Undergraduate Dance Courses: DPM 1000–4999

Modern Dance Technique I
DPM 1010
(Fall) and 1020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique course that provides intermediate-level training for students in Level I modern technique. Students improve and reinforce technical proficiency, artistic growth, and performance skills. They also build and retain a movement range and vocabulary that demonstrates an increase in strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance through classical and contemporary modern dance techniques. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPM 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Modern Technique level.

Contact Improvisation
DPM 1330
(Fall) and 1331 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
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.

Modern Partnering
DPM 1510
(Fall) and 1520 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
Explores the movement ranges of modern partnering, trust, and the physical expertise required through choreographed combinations mastered weekly in class.

Somatic Practice for Dancers
DPM 1550
/ .5 credit / Every semester
Somatic practice for dancers, including Continuum, the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, yoga, and massage therapy.

Special Modern Technique: First Year
DPM 1800
(Fall) and 1820 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
Class in modern/contemporary dance technique for freshman dance majors.

Modern Dance Technique II
DPM 2010
(Fall) and 2020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique course that provides advanced-level training for students in Level II modern technique. Students improve and reinforce technical proficiency, artistic growth, and performance skills. They also build and retain a movement range and vocabulary that demonstrates an increase in strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance through classical and contemporary modern dance techniques. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPM 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Modern Technique level.

Modern Dance Technique III
DPM 3010
(Fall) and 3020 (Spring)
1.5 credits (per semester) / Every year
A year-long technique course that provides intermediate/professional-level training for students in Level III modern technique. Students improve and reinforce technical proficiency, artistic growth, and performance skills. They also build and retain a movement range and vocabulary that demonstrates an increase in strength, agility, flexibility, and endurance through classical and contemporary modern dance techniques. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. In the fall, students register for DPM 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Modern Technique level.

Modern Repertory
DPM 3050
(Fall) and 3060 (Spring)
.5 credit (per semester) / Every year
Students work under the direction of faculty and/or guest choreographers on repertory material designed for this course. Content includes artistic interpretation, style, musicality, and coaching relevant to the movement presented weekly and developed throughout the semester.

Purchase Dance Company
DPM 3055
Refer to DPB 3055 for description.

Special Modern Technique: Upper Level
DPM 3800
(Fall) and 3820 (Spring)
1 credit (per semester) / Every year
Class in modern/contemporary dance technique; six semesters required (sophomore through senior year).

Modern Dance Technique IV
DPM 4010
(Fall) and 4020 (Spring)
3 credits (per semester) / Special topic (offered irregularly)
A year-long technique course. Placement audition required; placement by faculty. Two semesters of Modern Dance Technique IV are required for BFA dance performance students. In the fall, students register for DPM 1230 and are then assigned to the appropriate Modern Technique level.


For updates during 2013–2015, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/BFAcourses.aspx.

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