Spring 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 112-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Shannon Cochran
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. 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 Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
 
THDA 128-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Bruce Thornton
Course Description:
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 203-01 Acting
Instructor: Michael Miller
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:TF   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.
1030:TR   MONTGM 100
THDA 210-01 New Approaches to Performance Design
Instructor: Kent Barrett
Course Description:
This studio course will explore the intersection of digital media technology with that of physical environments and their relationship to the live performer through the creation of manipulated space. Students will learn to sculpt space through the study and implementation of various technologies including 3D virtual environments, digital imaging and compositing as well as physical construction and molding of tangible materials. Students will experiment with a wide range of approaches, tools, and skills to develop their own creative vision. Focuses on discrete forms that include live performance, installation, and developments in applied technologies. Studio projects alternate between conceptual studies and realized designs reflective of students' own unique interests and talents. Equipment and software will be provided.
0900:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 212-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Shannon Cochran
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 Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement.
 
THDA 214-01 Special Topics Dance & the Body: Anatomy in Motion
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Anatomy in Motion is a studio/lab course designed to give students a basic understanding of human anatomy as it applies to dance and the body in motion. Through reading, written reflections, movement explorations in a variety of somatic modalities, and hands-on activities designed to address multiple modes of learning, students will gain a deeper awareness of the mind/body connection, increase efficiency and dynamic range in their movement, and understand the profound link between our own physical structure and our surrounding environment.
1030:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 222-01 Modern Dance II
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
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.
1330:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 224-01 Jazz Dance II
Instructor: Kristin Pontz
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block. Studio courses in jazz 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 focus on the movement vocabulary and dynamics of jazz dance. Elements of rhythm, body isolations, and various styles of jazz technique will be emphasized. Each course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Each carries .5 academic credit and 1 PE block.
1500:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 302-01 Modern Chinese Performance Culture
Instructor: Nan Ma
Course Description:
Cross-listed with EASN 205-03. This course examines twentieth and twenty-first century Chinese culture through the lens of performance. It uses significant works as case studies to examine a range of genres in modern Chinese performance history: global mass mediated performances, avant-garde theater, modern Chinese dance, music, and intercultural Chinese opera and film. Students will learn to examine these works critically and creatively from the historical and theoretical perspectives. They will become familiar with the performance culture in modern China, including major artists, organizations, works, ideas, and producing and viewing environment. They will also learn the analytical methods to think and write about performances.
1500:MR   STERN 12
THDA 302-02 Call and Response: Performance and Performativity in the Black World
Instructor: Patricia van Leeuwaarde Moonsammy
Course Description:
Cross-listed with AFST 310-01 and LALC 200-01.Performance in Africa and throughout the Black Diaspora assumes a deep level of interaction between the performer and the audience. In many societies and performance contexts, the boundary between performer and audience is difficult, if not impossible to define. Whereas some performance contexts are structured around a lead performer issuing a call to which the wider audience responds, other spheres of social activity enable more egalitarian, communal, multi-directional connections between participants. In this course, students will learn the history of the development of the field of performance studies, and explore a range of theories that interrogate the idea of performance and performativity as modes of expressive culture and communication. Using case studies from Africa and the African Diaspora, students will investigate how performance theory has been applied in a range of scholarly and popular genres. In addition to exploring a wide range of call and response performance interactions as expressions of social, political, religious, and emotional engagements and commentaries, this course also seeks to understand the concept of blackness in various temporal and spatial settings, and as a framework for understanding political and cultural connections between groups of people separated by wide expanses of land and sea. A central aim of this course is to challenge the idea that blackness exclusively means Africanness, and rather, to explore the nuances of what blackness signifies.
1230:MWF   ALTHSE 110
THDA 303-01 Advanced Acting
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description:
An in-depth examination of the process of acting. Technical, interpretive, and psychological aspects are explored through reading, exercises, and scene performances. Major theories of acting are presented and discussed in the context of developing a workable, individualized approach to acting. Prerequisite: 203.
1500:MR   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 304-01 Applied Choreography
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
This course will focus on the principles of choreography as they may be applied to the development of original dance works for inclusion in the fully produced, mainstage Dance Theatre Group Spring Concert. Through weekly workshop/discussion sessions, readings, and rehearsals, selected elements of dance composition as well as issues of aesthetic perception and articulation are explored. The processes involved in generating movement material, running constructive and creative rehearsals, and working with lighting and costume designers, are our primary concerns. The course work will include an audition showings, production of the dances, and the final performance. Prerequisites: 200, 204, 220. 1 credit.
1645:W   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 312-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Shannon Cochran
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 Arts (Division I C) distribution requirement
 
THDA 313-01 Theatre History Seminar
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description:
An intensive investigation of theatre in its various historical contexts within a seminar structure. Selected eras of Western Theatre are examined in depth, as are various non-western theatrical traditions. Prerequisites: 101 or permission of instructor.
1130:MWF   MONTGM 100
THDA 316-01 Dance History Seminar: Modernism and the Body
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGST 300-05. This course will focus on contemporary dance history using theoretical frameworks that interrogate how race, class and gender resist, assimilate, and converge to create the construction of American modern concert dance. We will explore how the politics of the dancing female body on the concert stage produced a radicalized agenda for contemporary dance. We will address key themes and questions throughout the semester, questions such as: What makes a body "modern?" How does the feminist agenda on the concert stage aid in the construction of a "modern" body? What was the role of appropriating from exotic cultures in the making of contemporary concert dance? What is the role of technology in the creation of modern dance? What are the effects of war and politics on the dancing body? Orientalism, the Africanist presence in Western concert dance, and the restaging of Native American dances by American choreographers will be addressed as part of the overall construction of American modern dance. Through response papers, in-class presentations, and an in-depth research paper, students will engage with significant issues contributing to the development of modern concert dance. Prerequisite: 200. This course is cross-listed as WGST 300.
1330:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 322-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required 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 495-01 Senior Project
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Todd Wronski
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: Senior major status.
  MONTGM 100
THDA 500-01 Studies in Irish Dramatic Literature: Texts and Contexts
Instructor: Todd Wronski
Course Description: