Fall 2017

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 102-01 Introduction to Global Dance Studies
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
This is an introductory course that explores dance forms from six different regions: Africa, India, North America, Europe, South America and Asia. Focus will be on how dance functions within various social structures and how these functions operate to re-inscribe, contest or legitimate race, class, and gender identity formations. Issues such as authenticity, hybridity, cultural tourism and globalization will be examined. Through an interactive classroom, guest artists and studio work, we will gain a deeper kinesthetic understanding of how dance can operate as a powerful cultural tool, glue or agent for social change. Offered every two years.
1330:MR   WEISS 235
THDA 111-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students may earn 2 P.E. Blocks. Classes taught by CPYB faculty under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet CPYB. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Ms. Weary. Careful consideration to alignment, placement and proper execution of steps will be covered in depth. Dickinson students at all levels of experience are welcome but will be required to take the official placement class usually held during the first week of the semester. All classes are taught at the CPYB Warehouse and Barn studio during studio hours on or after 4:30 Monday through Friday and at 9am Saturday with other possible classes until 4pm. This course carries 2 PE blocks when a student takes three hours of ballet weekly throughout the semester. Classes also count for those students enrolled in the CPYB Certificate program. When taken for 1 full academic credit, or two .5 academic credits in the same genre, these courses satisfy the Arts distribution requirement.
 
THDA 121-01 Modern Dance I
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio courses in modern dance offered at three levels: I. the basic level, which assumes no previous dance experience; II. the intermediate level, open to students who demonstrate basic accomplishment in dance technique; III. the advanced level, open to students who demonstrate substantial technical skill. All courses will explore the principles of modern dance, emphasizing body awareness and the expressive use of weight, space, and time. Materials will be selected from a variety of contemporary dance and movement training practices such as Pilates, yoga, somatics and ballet to promote performance of a range of movement dynamics, as well as musicality, strength, flexibility, and improved body alignment. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit and 2 PE blocks.
1500:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 125-01 International Dance
Instructor: Janet Peck
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1800:M   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 127-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Frances Perez-Ball, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block Studio classes in contemporary ballet taught at the appropriate level by teachers from the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB). Instruction will combine core ballet basics with an open approach to mobility, momentum, and expression. Students will focus on maintaining proper alignment in the body while exploring a greater range of motion and momentum. All classes will be taught at the Dickinson dance studio 25 High Street. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 130-01 Introduction to Stage Technology
Instructor: Jason Nedrow, Sherry Harper-McCombs
Course Description:
An introduction to the backstage technology of the world of theatre and dance including the areas of costuming, lighting technology, and scenic construction. Students will learn basic construction techniques in hands on production work in the departments scenic and costume studios and will learn lighting technology while working on performances in Mathers Theatre and the Cubiculo. Two hours classroom and three hours lab per week.
1030:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 201-01 Theatre History
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description:
This course will offer a globally integrated option, wherein students may complete the term project of the course employing on-site research in London to be conducted during a ten day intensive visit to that city, which will include visits to many theatres, museums and performances. Visit the CGSE website form more information. The impulse to perform (and to be an audience) can be traced back to the very roots of human society. This course will explore the origins and evolution of theatre as a formal art within the context of western cultures. Beginning with the Theatre of Greece in the 5th Century BCE and proceeding up to the 20th Century, the broad relationship of art and culture will be illustrated through examination of both written plays and historical artifacts regarding play production in classical, medieval, early modern and modern eras. Students will learn through traditional classroom lectures and readings, and also through more performance-oriented exercises and explorations.
1030:MWF   MONTGM 100
THDA 203-01 Acting I
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description:
An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance. This course fulfills the Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
1500:MR   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 205-01 Directing
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
A study of the major techniques employed by stage directors. Visual theory, text analysis, collaborative techniques, and organizational strategies are examined and applied in class exercises including the direction of scenes. Prerequisite: 203.
 
THDA 211-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Classes taught by CPYB faculty under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet CPYB. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Ms. Weary. Careful consideration to alignment, placement and proper execution of steps will be covered in depth. Dickinson students at all levels of experience are welcome but will be required to take the official placement class usually held during the first week of the semester. All classes are taught at the CPYB Warehouse and Barn studio during studio hours on or after 4:30 Monday through Friday and at 9am Saturday with other possible classes until 4pm. This course carries 2 PE blocks when a student takes three hours of ballet weekly throughout the semester. Classes also count for those students enrolled in the CPYB Certificate program. When taken for 1 full academic credit, or two .5 academic credits in the same genre, these courses satisfy the Arts distribution requirement.
 
THDA 302-01 Modern Chinese Performance Culture
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 205-01. This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese culture through the lens of performance. The course uses significant works as case studies to examine a range of genres in modern Chinese performance culture: global mass mediated performance, traditional and avant-garde theater, modern Chinese dance, popular music, and intercultural Chinese opera, dance drama, and musical. Students will learn to examine these works as cultural texts embedded in local, national, and global histories. They will become familiar with the landscape of performance culture in China, including major artists, organizations, works, and ideas. In addition, students will learn important thematic and theoretical approaches in Chinese performance and media studies.
1330:MR   STERN 12
THDA 305-01 Advanced Directing
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
An inquiry into the process of translating a play from the printed text to the live stage. Detailed analytical techniques and major directorial theories are examined through readings, class discussion, and written assignments. Each student directs a one-act production under advisement of the instructor. Prerequisite: 205 and 230.
0900:TR   MONTGM 100
THDA 321-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor RequiredStudents also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio courses in modern dance offered at three levels: I. the basic level, which assumes no previous dance experience; II. the intermediate level, open to students who demonstrate basic accomplishment in dance technique; III. the advanced level, open to students who demonstrate substantial technical skill. All courses will explore the principles of modern dance, emphasizing body awareness and the expressive use of weight, space, and time. Materials will be selected from a variety of contemporary dance and movement training practices such as Pilates, yoga, somatics and ballet to promote performance of a range of movement dynamics, as well as musicality, strength, flexibility, and improved body alignment. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: Permission on the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit and 2 PE blocks.
0900:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 411-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Classes taught by CPYB faculty under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet CPYB. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Ms. Weary. Careful consideration to alignment, placement and proper execution of steps will be covered in depth. Dickinson students at all levels of experience are welcome but will be required to take the official placement class usually held during the first week of the semester. All classes are taught at the CPYB Warehouse and Barn studio during studio hours on or after 4:30 Monday through Friday and at 9am Saturday with other possible classes until 4pm. This course carries 2 PE blocks when a student takes three hours of ballet weekly throughout the semester. Classes also count for those students enrolled in the CPYB Certificate program. When taken for 1 full academic credit, or two .5 academic credits in the same genre, these courses satisfy the Arts distribution requirement.
 
THDA 495-01 Senior Project
Instructor: Karen Kirkham, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
A culminating experience for students completing the Theatre major with emphasis in Dramatic Literature, Acting/Directing, or Dance. The specific nature of projects will be determined on an individual basis, but all senior projects will consist of at least two of the following: a) scholarship, b) technical/production work, and c) performance. Students will register for .5 course credit in the fall semester, during which planning and research will be conducted, and .5 in the spring, during which presentation of the project will occur. Prerequisite: four .25 course credits in THDA 190.
  MONTGM 100
THDA 500-01 Combining Interests: Film & Theatre
Instructor: Kent Barrett
Course Description: