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Instructor Info:Christine Goehring
TA Info:Carolyn Tirreno
Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Tuesday Thursday
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Music and Dance Building MAIN
12:30 PM - 01:50 PM Music and Dance Building MAIN

Group Improvisation: Introduction to Creative Dance: 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:
  • To cultivate the natural creative movement resources of individuals and groups
  • To develop skill in the use of the body as an instrument and movement as the material of dance
  • To learn about Barbara Mettler who developed this particular practice of creative dance





Evaluation Criteria:

Attendance (see below). In class participation in discussions and creative work. Completion of all written assignments.

Additional Info:

Due to the experiential nature of this course, consistent attendance is crucial. Students are expected to be on time and to minimize absences. Students should contact the instructor in advance in the event of an unavoidable absence. Multiple absences may result in an “Unable to Evaluate” for the course