DPB 1000: Ballet Vocabulary

A lecture course focusing on the knowledge of ballet nomenclature.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1010: Ballet Technique I

The fall semester of a year-long technique class that provides intermediate-level training for students in Level I ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPB 1020: Ballet Technique I

The spring semester of a year-long technique class that provides intermediate-level training for students in Level I ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB1010

Department: Dance
DPB 1030: Ballet Theory

Emphasis on the basic techniques of classical ballet.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1040: Ballet Theory

Emphasis on the basic techniques of classical ballet.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1060: Introduction to Ballet

Classical ballet course designed especially for students in all disciplines.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPB 1080: Intermediate Ballet

Intermediate-level course in classical ballet, designed especially for students in all disciplines.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPB 1300: Special Ballet/Partnering: First Year

A classical ballet technique class for the freshman dance major. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux. from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1400: Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I/Freshmen

Proper use of ballet technique while on pointe. Includes ballet barre warm-up and strengthening exercises at the barre and in the center, followed by classical phrases and/or variations.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1550: Advanced Pointe I

Provides intermediate and advanced-level training in ballet technique, with additional emphasis on pointe work. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. A regular class session consists of barre, adagio, center practice, a traveling or waltz combination, petit allegro, and grand allegro.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPB 1610: Special Ballet/Partnering: First Year

A classical ballet technique class for the freshman dance major. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1654: Men’s Class/Partnering

The fall semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1655: Men’s Class/Partnering

The fall semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux. from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1664: Men’s Class/Partnering: First Year

The spring semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1665: Men's Class/Variation

The spring semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1670: Men's Class/Partnering: First Year

The fall semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1671: Men's Class/Partnering: First Year

The spring semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1800: Special Ballet Technique: First Year

Classical ballet technique class for freshman dance majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 1820: Special Ballet Technique: First Year

Classical ballet technique class for freshman dance majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 2010: Ballet Technique II

A year-long technique class that provides advanced-level training for students in Level II ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB1020

Department: Dance
DPB 2020: Ballet Technique II

A year-long technique class that provides advanced-level training for students in Level II ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required; placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB2010

Department: Dance
DPB 3010: Ballet Technique III

A year-long technique class that provides advanced/professional level training for students in Level III ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required, placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB2020

Department: Dance
DPB 3020: Ballet Technique III

A year-long technique class that provides advanced/professional level training for students in Level III ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. Placement audition required, placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB3010

Department: Dance
DPB 3030: Men's Class/Partnering I

The fall semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3031: Men's Class/Partnering

The spring semester of a year-long class focusing on pirouettes, jumps, tour en l’air, petit allegro, grand allegro, virtuoso steps, and the musical quality of male variations in dance. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3055: Purchase Dance Company

Students participate in the process of rehearsing a ballet work to be performed at the Performing Arts Center, on tour, or in the Dance Theatre Lab. In a practical application of technique, students are required to analyze movement vocabulary and adapt general principles to specific movement challenges. They also engage in various professional models of creating, rehearsing, and performing: learning material taught by the choreographer, altering or inflecting material as directed, and responding to creative assignments. Students practice receiving and/or participating in critical feedback and are guided in understanding the individual performer’s responsibility in achieving the success of the whole work.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPB 3530: Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I

A continuation of DPB 1400. Audition required.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3535: Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe I

A continuation of DPB 1400. Audition required.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3540: Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation

A continuation of DPB 3530 and 3535. Audition required.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: DPB3535

Department: Dance
DPB 3545: Ballet Technique: Advanced Pointe II/Variation

A continuation of DPB 3530 and 3535. Audition required.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: DPB3535 Or DPB3540

Department: Dance
DPB 3550: Advanced Pointe II

Provides intermediate and advanced-level training in ballet technique, with additional emphasis on pointe work. Emphasis is placed on correct body alignment, awareness of musical phrasing and performance, knowledge of classical ballet vocabulary, and understanding of training principles. A regular class session consists of barre, adagio, center practice, a traveling or waltz combination, petit allegro, and grand allegro.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPB 3571: Special Ballet/Partnering

A classical ballet technique class for sophomore, junior, and senior dance majors. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3800: Special Ballet Technique

Classical ballet technique class.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 3820: Special Ballet Technique

Classical ballet technique class.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPB 4010: Ballet Technique IV

A year-long technique class. Placement audition required, placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB3020

Department: Dance
DPB 4020: Ballet Technique IV

A year-long technique class. Placement audition required, placement by faculty.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPB4010

Department: Dance
DPB 4600: Special Ballet/Partnering

A classical ballet technique class for sophomore, junior, and senior dance majors. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: DPB1610

Department: Dance
DPB 4610: Special Ballet/Partnering

A classical ballet technique class for sophomore, junior, and senior dance majors. The art of classical ballet partnering is studied and practiced to increase each dancer’s knowledge of the skills required to perform pas de deux. Focuses on reinforcing the basics of classical partnering (adagio, pirouettes, lifts, and grand allegro) and partnerships. Segments of choreography of classical pas de deux from the repertoire are taught.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPC 1700: Composition I: Improvisation Skills

Introduces tools, strategies, and ideologies for spontaneous movement creation, also known as improvisation. Dancers gather research about their individual bodies through guided exercises, discussions, reading, and journaling. Each dancer practices full investment and presence in the current moment. This designated “safe space” for experimentation and discovery allows all participants the freedom to expand beyond their own comfort zones.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPC 1710: Composition I: Improvisation Skills

A continuation of DPC 1700, the spring semester offers a basic foundation for inventing movement and creating an inner voice that is indigenous to the individual. The focus is on developing a physical and mental connection through movement exploration exercises that expand the imagination and memory, creating a limitless and easily accessible language that empowers the individual dancer to physically respond at any moment in time.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPC 2200: Advanced Improvisation

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.

Credits: 1

PREREQ: DPC1020

Department: Dance
DPC 2700: Composition II: Choreographic Principles and Movement Invention

A year-long course, required for all sophomore dance majors, that explores basic compositional structures and movement development techniques. Students will be introduced and encouraged to investigate processes in dance making and the craft of choreography. Students will explore dance ideas through in-class improvisations and compositional tasks leading to the development of dance studies.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPC 2710: Composition II: Choreographic Principles and Movement Invention

Choreographic studies presented in class at progressive stages of development. Feedback sessions, discussions, lectures, readings, critical analysis and journaling play an important role in the learning process as they enrich the student’s understanding of the creative process and the range of approaches explored, as well as develop their observation and critiquing skills.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPC 3700: Composition III: Discovery and Development

Offers the opportunity to continue an exploration of choreography, and encourages students in an investigation of the creative process and the development of their own creativity.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPC 3710: Composition III: Discovery and Development

Dance ideas are explored through improvisation and compositional tasks moving towards the presentation of a group work. Focus on experimentation and discovery, on developing and structuring of movement material to communicate dance images and ideas. Students will continue to develop observation and critiquing skills.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPC 4700: Composition IV-A: Senior Process

An opportunity to continue to explore the process of dance making. The focus is on directing students in an investigation of the creative process and the development of their own creativity. At this level of composition studies, the student should have a firm grasp of structure and form. Students are guided to think quickly and intuitively with instinct, then craft those ideas into choreography.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPC 4710: Composition IV-B: Senior Process

A continuation of the fall course, in the spring semester, students continue exploring dance ideas through compositional tasks, moving toward the presentation of a fully formed choreographic final project. The focus is on experimentation and discovery, and on developing and structuring movement material to communicate images and ideas. Students further develop their observation and critiquing skills in terms of their own work and that of their peers.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPC 4890: Participation in Senior Project

Dancers in senior project productions. Evaluations and selection of participants are made by seniors with approval of the faculty Senior Project Committee.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPD 1030: Dance Freshman Seminar

Freshmen dance majors are given an orientation to the campus and its services, such as health, counseling, and the library, and to the professional dance world. Includes an introduction to the resources and performance spaces in New York City, one of the major dance capitals of the world.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPD 1060: Hip-Hop

A study of the origins and training in the technique of hip-hop as a contemporary form of “street dance.”

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPD 1075: Collaborative Video for Choreography

The first semester offers a foundation for video production with movement; the second semester expands on the basics to explore experimental applications. In this combined lab and lecture course, an emphasis is placed on project-based learning.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1080: Viewing Dance

Introduces students to the art of dance through live performance. Drawing on the resources of the Conservatory of Dance, students meet in the Dance Theatre Lab to view a wide range of performances by dance majors. Pre-performance lectures provide context for the works viewed and explore how dance functions as a form of communication, individual expression, and sociopolitical reflection.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPD 1090: Dance Black America

Surveys the history of black dance in America and highlights the contributions of African American dancers and choreographers to a broad range of genres, including social dance, jazz, tap, modern, ballet, and hip hop. Reveals the interdependent relationship between dance and sociopolitical forces and explores the many contexts that shaped the contributions of African American artists, including plantation practice, minstrel shows, vaudeville, and the concert stage.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPD 1110: The Best of 20th- and 21st-Century Dance

An introduction to major choreographers of the 20th and 21st century with a focus on Western theatrical dance. Original source readings, videos, and discussions reveal dance as an art form imbued with personal aesthetics and influenced by broader sociopolitical contexts. Subject matter includes modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary practice.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPD 1130: Special Topics in Dance: Visiting Scholar

An introduction to traditional and contemporary international dance, presented by a visiting scholar. Topics change annually.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPD 1250: Anatomy for Dancers

A lecture course, required for freshman dance majors, in which students study the skeletal structure, muscles, tendons, and ligaments; movement range in joints; and injury care, cure, and prevention.

Credits: 3

Department: Dance
DPD 1350: Costumes for Dancers

Covers basic costume construction techniques and design principles, with a focus on understanding the challenges of designing costumes for dance.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1653: Music 1-A: Introduction to Rhythm

Introduction to Rhythm aims to train dancers to hear music in a thoughtful, informed, and critical manner by studying elements, terminology, and notation skills. A further aim is to improve students’ musicality when dancing.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPD 1655: Topics in Music

A year-long eclectic exploration of music’s many dimensions as they relate to the professional dancer. Such concepts as line, symmetry, balance, form, tension and release, and force of gravity serve as a bridge between the two disciplines. Landmark musical works are studied, as well as the way various choreographers have approached them. DPD 1655 focuses more on fundamental musical skills (e.g., rhythm, score reading, harmony), while DPD 1665 pursues broader philosophical issues (e.g., the idea of narrative, anti-narrative, texture, and historical style).

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1663: Music 1-B: Introduction to Rhythm

This semester builds upon the foundational work in rhythmic training from the fall. The course aims to train dancers to hear music in a thoughtful, informed, and critical manner by studying elements, terminology, and notation skills. A further aim is to improve students’ musicality when dancing.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPD 1665: Topics in Music

A year-long eclectic exploration of music’s many dimensions as they relate to the professional dancer. Such concepts as line, symmetry, balance, form, tension and release, and force of gravity serve as a bridge between the two disciplines. Landmark musical works are studied, as well as the way various choreographers have approached them. DPD 1655 focuses more on fundamental musical skills (e.g., rhythm, score reading, harmony), while DPD 1665 pursues broader philosophical issues (e.g., the idea of narrative, anti-narrative, texture, and historical style).

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1710: Dance Production I

A year-long course, required for all freshman dance majors. An introduction to basic dance production techniques, including lighting, sound/recording, stage management, and running crew. Involves classwork and crew assignments on dance productions.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1720: Dance Production I

A year-long course, required for all freshman dance majors. An introduction to basic dance production techniques, including lighting, sound/recording, stage management, and running crew. Involves class work and crew assignments on dance productions. Open to students in other disciplines.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 1850: Acting

An introduction to the core elements of the actor’s craft with the goal of developing sensitivity, awareness, and spontaneity on stage. Awareness of the body, voice, mind, and soul is heightened through improvisations, exercises, monologues, nontextual and scene work, and in-class performances. This course builds on the dancers’ work of physical articulation and incorporates a deep attention to psychological intention, character, and emotion. No previous experience required; open to students in other disciplines.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPD 2060: Western Dance History I

A survey of Western theatrical dance. The roots of the ballet in Renaissance Italy and France through 20th-century developments in ballet and modern dance are studied as our cultural heritage. Required for all sophomore dance majors.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 2070: Western Dance History II

A survey of Western theatrical dance. The roots of the ballet in Renaissance Italy and France through 20th-century developments in ballet and modern dance are studied as our cultural heritage. Required for all sophomore dance majors.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: DPD2060

Department: Dance
DPD 2650: Music II

An in-depth exploration of historical style and the elements of music. Fall: Musical masterworks from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, with an analysis of their compositional techniques, along with examples of choreographic works and approaches especially suited to the music cited. Spring: Musical masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The approaches covered include Impressionism, Expressionism, atonality, folk- and jazz-inflected works, Cubist and Dadaist movements, neoclassicism, midcentury experimentalism, indeterminacy, electronic, minimalism, and the influence of world music.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: DPD1650 And DPD1660

Department: Dance
DPD 2660: Music II

An in-depth exploration of historical style and the elements of music. Fall: Musical masterworks from the Baroque, Classical, and Romantic eras, with an analysis of their compositional techniques, along with examples of choreographic works and approaches especially suited to the music cited. Spring: Musical masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries. The approaches covered include Impressionism, Expressionism, atonality, folk- and jazz-inflected works, Cubist and Dadaist movements, neoclassicism, midcentury experimentalism, indeterminacy, electronic, minimalism, and the influence of world music.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: DPD1650 And DPD1660

Department: Dance
DPD 3280: Your Brain on Art: Explorations in Neuroaesthetics

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.

Credits: 4

Department: Dance
DPD 3330: 20th- and 21st-Century Performance

The fall semester of a year-long overview of the development of Western theatrical dance from the early 20th century to the present day. The interdependent relationship between dance and society is revealed as students examine dance as a phenomenon that shapes and is shaped by history, culture, politics, religion, artistry, and aesthetics. Periods and topics covered include modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary practice. DPD 3330 focuses on American choreographers.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: DPD2060 And DPD2070

Department: Dance
DPD 3331: 20th- and 21st-Century Performance

The spring semester of a year-long overview of the development of Western theatrical dance from the early 20th century to the present day. The interdependent relationship between dance and society is revealed as students examine dance as a phenomenon that shapes and is shaped by history, culture, politics, religion, artistry, and aesthetics. Periods and topics covered include modernism, postmodernism, and contemporary practice. DPD 3331 features a global perspective.

Credits: 2

PREREQ: DPD2060 And DPD2070

Department: Dance
DPD 3350: Costumes for Dancers

Learn basic costume construction techniques and design principles, with a focus on understanding the challenges of designing costumes for dance.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPD 3650: Music III

Enables dancers to communicate effectively about music; review scores and recordings; select music for choreography; and increase the musical sensibility of their dancing. Fundamental elements of music across multiple cultures are tied together, and music from the 20th century to the present is explored in the context of important choreography. Student read/perform rhythms in single and mixed meters.

Credits: 3

PREREQ: DPD2650 And DPD2660

Department: Dance
DPD 3880: Junior Project

An evaluation of juniors in all dance concentrations, designed to prepare students for their senior projects. Requirements include: completion of a junior credit audit and a written junior project proposal; preparation of one composition piece, to be presented to the faculty; a performance; and completion of a crew assignment. Required for all junior dance majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPD 4885: Senior Seminar

A seminar for dancers in preparation for their transition into the professional field. Lectures include guest speakers who address relevant issues in career building.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 1010: Modern Dance Technique I

The fall semester of 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.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPM 1020: Modern Dance Technique I

The spring semester of 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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM1010

Department: Dance
DPM 1060: Introduction to Modern Dance

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.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPM 1070: Intermediate Modern

Intermediate-level course in modern dance, designed especially for students in all disciplines.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM1060 Or SOA1280

Department: Dance
DPM 1090: Introduction to Improvisation

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.

Credits: 1.5

Department: Dance
DPM 1330: Contact Improvisation

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.

Credits: .5

PREREQ: DPC1020

Department: Dance
DPM 1331: Contact Improvisation

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.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1510: Special Modern/Partnering

A modern dance technique class for junior and senior dance majors that explores the movement ranges of modern partnering. Trust and the physical expertise required to execute modern partnering are built through choreographed combinations that are mastered weekly in class.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 1520: Special Modern/Partnering

A modern dance technique class for junior and senior dance majors that explores the movement ranges of modern partnering. Trust and the physical expertise required to execute modern partnering are built through choreographed combinations that are mastered weekly in class.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 1551: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Yoga

Students learn the principles of yoga, including meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques), and asana (postures). The focus is on awareness of breath and the body as a means toward self-awareness, both on and off the mat. In calming tensions of the body and busyness of the mind, overall well-being is enhanced. In doing so, students become more aware of how they experience life.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1552: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Fluid Form—A Moving Inquiry Course

Students delve into courting, accessing, and developing creativity, imagination, and innovation through whole-body fluidity. Several creative processes are explored, such as choreography, voice, and movement into text and movement; poetry in motion; writing; acting; and becoming aware of presence and how to embody it in a wide range of performance and life circumstances.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1553: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Alexander Technique

Students learn the principles of the Alexander Technique, a psycho-physical method for re-educating the body. By identifying habitual ways of moving and making a different choice, students can improve the use of their bodies. The focus is on discussion and exploration of major body joints, movement explorations based on everyday actions, and movement explorations from the floor to standing and moving in space.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1554: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Massage

Students learn the basic techniques of Swedish massage and develop their own personal sequence (style) of stroke applications, to be applied in a typical one-hour massage session. The focus is on draping techniques, basic anatomy, pathology, and the “dos and don’ts” of dealing with injuries.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1555: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Pilates - Mat I

Students learn the methodology of Joseph Pilates. The six major principles of the Pilates method of body conditioning, the five elements of the mind, the powerhouse, and core stabilization are explained and discussed. Applying these concepts, students perform the basic Pilates mat exercises.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1556: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Pilates—Mat II

Students learn the methodology of Joseph Pilates. The six major principles of the Pilates method of body conditioning, the five elements of the mind, the powerhouse, and core stabilization are explained and discussed. Applying these concepts, students perform the basic Pilates mat exercises.

Credits: .5

PREREQ: DPM1555 Or DPC1300

Department: Dance
DPM 1557: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Pilates—Equipment I

An introduction to the methodology of Joseph Pilates via his originally designed Pilates equipment, which is spring-based resistance. The focus is on the Reformer; the Cadillac/Wall Units, the Wunda Chair, Electric Chair, and Ladder Barrel, plus additional equipment such as the Small Barrel and Spine Corrector are secondary. Students participate in servicing the Pilates equipment.

Credits: .5

PREREQ: DPM1555 Or DPC1300

Department: Dance
DPM 1558: Somatic Practice for Dancers: Pilates—Equipment II

An introduction to the methodology of Joseph Pilates via his originally designed Pilates equipment, which is spring-based resistance. The focus is on the Reformer; the Cadillac/Wall Units, the Wunda Chair, Electric Chair, and Ladder Barrel, plus additional equipment such as the Small Barrel and Spine Corrector are secondary. Students participate in servicing the Pilates equipment.

Credits: .5

PREREQ: DPM1555

Department: Dance
DPM 1605: Somatic Practice for Dancers: MELT

Students learn the principles of the MELT Method – a self-treatment that improves the body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes. Students learn to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. MELT focuses on a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue to provide the body with ultimate support and optimal mind-body connection.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1606: Somatic Practice for Dancers: MELT

Students learn the principles of the MELT Method – a self-treatment that improves the body’s ability to restore balance and repair itself, which can create remarkable, lasting changes. Students learn to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. MELT focuses on a balanced nervous system and healthy connective tissue to provide the body with ultimate support and optimal mind-body connection.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1610: Africa and Diaspora

An exploration of the diverse dance and drum culture of Africa and the diaspora through dancing, drumming, singing, presentations, and video clips. Cultural learning focuses on the meaning and purpose of the dances and the call-and-response singing, the role of the drum, and social expressions of communal life.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1620: Gaga

Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. It provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. Classes are provided by Gaga USA.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1630: Irish Dance: Investigations

An introduction to the cultural history and contemporary practice of Irish dance. Students learn traditional solo and ensemble Irish dance forms and investigate the stylistic and historical connections between Irish dance and more mainstream forms of ballet and tap dance. Special focus is on choreographic experimentation within traditional Irish dance forms and on learning the repertory of contemporary Irish dance choreographers.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1640: Musical Theatre

Students learn a wide range of choreography from numerous Broadway shows and different eras of dance in the theatre world. The focus is on musicality, improvisation skills, and character development. Choreography is placed in the context of song lyrics and relationships with other dancers and the audience.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1650: Text and Movement

Explores the various uses of text and movement in choreography and performance. Students experiment with the use of movement and pre-existing text, including poetry, prose, and theatrical dialogue. The focus is on the creation of original text and movement. The contemporary work of such choreographers as Bill T. Jones, David Gordon, William Forsythe, and Claire Porter is also investigated.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 1800: Special Modern Technique: First Year

Class in modern/contemporary dance technique for freshman dance majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 1820: Special Modern Technique: First Year

Class in modern/contemporary dance technique for freshman dance majors.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 2010: Modern Dance Technique II

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..

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM1020

Department: Dance
DPM 2020: Modern Dance Technique II

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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM2010

Department: Dance
DPM 3010: Modern Dance Technique III

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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM2020

Department: Dance
DPM 3020: Modern Dance Technique III

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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM3010

Department: Dance
DPM 3050: Modern Repertory

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.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3055: Purchase Dance Company

Students participate in the process of rehearsing a ballet work to be performed at the Performing Arts Center, on tour, or in the Dance Theatre Lab. In a practical application of technique, students are required to analyze movement vocabulary and adapt general principles to specific movement challenges. They also engage in various professional models of creating, rehearsing, and performing: learning material taught by the choreographer, altering or inflecting material as directed, and responding to creative assignments. Students practice receiving and/or participating in critical feedback and are guided in understanding the individual performer’s responsibility in achieving the success of the whole work.

Credits: 2

Department: Dance
DPM 3060: Modern Repertory

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.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3570: Speical Modern/Partnering

A modern dance technique class for junior and senior dance majors that explores the movement ranges of modern partnering. Trust and the physical expertise required to execute modern partnering are built through choreographed combinations that are mastered weekly in class.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 3610: Africa and Diaspora

An exploration of the diverse dance and drum culture of Africa and the diaspora through dancing, drumming, singing, presentations, and video clips. Cultural learning focuses on the meaning and purpose of the dances and the call-and-response singing, the role of the drum, and social expressions of communal life.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3620: Gaga

Gaga is a movement language developed by Ohad Naharin, artistic director of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company. It provides a framework for discovering and strengthening the body and adding flexibility, stamina, and agility while lightening the senses and imagination. Gaga raises awareness of physical weaknesses, awakens numb areas, exposes physical fixations, and offers ways for their elimination. Classes are provided by Gaga USA.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3630: Irish Dance: Investigations

An introduction to the cultural history and contemporary practice of Irish dance. Students learn traditional solo and ensemble Irish dance forms and investigate the stylistic and historical connections between Irish dance and more mainstream forms of ballet and tap dance. Special focus is on choreographic experimentation within traditional Irish dance forms and on learning the repertory of contemporary Irish dance choreographers.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3640: Musical Theatre

Students learn a wide range of choreography from numerous Broadway shows and different eras of dance in the theatre world. The focus is on musicality, improvisation skills, and character development. Choreography is placed in the context of song lyrics and relationships with other dancers and the audience.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3650: Text and Movement

Explores the various uses of text and movement in choreography and performance. Students experiment with the use of movement and pre-existing text, including poetry, prose, and theatrical dialogue. The focus is on the creation of original text and movement. The contemporary work of such choreographers as Bill T. Jones, David Gordon, William Forsythe, and Claire Porter is also investigated.

Credits: .5

Department: Dance
DPM 3800: Special Modern Technique: Upper Level

Class in modern/contemporary dance technique.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 3820: Special Modern Technique: Upper Level

Class in modern/contemporary dance technique.

Credits: 1

Department: Dance
DPM 4010: Modern Dance Technique IV

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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM3020

Department: Dance
DPM 4020: Modern Dance Technique IV

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.

Credits: 1.5

PREREQ: DPM4010

Department: Dance