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Swarthmore College    
College Bulletin - Course Catalog 
  Feb 21, 2018
College Bulletin - Course Catalog

DANC 040. Dance Technique: Modern I

TENSION CONTINUUMS: This course is designed to introduce skills and performance sensibilities in the area of Modern and Contemporary Dance techniques, specifically as they relate to tension, meta-tension, and sequentiality.  Movement will be sourced from an array of USAmerican post-modern and social dance sources (i.e. release techniques, Cunningham, dancehall, etc.), as well as European contemporary dance sources (i.e. Countertechnique, Axis Syllabus, Flying Low). Our work will be in the service of defining techniques and values to equip our physical, mental, and emotional bodies with skills to be readily mobile, present, attentive and communicative.  We will explore our bodies in dynamic alignment, moving toward an understanding of the infinities that exist inside and outside of our physical bodies.  Ideally, the course will be a useful tool to ignite growth in students as learners, dancers, and performers.  This class will also incorporate warm-up choreographies designed by dancer and anatomist Irene Dowd.
Graded CR/NC.
0.5 credit or P.E.
Fall 2017. Poe.
Spring 2018. Poe.
Fall 2018. Staff.
Spring 2019. Staff.
Fall 2019. Staff.
Spring 2020. Staff.

Catalog chapter: Music and Dance: Dance  
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Check the Spring 2018 Schedule of Courses