Fall 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 111-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Ron Geary, 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. When taken for .5 academic credit, these courses do not fulfill a distribution requirement, but will carry 2 PE blocks. In order to qualify for 2 PE blocks, a student must take 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, these courses satisfy the DIV I.c. distribution requirement and 2 PE blocks.
 
THDA 121-01 Modern Dance I
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1500:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 125-01 International Dance
Instructor: Janet Peck
Course Description:
This course will introduce the movement vocabulary and performance techniques of dance form(s) from different cultures. In this studio-based course, students will develop their skills as performers of specific styles/forms of dance from around the world. The historical and cultural significance of the dance form(s) will also be addressed. Carries .5 academic credit and 1 PE block.
1800:M   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 127-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Bruce Thornton
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 200-01 Introduction to Dance and the Western Tradition
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, THDA STAFF
Course Description:
A studio based survey course that introduces the student to the socio-political contexts that gave rise to predominant movement genres in Western theatrical dance: ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, hip hop and modern dance. Themes such as the impact of the slave trade on dance forms, class divisions within popular and aesthetic dance, and the rise of individual expression in modern dance will be explored. Through interactive lectures, discussions, studio practice, viewings, and guest teachers, students will engage with the material on multiple levels with an emphasis on finding a historical approach to developing a creative voice.
1330:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 203-01 Acting
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance.
1500:MR   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 204-01 Fundamentals of Choreography and Dance Composition
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
A studio-based course designed to introduce the student to various tools to generate and create original dance compositions. Basic elements such as time, space, energy, dynamics, movement generation, and quality are explored in addition to multiple structuring devices. Using an interdisciplinary lens, this course offers a different approach to art making from related fields such as visual art,literature, and media in order to treat dance composition as a relevant response to the contemporary moment. Prerequisite: 200, or permission of the instructor. One studio course in dance is recommended.
1330:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 210-01 Costumes and Props
Instructor: Sherry Harper-McCombs
Course Description:
A course of study in dramatic production examining the collaborative relationship between designers and technicians in the major design and technical fields supporting theatre and dance production. Students will learn the work and craft of the designer as a visual artist complemented by experience with the tools and technologies which bring the designers' concepts to the stage. Two topics will be selected each semester from the fields of costuming, lighting, sceneography, stage properties production, and sound production. Basic design skills in drawing, drafting, painting, rendering, and model making will be augmented with experience in the shops and with the tools, techniques, and equipment by which abstract design concepts are brought to dramatic life. Three hours of classroom and a two-hour laboratory per week. Offered every semester with rotating topics to be announced.
0900:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 221-01 Modern Dance II
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1030:TR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 305-01 Advanced Directing
Instructor: Todd Wronski
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 210.
1500:TF   MONTGM 100
THDA 321-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1030:TR   2527WH DANCE STU