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Karena Birk
B CUSP 197
Bothell Campus

Studio Arts: Dance, Theater, Music, and InterArts Performance

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.

Class description

BCUSP 197 Studio Arts: Dance is a beginning dance course. It provides the opportunity for students to understand dance as a physical practice, creative art, and academic discipline. Class sessions will include learning beginning modern dance and ballet technique, and creating short choreographic compositions. Additionally, students will learn about the structural elements of dance, choreographic tools, and the art formís history.

Student learning goals

Improved strength, flexibility, and agility

Greater understanding of the art form of dance

Development of a personal artistic perspective

Knowledge of basic ballet and modern dance terminology

Improved observational and descriptive ability in discussing dance

General method of instruction

Most sessions will be conducted as dance technique classes. Some classes will include movement improvisations or time for students to compose movement studies, in which students will use the material learned and their own imagination to explore their own ways of moving. Classes may also include discussions periods about dance-related topics such as anatomy, history, aesthetics, or viewings of dance on video.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading


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 Karena Birk
Date: 10/10/2012