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Jurg Koch
DANCE 206
Seattle Campus

Modern Dance Technique II

Advanced-beginning level technique. Continued development of all beginning areas and expansion of movement vocabulary. Prerequisite: either DANCE 204 or DANCE 205.

Class description

Dance class is a learning environment where we expose ourselves to set, experiential and improvised material by a.) respecting and expanding our own facilities and abilities and b.) incorporating training and educational aims, skills and knowledge, technique and expression. While sharing phrase material we are challenged to work on our own learning and training goals.

Course Overview Modern II is an intermediate level course building on your existing training. I teach a non-codified contemporary dance class informed by Graham, Cunningham and Release based work.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The classes are structured progressively providing a balance between repetition, developing existing and introducing new phrases. I demonstrate phrases and give specific instructions and feedback. I also hold a midterm class meeting to give feedback and answer questions.

Recommended preparation

The first week of classes is used to place students in the appropriate level. Expect to be in one level for at least a year. It takes time and regular practice to understand, hone skills and truly improve your dancing. It helps to review phrases and think about comments that were given to you and others in the class as homework.

Class assignments and grading

This course is process orientated. The grades are determined with a continuous assessment. Each class is like a mini-quiz. Participation (30%) Understanding of class objectives and principles (50%) Developmental progress (20%)


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.
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Last Update by Jurg Koch
Date: 03/25/2007