Feb 02, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 051 - Beginning Choreography and Dance

Lower division

Full credit


MTuWTh, 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM


This course delves deeply into exploring the art of choreography and dance movement practice. The dance movement portion of the class will be centered on the lyrical modern dance genre to develop strength, musicality, and performance skills through daily dance practice. The choreographic portion of the class will entail the development of a dance from beginning to end centered on your own movement practice and choice of genre. Through use of structured improvisation and movement assignments, the students will discover ways to generate movement and expand their own movement vocabulary. We will discuss the foundations of choreography, use of choreographic tools, metaphor, music, and theme development. Group discussions will assist in aiding the choreographer toward personal insight and reflection when making choreographic choices. This course will foster individual creativity, expressivity, and confidence. An informal showing of the final work is scheduled for the final day of Jan term. One off-campus event and guest artists’ master classes are included in the course and are designed to enhance the overall experience.


Core Designation: Creative Practice

Instructor(s): Catherine Davalos

Email:  cdavalos@stmarys-ca.edu



Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  None
Course Fee:  100

Credits: 1

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