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Deborah Helen Birrane
BISIA 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 creators, or educators. Recommended: B CUSP 197 or prior experience.

Class description

This course builds upon the Fall 100 level Studio Arts by re-examining the basics of modern dance technique. It also builds upon the Fall 200 Dance Technique by further exploring how to intertwine the Bartenieff Fundamentals with more intricate movement combinations, floor work, sequences and technique. Within the above frame-work, our focus this Quarter will be how to richly layer our movement experience by exploring and understanding how and where we move in Space.

Student learning goals

Students will have a broader understanding of their own movement potentials from both a technical and a creative perspective by further developing their body as an expressive tool for communication.

Students will be able to place themselves in exploratory situations with ease and confidence and have the ability to move forward and problem solve with an open mind.

Students will continue to discover the cross boundaries of dance - how concepts and experiences gained in class exist in the world outside of the studio.

Students will become more articulate both in the non-verbal and verbal communications of dance.

Students will continue 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!

Students will be able to move from this class into many new experiences and be able to explore new challenges and outlooks with breath and groundedness.

General method of instruction

100% Participatory! We all learn by hearing, seeing and doing. The "doing" sets everything in motion and works to solidify the mind/body connection. It is a hands-on, open-mind process in constant dialogue with your professor. There is no note-taking; no homework; yet in the class it is all about moving and being present!

Recommended preparation

It is always helpful to the student to have had the 100 level dance technique class in order to keep the pace of the class moving forward. However, all are welcome and will be guided along appropriately!

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 you put forth.


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: 10/07/2010