Spring 2021

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 112-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Brigette Plummer
Course Description:
Classes taught under the direction CPYB faculty. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Marcia Dale Weary, founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. 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. 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. Credit/no credit
 
THDA 128-01 Contemporary Ballet
Instructor: Matthew Donnell, Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
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. Credit/no credit. Two .5 academic credits in the same genre can be used to satisfy the Arts distribution requirement.
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 205-02 Directing for Dramatic Mediums
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 214-01 Movement and Media
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
Cross-listed with FMST 220-02.The class will meet remotely for synchronous sessions at the scheduled course time. In-person office hours meetings with individual students will be available. From Loie Fullers luminous Serpentine Dance to Beyoncs lavish visual albums, from Busby Berkeleys elaborate musical productions for the big screen to TikToks viral dances for the small screen, movement has been captured on camera to poetic, political, and powerful effect. In this course we will learn the history of the intersection of dance and film/video, examine the current state of this rapidly-evolving art form and explore the craft through our own choreographic and cinematic creations.
1500:MR   DIST
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.
1330:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 230-01 Design Principles and Practices for the Stage
Instructor: Kent Barrett, Sherry Harper-McCombs
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.
1330:W   MONTGM 100
1030:TR   MONTGM 100
THDA 300-01 Acting II: Movement/Voice Technique and Devised Theatre
Instructor: Karie Miller
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: 203 and/or 200-level movement.
1330:MR   CUBICU STUDIO
THDA 316-01 Dance History Seminar: Modernism and the Body
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Cross-listed with WGSS 301-03. 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   MONTGM 100
THDA 319-01 Dramaturgy
Instructor: Karie Miller
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 on campus will meet in person during designated days/times. Students who are remote will do mostly asynchronous work with once-a-week meetings. 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. Two .5 academic credits in the same genre can be used to satisfy the Arts distribution requirement.
0900:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 412-02 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs, Brigette Plummer
Course Description:
Classes taught under the direction CPYB faculty. Instruction will utilize the precise, disciplined and repetitive methods of ballet training developed by Marcia Dale Weary, founder and artistic director of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. 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. 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. Credit/no credit
 
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: four .25 course credits in THDA 190.
  MONTGM 100
THDA 500-01 Performing Citizenship: Theatre, Dance and Civic Engagement
Instructor: Erin Crawley-Woods
Course Description:
 
THDA 500-02 Pre-Professional Theatrical Design
Instructor: Sherry Harper-McCombs, Kent Barrett
Course Description:
 
THDA 560-01 Art & Leadership: Relevance Beyond a Liberal Art's Education
Instructor: Karie Miller
Course Description: