Theater and Dance 115H - Contmp Dance: Beg.

Contmp Dance: Beg.

Jenna Riegel

M/W | 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Amherst College
Webster Hall Room 117
This is an introductory course in contemporary dance technique with a primary focus on movement practice. Using the studio as a laboratory, we will investigate the fundamentals of body awareness, alignment, flexibility, coordination, strength, musical phrasing and the expressive potential of movement. Additionally, contemporary dance’s roots and influences will be introduced 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. Occasional writing assignments will allow us to reflect on our movement histories and articulate personal progress within the course. This course meets twice a week. Because the study of dance technique requires ongoing practice, this course may be repeated for credit.The course will likely be conducted in a combination of formats: online, and through in-person interaction whenever possible. Options for remote learning will be integrated into the course for those students unable to participate in person.Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Professor Riegel.If overenrolled: priority given to theater & dance majors and first-year students
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.