In this class we will build skills in dance technique, improvisation, and composition. This includes an exploration of the basic elements of dance and how they influence the dance making process (choreography). *See class info page for class procedures and expectations*
UNIT 1 We will explore a variety of different stimuli that help to inspire the creation of dance. Students will have the opportunity to create dance studies in solo, small group and entire class.
Unit 2 ImprovisationImprov devotees love the practice because it's fun, unpredictable and challenging. But even if the idea of creating movement on the spot makes you uncomfortable, mastering the craft can take your dancing—in any genre—to new levels. “ For choreographers, improv can be an efficient use of time when you're looking to create new material. Additionally, you might discover certain “signature moves" that you will want to repeat—you can embrace these steps as part of your movement style. And even if you're not a choreographer, you may be asked to contribute to the choreographic process. “Many choreographers in both modern and ballet companies look to their dancers for new ideas," says Divelbliss. You could be given a few steps or a complete phrase and be asked to manipulate the movement, pushing the dance in a new and personal direction.