Deborah Helen Birrane
B CUSP 197
Develops skills in a variety of studio arts in order to enhance student ability as a performer, arts creator, educator, or in applied areas of creativity. Offered: AWSp.
Studio Arts - This course is an introduction to modern dance based on the Bill Evans Technique (not the musician but the dancer). You will discover how the body moves both with a technical facility and, also, how movement supports your every moment in your life. You will experience your movement and living potentials creatively through structured improvisation, dance combinations and thoughtful moments of discussions with classmates.
Student learning goals
To develop the body as a "tool for dance" and for life, (gaining skills in flexibility, coordination, strength, balance, alignment, stamina).
To explore a wide range of movement concepts of dance: space, force, flow, time and weight. To build upon this vocabulary, be able to demonstrate it and explain it to peers.
To creatively problem solve. Students will work together and individually to re-create/re-structure compositions learned in class.
To build a movement memory, (the ability to remember movements and sequences and perform them with ease and confidence). This is truly a benefit for life long living!
To develop a clearer understanding of what modern dance is - to create meaning and discover meaning for you.
To gain self-esteem, enjoy dance as a lifelong activity, and appreciate the art form.
General method of instruction
Dance class provides for students to learn in a variety of learning styles: Seeing, Hearing, Touching, Sensing, Feeling. Students are constantly observing - working with their perceptions and transferring that information to their bodies. Verbal cues are abundant in class - technical guidance for learning the foundation of movement and descriptive, creative language for layering the movement with more intention. The sense of touch allows for students to receive proprioceptive feedback for movement sequences that are very new to their way of thinking. Overall method: SEE, HEAR AND DO!
This is a beginning course, come as you are - no experience necessary. All levels, however, are welcomed. Even if you have some experience, a lot of this information may be new or presented differently so, come join us and experience dance, again, in a new way!
Class assignments and grading
Lots of fun, engaging combinations which over time you will physically and mentally be able to recall and thus, re-create in different patterns and "perform". A written introductory letter and later a reflection paper will be asked of you. Viewing a live modern dance concert is a highlight assignment - witness the craft of dance live and write a reflection paper on it! And, finally, the final "exam" - a group work based on studies being developed in class.
Grades are based on your participation and your attitude. Not only is showing up for class crucial and important, so is your openness to the work, your attitude toward self and others, and the energy input you exude.