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PURCHASE COLLEGE CATALOG 2016–18
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Undergraduate Dance Courses: Modern

Jazz Dance
DPM 1002
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
Designed for all students interested in the technique and practice of jazz dance in the contemporary styles used in theatre today.

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.

Introduction to Modern Dance
DPM 1060
/ 1.5 credits / Every semester
For beginners and those with little dance experience, or those who have not had modern training for many years. Includes warm-up exercises, alignment focus, and movement patterns and combinations.

Intermediate Modern
DPM 1070
/ 1.5 credits / Every semester
Intermediate-level course in modern dance, designed especially for students in all disciplines.
Prerequisite: DPM 1060 or permission of instructor

Introduction to Improvisation
DPM 1090
/ 1.5 credits / Special topic (offered irregularly)
An introduction to improvisation in movement, exploring the creative process as it is alive within the moving body. Students should come with a desire to move, an open mind, and willingness to explore. Open to all levels of ability; no previous dance experience is necessary.

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.

Dance Styles
DPM 1350
and 3350 / .5 credit (per semester) / Every semester
Focuses on training performers in various movement styles, including musical theatre, Gaga, West African, jazz, and text and movement.

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.

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.

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.

Dance Styles
DPM 3350
Refer to DPM 1350 and 3350 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.

Modern Dance Technique IV
DPM 4010
(Fall) and 4020 (Spring)
1.5 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.


For updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/Arts/Dance/BFAcourses.aspx.

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Dance BFA Program

Concentrations &
Academic Requirements:

Performance
Ballet
Dance Composition
Dance Production

Undergraduate Courses:
DPB 1000–4999
DPC 1000–4999
DPD 1000–4999
DPM 1000–4999
Arts Open Access*
*open to students in other disciplines


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