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Deborah Helen Birrane
BIS 213
Bothell Campus

Art Techniques

Develops intermediate skills and applications in one or more studio arts in order to enhance students' abilities as performers, arts

Class description

This class will focus on the development of modern dance technique based on the Bill Evans Technique. We will move from the basics to more complex movements such as swings, spirals, pelvic over and under curves as these motions emphasize the 3-dimensional and sculptual aspects of the human body and experience how they move within the Cube (spatial dimentions). And thus, we will also experience how body shaping is effected by moving in and through 2 and 3-dimensions of space. THIS CLASS WILL MEET FROM 3:30 - 5:20.

Student learning goals

Students will gain an understanding of the use of breath and imagery and how it can support alignment as well as larger movements.

Students will develop a greater sense of coordination and flow within the movement techniqe and how this facilitates greater movement sequences and combinations.

Students will develop a stronger movement memory that is both emobdied and intellectualized. Embodiment being the body recall wherein the body moves knowingly.

Students will experience Laban and Bartenieff Fundamentals on a deeper, more complex level and will continue to discover how these Basics support all movement.

By the end of the course, students will have a foundation for manipulating movement and playing with vocabulary in large movement sequences.

Ultimately, students will discover a deeper joy and appreciation for the art form and continue to seeks ways in which to move purposefully and fully throughout their lives!

General method of instruction

Class will be taught in a stylized modern dance technique format. For example, floor work, center technique, across the floor travel combinations and a choreographed combination. As dance is visual and auditory,the goal is to have the students move from watching and "copying" the teacher to moving through combinations body knowingly and with verbal cues from the teacher. This allows for more hands-on feedback from the teacher to meet the needs of all students. In addition, movement explorations will be a part of this class to both clear the mind from over-thinking and, simultaneously, to enrich on a a personal level the concepts we are discussing.

Recommended preparation

This class is being offered at an intermediate level. All levels, however, are welcomed. Dance is a process, a life-long process; therefore, come with an open mind to investing in the process of learning the art form.

Class assignments and grading

Attending and actively participating in class is a must and will reflect a large portion of your grade. Mid-term is based on an in-class activity with a brief written component. You will need to attend a live modern dance concert and write a reflection paper on such. A final movement project based on class material will be given.

First and foremost is attendance, attitude in class, full participation in class and level of openness and respect to others in class. In addition, to be included in the grade will be a written assignment, vocabulary exam and final movement project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Deborah Helen Birrane
Date: 07/21/2009