PURCHASE COLLEGE CATALOG 2016–18
Draft in progress
Undergraduate Dance Courses: Composition
DPC 1010 (Fall) and 1020 (Spring) / 1 credit (per semester) / Every year
A year-long course, required for freshman dance majors, taught through directed improvisation, lecture, and discussion. This course, which explores movement improvisational approaches and methodologies, is an entry into the creative trajectory that leads to composition and dance making. Open to students in other disciplines.
DPC 1300 (Fall) and 1350 (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. Open to students in other disciplines.
DPC 1310 (Fall) and 1360 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
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. Open to students in other disciplines.
Modern Composition II
DPC 2010 (Fall) and 2020 (Spring) / 2 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long course, required for all sophomore dance majors, that explores basic compositional structures and movement development techniques. Students are introduced and encouraged to investigate processes in dance making and the craft of choreography. They explore dance ideas through in-class improvisations and compositional tasks leading to the development of dance studies. These choreographic studies are presented in class at progressive stages of development. Feedback sessions, discussions, lectures, readings, critical analysis, and journaling enrich the students’ understanding of the creative process and the range of approaches explored, and develop their observation and critiquing skills.
Prerequisite: DPC 1010 and 1020
DPC 2200 (Fall) and 2210 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A continuation of DPC 1010 and 1020, this workshop focuses on increasing movement possibilities specific to each student. Concepts of body sequencing and thrust/counterthrust are combined with improvisatory techniques. Open to students in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: DPC 1010 and 1020
Modern Composition III
DPC 3010 (Fall) and 3020 (Spring) / 2 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long course, required for all junior dance majors. Deepens the choreographic skill set and intuitive awareness in students, preparing them for their junior composition project. The junior composition project is required to proceed to the senior project. Open to students in other disciplines.
Prerequisite: DPC 2010 and 2020
Modern Composition IV
DPC 4010 (Fall) and 4020 (Spring) / 1 credit (per semester) / Every year
A year-long course, required for all dance majors except those in the dance production concentration. Develops students’ unique artistic voice as they create group dances in varied styles in preparation for their senior composition project. Class discussions include an exploration of other art forms (film, video, opera, musical theatre) and their relationship to choreography.
Prerequisite: DPC 3010 and 3020
Participation in Senior Project
DPC 4890 / 1 credit / Every semester
Dancers in senior project productions. Evaluations and selection of participants are made by seniors with approval of the faculty Senior Project Committee.
Senior Project I and II
DPC 4990 and 4991 / 3 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long graduation requirement for the dance performance and ballet concentrations. Students must perform one repertory piece that reflects technical and artistic work offered at Purchase and one composition piece that demonstrates their ability to work with dancers, movement, music, and theatrical staging. In addition, a proposal, artistic statement, résumé, professional photo, and paper summarizing the project are required. Consult the Senior Project Guidelines booklet for details.
A year-long graduation requirement for the composition concentration. Students must create and present a maximum of 30 minutes of choreography that includes one solo, duet, or trio and two large group pieces. In addition, a proposal, artistic statement, résumé, professional photo, and paper summarizing the project are required. Consult the Senior Project Guidelines booklet for details.
Dance Production Concentration:
A year-long graduation requirement for the dance production concentration. Students must complete two projects: (1) produce a senior project concert involving publicity and programming, scheduling rehearsals, producing the performance, designing or executing costumes, and designing lights for the concert; and (2) stage manage a senior concert. Sequence of projects is the student’s choice. A paper summarizing the project is also required.
For updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/BFAcourses.aspx.