2011-12 General Bulletin

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Mather Dance Center
http://dance.case.edu/spotlight/
Phone: 216-368-1491; Fax: 216-368-6936
Karen Potter, Department Chair

This is an archived copy of the 2011-12 Bulletin. To access the most recent version of the bulletin, please visit http://bulletin.case.edu.

The Department of Dance offers education and participation in many aspects of dance, with course offerings in modern dance and ballet technique, choreography, kinesiology, history, production and more. Students have the opportunity to perform on stage as well as to serve on the technical crews in dance concerts. The high ratio of faculty to students ensures that students will be able to work closely with highly skilled professionals. The department treats all performances as educational experiences and welcomes the participation of all students, particularly in MaDaCol, regardless of their academic majors and career goals.

Graduates of the dance program are currently employed as modern dance company members (regionally and nationally), company directors/choreographers, and dance production managers, and as teachers, program directors, and administrators in colleges and universities. Others have transitioned into such disciplines as physical therapy and massage therapies.

Department Faculty

Karen Potter, MFA
(Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor and Chair
Contemporary dance technique; choreography; pedagogy

Gary Galbraith, MFA
(Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor; Artistic Director, Mather Dance Ensemble
Contemporary dance technique; choreography; dance wellness; production and technology

Andre Megerdichian, MFA
(California Institute of the Arts)
Assistant Professor
Choreography

Undergraduate Programs

Major

The basic course requirements for all dance majors are as follows:

DANC 121Dance in Culture - Ethnic Forms3
or DANC 122 Dance in Culture - Theatrical Forms
DANC 203Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques I3
DANC 204Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques II3
THTR 101Acting I: Fundamentals3
At least 4 but no more than 8 hours of:4-8
Rehearsal and Production
Six hours from Anatomy, Art, English, Music, or Philosophy at or above the 300 level6
DANC 303Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques I3
DANC 304Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques II3
DANC 355History of Modern Dance3
DANC 403Fourth-Year Modern Dance Technique I1-3
DANC 404Fourth-Year Modern Dance Technique II1-3
DANC 414The Craft of Choreography3
DANC 423Light Design for Theatrical Dance2
DANC 451Costume Design and Construction for Dance2
DANC 460Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students I1-03
or DANC 461 Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students II
One of the following:3
Choreography and Music
Choreography and Theatrical Elements
Advanced Topics in Choreography
Kinesiology for Dance
Topics in Dance Medicine, Science, and Wellness
Senior Capstone departmental course:3
SAGES Senior Capstone in Dance (recommended)
Total Units47-57

Total hours, not including /: 40-43

Departmental Honors

All majors are encouraged to apply for honors studies, and , in their final year. This adds 6 hours to the total.

Minor

DANC 103First-Year Modern Dance Techniques I3
DANC 104First-Year Modern Dance Techniques II3
DANC 203Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques I3
DANC 204Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques II3
One of the following:1
Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students I
Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students II
DANC 303Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques I3
DANC 304Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques II3
Total Units19

Graduate Programs

Master of Arts

Although the graduate dance program is geared toward the Master of Fine Arts degree (see below), all graduate students begin in the MA program. Advancement to the MFA program occurs upon faculty recommendation to the Dean of Graduate Studies in the third semester. The course work for the MA may be similar to that for the Master of Fine Arts, enhanced by related studies in theater and other departments. The candidate’s program of study will be designed by the primary dance faculty. As required by the School of Graduate Studies, students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

MA candidates must complete a minimum of 30 hours, following a program similar to that suggested below. The principal faculty advisor may suggest modifications.

Technique Classes:9-12
Advanced Modern Dance Technique I
   and Advanced Modern Dance Technique II
Fourth-Year Modern Dance Technique I
Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students I
   and Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students II
Choreography:6-9
The Craft of Choreography
Choreography and Music
Choreography and Theatrical Elements
Eurhythmics:12
MUDE 501Special Reading (M.M. and M.A.)1
2-6 hours in Kinesiology and topics in dance medicine, science, and wellness:2-6
DANC 445/446Kinesiology for Dance3
One of the following suggested advanced electives:3
Modern Dance Pedagogy
History of Modern Dance
DANC 505Music Resources for Modern Dance3
Project-oriented seminars:2-4
Special Projects
Light Design for Theatrical Dance
Costume Design and Construction for Dance
Total Units41-53

The program recommends Plan B, with requirements including a non-performance, non-production thesis on a topic approved by the primary program faculty. The thesis must be a substantial contribution to the field, with potential for publication or presentation. The MA thesis must be completed no later than one academic year beyond the completion of the course requirements.

Master of Fine Arts (Contemporary Dance)

The Master of Fine Arts degree, available with emphasis areas in choreography, performance, pedagogy, and complementary courses in dance science, is a terminal pre-professional degree. Candidacy for the MFA program requires an undergraduate degree with (ideally) a major in dance, equivalent training and experience, or demonstrable potential for work at the MFA level. In addition, each candidate must provide evidence of technical skill and creative ability. Participation as a part-time student is not recommended.

At the end of each semester in residence, the student’s skill and creative ability are evaluated in light of his or her work in the department. Only students who have clearly demonstrated growth and excellence are permitted to remain in the program. The award of the MFA degree is contingent upon the student’s academic progress and upon the faculty's assessment that the candidate possesses the potential to work in the field of dance on a professional level.

Requirements for the MFA degree include:

  1. A minimum of 60 semester hours of graduate work beyond the bachelor’s degree
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for all course work on the graduate level
  3. Completion of the course requirements for the MFA Thesis Portfolio
  4. Successful completion of the third year in performance in the Mather Dance Center main-stage season

Specific requirements for the MFA degree are as follows:

18-24 hours of dance technique18-24
11-12 hours of choreography11-12
4 hours (two each) of light and costume design4
MUDE 501Special Reading (M.M. and M.A.)1
3 hours of contemporary dance history3
3 hours of music resources3
12-15 hours of kinesiology, pedagogy, or allied fields, chosen in consultation with advisor12-15
6 hours of creative thesis6
Total Units58-68

 

Courses

DANC 103. First-Year Modern Dance Techniques I. 3 Units.

Comprehensive perspective of theory established, through active participation, to serve individual development of normative movement principles in a broad spectrum of applications including theater movement dance, and sports. Content is directly and fundamentally serviceable to subsequent specialized training applications of the actor, dancer, musician, athlete, physiotherapist, and educator.

DANC 104. First-Year Modern Dance Techniques II. 3 Units.

Continuation of DANC 103.

DANC 121. Dance in Culture - Ethnic Forms. 3 Units.

A lecture class designed to introduce dance as an art form and the many roles it plays in a variety of cultures. Focus will be on ethnic forms and primal cultures.

DANC 122. Dance in Culture - Theatrical Forms. 3 Units.

Introduction to an historical and cultural overview of many different forms of dance from various cultures specifically selected to encompass geographic diversity and represent different periods in history. Basic craft elements of the structures of dance will be introduced to provide a foundation for viewing dance and developing a personal aesthetic.

DANC 160. Introduction to Ballet Technique I. 3 Units.

This introductory-level course offers the beginning ballet student the basic tenets and principles of ballet technique. Classwork will involve strong emphasis on proper alignment of the body, dynamic timings, and a command of ballet terminology.

DANC 161. Introduction to Ballet Technique II. 3 Units.

Continuation of DANC 160. Prereq: DANC 160 or consent of department.

DANC 189. Improvisation I. 1 Unit.

Movement and dance structures designed to engage responsivity in group dynamics applied to challenge specific technical components which include time, effort, shape, and kinetic awareness. Recommended preparation: DANC 103.

DANC 190. Improvisation II. 1 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 189. Recommended preparation: DANC 189.

DANC 203. Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques I. 3 Units.

For the performing arts student, normative movement principles are formally extended in both theory and application to include individual correction, modification of adaptation as foundational preparation for the subsequent specialized training needs of the actor, dancer, and singer. Prereq: DANC 103 and DANC 104.

DANC 204. Second-Year Modern Dance Techniques II. 3 Units.

Continuation of DANC 203. Prereq: DANC 103 and DANC 104.

DANC 237. Religion and Dance in South Asia. 3 Units.

This is an experimental interdisciplinary course in religion, dance, and South Asian studies. We will explore the performance of religion in bharata natyam, one storytelling dance form from South Asia. This dance style draws upon Hindu devotional (bhakti) allegories of sacred and profane love in its choreography. Lover and beloved, as the ideal relationship between God and the human, becomes the model for the performed relationship between heroes and heroines (nayaka-nayaki) danced on stages and , more recently, Bollywood screens. To this end we will examine primary and secondary sources on bharata natyam and aesthetic theory/classical dramatics. We will also observe dance performances in the greater Cleveland area. Offered as RLGN 237 and DANC 237.

DANC 260. Second-Year Ballet Technique I. 3 Units.

In-depth exploration of principles and foundations of ballet technique as preparation for the specialized training needs of dancers.

DANC 261. Second-Year Ballet Technique II. 3 Units.

Continuation of DANC 260. Prereq: DANC 260 or consent of department.

DANC 303. Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques I. 3 Units.

For the dance major and advanced non-major. Durational formalities of dance technique as a contemporary American art form structure the aesthetic and technical challenges of development. Prereq: DANC 204.

DANC 304. Third-Year Modern Dance Techniques II. 3 Units.

Continuation of DANC 303. Recommended preparation: DANC 303 or consent of department.

DANC 314. The Craft of Choreography. 3 Units.

An in-depth investigation of choreographic craft elements is presented through lecture, practical involvement and specified studies. Emphasized are tools to discover primary movement vocabulary, development of vocabulary through permutative investigations and the co-ordering of movement vocabulary into phrases, structural units, and larger sections. Offered as DANC 314 and DANC 414.

DANC 315. Choreography and Music. 3 Units.

Combining craft resources with emphasis on use of music. Music selections, historically categorized, are chosen for the purpose of analyzing metric and structural characteristics in accord with which choreography will be created. Offered as DANC 315 and DANC 415. Prereq: DANC 314 or requisite not met permission.

DANC 317. Advanced Modern Dance Technique I. 1 - 3 Unit.

Emphasis on performing skills enlarged to include rehearsal and performance of full repertory works. Adaptability, versatility, and fidelity to choreographic intention stressed. Offered as DANC 317 and DANC 417. Prereq: DANC 304

DANC 318. Advanced Modern Dance Technique II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 317/417. Offered as DANC 318 and DANC 418. Prereq: DANC 317.

DANC 324. Dance Production Resources. 3 Units.

An examination of dance production resources such as costumes construction, lighting design, and management. Exercises include design, construction, and implementation to emphasize practical applications.

DANC 335. Modern Dance Pedagogy. 3 Units.

The study and investigation of the approaches and methods of teaching modern dance. Detailed study is made of kinesthetic, oral, and creative factors in teaching dance. Opportunity to assist and teach under supervision. Offered as DANC 335 and DANC 535.

DANC 345. Kinesiology for Dance. 3 Units.

Seminar and laboratory for assessment of kinesiological and biomechanical principles as related to dance. Assessment of current research will be implemented to affect cross-training protocols. Offered as DANC 345 and DANC 445.

DANC 355. History of Modern Dance. 3 Units.

Origins and development of contemporary dance in its historical context. Prereq: 100 level first year seminar in USFS, FSCC, FSNA, FSSO, FSSY, or FSCS. Prereq or Coreq: FSTS 100.

DANC 360. Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students I. 1 - 3 Unit.

Ballet Technique for Dancers will focus on developing the ballet skills required of the Modern Dance major. The technical level of the class will range from intermediate to advanced where applicable in barre work as well as center. Offered as DANC 360 and DANC 460.

DANC 361. Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Ballet Technique for Dancers will focus on developing the ballet skills required of the Modern Dance major. The technical level of the class will range from intermediate to advanced where applicable in barre work as well as center. Offered as DANC 361 and DANC 461. Prereq: DANC 360.

DANC 385. Rehearsal and Production. 1 - 3 Unit.

Practicum for students participating in production work in the Department of Dance. Supervised laboratory experience in technical theater, construction techniques, scenery, costumes, lighting, and props; production; ticket office operations, promotion, publicity and public relations; house management; wardrobe responsibilities; stage management; assistant directing; and other production positions relating to the mainstage performances in Mather Dance Center. Students are recommended to take one credit hour per production, with a maximum of 8 credit hours allowed during their undergraduate career.

DANC 386. Rehearsal and Performance. 1 Unit.

Practicum for students participating in performance in the Department of Dance, relating to the mainstage productions at Mather Dance Center. This course may be repeated, for a maximum total of 2 credits.

DANC 396. SAGES Senior Capstone in Dance. 3 Units.

The course will be centered on creative work in dance, its culmination in public performance, and its extension into a community-based project. Through a review of relevant creative material and building upon skills developed through the dance program curriculum, a capstone project will be developed that represents a culmination of the undergraduate dance experience in the SAGES program. Prereq: DANC 203, DANC 204, DANC 303, DANC 304, DANC 355, DANC 414, DANC 423, or DANC 451.

DANC 397. Honors Studies I. 3 Units.

Individual projects in dance.

DANC 398. Honors Studies II. 3 Units.

Individual projects in dance.

DANC 399. Independent Study in Dance. 1 - 3 Unit.

Independent research and project work in areas of dance and pedagogy.

DANC 403. Fourth-Year Modern Dance Technique I. 1 - 3 Unit.

A logical progression of advanced technique. Performing skills assessed and developmentally stressed. Sections from repertory works learned. Prereq: DANC 303.

DANC 404. Fourth-Year Modern Dance Technique II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 403. Prereq: DANC 403.

DANC 405. Improvisation I. 1 Unit.

Movement and dance structures designed to engage responsivity in group dynamics applied to challenge specific technical components which include time and effort, shape, and kinetic awareness.

DANC 406. Improvisation II. 1 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 405.

DANC 408. Fourth-Year Modern Dance Techniques II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 407.

DANC 414. The Craft of Choreography. 3 Units.

An in-depth investigation of choreographic craft elements is presented through lecture, practical involvement and specified studies. Emphasized are tools to discover primary movement vocabulary, development of vocabulary through permutative investigations and the co-ordering of movement vocabulary into phrases, structural units, and larger sections. Offered as DANC 314 and DANC 414.

DANC 415. Choreography and Music. 3 Units.

Combining craft resources with emphasis on use of music. Music selections, historically categorized, are chosen for the purpose of analyzing metric and structural characteristics in accord with which choreography will be created. Offered as DANC 315 and DANC 415. Prereq: DANC 414.

DANC 416. Choreography and Theatrical Elements. 3 Units.

Use of properties, costumes, and scenic elements in both "first- and second-function" (Northrop) or "literal" and "abstract" applications challenge the functional and aesthetic appropriateness of conjoined choices. Dance structures fully developed under supervision. Successful results may be programmed for performance and tested for applicability to the Production sequence. Prereq: DANC 414.

DANC 417. Advanced Modern Dance Technique I. 1 - 3 Unit.

Emphasis on performing skills enlarged to include rehearsal and performance of full repertory works. Adaptability, versatility, and fidelity to choreographic intention stressed. Offered as DANC 317 and DANC 417. Prereq: DANC 404.

DANC 418. Advanced Modern Dance Technique II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Continuation of DANC 317/417. Offered as DANC 318 and DANC 418. Prereq: DANC 417.

DANC 423. Light Design for Theatrical Dance. 2 Units.

Elements of stage light design and technology for theatrical dance. Lectures and laboratory experience on color, instruments, and computerized design.

DANC 426. Advanced Topics in Choreography. 3 Units.

Introduction and investigation of advanced topics in choreography including but not limited to dance and technology, directing ensemble dance, and dance and the narrative. This course work is explored in the format of in-studio practicum and lecture, discussion, and peer and instructor review of student generated work. Structured studies will be developed under instructor supervision; students will be required to dedicate time and energy in the studio outside of class meetings to develop choreography studies for in-class presentation and review. Prereq: DANC 414 and DANC 415 and DANC 416.

DANC 445. Kinesiology for Dance. 3 Units.

Seminar and laboratory for assessment of kinesiological and biomechanical principles as related to dance. Assessment of current research will be implemented to affect cross-training protocols. Offered as DANC 345 and DANC 445.

DANC 446. Topics in Dance Medicine, Science, and Wellness. 1 - 3 Unit.

Review and application of continually emerging information from the fields of Dance Medicine and Science that impacts general dancer health and the care and prevention and treatment of dance specific injuries. Participation in the Dancer Wellness Program is encouraged to facilitate continued application of principles developed in DANC 445.

DANC 451. Costume Design and Construction for Dance. 2 Units.

Lecture and studio course in selecting fabrics, draping techniques, construction, and design for concert dance.

DANC 455. History of Modern Dance. 3 Units.

Origin and development of modern dance in its historical context.

DANC 460. Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students I. 1 - 3 Unit.

Ballet Technique for Dancers will focus on developing the ballet skills required of the Modern Dance major. The technical level of the class will range from intermediate to advanced where applicable in barre work as well as center. Offered as DANC 360 and DANC 460.

DANC 461. Ballet Technique for Modern Dance Students II. 1 - 3 Unit.

Ballet Technique for Dancers will focus on developing the ballet skills required of the Modern Dance major. The technical level of the class will range from intermediate to advanced where applicable in barre work as well as center. Offered as DANC 361 and DANC 461. Prereq: DANC 460.

DANC 485. Rehearsal, Performance and Production. 1 - 3 Unit.

(See DANC 385.)

DANC 505. Music Resources for Modern Dance. 3 Units.

Resources in the various periods and styles of music for the dancer/choreographer. Study of the choreographic use of music.

DANC 509. Seminar: Introduction to Performance Theory. 3 Units.

Research seminar designed to acquaint the dance student with the major theoretical writings of performance theory. Readings on the creative process and archetypal mythology. Exploration of anthropological, psychological, and cultural sources of art and the theatrical impulse.

DANC 535. Modern Dance Pedagogy. 3 Units.

The study and investigation of the approaches and methods of teaching modern dance. Detailed study is made of kinesthetic, oral, and creative factors in teaching dance. Opportunity to assist and teach under supervision. Offered as DANC 335 and DANC 535.

DANC 601. Special Projects. 1 - 3 Unit.

(Credit as arranged.)

DANC 610. Professional Internship. 1 - 4 Unit.

Involvement in intensive internships with professional dance companies in the Cleveland area bridging academic and professional lives. Internships range from six weeks to one semester.

DANC 640. M.F.A. Thesis Production I. 3 Units.

Preproduction conception in area of specialization researched and documented under appointed advisement, in accord with production syllabus, and subcommittee approval.

DANC 641. M.F.A. Thesis Production II. 3 Units.

Production implementation, post production evaluation/defense, and advisory assessment.

DANC 644. M.A. Project. 1 - 12 Unit.

Research and development of a Master of Arts project in Dance.