Courses

ART-SHU 230 Ballet (2 points)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Ballet. Students learn from classical, neo-classical, or modern ballet repertoire depending on the semester.

The class warm-up content will vary according to the skill level of the class’ participants. Students are asked to focus on mastery of technical capabilities, with emphasis on flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance, improving their overall comprehension of ballet form.

Students are expected to perform in the end-of-the-semester show.

 

ART-SHU 242 Chinese Minority & Folk Dance (2 points)

This course provides an introduction to different minority and ethnic folk dances.  It explores not only the forms of these dances, but also the culture, history, natural environment and at times religion behind the creation of the original dance forms. 

Students can be taught Tibetan, Korean, Uighur, Mongolian, or Dai dances, depending on the semester.

Students learn the legends, stories, and myths surrounding each dance form as well as the distinct movement beats, rhythms, and traditional combinations. This class constitutes a China Art core curriculum requirement.

 

ART-SHU 239.2 Choreography & Performance (2 points)

ART-SHU 239.4 Choreography & Performance (4 points)

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to gain an appreciation and knowledge of choreography through individual and collective participation in bodywork, contact improvisation, developing phrases, solos and finally duets.  All students are expected to perform their work in the final semester show.

Through better understanding space, control, aesthetics, alignment, and musicality as well as practicing these learning strategies within a duet/group context, the student gains an awareness not only for self and collective discovery, but also for the creative process underlining and shaping personal and artistic expression.

Four point students also learn through viewing and analyzing well-known Choreographers’ works and by completing the book, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

The student’s ability to create and set work, individually and collaboratively, is the core of the class.

 

ART-SHU 225A Contemporary Dance (2 points)

ART-SHU 225B Contemporary Dance (4 points)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of contemporary dance through learning diverse movement styles, inclusive of jazz, lyrical, modern, and experimental. Through movement exploration, imitation, and memorization, students gain an appreciation for the expressive and dynamic capacity of the body, recognizing shared, unifying attributes as well as those that are unique and intrinsic to each style.

The thorough warm-up places an emphasis on breath and proper alignment for safe practices and general health. It includes muscle strengthening, stretching and lengthening, followed by across-the-floor work. In addition to body work, four point students learn the histories of the various dance forms, have monthly quizzes, and view and analyze well-known contemporary dance pieces.

The student’s ability to learn and perform dances, individually and collaboratively, is the core of the class.

 

 

ART-SHU 225A Contemporary Dance (2 points)

ART-SHU 225B Contemporary Dance (4 points)

This course introduces the fundamental concepts of contemporary dance through learning diverse movement styles, inclusive of jazz, lyrical, modern, and experimental. Through movement exploration, imitation, and memorization, students gain an appreciation for the expressive and dynamic capacity of the body, recognizing shared, unifying attributes as well as those that are unique and intrinsic to each style. The thorough warm-up places an emphasis on breath and proper alignment for safe practices and general health. It includes muscle strengthening, stretching and lengthening, followed by across-the-floor work. In addition to body work, four point students learn the histories of the various dance forms, have monthly quizzes, and view and analyze well-known contemporary dance pieces. The student’s ability to learn and perform dances, individually and collaboratively, is the core of the class.

Four point students having a supplemental reader addressing the cultural, philosophical, political, and societal changes that contributed to the birth, growth, and evolution of various contemporary, modern, and post-modern forms. They also learn through viewing and analyzing contemporary dance pieces via DVD or live in Shanghai.

 

ART-SHU 230 Ballet (2 points)

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Ballet. Students learn from classical, neo-classical, or modern ballet repertoire depending on the semester. The class warm-up content will vary according to the skill level of the class’ participants. Students are asked to focus on mastery of technical capabilities, with emphasis on flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance, improving their overall comprehension of ballet form. Students are expected to perform in the end-of-the-semester show.

ART-SHU 239.2 Choreography & Performance (2 points)

ART-SHU 239.4 Choreography & Performance (4 points)

The purpose of this course is to enable the student to gain an appreciation and knowledge of choreography through individual and collective participation in bodywork, contact improvisation, developing phrases, solos and finally duets. All students are expected to perform their work in the final semester show.

Through better understanding space, control, aesthetics, alignment, and musicality as well as practicing these learning strategies within a duet/group context, the student gains an awareness not only for self and collective discovery, but also for the creative process underlining and shaping personal and artistic expression.

Four point students also learn through viewing and analyzing well-known Choreographers’ works and by completing the books, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron and The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp.
The student’s ability to create and set work, individually and collaboratively, is the core of the class.

 

ART-SHU 242 Chinese Minority & Folk Dance (2 points)

This course provides an introduction to different minority and ethnic folk dances. It explores not only the forms of these dances, but also the culture, history, natural environment and at times religion behind the creation of the original dance forms.

In the fall semester, students are learning Korean, Mongolian or Uighur. In the spring semester, students will be taught Tibetan, Dai, or Miao.

Students learn the legends, stories, and myths surrounding each dance form as well as the distinct movement beats, rhythms, and traditional combinations. This class counts towards the China Arts Minor beginning in the Spring 2020.

All classes are repeatable for credit. If you are taking the class for the Dance Minor, you can only count the class once for minor credit.