Theater and Dance 315 - Dance Technique: Advanced Contemporary

Dance: Adv. Contemporary

Jenna Riegel

TU/TH | 4:00 PM - 5:50 PM

Amherst College

This is an advanced-level course in contemporary dance technique with a primary focus on movement practice. Using the studio as a laboratory, we will embody increasingly complex and dynamic movement that investigates clarity, freedom, adaptability, and artistry and challenges stamina. Additionally, contemporary dance’s roots and influences will be acknowledged and applied through movement exploration. These include the borrowing and fusing of movement vocabularies from jazz, modern, hip hop, and improvisational dance forms like contact improvisation. Readings and writing assignments will allow us to deepen our understanding of our movement histories and articulate personal progress. Two class meetings per week. Requisite: two or more college-level courses in dance techniques, or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated for credit. Limited to 22 students. Fall semester. Professor Riegel.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority will be given to those students who attended a Five College Dance placement class for contemporary dance technique and who received FCD permission to enroll in advanced contemporary technique courses.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, possible viewing and writing assignments, group work outside of class including rehearsal or other artistic assignments, as well as physical or vocal performance work and/or visual, aural, and physical analysis as applicable. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.

Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.