Courses

ART-SHU 231A Introduction to Dance & Movement 

This two point introductory movement class is a non-performance and an exploratory class building strength, increasing coordination and flexibility, practicing balance, and helping students evolve in their kinesthetic memory, musicality, and knowledge of their own bodies.  In addition, use of imagery and visualization prompts will be used to foster creative experimentation in movement. This is an introductory course and there are no prerequisites. 

 

ART-SHU 230 Ballet

Only offered Fall semester

This two point course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Ballet. Students learn from classical, neo-classical, or modern ballet repertoire depending on the semester. The class warm-up content will vary according to the skill level of the class’ participants. Students are asked to focus on mastery of technical capabilities, with emphasis on flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance, improving their overall comprehension of ballet form. Students are expected to perform in the end-of-the-semester show. This is an introductory course and there are no pre-requisites.

 

ART-SHU 225A Contemporary Dance 

This two point course introduces the fundamental concepts of contemporary dance through learning repertoire from modern and post-modern styles. Through movement exploration, imitation, and memorization based on Graham technique students gain an appreciation for the expressive and dynamic capacity of the body. In addition to body work, students learn and perform contemporary dances. Prerequisite of ART-SHU 231A Introduction to Dance & Movement or ART-SHU 231B Introduction to Dance & Movement is required to take this course.

 

ART-SHU 242 Dances of Southern China 

Only offered Spring semester

This two point course provides an introduction to different minority and ethnic folk dances.  It explores not only the forms of these dances, but also the culture, history, natural environment and at times religion behind the creation of the original dance forms. Students can be taught Tibetan 藏族, Dai 傣族, or Wa 佤族 dances, 2 minorities from Southern China will be chosen in this semester.  Students learn the legends, stories, and myths surrounding each dance form as well as the distinct movement beats, rhythms, and traditional combinations. 

 

ART-SHU 243 Dances of Northern China

Only offered Fall semester

This two point course provides an introduction to different minority and ethnic folk dances.  It explores not only the forms of these dances, but also the culture, history, natural environment and at times religion behind the creation of the original dance forms. Students can be taught Mongolia 蒙古族, Yian Bian Korean 朝鲜族, or Uighur 维吾尔族 dances, 2 minorities from Northern China will be chosen in this semester. Students learn the legends, stories, and myths surrounding each dance form as well as the distinct movement beats, rhythms, and traditional combinations. 

 

ART-SHU 244 Intermediate Ballet

Only offered Spring semester

This two point intermediate course is designed to provide an opportunity for students to continue their pursuit of ballet techniques with an emphasis on developing their performing skills in ballet. This course covers a broad range of ballet work inclusive of barre work, ports de bras, adage, pirouettes, larger jumps, and building stamina exercises. The class content is structured in three parts: barre exercises, center floor work, and performance. Prerequisite for this class is ART-SHU 230 Ballet.

 

ART-SHU 239.2 Choreography & Performance 

Only offered Fall semester

The purpose of this two point course is to enable the student to gain an appreciation and knowledge of choreography through individual and collective participation in contact improvisation, setting phrases, building solos and finally duets. All students are expected to perform their work in the final semester show.


Through better understanding space, control, aesthetics, alignment, and musicality as well as practicing these learning strategies within a duet/group context, the student gains an awareness not only for self and collective discovery, but also for the creative process underlining and shaping personal and artistic expression.


The student’s ability to create and set work, individually and collaboratively, is the core of the class. It is suggested to have taken at least one dance class before enrolling in this course.

 

ART-SHU 340 Composition

Only offered Fall semester

This is an advanced choreography class designed as a laboratory for investigating and expanding our own creativity for the construction of full dance pieces. We will learn how developing a creative practice can not only facilitate dance making and choreography of longer length pieces, but also enrich our role as a creative, thinking dancer and performer, and as informed and articulate dance viewer. This is a two point performance class and this course offers a variety of opportunities for students to show their work in public. Prerequisites for this class are ART-SHU 239.2 Choreography & Performance or ART-SHU 239.4 Choreography & Performance. 

 

ART-SHU 610 Art is a Hammer 

Only offered Fall semester

“Art is not a mirror that reflects reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.” - Bertolt Brecht, theater maker. Every artistic tradition was once an act of rebellion. Everything in popular culture was once punk. In this course, we will examine the history of performance, literature, music, visual art, and film to find groundbreaking acts of artistic rebellion and discover how they shattered norms, affected their contemporaries, and changed how we look at art today. Students will explore theories from a wide range of global practices and respond with short essays and artistic projects, which they will use to propose their own manifestos to challenge modern customs, redefine what it means to be an artist, and shape new realities in their community. This four point class is taught by Assistant Arts Professor Corey Sullivan.

 

ART-SHU 341 Dance on Camera

Only offered Spring semester

This 4 point praxis course will explore the choreographic and cinematic aspects of producing a dance for the camera. A dance for the camera is a synthesis between the various techniques of film/video and the act of choreography. This course will encourage you to expand the skills you developed in previous dance or choreography classes, and to focus on the difficult yet rewarding process of creative collaboration, producing films in groups. Pre-requisites to this class are ART-SHU 239.2 Choreography & Performance or ART-SHU 239.4 Choreography & Performance or ART-SHU 306 Moving Images I or ART-SHU 307 Moving Images II.

All classes are repeatable for credit once. However, if you are taking the class to count towards the Cross-School Dance Minor, you can only count the class once for a Minor credit. The above classes are listed in terms of their increasing difficulty and complexity.