Dance Major (M.F.A) - Graduate - 2015 University Catalog




DANCE

Complete 60 semester hours including the following 6 requirement(s):

  1. ARTISTIC PRACTICES

    1. Complete two times for a total of 6 semester hours

      DNCE 500 Special Topics: Contemporary Dance Practices (3 hours studio) 3
    2. Complete 3 courses:

      DNCE 501 Improvisation (3 hours studio) 3
      DNCE 502 Creative Practices I (3 hours lab) 3
      DNCE 503 Creative Practices II (3 hours seminar) 3
  2. THEORY AND RESEARCH

    Complete 4 courses:

    DNCE 510 Performance Perspectives (3 hours seminar) 3
    DNCE 511 Research, Writing, and Publication (3 hours seminar) 3
    DNCE 512 Dance and the Arts in the 20th Century (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 513 Danceaturgy: The Performer as Spectator (3 hours seminar) 3
  3. TECHNOLOGY

    Complete 2 courses:

    DNCE 520 Dance Technology (3 hours seminar) 3
    DNCE 521 Application of Digital Media (3 hours seminar) 3
  4. PEDAGOGY

    Complete 4 courses:

    DNCE 530 Survey of Pedagogical Perspectives (3 hours seminar) 3
    DNCE 531 Laban Movement Analysis and its Applications (3 hours studio, 1 hour seminar) 3
    DNCE 532 Business of Academia (3 hours lecture) 3
    DNCE 533 Functional Anatomy (3 hours lecture) 3
  5. THESIS

    1. Complete .

      DNCE 540 Thesis Project 6
    2. Submit the completed Thesis original and one copy to the Graduate Office. See Thesis Guidelines for details.

  6. GENERAL ELECTIVES

    Complete three times for 9 semester hours.

    DNCE 509 Special Projects 3

Course Descriptions:

DNCE500: Special Topics: Contemporary Dance Practices (3 hours studio)

This technique course presents students with approaches in the modern and postmodern dance vernacular, developing in-depth understanding of contemporary dance techniques and practices. Offered each summer by alternating instructors, this class is led by innovative dance artists in the field of contemporary movement. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. 3 sh.

DNCE501: Improvisation (3 hours studio)

In this class, students will engage with various approaches to improvisatory movement to further artistic practice, develop kinesthetic sensitivity and spontaneity, and both deepen and broaden personal movement capabilities with an eye towards teaching improvisation skills. 3 sh.

DNCE502: Creative Practices I (3 hours lab)

In this workshop, led by a renowned choreographer, students will create and present works-in-progress, dialogue about current creative practice challenges and strategies, and reflect upon the relevance of art to the world of ideas through assigned readings and viewings. Critical reflection and provocative conversations will enable students to better understand themselves as active players in the cultural landscape, capable of challenging social norms and dominant attitudes. 3 sh.

DNCE503: Creative Practices II (3 hours seminar)

Building on the foundations of Creative Practices I, Creative Practices II is designed to facilitate the student's ability to develop a substantial choreographic work, culminating in a public performance (site-specific, studio showing, theater, shared program). 3 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 502.

DNCE509: Special Projects

Students will have the opportunity to add or deepen specific areas of expertise by the selection of courses of study unique to their own interests. Examples include: Butoh, Laban Movement Analysis, Technology in Dance, and Dance Science. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. 3 sh.

DNCE510: Performance Perspectives (3 hours seminar)

In this online course, students will observe dance performances in person and through digital and online platforms to discern new trends, philosophies, and directions in the dance field. Reflection on the student's personal performance perspective with respect to what they are seeing in the field will be encouraged and fostered in online discussion groups facilitated by a faculty member. Students will also read and evaluate dance criticism related to the performances they are viewing. 3 sh.

DNCE511: Research, Writing, and Publication (3 hours seminar)

This online course will engage students in the process of research and the creation of a written body of work. Through various writing assignments (for example reviews, narratives, grants, and research-based essays) as well as revisions of that work, students will gain experience and confidence in presenting their knowledge in written form. 3 sh.

DNCE512: Dance and the Arts in the 20th Century (3 hours lecture)

Embracing dramatic similarities, surprising disjunctions, and formal innovations in poetry, music, painting and sculpture, this course will be an immersive experience through the trajectory of dance within the context of the literary, visual and performing arts, spanning from pre-World War I early Modernism to the turn of the new millennium. 3 sh.

DNCE513: Danceaturgy: The Performer as Spectator (3 hours seminar)

In this workshop/seminar course, students will bear witness to self and others as well as self with others, finding the words to objectify the processes informing her/his singular performance, as well as describing those sharing the stage. Guided out-of-body prompts in intentional over-thinking will result in short- and long-form writing, in class and outside. These pieces, critiqued around the table, will ensure that students emerge from the course with refreshed spirits of kinaesthetic insight and empathy. 3 sh.

DNCE520: Dance Technology (3 hours seminar)

Through this course, students will gain a broad understanding of the use of visual and audio technology in live performance, dance film, and digital media. This course will develop students' practical skills in technology through hands-on creative experiments, as well as provide an overview of historical and current uses of technology in the field. 3 sh.

DNCE521: Application of Digital Media (3 hours seminar)

In this online course, students will expand on skills developed in DNCE 520 to apply their technological knowledge to the production of a creative work that utilizes digital media to further artistic aims. 3 sh.

Prerequisites: DNCE 520.

DNCE530: Survey of Pedagogical Perspectives (3 hours seminar)

This online course will provide students with experiential activities leading to greater knowledge of the art of teaching dance. Students will observe master teachers, and then through online discussion groups and written analysis, compare teaching strategies and the content of classes with a goal towards developing and strengthening their own teaching. 3 sh.

DNCE531: Laban Movement Analysis and its Applications (3 hours studio, 1 hour seminar)

In this course, students will learn the rudiments of Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) and strategies to apply it to the teaching of dance technique, improvisation, and choreography. Widely used and respected as an aid to teaching dance technique, improvisation and choreography, LMA is a method and language for describing, visualizing, interpreting and documenting all varieties of human movement. Created by Rudolph Von Laban, it enables the observer/ teacher/practitioner to analyze every movement with regard to Body, Effort, Space, and Shape. 3 sh.

DNCE532: Business of Academia (3 hours lecture)

This course offers a preparatory tool kit for working in education that covers the spectrum from getting the job to succeeding and advancing, including: job search and application; interview skills; syllabi and course preparation; curriculum and program development; advising; expectations beyond the classroom; remaining current while teaching; collegiality; and the host of details that attend the teaching professional of today. 3 sh.

DNCE533: Functional Anatomy (3 hours lecture)

This online course will provide students with core knowledge of bones, joints, and muscles; body orientation terminology; biomechanics; and an anatomical basis for lifelong learning within the discipline. This course will include information on teaching from an anatomically safe viewpoint, emphasizing injury risk evaluation, exercise/combination selection, and skill progression that supports execution of the desired aesthetic while minimizing injury risk. 3 sh.

DNCE540: Thesis Project

In this capstone course, students will create a significant work that can manifest in the format most in keeping with the background, goals, and future objectives of the student. Examples of acceptable formats are: choreographic work with supporting documentation, dance on film, or written thesis. 6 sh.