Spring 2020

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
THDA 112-01 Ballet: Classical Ballet
Instructor: Brigette Plummer, Sarah Skaggs
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: Frances Perez-Ball, Sarah Skaggs
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required 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
1130:MWF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 205-01 Directing
Instructor: Karie Miller
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.
1330:TF   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 224-01 Jazz Dance II
Instructor: Kristin Pontz
Course Description:
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.
1500:MR   2527WH DANCE STU
THDA 230-01 Design Principles and Practices for the Stage
Instructor: 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.
1030:TR   MONTGM 200
1330:W   MONTGM 200
THDA 303-01 Acting II: Advanced Technique and Classical Drama
Instructor: Karie Miller
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 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.
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: four .25 course credits in THDA 190.
  MONTGM 100
THDA 500-01 Literary and Dramaturgical Analysis of Contemporary American Theatre
Instructor: Karie Miller
Course Description:
 
THDA 500-02 Puppetry: Theory & Practice
Instructor: Sherry Harper-McCombs
Course Description:
 
THDA 550-01 Choreography for Directors
Instructor: Sarah Skaggs
Course Description: