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.
The course is an intermediate-level ballet class; at least two years previous ballet training required. Alternatively, students with extensive experience in another dance technique, the willingness to be in over one's head, and to put in a lot of extra effort may try the class. If unsure about the course's appropriateness, please contact the instructor. In the course, students are encouraged to develop their own expressive movement capabilities and to gain an appreciation of ballet and the field of dance. The class combines physical experience with discussion and exploration of anatomical principles, dance phrasing concepts, and history of ballet. Classroom work is complemented with viewing and discussion of dance performances.
Student learning goals
Gain a greater knowledge of ballet terminology and vocabulary
Expand their understanding and application of anatomically correct balletic alignment
Improve their coordination, strength, flexibility, and spatial awareness
Develop and refine their sense of personal artistry and musicality
Gain a greater understanding of balletís development, history, and relation to the world around it
General method of instruction
Most classes will be conducted as a ballet technique class. Brief in-class lectures and viewing of ballet videos will also be included to deepen the students' understanding of ballet's history and development.
At least two years previous ballet training required. Students with extensive experience in another dance technique, the willingness to be in over one's head, and to put in a lot of extra effort may try the class. Students are required to wear soft ballet slippers (canvas or leather) for the course. Please contact the instructor for additional information on where to purchase shoes and with any questions regarding prior dance training prerequisites.
Class assignments and grading
Grades will be based on: 1) in-class participation, 80%; 2) short informal writing assignments 10%; 3) live performance viewing and written response 10%.