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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2022 Mason Gross School of the Arts Course Listing Dance 203  

Dance 203
07:203:105 Dance as Art: Discourse and Analysis (3) An introduction to dance as an art form, including study of the historical, cultural, social, and performative contexts of diverse dance forms. Aesthetic, theoretical, and scholarly discourses aim at illuminating how dance functions as a form of communication and personal, aesthetic expression. In addition, students explore the ways in which dance both reflects and comments upon contemporary society. Students develop fundamental dance literacy through critical analysis of dance in live and recorded formats; identify aesthetic concepts and ideas through written and visual media; demonstrate comprehension in utilization of dance vocabulary and terminology; discuss influential choreographers and genres of dance; and articulate critical conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between dance, the arts, and societal concerns. Please note: Students may not receive credit for both 07:203:105 and 07:203:130. Students who completed either 07:203:101 or 07:203:131 may not take 07:203:105 or 07:203:130 for credit.
07:203:110 Introduction to Urban Fusion Dance (2) The study of fusion dance evolving from traditional and contemporary African and African diasporic dance forms, including contemporary dances (for example: "The Dougie," "Gangnam Style," "Harlem Shake," and "Krumping"). This is a high-impact aerobic technique. Students will be introduced to these dance forms through studio practice, video, master class, and performance. Open to nondance majors only.
07:203:115 Introduction to Dance Studies (3) Introduction to the domain of dance practice and theoretical frameworks, within a humanities context that acknowledges the intersection of multiple intelligences. Students observe and describe dance as a performing art and as cultural intervention. Guest artists provide performance demonstrations on a variety of topics including race/ethnicity, gender/sexuality, disability studies, screendance technology, and sound/lighting/costume design, among others. Descriptive and analytic writing required. Open only to dance majors.
07:203:123 Modern Dance 1 (2) Introduction to the fundamentals of movement skills and body awareness in modern dance technique, improvisation, and composition.
07:203:124 Modern Dance 2 (2) Continued development of movement skills, improvisation, and composition in modern dance. Prerequisite: 07:203:123 or permission of instructor.
07:203:130 Dance as Art: Discourse and Analysis Online (3) An introduction to dance as an art form, including study of the historical, cultural, social, and performative contexts of diverse dance forms. Aesthetic, theoretical, and scholarly discourses aim at illuminating how dance functions as a form of communication and personal, aesthetic expression. In addition, students explore the ways in which dance both reflects and comments upon contemporary society. Students develop fundamental dance literacy through critical analysis of dance in live and recorded formats; identity aesthetic concepts and ideas through written and visual media; demonstrate comprehension in utilization of dance vocabulary and terminology; discuss influential choreographers and genres of dance; and articulate critical conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between dance, the arts, and societal concerns.
Please note: Students may not receive credit for both 07:203:105 and 07:203:130. Students who completed either 07:203:101 or 07:203:131 may not take 07:203:105 or 07:203:130 for credit.
07:203:132 History of Broadway Dance Online (3) Explores the evolution of dance in musical theater and on Broadway. Course topics will include a historical survey of dance on Broadway; an examination of the reciprocal relationship of Broadway dance to economic and cultural change; and a close look at the power structure and organization of Broadway musicals. The evolution of Broadway dance steps and styles and the contribution of notable dancers will be examined.
07:203:133 Dance in Instanbul: Whirling, Belly Dancing, and Revolving Around East and West (3) An overview about dance in Istanbul from the 16th century to the present including the implications of modernity, gender, state, and religion on dance forms, with a brief summary of debates regarding the dancing body in Turkish Islamic culture. Belly dance will be explored using different points of view within the contexts of Orientalism, feminism, and exoticism. Dances in religious rituals and sacred ceremonies of the present day will be examined through text and video.
07:203:134 Dance in Israel: Body, Ideology, and Culture (3) Survey of Israel's concert dance history, from roots in imported styles in the pre- and immediate post-state decades to the blossoming of a homegrown Israeli contemporary dance within the last few decades. Topics include aesthetic influences, significant artists, and recent innovations, with discussions about technical, stylistic, and thematic concerns. Throughout the course, dance is situated within a larger historical, sociopolitical context, and connections to politics, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, and culture are considered.
07:203:135 Dance Forms in Africa (3) Explores dance forms from different cultures in different blocks on the African continent. Through readings, viewings, and engagement with movement, students use skills of observation, movement learning, and contextual and comparative analysis, focusing on the social, cultural, religious, and political significance of African dance forms. Types and functions of traditional African dances, contexts of performance, and their unique characteristics will also be explored.
07:203:136 Dance in India (3) Covers a wide range of forms practiced in India in the 20th and 21st century, including folk dances, classical dance styles, contemporary choreography, and film dances, among others. Also looks beyond India, into the diaspora and global contexts in which Indian dance forms are practiced. Methods include analysis of readings, video documentaries, dance films, and interviews, as well as concept mapping. Practical engagement with movement material and aesthetic principles included.
07:203:149 Ballet 1 (2) Introduction to ballet as an art form with an emphasis on traditional steps.
07:203:150 Ballet 2 (2) Practice in the development of ballet technical skill, body alignment, and concepts of ballet aesthetics. Prerequisite: 07:203:149 or permission of instructor.
07:203:155 Introduction to Jazz Dance (2) Familiarizes nondance majors to technical and performance aspects of jazz dance. The course introduces students to a variety of jazz styles to provide a broad foundation from which to select future training opportunities. Open to nondance majors only.
07:203:160 Pilates Mat (1) Covers the 34 Pilates mat exercises as developed by Joseph and Clara Pilates. Variations and modifications for each of these exercises will also be taught in an effort to not only further explore the possibilities that the method offers, but to prevent injury and suit the needs of each student. Use of foam roller and magic circle props will be integrated into this practice. Open to dance majors and minors only.
07:203:170 Yoga for Dancers (2) This course, specifically designed for the B.F.A., B.A., or dance minor student, will use the practice of anatomically centered hatha yoga as a means to deepen the training and facility of the student. Students will learn the historical beginnings of yoga, gaining a broad understanding of the cultural significance of this practice. Basic Sanskrit, Hindu mythology, and the culture of India will also be discussed. Open to dance majors and minors only.
07:203:225 Modern Dance 3 (2) Practice in intermediate-level skills in modern dance technique. Prerequisite: 07:203:124 or permission of instructor. Open only to B.A. dance majors and dance minors. May be repeated for credit.
07:203:226 Modern Dance 4 (2) Continued development of intermediate-level skills in modern dance technique. Prerequisites: 07:203:225 or permission of instructor. Open only to B.A. dance majors and dance minors. May be repeated for credit.
07:203:248 Ballet 3 (2) Development of intermediate-level skills in ballet. Prerequisites: 07:203:150 or permission of instructor. Open only to B.A. dance majors and dance minors. May be repeated for credit.
07:203:329 Dance Composition (2) Development of fundamental skills in choreography. Pre- or or corequisite: 07:206:142. Open only to B.A. dance majors and dance minors.
07:203:363 B.A. and Minor Modern Dance Repertory (2) Study and performance of original or repertory works, both historical and contemporary, by guest or resident choreographers. Open only to B.A. dance majors and dance minors.
 
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