Syllabus Week

In the Life of a Dance Concentrator

Syllabus Week

In the mix of add /drop period I had no clue what classes I was going to take to fulfill the minimum credits hours for me to remain a full time student. At first I was thinking about stepping out of my major, so I checked out a Shakespeare class and a Feminist Film Criticism class both of those topics interested me and seemed intriguing. But I knew the classes I really wanted to take were Writing for Dance and Teaching & Leading through Dance, both of those classes could really benefit me in the future. So I found a way to make them both work out in my schedule along with my job and rehearsals, and I dropped Shakes and Film Criticism.

In Writing for Dance we are developing skills to critique dance works. So we are taking a look at our writing skills and also being descriptive and telling the reader what is happening in the dance as opposed to interpreting what the dance means to us, at least in these beginning stages.

For Teaching & Leading through Dance we are developing a fieldwork project that involves the community, dialogue and dance as well as cultural and social issues at the forefront. We are studying ways on how to go into a community that we are not a part of and simply assist people on their journey to self discovery and community discovery.

My last class is Choreography 2, which is the final stage of my journey as a dance concentrator in college. We literally choreograph in class, as a group, individually, merging our ideas together. We receive feedback from our professor on how we can continue to get better and develop our own style, as well as workshops with special guest. At the end of the semester my classmates and I will self produce a 40 minute show with all of our original work.

In the Life of a Dance Concentrator on the journey of becoming a major force in dance. Stay tuned on week days for new posts.


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