Spring 2015

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. This course fulfills the DIV I.c. and Comparative Civilizations requirements. Offered every two years.
1030:MWF   DENNY 317
THDA 112-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Shannon Cochran
Course Description:
Students may earn 2 P.E. Blocks.
 
THDA 122-01 Modern Dance I
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 128-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Bruce Thornton
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 203-01 Acting
Instructor: Kevin Hoffmann
Course Description:
An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance.
1500:TF   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 205-01 Directing
Instructor: Todd Wronski
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.
1130:MWF   MONTGM 100
THDA 210-01 The Luminous Stage: Lighting Design, Projection, and Theatre Electrics
Instructor: James Ryan
Course Description:
Explore the art of lighting and projection for live performance. Students will learn the fundamentals of learning to see light in the world around them, exploring the minds eye, painting with light, translating theater scripts and music into lighting sketches, creating storyboards, atmospheres and the transitions between them. Thru an exploration of the tools of the lighting Designer, we will discover how to sculpt and define space, time, and the human body through the creative use of controlled light. The use of light as story telling device and developing a personal point of view are also studied.
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 DIV I.c. distribution requirement and 2 PE blocks.
 
THDA 214-01 Special Topics in Dance: Community Engagement and Artistic Citizenship
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Special Topics in Dance: Community Engagement and Artistic Citizenship is a project-based learning course in which students will seek answers to questions such as: How do the arts affect social change? How do we define community? How can we engage with our community through the arts? Why does it matter? Through theoretical discussion and hands-on scholarship-in-practice, students will examine not only the societal role of the arts, but what we can do as artists to be active local and global citizens.
1330:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 222-01 Modern Dance II
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
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.
1500:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 224-01 Jazz Dance II
Instructor: Kristin Pontz
Course Description:
Students also earn 1 P.E. Block.
1500:M   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 300-01 Text and Movement
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
This course will explore the creative process through movement and language. The student will work individually and in groups to create performance pieces based upon principles of text and movement. The class aims to develop the expressive power of the voice and body while fostering interdisciplinary thinking and artistic experimentation and an appreciation for the historic intersection of dance and theater. Prerequisite: Acting and/or 200-level movement.
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 DIV I.c. distribution requirement and 2 PE blocks.
 
THDA 322-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
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.
1500:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 495-01 Senior Project
Instructor: Karen Kirkham, 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. Prerequisite: Senior major status.
  MONTGM 100