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Instructor Info:Christine Goehring
Term: 2013S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM Music and Dance Building MAIN
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM Music and Dance Building MAIN

Dance Pioneer Barbara Mettler said, "To create means to make up something new." In this course students explore the elements of dance through a series of creative problems solved through improvisations by individuals and groups. Directed exercises are used to heighten awareness of the body and its movement potential. Studies using the sounds of voice, hands and feet develop skills in accompaniment. Based on the principle that dance is a human need this work invites people of all ages and abilities to come together in movement and to make dance an element of their lives.

Course Objectives:

Students will learn basic principles of movement expression and gain skill in the art of improvising dances with others.

Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance and timeliness. Participants need to be in class to learn the material. Completion of all written assignments. Participation in class discussions and creative studies.

Additional Info:

Required Readings:

Dance as an Element of Life, by Barbara Mettler. This book is available for purchase through Oracle Valley Books,

Four copies are on reserve in Johnson Library.

"Manifesto for Modern Dance" by Barbara Mettler. This article is posted below.