Spring 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 112-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Students also 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 128-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Frances Perez-Ball, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.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 203-01 Acting I
Instructor: Michael Miller, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
An introduction to the principles and theories of acting combined with practical exercises and scene performance. This course fulfills the Arts distribution requirement.
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 215-01 The Thinking Body: Human Movement and Anatomy
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
This course employs an experiential approach to the science and expressive potential of human movement. It is meant to give students a foundation in anatomy and kinesiology basics. Simultaneously, significant time will be spent in explorations designed to deepen body-mind connections. We will focus on the act of embodiment - how does factual knowledge of the body help us move more efficiently and utilize healthy biomechanics? Through course readings, movement exercises, guest lectures, writing, partnered activities and self-directed independent studio time, we will connect how broad analytical frameworks of the human body apply to the personal and individual experience of movement.
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 230-01 Design Principles and Practices for the Stage
Instructor: Kent Barrett, Lauren Brennan
Course Description:
A study of the language, principles, elements, and tools designers use to both formulate and communicate ideas as part of the collaborative process. Students will learn the basic elements of composition for stage design and will see how these elements function in the areas of costuming, lighting, scenery, and sound. Two hours classroom and three hours laboratory per week.
1030:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 303-01 Acting II: Advanced Technique and Classical Drama
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
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.
1330: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: 204, 220. 1 credit.
1645:W   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 316-01 Dance History Seminar: Modernism and the Body
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 301-05.May Cuba trip as an option applications due Nov. 27. See Global Ed or Community Studies Center website for more information or contact Susan Rose (rose@dickinson.edu) 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: 102. This course is cross-listed as WGSS 301.
1330:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 319-01 Dramaturgy
Instructor: Karen Kirkham
Course Description:
What is a dramaturg? This course will answer that question through theoretical and applied investigations of dramatic texts in historical, literary, and performative contexts. Always keeping in sight the idea of theater as a collaborative production-focused art, students will practice research, text analysis, genres of writing for/about the theater and dramaturgical roles on various kinds and aspects of production. A dramaturgical casebook for a proposed play or department production will be the culminating assignment. Prerequisite: 101 or 201 or permission of instructor.
0900:TR   MONTGM 100
THDA 322-01 Modern Dance III
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required.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. 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: 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.