “technique”. We will welcome and learn from people with various aesthetic backgrounds, abilities, ages and levels of experience. Our primary focus is on the potential of movement as an art form, a means of non-verbal communication and an expression of utopic desire.

Learning Outcomes:
Students will:
• explore various physical practices to gain a better understanding of their individual body’s movement potential.
• cultivate the ability to pay attention to their internal sensory experience.
• explore their own artistic/expressive interests and self-directed learning processes in relation to dancing.
• build strength, stamina, and familiarity with technical exercises from a US postmodern dance tradition.

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
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , Dance , Fully In-Person
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