Courses

Code Course Credits

VPD 141

Dance and Movement

Offered: Spring Semester

Dance instills confidence, self-expression, and personal challenge, all useful daily living skills. An exploration of dance styles and music provides students with the opportunity to develop these skills, while experiencing their own flexibility. Rhythm, space, and its effect upon movement are also examined. Class appropriate for the non-dancer and beginner.

3

VPD 186

Introduction to Dance History

Offered: Spring Semester

The Dance History course will explore the history of movement through dance from the primitive age to the 21st century. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history of dance in its social, political and theoretical context. Students will learn through lecture, video and required readings as well as movement technique from guest artists.

3

VPD 251

Dance Technique: Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern

Offered: Spring Semester

The art of dance reflects the heritage, culture, and diversity of people. It relates to the human condition and expresses experiences and emotions. This course gives an overview of dance styles from ballet, modern, tap, and jazz techniques. The focus will be on placement, movement qualities, and effort needed to execute required shapes that are prevalent in these dance styles.

3

VPD 253

Introduction to Jazz Dance

Offered: Fall Semester

Performance-based class in which Jazz technique is taught and Jazz choreography practiced. A class performance at the end of the course might be coordinated with the music concentration and presented to the College.

3

VPD 254

Modern Dance Technique

Offered: Fall Semester

Introduces fundamental movement principles and the basic elements of modern dance choreography. Through a structured dance class, students explore the connection between movement and breath, body alignment, rhythm, dynamics, space and motivation. Students can expect to raise the level of their technical ability, while keeping the perspective that technique serves expression and communication and that movement is a bridge between one's inner life and the outside world. Video viewings and reading assignments will introduce important figures and trends in 20th-century modern dance.

3

VPD 255

Ballet I

Offered: Not Offered 2014-2015

This course will cover ballet technique: the principles of proper alignment, placement, ballet terminology and steps. Ballet barre and center will give students the practice required for developing their dance ability. This class is open to beginning ballet students and to those who have had more classical training.

3

VPD 256

Dance for Musical Theatre

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the world of musical theatre through dance. Students will learn a variety of dance styles associated with musicals throughout the decades. Tap, jazz, and ballet will be incorporated.

3

VPD 257

Introduction to Dance Composition

Offered: Fall Semester

Explores the different approaches to dance choreography. The influence of music, costume and lighting suitable for choreographic purposes and dance performance will also be studied. Different dance styles will be utilized by each student to create combinations that will lend to fully composed original pieces

3

VPD 355

Advanced Jazz Dance

Offered: Spring Semester

Intended for the student with some previous dance experience. It expands the dancer’s basic understanding of alignment, develops a deeper understanding of musicality including syncopation, and introduces complex movement skills. Students discover various styles and trends in American vernacular dance and learn to express themselves through their own choreography.

3

VPD 356

Ballet II

Offered: Spring Semester

Expands the knowledge gained in previous ballet classes. Students are encouraged to explore the technical and artistic aspects of classical ballet. Each class will include barre and center work as well as some study of current ballets.

Prerequisite(s): VPD 255or Instructor permission.

3

VPD 357

Dance Company

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

The Stonehill College Dance Company provides performing experience for qualified students through participation in a company that reflects the spirit of the College. The company is comprised of auditioned dancers who will learn choreography, of well known area choreographers, in an organized manner and perform in various venues on and off campus throughout the semester. Individual creative expression will be emphasized.

Prerequisite(s): Consent of the Instructor. Course may be repeated for credit. Course must be taken three times to earn the equivalent of a 3-credit course.

1

VPD 360

Dance Outreach

Offered: Spring Semester

Unique opportunity for learning, community service and exchange. Stonehill students will lead children “at risk” from the Brockton area through various movement exercises. A piece will be choreographed and performed at the end of the semester. A dance background is required.

3

VPD 490

Directed Study

Offered: Fall and Spring Semesters

Supervised reading and research directed by Department member. Written consent of the Instructor is required.

3