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Fall Syllabus 2008
Fall Syllabus: Dance
September 2 – December 16
Class Goals

Over the course of the Fall term I will build a short piece that employs basic principals of dance technique and choreography – use of energy, dynamic, content, spatial orientation and line, movement vocabulary, how to use space and place as a partner.

Each class will include a set warm up, technical skill building and building of choreography for the November 6th showing.

Participation on a class blog will be required.

Sept 2 Introduction the elements of the set warm up – with emphasis on flexibility, fluid transition and dynamics. Introduction to project ideas and short improvisation exercise.

Sept 9 Turning a round
The next two classes will explore several ways of turning – spotting, spinning and promenade.

Sept 16 Turning a round
Warm up; Review and building choreography material

Sept 23 Falling down with style
This class will explore a few classic “dance” falls as established by such dance masters as Martha Graham and José Limon.

Sept 30 Guest Teacher

Oct 7 Guest Teacher

Oct 14 Falling down with style
Warm up, review and building choreography material

Oct 21 Basic Partnering
The next two classes will explore some techniques that will help create successful partnering through easy lifts and counterbalances.

Oct 28 Basic Partnering
Warm up and building choreography material

Nov 4 Rehearsal
Warm up and choreography review in preparation of Nov 6 showing.

Nov 11 Jump!
Jumping can be used to create exciting and dynamic shifts in movement phrasing. It can also be used to express emotions as well as a way to navigate space, in other words get somewhere.

Nov 18 Jump!
Warm up, review and building choreography material

– week off for Thanksgiving –

Dec 2 Rehearsal for December 18 performance

Dec 9 Rehearsal for December 18 performance

Dec 16 Rehearsal for December 18 performance


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