conservatory of dance

Graduate Dance Courses

Please note that these graduate courses are limited to MFA students in the Conservatory of Dance.

DPC 5000–5999
DPD 5000–5999
DPG 5000–5999
DPM 5000–5999

DPC 5000–5999:

Advanced Improvisation
DPC 5010
/ 1 credit / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Through structured assignments, students investigate their own physical vocabulary, explore trust, and open new personal-movement boundaries.

Choreography I and II (Choreography Track)
DPC 5115 and 5215 / 2 credits (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Highly concentrated studies designed to develop choreographic proficiency and strengthen understanding and application in both structured work and the student’s own creative concepts. In the fall, these works are presented in workshop format at the end of the semester. In spring, these works are presented in an informal concert in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Choreology I, II, III, IV
DPC 5120, 5220, 5320, 5420
/ 3 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II, IV: Spring
Research and analysis of the choreographic importance of works, as reflected by history, design, music, visual arts, and the social/political climate. Divided into four periods: classic, romantic, modern, and postmodern. A thorough and complete investigation surrounds major repertory and its impact on the state-of-the-art form, as it is evolving today.

Pilates I
DPC 5300
(Fall) and 5350 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
The authentic Pilates mat workout, a technique for core conditioning, for novice or entry-level students. This course is the basis for the Pilates method of body conditioning. The class sessions include work on the Pilates exercises and address the history, philosophy, and methodology of Joseph H. Pilates.

Choreography III and IV (Choreography Track)
DPC 5315 and 5415 / 2 credits (per semester)
III: Fall; IV: Spring
A continuation of DPC 5215. Works are presented in a fully produced, major concert.

Pilates II
DPC 5325
/ .5 credit / Fall
The authentic Pilates mat workout for students with prior Pilates experience. This course is the basis for the Pilates method of body conditioning. In each class session, students work out; examine the history of the Pilates method and its creator, Joseph H. Pilates; discuss the six principles of the method and the importance of the Powerhouse; and incorporate the five elements of the mind.

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DPD 5000–5999:

Documenting Dance: A Video Production Guide for Choreographers
DPD 5070
/ 2 credits / Every semester
In the first semester, students learn the basic tools of video production and how they apply to archiving, grant proposals, and promotional materials. The second semester is devoted to creating dances for the camera and the application of nonfiction filmmaking techniques to documentation of the choreographic process.

Music Seminar I, II, III
DPD 5120, 5220, 5320
/ 1 credit (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II: Spring
Tailored to the student’s background and future goals, these seminars intensely integrate the student’s application and understanding of music with his or her choreography or performance and teaching.

Studio Pedagogy I, II, III
DPD 5125, 5225, 5230
/ 2 credits (per semester)
I, III: Fall; II: Spring
Through a combined format of seminar and practical application, students study pedagogy of dance technique and teach technique classes in their field of experience to both dancers and nondancers.

Composition Pedagogy I and II
DPD 5145
and 5245 / 1 credit (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Students monitor and observe as master teachers deliver the composition curriculum to BFA students, followed by a practical application in the students’ own choreography of the principles learned in those classes. Students also create their own syllabi for college-level composition classes.

Composition Pedagogy III and IV
DPD 5345
and 5445 / 1 credit (per semester)
III: Fall; IV: Spring
The master-apprentice tradition continues while the students develop their own syllabi and course proposals for college-level choreography classes.
Prerequisite: DPD 5245 (for DPD 5345) and 5345 (for DPD 5445)

Student/Teacher Practicum
DPD 5450
(Fall) and 5455 (Spring)
2 credits (per semester) / Every year
Students apply and are selected to be mentored in teaching ballet or modern technique classes for students in other disciplines.

Shared Student/Teacher Practicum
DPD 5460
(Fall) and 5465 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
Students apply and are selected to be mentored in teaching ballet and modern technique classes with another person for students in other disciplines.

Repertory and Rehearsal I and II (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPD 5510 and 5610 / 1 credit (per semester)
I: Fall; II: Spring
Students learn, develop, rehearse, and prepare a performance of repertory. Classic and contemporary choreographers’ works are researched and presented with historical background and inherent stylistic differences. Repertory selections vary according to the student’s experience and interests.

Graduate Dance Technique
DPD 5800
(Fall) and 5820 (Spring)
1–6 credits (per semester) / Every year
The goal of these courses is to expand the student’s movement vocabulary while strengthening and refining the choreographic ability to choose materials that artistically and aesthetically express the student’s creative and performing perspectives.

Repertory and Rehearsal III and IV
DPD 5810
and 5815 / 1 credit (per semester)
III: Fall; IV: Spring
A fully produced concert in the Dance Theatre Lab, shared with other MFA candidates in the same class. One performance piece must be classical and one must be contemporary.

Independent Study
DPD 5997
/ Variable credits / Every semester
Designed by each student with the MFA director and advisor to implement the student’s training and enable the student to pursue specific curricular interests.
Formerly offered as DPD 5900.

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DPG 5000–5999:

Graduate Presentation I (Choreography Track)
DPG 5110 / 2 credits / Fall
A showing, shared with other MFA candidates, of the student’s works created during the semester in the choreography class. If choreographers apply to perform in these presentations, they must be approved by the MFA Board of Study.

Graduate Presentation I (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPG 5115 / 2 credits / Fall
A showing, shared with other MFA candidates, of work researched in Repertory and Rehearsal.

Graduate Seminar I
DPG 5120
/ 1 credit / Fall
A seminar with units focusing on research on standards in the field, current trends, and development of a dance residency plan.

Graduate Presentation II (Choreography Track)
DPG 5210 / 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of DPG 5110. A produced concert in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Graduate Presentation II (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPG 5215 / 2 credits / Spring
A continuation of DPG 5115. A produced concert in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Graduate Seminar II
DPG 5220
/ 1 credit / Spring
A seminar with units focusing on the dance profession today, with emphasis on dance administration and the role of the producer.

Your Brain on Art: Explorations in Neuroaesthetics
DPG 5280
/ 4 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
In this exploration of neuroaesthetics, students examine the ways in which new advances in cognitive research have enriched people’s understanding and appreciation of art making. Art forms covered include dance, music, and visual arts.

Graduate Presentation III (Choreography Track)
DPG 5310 / 2 credits / Fall
A continuation of DPG 5210. A fully produced concert, shared with other MFA candidates, in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Graduate Presentation III (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPG 5315 / 2 credits / Fall
A continuation of DPG 5215. A fully produced concert, shared with other MFA candidates, in the Dance Theatre Lab.

Graduate Seminar III
DPG 5320 / 1 credit / Fall
A seminar with units focusing on the dance profession today, with emphasis on professional marketing and development, career building, dance in higher education, and interview and press-kit preparation.
Prerequisite: DPG 5220

Graduation Choreography Concert (Choreography Track)
DPG 5410 / 3 credits / Spring
Under the supervision of the MFA Board of Study, each student prepares, produces, and presents work in collaboration with other MFA choreographers. The venue is determined by the MFA Board of Study.

Graduation Performance Concert (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPG 5415 / 3 credits / Spring
Under the supervision of the MFA Board of Study, students perform one classical and one contemporary piece of approved repertory. The venue is determined by the MFA Board of Study.

Pedagogy Graduation Project (Performance/Teaching Track)
DPG 5430 / 2 credits / Spring
The final-semester culmination of the previous three semesters of practical and seminar work, demonstrated through a paper, an oral presentation, and final teaching classes, observed and evaluated by the MFA Board of Study.

DPM 5000–5999:

Contact Improvisation
DPM 5330
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Introduces dancers to the fundamentals of contact improvisation technique and explores contact improvisation as a dance and performance practice in duet, group, and solo form.

Somatic Practice for Dancers
DPM 5550
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Somatic practice for dancers, including Continuum, the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, yoga, and massage therapy.

Updated April 25, 2014

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