Dance (DA)

DA 101  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 102  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 111  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 112  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 115  Movement Foundations  1 Credit  

Experiential anatomy, conditioning techniques, and the Feldenkrais Method are integrated to create a foundation of conceptual understanding and physical awareness that enhances students’ work in technique courses. The course focuses on dynamic stabilization and mobility as technical and artistic goals.

DA 131  Lighting Design for Dance  2 Credits  

Students learn the basic concepts and practices of dance lighting design. Class projects include designing lights for the New Moves Concert and designing a repertory dance plot. Students also serve as crew members for one department production.

DA 132  Technical Production for Dance  1 Credit  

Students learn the basic concepts and practices of dance technical production. Students participate in a variety of crew positions for department productions, developing the broad technical skills required for planning and executing the technical needs of a dance production.

DA 140  Pilates Mat  1 Credit  

In the Pilates Mat course, students will learn the fundamentals and proper technique of Pilates mat, focusing on body connections, breathing, lignment and awareness. They willlearn to identify their own weaknesses and imbalances and work with them to restore healthier movement patterns. Students will study the movement philosophies of Joseph Pilates and the correct execution of those principles when applied to a variety of exercises and movements in a set Mat program, increase their core strength using both classic Pilates and Pilates- based exercises, increase their understanding of correct structural alignment for enhanced function, increase range of motion and flexibility in the body, specifically in the spine, legs, shoulders. This class is suitable for newcomers to Pilates, and for those who want to refine their knowledge, understanding and ability. Students will perform physical research through peer and instructor feedback as well as self-reflection and assessment. This is a studio course, and successful completion requires regular attendance and active participation in physical class exercises and in-class discussions. Students will be assessed on their participation, their execution of the required physical material, and their overall improvement in physical aspects of the course.

DA 150  Creative Foundations  1 Credit  

This course introduces students to composition and improvisation through movement, writing and discussion. Students develop a foundation of conceptual understanding in order to facilitate deeper work in the creative process curriculum.

DA 152  Compositional Practices 1  2 Credits  

This course develops improvisation as a process for exploring creative impulses and for creating new movement material. Students learn to create seed phrases and are introduced to choreographic crafting devices.

DA 201  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 202  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 205  Dance History  3 Credits  

Western theatrical dance will be the launching point in an exploration of the many philosophies, events, people and issues that have influenced and shaped a range of dance cultures. Through multiple lenses (body, privilege, power, identity, race, class, gender, technology) we will examine and question the histories of European and North American ballet, modern, and post-modern dance techniques. Students will also have opportunities to investigate aspects of World Dance. Class format includes reading, writing, lecture, observation, research, discussion, and presentation. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

DA 206  Dance History  3 Credits  

Western theatrical dance will be the launching point in an exploration of the many philosophies, events, people and issues that have influenced and shaped a range of dance cultures. Through multiple lenses (body, privilege, power, identity, race, class, gender, technology) we will examine and question the histories of European and North American ballet, modern, and post-modern dance techniques. Students will also have opportunities to investigate aspects of World Dance. Class format includes reading, writing, lecture, observation, research, discussion, and presentation. Note: This course can satisfy H&S elective requirements for non-major students.

DA 207  Pointe Technique  1 Credit  

Intermediate pointe work with emphasis on stability through correct alignment, strength, control, and accuracy. Minimum of two years prior training en pointe required.

DA 208  Pointe Technique  1 Credit  

Intermediate pointe work with emphasis on stability through correct alignment, strength, control and accuracy. Minimum two years prior training en pointe required.

DA 211  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 212  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 219  Human Musculoskeletal Anatomy  3 Credits  

Musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology of movement with a focus on application to dance technique. The course emphasizes performance enhancement and injury prevention, providing students with tools for self-care and professional longevity. NOTE: This course will satisfy H&S Science requirements for Dance students. For non-Dance students, it can satisfy H&S Science or Elective requirements.

DA 220  Kinesiology  2 Credits  

Strategies for performance enhancement and injury prevention that provide students with tools for self-care and professional longevity.

DA 221  Repertory  1 Credit  

New or existing works taught from a broad range of repertoire in solo or group choreography. Strengthens technique and performance skills by exploring movement material in depth and developing an individual voice within the choreography.

DA 227  Special Techniques  1 Credit  

Courses in world dance forms, martial arts, somatic movement techniques, and conditioning techniques offered on a rotating basis. Previous courses have included Pilates, Conditioning, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Skinner Releasing, Tai Chi, Salsa, Tango, and Balkan Folk Dance.

DA 230  Introduction to Screendance  2 Credits  

Screendance, or Dance Cinema, is distinguished from other film genres by its emphasis on the craft and composition of movement in the framed image, and through the articulate and intentional use of the camera in relationship to movement and choreography. This course provides students with basic, hands-on experience preparing for, shooting, and editing a dance film. Students learn the vocabulary and general concepts involved in camera and video equipment use, video editing and dance composition for film, and gain a perspective on current and historic filmmaking through in-class analysis of contemporary dance films.

DA 240  Music Fundamentals  2 Credits  

Foundational studies in music for dancers. Students develop understanding of key concepts in music such as pitch, harmony, melody, rhythm and meter while expanding the terminology with which they can communicate with musicians for the purposes of collaboration on creative projects and in teaching. Additional consideration of the context in which music is created and its relationship to culture.

DA 251  Compositional Practices 2  2 Credits  

Students deepen their exploration of choreographic process and concept development, focusing on investigating solo material from diverse conceptual and structural sources. Students are introduced to musically derived forms and compositional elements of space, time and energy.

DA 252  Movement Analysis  2 Credits  

This course addresses body articulation, expressive dynamics, spatiality, intention and style. Students analyse and explore the impact of artistic, social and cultural contexts on bodily movement. Students learn foundational theory, principles, vocabulary, and philosophy of Laban Movement Analysis through kinesthetic, written, and verbal experience.

DA 253  Contact Improvisation  2 Credits  

This course develops the fundamental physical and perceptual skills of contact improvisation: falling, rolling, giving and taking weight, moving efficiently in and out of the floor and communicating through touch. The course will provide warm-ups designed to facilitate supple, responsive bodies, exercises to refine technical skills, and opportunities to integrate learning in open duet dancing.

DA 254  Improvisation Techniques  1 Credit  

This course approaches improvisation as a mode of training, creative inquiry and performance. Students develop specific improvisation skills, are introduced to improvisational strategies within contemporary performance, and work towards collaboratively generating ensemble scores.

DA 298  Independent Study  1.00 - 4.00 Credits  

Focuses on a special project of the student’s choice and design that is unavailable within the regular curriculum. Sophomore standing and permission from Department Chair required.

DA 301  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 302  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 305  Modern Partnering  1 Credit  

Contemporary partnering techniques of lifting and receiving weight are explored through contact improvisation and other approaches.

DA 306  Ballet Partnering Technique  1 Credit  

Ballet partnering technique at intermediate/ advanced level. Prerequisite for female students: intermediate level Pointe Technique. Prerequisite for male students: competence in Male Technique.

DA 307  Pointe Technique  1 Credit  

Advanced pointe work with emphasis on strength, speed, and control.

DA 308  Pointe Technique  1 Credit  

Intermediate/advanced pointe work for the female dancer, with emphasis on strength, speed, and control.

DA 309  Jumps & Turns  1 Credit  

Drawing from ballet's tradition of demanding differing technical feats from male and female dancers, this course explores the development of strength and stability in turning and jumping. Students encounter ballet vocabulary and repertoire most usually performed by dancers who identify as male, and investigate how they incorporate that aesthetic into their own technique.

DA 311  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 312  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 315  Somatic Movement Education  1 Credit  

This course interrogates the field of somatic movement education as applied to dance. Students will explore a brief history of this field and the common principles shared by all forms of somatic movement education. These concepts include but are not limited to: sensation-driven learning; specificity of initiation, follow through, and resolution of movement; focus on qualitative differences and subtle refinements. Concepts will be applied through exploration and experience of at least one specific somatic technique, such as Alexander Technique, the Feldenkrais Method ®, Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body Mind Centering.

DA 330  Digital Dance Directed Studies  3 Credits  

Students develop independent projects in screendance or other multimedia environments, receiving guidance and feedback on composition from peers and the course instructor. The course addresses elements of dance composition for film including, but not limited to, line of focus, spatial composition, and framing. Fulfills Advanced Studies requirement. Offered alternating years.

DA 335  Writing About Dance  3 Credits  

This course will focus on developing the skills needed for writing about dance in multiple genres including essays, subjective self-observations, objective analytical observations, and artistic statements. Students will spend time during and outside of class generating drafts targeted to specific audiences and for various purposes. Fulfills Advanced Studies requirement. Offered alternating years.

DA 340  Advanced Pilates Mat  1 Credit  

The Advanced Mat Course will provide the skills necessary for achieving a deeper engagement in the body and understanding of Pilates Mat exercises. Advancing the previous mat course, this course progresses to more advanced material and sequences, providing further options and challenges on the mat for highly conditioned students. Students will learn to focus exercises for different results, and be able to create a unique program for themselves to maintain maximum muscular balance and health. This class will challenge the practitioners’ deepest core muscles, coordination, and endurance, as well as their understanding of the Pilates Principles of movement.Students will perform physical research through peer and instructor feedback as well as self-reflection and assessment. This is a studio course, and successful completion requires regular attendance and active participation in physical class exercises and in-class discussions. Students will be assessed on their participation, their execution of the required physical material, and their overall improvement in physical aspects of the course.

DA 351  Compositional Practices 3  2 Credits  

Students explore choreographic craft and concepts in relation to their personal movement vocabulary to create fully developed dances with more sophisticated use of choreographic and improvisational elements. Rehearsal time outside of class meetings is required.

DA 352  Advanced Choreography  3 Credits  

Students employ sophisticated structural forms and choreographic concepts in relation to their personal movement vocabulary to deepen their artistic development and expand their personal creative research in group choreography, site specific work, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Rehearsal time outside of class meetings is required. Fulfills Advanced Dance Studies requirement. Offered alternating years.

DA 354  Advanced Improvisation  3 Credits  

Students deepen their creative research in the practice and performance of improvisation. The course models professional settings in which improvisation is the main modality for creation and performance, and includes the creation of scores and improvisational performance events. Possible projects include site specific work and interdisciplinary collaborations. Fulfills Advanced Dance Studies requirement. Offered alternating years.

DA 361  Cornish Dance Theater  1.00 - 2.00 Credits  

Faculty and visiting professional choreographers select students to rehearse in a professional company atmosphere. The company presents two major seasons per year, featuring a broad range of repertoire. Students may be cast in either one or two sections of this course and will receive credit accordingly.

DA 362  Cornish Dance Theater  1.00 - 2.00 Credits  

Faculty and visiting professional choreographers select students to rehearse in a professional company atmosphere. The company presents two major seasons per year, featuring a broad range of repertoire. Students may be cast in eiher one or two sections of this course and will receive credit accordingly.

DA 380  Dance Teaching Practicum  1 Credit  

Dance teaching practicum provides Dance Majors with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of dance teaching for children through observation, reflection, and participation in ballet classes for young people offered through Cornish Preparatory Dance Program. Acting as a teaching assistant to an experienced Prep Dance faculty member, students will develop practical skills in ballet pedagogy for young learners. At the same time they will begin to develop a conceptual framework for those skills through online learning activities.

DA 391  New Moves: Performance  1 Credit  

Participation as a performer in annual New Moves student choreography concert.

DA 393  New Moves: Choreography  1 Credit  

Participation as a choreographer in annual New Moves student choreography concert, advised by faculty and adjudicated by a professional from the Seattle dance community.

Prerequisite: DA 131 Lighting Design for Dance

DA 394  Rehearsal/Performance Sr Project  1.00 - 2.00 Credits  

Participation in Dance BFA Concerts as a performer.

DA 401  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 402  Ballet  2 Credits  

Intensive studio training in ballet technique. All ballet courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual physical facility. Courses emphasize knowledge of the classical vocabulary, sound alignment, deep muscular core support, and efficient movement mechanics, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 411  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 412  Contemporary Techniques  3 Credits  

Intensive studio training in Modern and/or Contemporary dance techniques. All Modern/Contemporary courses focus on anatomically sound technique with respect for individual’s physical facility. Courses emphasize sound alignment, deep muscular core support, efficient movement mechanics, and use of weight, as well as movement quality and expressive phrasing. Class assignment is based on previous experience and progress.

DA 435  Dance Professional Practices  2 Credits  

Graduating seniors prepare for professional careers by researching career options and defining personal and artistic goals. Students learn to perform administrative tasks expected of dance professionals such as concert production, fundraising, production of resumes, and grant proposals.

DA 436  Dance Professional Practices  2 Credits  

Graduating seniors prepare for professional careers by researching career options and defining personal and artistic goals. Students learn to perform administrative tasks expected of dance professionals such as concert production, fundraising, production of resumes, and grant proposals.

DA 467  Senior Project  3 Credits  

Advanced independent work in choreography, performance, screendance, production, teaching, or other areas related to dance. Students undertaking work in performance are required to be enrolled in at least 3 credits of dance technique.

DA 469  Dance Internship  1.00 - 3.00 Credits  

Participation in a professional dance setting as a performer, choreographer, teacher, arts administrator, or other dance-related position. For seniors only, with approval of department chair.

DA 481  Teaching Methods  2 Credits  

A conceptual and practical exploration of approaches to teaching dance technique. Topics include learning styles, methods of feedback, and working with musicians. Focus will be on general class content and structure and the development of students’ personal teaching philosophy.

DA 482  Teaching Creative Movement  3 Credits  

An overview and analysis of approaches to teaching concept-based creative movement, providing students with a practical foundation for teaching in the K-12 school system. Fulfills Advanced Dance Studies requirement. Offered alternating years.