Academics

 


Courses

The course offerings in dance at Emory College are diverse and rich, stimulating mind and body alike. Our mission is to educate the entire dancer through studio work, the creative process, special subjects in the field, and interdisciplinary approaches.

To access the course atlas for a specific semester, please use the links below. For complete course descriptions, please scroll down this page.

Current Course Atlas

Course Atlas-Fall 2017


Previous Course Atlases

Course Atlas-Spring 2017

Course Atlas-Fall 2016

Course Atlas-Summer 2016


Complete Course Offerings

Contemporary Modern Dance
Contemporary Modern Dance Levels I-IV

Ballet
Ballet Levels I-IV

Jazz Dance
Jazz Dance Levels I-IV

Other Movement
World Dance Forms
Movement Improvisation

Choreography and Performance
Choreography I & II
Choreographic Laboratory
Emory Dance Company

Somatics
Topics in Somatic Practices

Dance History and Theory
Introduction to Dance
History of Western Concert Dance
Dance Literacy
Dance Pedagogy
Contemporary Issues in Dance

Special Topics and Interdisciplinary Courses
Tango: Argentina's Art Form
Principles of Design
Arts Writing and Criticism
Actors and Dancers: Text and Movement
Dance and Embodied Knowledge

Freshman Seminars 
All About Yoga
Contemplate, Create, Debate: The Arts According to You
Creativity and Collaboration
Mettle and Muscle: Getting Comfortable In Your Own Skin
Connecting the Mind to the Body
The Art of Eating

Special Projects
Special Projects: Performance
Special Projects: Technical Production
Special Projects: Historical/Theoretical Research
Special Projects: Internship
Special Projects: Honors Thesis
Special Projects: Studio/Teaching Assistant
Special Projects: Choreography
Special Projects in Dance and Movement Studies


MODERN                                                                                               

 

Modern dance class
Students in a modern dance class.

 

DANC 123R: Contemporary Modern Dance I (Introduction) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for students with no or minimal dance experience. It introduces dance technique and contemporary modern dance vocabulary. Emphasis will be placed on dynamic alignment, sensing and activating weight, developing coordination, and discovering body connections. Movement explorations take place on the floor, standing, and in sequences locomoting through space. Creative expression and musicality are integrated into class content.

Particulars: Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to three times for credit. Students are required to take this course three times before progressing to the next level and should secure the permission of the instructor before doing so.

DANC 223R: Contemporary Modern Dance II (Advanced Beginning) (1 hour)

Content: This course builds on the technical skills introduced in Dance 123R. Emphasis is placed on centering, core support, breath support, full articulation of the body in three-dimensional space, fully integrating concepts of parallel and rotation, and the interplay of stability and mobility.

Particulars: This course is designed for students who can demonstrate the skills taught in Contemporary Modern Dance I. At least three semesters in the Contemporary Modern Dance I and consultation with instructor is required before entry into this course. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 323R: Contemporary Modern Dance III (Intermediate) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for students who are ready to deepen technical practices. Emphasis is placed on the student’s technical proficiency and versatility. This course encourages intermediate students to become articulate performers by developing groundedness, musicality, sophisticated use of three-dimensional space, partnering, and ensemble work.

Particulars: This course is designed for students who can demonstrate the skills taught in Contemporary Modern Dance II. Consultation with instructor is required before enrolling in this course. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to six times for credit.

DANC 423R: Contemporary Modern Dance IV (Advanced) (2 hours)

Content: This course is designed for advanced dance students who can demonstrate a consistent repertoire of technical skill absent of fundamental body issues. Class material challenges the student’s technical and performance range and develops a sophisticated understanding of movement concepts through assignments, discussion, and unique class experiences. Content includes, but is not limited to, problem solving, partnering, a conscience use of phrasing, and somatic practices.

Particulars: Contemporary Modern Dance IV is taught at an advanced level and is designed for students who have mastered the skills taught in DANC 323R. Permission number is required. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills the PED requirement. May be taken up to eight times for credit.

BALLET                                                                                                           

 

Ballet class
Students work during a ballet class.

 

DANC 121R: Ballet I (Introduction) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for students with no or very minimal experience in ballet technique. Ballet I introduces students to the basic skills and terminology of ballet. The course includes barre exercises with an emphasis on alignment. Center work will include adagio, tendu, basic turns, petite allegro, and grande allegro in simple combinations. The course is designed to develop individual body awareness, strength, flexibility, and an appreciation of the art of ballet.

Particulars: Ballet I includes practical and/or written tests. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to three times for credit. Students are required to take this course at least two times before progressing to the next level and should secure the permission of the instructor before doing so.

DANC 221R: Ballet II (Advanced Beginning) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for students who can demonstrate an understanding of and familiarity with basic ballet vocabulary. Includes barre exercises with a continued emphasis on alignment. Center work will include adagio, tendu, turns, petite allegro, and grande allegro in simple combinations. The course is designed to develop individual body awareness, strength, flexibility, musicality, and an appreciation of the art of ballet.

Particulars: This course is designed for students who have successfully mastered the skills taught in Ballet I. At least 2-3 semesters in Ballet I and consultation with the instructor are required before entry into this course. Includes practical and/or written tests. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Satisfies PED requirement. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 321R: Ballet III (Intermediate) (1 hour)

Content: This course continues to reinforce and build upon the skills learned in Ballet II. More emphasis is placed on style and execution of movement at an intermediate level. Movement sequences become more intricate. A more extensive movement vocabulary is introduced.

Particulars: This course is designed for students who can demonstrate an understanding of and familiarity with the skills and vocabulary addressed in Ballet II. At least 2-3 semesters in Ballet II and consultation with the instructor are required before enrolling in this course. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills the PED requirement. May be taken up to six times for credit.

DANC 421R: Ballet IV (Advanced) (1 hour)

Content: This course continues to reinforce and build upon the skills learned in Dance 321R. More emphasis is placed on style and execution. Combinations increase in intricacy and a larger dance movement vocabulary is introduced. Course work may include pointe work and variations.

Particulars: This course is taught at an advanced level and is designed for students who have mastered the skills taught in Dance 321R, or by permission of instructor. At least two semesters in Ballet III and consultation with the instructor are required before enrolling in this course. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills the PED requirement. May be taken up to eight times for credit.

JAZZ                                                                                                                 

DANC 124R: Jazz Dance I (Introduction) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for students with no or very minimal jazz dance experience. The course provides an introduction to articulating and expressing rhythms through stylized movement sequences, basic technical skills, and performance. Emphasis is on development of greater body awareness, strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality (especially syncopation), and improvisation.

Particulars: Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to three times for credit.

DANC 224R: Jazz Dance II (Advanced Beginning) (1 hour)

Content: This course includes further development of skills introduced in Jazz Dance I with greater emphasis on style, performance, and technique. More technically challenging movement sequences will be introduced and students will be expected to individualize movement at a beginner/intermediate level.

Particulars: Jazz Dance I or previous jazz training constitutes prerequisites. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 324R: Jazz Dance III (Intermediate) (1 hour)

Content: This course includes further development of skills introduced in Jazz Dance II with greater emphasis on style, performance and technique. More technically challenging movement sequences will be introduced and students will be expected to individualize movement at an intermediate level. Course material may include components of Broadway, lyrical, hip hop and other entertainment-based dance forms.

Particulars: Jazz Dance II or previous jazz training constitutes prerequisites. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to six times for credit.

DANC 424R: Jazz Dance IV (Advanced) (1 hour)

Content: This course is designed for advanced dancers who demonstrate consistent technical knowledge within the jazz dance genre. Class material will range in style from Broadway to contemporary.

Particulars: Jazz Dance III or permission of the instructor. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to eight times for credit.


OTHER MOVEMENT                                                                                   

 

Students in DANC 127R (World Dance Forms) demonstrate the art of Flamenco.

 

DANC 127R: World Dance Forms (1 hour)

Content: Students will study a dance form, learning the basic techniques, movement, and a dance or dances indicative of the form. The material will be further explored through historical, cultural and political perspectives. This course culminates in a performance or lecture demonstration.

Particulars: Required course for dance and movement studies majors. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement. May be taken up to three times for credit.

DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation (1 hour)

Content: This course is an investigation of the body's potential to move without preconception. Explorations in a variety of improvisational forms emphasize group interplay, problem-solving, and inner listening in order to reveal new movement vocabularies and increase kinesthetic awareness.

Particulars: Required course for dance and movement studies majors and minors. May be taken up to three times for credit. Fulfills PED requirement. Prerequisite for Choreography I.

CHOREOGRAPHY AND PERFORMANCE                                           

 

The Emory Dance Company performs pieces choreographed by DANC 350 (Choreography II) students for its spring concert.

 

DANC 250: Choreography I (3 hours)

Content:This is a dance composition course designed to allow the student to discover new ideas about movement in a nurturing and experimental environment. Students develop and perform solo studies with an emphasis placed on the development of personal movement vocabulary, phrase building, and the exploration of choreographic tools. Discussion, critiquing, and descriptive writing about their choreographic processes will supplement direct physical work.

Particulars: Prerequisite - DANC 150R: Movement Improvisation. Required course for dance and movement studies majors and minors. Must be a declared dance and movement studies major or minor, or permission of instructor.

DANC 350: Choreography II (5 hours)

Content: Students will utilize skills acquired in Choreography I. Choreography II emphasizes deeper exploration and understanding of the elements of space, time, and energy in group works. This course meets twice a week, with an additional evening lab for viewing and critiquing works in progress. Students participate in many aspects of the production process.

Particulars: Movement Improvisation (DANC 150) and Choreography I (DANC 250) are prerequisites. 

DANC 360R: Choreographic Laboratory (2 hours)

Content:This course is designed to provide additional working experience in creating choreographic work. In addition, students participate in many aspects of the production process.

Particulars: Movement Improvisation (DANC 150), Choreography I (DANC 250), and Choreography II (DANC 350) are prerequisites. May be taken up to two times for credit.

(above) Emory Dance Company, fall 2010

DANC 207R: Emory Dance Company (1-2 hours)

Content: As a member of Emory Dance Company, students will perform in a fully produced dance concert. Students gain performance techniques, learn about ensemble dancing, and often contribute in the making of original choreographic work. In addition, students will gain experience in some of the technical aspects of dance concert production.

Particulars: Course admission is by audition. Simultaneous enrollment in a dance technique class is required. Credit hours are assigned in accordance with the number of works in which a student participates. May be taken up to eight times for credit. Evaluation procedures announced in class. Fulfills PED requirement.

SOMATICS                                                                                                      

 

Alexander Technique class
Instructor Holly Godwin demonstrates in her Alexander Technique class.

 

DANC 226: Topics in Somatic Practices (1-4 hours)

Content: Somatic movement education builds a relationship between the body and mind by guiding the mover through a process of full body integration. A variety of somatic practices may be covered, including Bartenieff Fundamentals, Iyengar-based yoga, and GYROKINESIS® movement training. Somatic practices can be applied to everyday activities and performance, affecting levels of confidence and encouraging authenticity.

Particulars: Fulfills PED requirement

 

DANCE HISTORY AND THEORY                                                            

DANC 229: Introduction to Dance (3 hours)

Content: Introduction to Dance is an overview of dance as an expressive art form, a symbolic language, and an integral aspect of world cultures. The course is designed to help students grasp a range of cultural, aesthetic, and bodily worlds from which dance is born. Course work enables students to develop intuitive and verbal skills which allow them to articulate about movement and its meaning. This is supported by direct physical experience in various dance forms, styles, genres, and throughly exploring the creative process.

Particulars: Course material will be presented through a series of lectures, guest speakers, performance observations, discussions, and actual movement experiences. No prerequisites required.

DANC 220: History of Western Concert Dance (4 hours)

Content: This course traces the development of Western concert dance from 15th century European court dance to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the development of American modern dance, postmodern dance, and current dance artists.

Particulars: This course is required for all dance and movement studies majors and minors. Must be a declared dance and movement studies major or minor or permission of instructor.

DANC 240: Dance Literacy (3 hours)

Content: This course will provide a framework for observing, analyzing, notating, and understanding movement as an expressive, communicative form. Movement literacy skills are demonstrated through the body by building relationships between Body, Space, Shape, and Effort. By utilizing Rudolph Laban’s Movement Analysis system (LMA), emphasis is placed on embodying movement intention and discovering context and meaning in stylistic patterns of movement.

Particulars: Extensive readings, movement studies, discussions, and video observation will be the means of gathering data. No prerequisites required. Required course for dance and movement studies majors.

DANC 329: Contemporary Issues in the Performing Arts (4 hours)

Content: This course examines the practical, aesthetic, and current issues of the performing arts as a fine art and profession with an emphasis on dance. Focus areas in the course generally include the arts in higher education, arts advocacy, grant writing and presentation skills, the arts as a reflection of contemporary culture, and guest lectures from a myriad of professionals in dance and other areas of the performing arts. Individual subtopics in the course will vary depending on topical issues and immediate resources. The course material is delivered via readings, discussions, project-based assignments, guest speakers, and field trips as appropriate.

Particulars: Required course for dance and movement studies majors. Permission only.

Pedagogy class teaching at Glenn School
Students in DANC 330 (Dance Pedagogy) teach at the Glenn School for Young Children.

DANC 330: Dance Pedagogy (3 hours)

Content: This course develops communicative, leadership, and creative skills while preparing the student for his/her role as a dance educator. Movement is developed as a kinesthetic tool for learning. Content includes the history of dance education, educational theories, development of original lesson plans, and practical teaching experiences in the Atlanta community.

Particulars: Permission of instructor recommended.

 


SPECIAL TOPICS AND INTERDISCIPLINARY COURSES              

 

DANC 211: Tango: Argentina's Art Form (3 hours)

Content: This course for music and dance students to study Argentine tango in Buenos Aires will intersect scholarly studies of tango history and culture with performance practice. It will provide an authentic, holistic learning experience for students to understand how theory and practice inform each other. Music and dance majors and minors only, or by permission of instructor with letter of recommendation by a music or dance professor.

Particulars: Same as MUS 211. Instructor consent required to enroll in this course.

 

 

DANC 230: Principles of Design (4 hours)

Content: The focus of this course is on design for dance, providing students with a theoretical and practical understanding of the processes involved in conceiving and executing stage designs. It will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of set, costume, and lighting design. In a broader sense, it is aimed at helping students hear and experience music and dance with a richer sense of its visual qualities.

Particulars:
A $40 supplies fee will be charged to students’ Bursar accounts.

DANC 340: Arts Writing and Criticism (4 hours)

Content: This course will be conducted as a professional workshop. During the semester, students will be required to produce a series of critical articles covering a wide spectrum of fields from music to books, dance to theater and the visual arts. Class sessions and assignments will be devoted to nurturing the requisite skills needed to become a successful reviewer or critic. Students will write reviews and talk about what goes into a well-done review. The role of the critic, various issues of fairness and public responsibility, and how a journalist goes about learning a particular critical beat will be discussed. The seminar will include talks by faculty from Journalism, Dance, Music and Theater Studies, as well as visiting professional critics.

Particulars: Permission of the department required.

DANC 385: Special Topics in Dance and Movement Studies (1-4 hours)

Content: Course based on selected topics in dance or movement studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

DANC 385: Special Topics: Actors and Dancers: Text and Movement (4 hours)

Content: This course is designed to guide students towards a more in-depth understanding of the creative process of theater and dance. The translation of dramatic text into movement and movement into dramatic text will give students the opportunity to investigate both theater technique and dance theory. Students will explore gesture and articulation of the body in space utilizing music/sound and text. Students will also explore emotion, persona and interior life as a means to enhancing and strengthening the performance experience.

Particulars: Grading will be primarily based on class participation and presentation. A brief response paper and in-class worksheets may also be included. Students can expect two out-of-class rehearsals and a showcase presentation at the end of the semester.

 

Dance and Embodied Knowledge class
Students dance during REL 334, Dance and Embodied Knowledge.

 

REL 334: Dance and Embodied Knowledge
(4 hours)

Content: This is an interdisciplinary course in religion, dance, and South Asian studies. The course will provide a context in which to experience and analyze the nature of embodied knowledge and the creative power of performance, particularly in the Indian context.

The focus of this class is to explore ways in which the body knows and participates in ritual and religious knowledge. We will pay particular attention to differences in the ways in which the body and dance are perceived in myth, sculpture/image, aesthetic theories, and dance itself. One class each week will be spent learning basic movements of Kuchipudi classical dance under the instruction of master dancer, choreographer, and teacher Sasikala Penumarthi (an Artist Affiliate in the Dance Program). The other two class periods will frame dance movement with discussions of Indian aesthetic theories, Hindu mythology (Kuchipudi dance choreography draws from Hindu mythological tradition), and western performance theories. We will consider "how and what performance creates" in practice, rather than just theory. No dance experience is necessary, but full participation is required.

Particulars: Four short response papers, mid-term and final exams, attendance at two out-of-class performances of Indian dance, and class participation (including dance classes). There are no prerequisites for this class.


FRESHMAN SEMINARS                                                                   

Topics may vary from year to year. Below are examples of past seminars.

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: All About Yoga (3 hours)

Content: This is a theory practice course which explores many facets of yoga including philosophy, mythology, history, intention, and current trends, as well as the practice of basic yoga postures (asanas).

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: Contemplate, Create, Debate: The Arts According to You (3 hours)

Content: Philosophy, the arts, and criticism come together in this course that traces the history of artistic thinking from the early Greeks, to the naughty Europeans, to our current artistic climate. Students will create, perform, produce, examine, and begin to define their own aesthetics by taking in as much art and culture as one can in a semester! Guest lectures, abstract thinking, and a journey into unfamiliar arts-driven territory will define the class. Students will have the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience with different artistic genres, including music, theater, visual arts, and dance.

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: Creativity and Collaboration (3 hours)

Content: This is a seminar class that will explore the theory and practice of creativity and collaboration in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Students will have a primary focus on one of the four disciplines and significant participation with the other three. Course work will include readings, journals, creative projects and performance work.

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: Mettle and Muscle: Getting Comfortable In Your Own Skin (3 hours)

Content: This class is designed to help “get you out of yourself” and “build” a confident presence through creative movement and vocal exercises.  Conducted in an adventurous atmosphere that encourages experimentation, improvisation, and personal exploration, students will learn to become more confident individuals and dynamic communicators.  This class is co-taught by faculty in the Department of Theater Studies and Dance and is appropriate for the following:  men and women interested in developing personal awareness and public confidence, international students, performance students, business students, and ALL students seeking spontaneity and creativity in self-expression.

Particulars: Evaluation Procedures:  Grades will be based on the following:  rigorous attendance, energetic and committed class participation, timely submission of brief worksheets/responses, consistent journal entries and completion of journal assignments, development of experiential projects, taking the initiative to outline personal goals and aspirations for achievement and improvement.

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: Connecting the Mind to the Moving Body (3 hours)

Content: This course focuses on exploring the interconnectedness body and mind through somatic and movement experiences. Students will focus on the ways somatic practice informs and intertwines with one’s intellectual life, cultural identity, and embodied life experiences. This course will present an experiential overview of different somatic practices (i.e. Alexander, ideokinesis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Kinetic Awareness) with an emphasis on GYROKINESIS® movement training. Gyrokinesis focuses on core strength, circular and spiral movements, spine flexibility, use of breath, and rhythmic flow. This class will be supported with various guest movement teachers, readings, discussions, journaling, a series of short papers, and a final project. This course would be a great choice for any student who has a background in dance, yoga, tai chi, pilates or any movement form and is interested in different ways of looking at and experiencing movement.

DANC 190: Freshman Seminar: The Art of Eating (3 hours)

Content: This course explores the many social, cultural, economic, and ritualistic practices surrounding the human need for food and eating. Students bring to the table their own eating traditions and discover facts, stories, and representations of food and eating through readings, guest speakers, and the creative and performing arts. The course is linked with the Emory Community Partnership program and will have a community engagement component. Students create a performance work as a final project.

 

SPECIAL PROJECTS                                                                                   

DANC 491R Special Projects: Performance (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed projects, under faculty supervision and evaluation. May be repeated for credit when project varies

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit. Students enrolled in this course must also be enrolled in a technique class for credit.

DANC 492R: Special Projects: Technical Production (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed technical production projects in dance under faculty supervision.

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 493R: Special Projects: Historical/Theoretical Research (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed historical and/or theoretical research projects under faculty supervision.

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 494R: Special Projects: Internship (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed internship projects under faculty supervision.

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit.

 

Student Kaitlyn Pados performs during her honors thesis concert in 2010.

 

DANC 495A, B Special Projects: Honors Thesis (1-4 hours)

Content: Open by permission to candidates for honors in their senior year.

Particulars: Consent of department only. Must be taken in addition to the major requirements. Open by permission to candidates for honors in their senior year.

DANC 496R: Special Projects: Studio/Teaching Assistant (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed pedagogical projects in dance under faculty supervision.

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 497R: Special Projects: Choreography (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed choreographic projects under faculty supervision.

Particulars: By consent of department only. May be taken up to four times for credit.

DANC 499R: Special Projects in Dance and Movement Studies (1-4 hours)

Content: This course provides students with an opportunity to explore individually designed projects, under faculty supervision and evaluation. May be taken up to four times for credit when project varies.

Particulars: By consent of department only.