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Dance

The Simon’s Rock dance program encourages each student to understand movement as a form of personal expression, a kinesthetic experience, a cultural and historical phenomenon, and as a subject of aesthetic analysis. The concentration is designed for students interested in exploring and analyzing dance from any of the following perspectives: As a performance art, a reflection of a culture and a historical period, as a form of therapy, as an anatomical experience, or in relation to and in combination with other arts. Students are strongly encouraged to take classes that foster creativity, expand movement vocabulary, improve technical skills, and provide tools with which to describe dance formally. Dance concerts at the end of each semester in the Daniel Arts Center’s McConnell Theater provide opportunities for choreographers, performers, composers, and costume designers. In addition, students may organize their own performances in the Dance Studio, the Liebowitz Black Box Theater, and the performance space in the Livingston Hall Student Union.

Curriculum

Students in the concentration must take two semesters of Modern Dance Technique, one semester of ballet, two semesters of Dance Production, one semester of a course that includes dance history, one creative movement class, and one theater course. To complete the concentration, students must earn a total of 23 credits.

Required Courses

Dance 101/201 Modern Dance Technique
Dance 114 or 214  Ballet
Dance 208/308 Dance Production

One course, or two modules, with readings in dance history. Examples include:
Dance 109m Speaking and Moving
Dance 110m Moving Stories

One course in creative movement. Examples include:
Dance 112/212 Meaning through Movement
Dance 205 Dance and the Visual Arts

One course in theater. Examples include:

Theater 117 Viewpoints
Theater 204 Movement: Analysis of Expression

A thesis in dance must include writing in addition to creative components, consisting of research into a topic connected to the thesis. Additional relevant material may include commentary on one’s creative process and a statement of artistic goals. A visual recording of any performances must be included.

Recent Senior Theses

“The Subtle Movements of Philip Morris: A Study in the Corporate Sponsorship of Dance”
“Dancing My Generation: A Performance Study and Perspective Exploration of Urban Hip-Hop and Street Dance”
“While You Were Watching: An Exploration of Accessibility and Objectification in Dance”
“Movement as Communication and Expression of Emotion as Utilized in Dance/Movement Therapy”
“Parabola: A Study of Object-Oriented Performance”
“Once Upon A Thesis: An Original Fairy Tale and Dance Narrative”
“The Naked Venus and Harriet Tubman”
“Moving the Lines: Writing Performance and Dancing Words”

For information about the facilities, auxiliary program, and studying abroad, please visit http://www.simons-rock.edu/academics/concentrations/dance. 

Faculty

Ruby Aver-Thung, Wendy Shifrin
Faculty Contact: Wendy Shifrin