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Juliet Mcmains
DANCE 324
Seattle Campus

Partnering Techniques

Studio course in partnering techniques used in social dance and contemporary dance practices, or classical dance. Prerequisite: intermediate level technique.

Class description

This course will be a laboratory for experimentation in different dance partnering techniques. We will be drawing on techniques used in: ballroom, salsa, swing, adagio, dancesport Latin, ballet, and contact improvisation. Depending on the interests of those enrolled in the class, we may do an extended study in one or two of the forms listed. Since we do not have the time to learn any one of these dance forms in depth, we are going to be extracting particular partnering techniques from these forms and experimenting with how they can be applied to your own work as dancers and choreographers. I am interested in how you can take the particular techniques I introduce and adapt them to the dance styles and techniques you are already familiar with. We will discuss how each technique is used in the dance form from which we extract it and see if it is useful and appropriate in other contexts. My hope is that we will discover together new applications for each of these specific partnering techniques.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

This is a studio course with some choreographic assignments to be completed with a partner outside class time.

Recommended preparation

Generally, students should have an intermediate level of technique in some dance form, but students with little prior dance training are welcome to join if they are open-minded and willing to take risks.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will primarily be choreographic in nature. Short papers describing and evaluating your choreographic process will be required.

Grades will be based on several choreographic studies completed with a partner, class participation, and short papers. As a laboratory for experimentation, learning will be more important than virtuosic performance or choreography. Discussion will also be a crucial tool.


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 Juliet Mcmains
Date: 11/07/2006