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Dance Courses

Fall 2022

  • DANC 100: Meaning In Motion: Reading and Writing Dance

    In this class we will look at dance through various lenses; queer/feminist, ethnographic, Africanist, disability studies, and activism. We will examine and broaden the definition of dance and situate it within the discourse of “performance,” recognizing the larger meaning of “performance” to include all bodily movements, acts and gestures, whether onstage or off. We will ask questions about the performance of culture, race, gender and ability in various dance contexts.  Researching through the body and movement as well as written and visual texts, students will develop skills of critical dance viewing, analysis, and writing through formal and informal writing assignments.  We will read, write, view, attend live performance, discuss and move.  No previous dance experience is necessary.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Judith Howard
  • DANC 107: Ballet I

    A beginning course in ballet technique, including basic positions, beginning patterns and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 158: Contemporary Dance Forms I

    This course provides an introduction to a variety of movement approaches that develop an awareness of the body in space and moving through space. Students will learn approaches designed to strengthen muscles, support joint mobility, find breath support, enhance coordination, and encourage embodied learning.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022 · Alanna Morris
  • DANC 172: Contemporary Experiments

    This class is a workshop in improvisation using the individual body as a site/map for exploration. Through an embodied exploration of ancestral memory, tracing and thought to increase physical range and capacity, we will engage movement within empathetic exchanges as a collaborative process.  Open to all movers.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022 · Leslie Parker
  • DANC 200: Modern Dance II: Technique and Theory

    A continuation of Level I with more emphasis on the development of technique and expressive qualities. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Spring 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 208: Ballet II

    For the student with previous ballet experience. This course emphasizes articulation of technique and development of ballet vocabulary. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 265: Performing the Orient

    Magic carpets, glittering pagodas, harem fantasies…Orientalism dominated Europe’s creative landscape and imagination since the 1700s, but what purpose did it serve? This class will explore over 300 years of “exotic” portrayals of “Orientals” on the Western ballet and opera stages, and geopolitics that impacted how we view Asian people and cultures to this day: from Genghis Khan, the Opium Wars, Chinese Exclusion, to Japanese Internment and #StopAsianHate. The course will also examine the creative process of shifting a Eurocentric work of art for a multiracial audience and provide practical frameworks for how to create art outside of your own cultural experience.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, International Studies; offered Fall 2022 · Phil Chan
  • DANC 300: Modern Dance III: Technique and Theory

    Intensive work on technical, theoretical, and expressive problems for the experienced dancer. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 301: West African Dance

    In this class you will be introduced to traditional West African dance movement accompanied by live drumming. A variety of dynamics such as grounding, centeredness, and footwork will be addressed. Each class will cover the cultural background of the rhythm as well as the conversation between drummer and dancer. All levels are welcome to join in this vigorous experience of West African dance forms. 

    2 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022 · Whitney McClusky
  • DANC 350: Semaphore Repertory Dance Company

    Provides advanced dance students with an intensive opportunity to develop as performers in professional level dances. Skills to be honed are: the dancer as contributor to the process of art-making; defining individual technical and expressive gifts; working in a variety of new technical and philosophical dance frameworks. In addition to regular training during the academic terms, participation in a “preseason” rehearsal period before fall term is required. A few pieces of student choreography will be accepted for repertory. The group produces an annual concert, performs in the Twin Cities and makes dance exchanges with other college groups.

    Prerequisites: Audition required 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Judith Howard, Daphne McCoy

Winter 2023

  • DANC 107: Ballet I

    A beginning course in ballet technique, including basic positions, beginning patterns and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 148: Modern Dance I: Technique and Theory

    A physical exploration at the introductory level of the elements of dance: time, motion, space, shape and energy. Students are challenged physically as they increase their bodily awareness, balance, control, strength and flexibility and get a glimpse of the art of dance. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 150: Contact Improvisation

    This is a course in techniques of spontaneous dancing shared by two or more people through a common point of physical contact. Basic skills such as support, counterbalance, rolling, falling and flying will be taught and developed in an environment of mutual creativity.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Kristin Van Loon, Arwen Wilder
  • DANC 205: Winter Dance

    Intensive rehearsal and performance of a work commissioned from professional guest choreographer. Learning and training the basics of Krump. The process of the growth development in this intensive will be approached with LUAEE (Learn, Understand, Apply, Investigate and Execute). The end result will be for each individual to know more about the style’s foundation and become able to improvise within the style. The class will culminate in a performance in the Spring Term, so students taking this course should plan to register for DANC 206 in Spring. Open to all levels.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023
  • DANC 208: Ballet II

    For the student with previous ballet experience. This course emphasizes articulation of technique and development of ballet vocabulary. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 210: Contemporary Dance Forms II

    This course is intended for students seeking to refine and deepen their awareness of embodied movement approaches. Through these approaches, students will work to develop an alert and articulate body. In both standing and floor work, momentum, dynamic shifts and spatial challenges are introduced.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Rae Charles Harge
  • DANC 215: Winter Dance, Student Choreography

    For students enrolled in Dance 205, supervised student choreography with two public showings. Prerequisites: Dance 205 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023
  • DANC 253: Movement for the Performer

    This course investigates the structure and function of the body through movement. Applying a variety of somatic techniques (feldenkrais, yoga, improvisation, body-mind centering). The emphasis will be to discover effortless movement, balance in the body and an integration of self in moving. 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Rae Charles Harge
  • DANC 300: Modern Dance III: Technique and Theory

    Intensive work on technical, theoretical, and expressive problems for the experienced dancer. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 350: Semaphore Repertory Dance Company

    Provides advanced dance students with an intensive opportunity to develop as performers in professional level dances. Skills to be honed are: the dancer as contributor to the process of art-making; defining individual technical and expressive gifts; working in a variety of new technical and philosophical dance frameworks. In addition to regular training during the academic terms, participation in a “preseason” rehearsal period before fall term is required. A few pieces of student choreography will be accepted for repertory. The group produces an annual concert, performs in the Twin Cities and makes dance exchanges with other college groups.

    Prerequisites: Audition required 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Judith Howard, Daphne McCoy

Spring 2023

  • DANC 107: Ballet I

    A beginning course in ballet technique, including basic positions, beginning patterns and exercises. Students develop an awareness of the many ways their body can move, an appreciation of dance as an artistic expression and a recognition of the dancer as an athlete. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 147: Moving Anatomy

    This course seeks to provide an underlying awareness of body structure and function. Using movement to expand knowledge of our anatomy will encourage participants to integrate information with experience. Heightened body awareness and class studies are designed to activate the general learning process. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023
  • DANC 148: Modern Dance I: Technique and Theory

    A physical exploration at the introductory level of the elements of dance: time, motion, space, shape and energy. Students are challenged physically as they increase their bodily awareness, balance, control, strength and flexibility and get a glimpse of the art of dance. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 190: Fields of Performance

    This introductory course in choreography explores games, structures, systems and sports as sources and locations of movement composition and performance. Readings, viewings and discussion of postmodernist structures and choreographers as well as attendance and analysis of dance performances and sports events will be jumping off point for creative process and will pave the way for small individual compositions and one larger project. In an atmosphere of play, spontaneity and research participants will discover new ways of defining dance, pushing limits and bending the rules. Guest choreographers and coaches will be invited as part of the class. Open to all movers. No previous experience necessary. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Judith Howard
  • DANC 200: Modern Dance II: Technique and Theory

    A continuation of Level I with more emphasis on the development of technique and expressive qualities. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Spring 2023 · Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 206: Spring Dance

    Rehearsal and full concert performance of student dance works created during the year and completed in the spring term. Open to all levels.

    Prerequisites: Dance 205 or 215 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Judith Howard, Daphne McCoy
  • DANC 208: Ballet II

    For the student with previous ballet experience. This course emphasizes articulation of technique and development of ballet vocabulary. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 309: Ballet III

    This is an advanced class for students who have some capabilities and proficiency in ballet technique. Content is sophisticated and demanding in its use of ballet vocabulary and musical phrasing. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Jennifer Bader
  • DANC 310: Contemporary Dance Forms III

    This advanced course will continue to focus on a variety of embodied movement approaches to refine the awareness of the moving body and prepare for the rigors of performance and physical research. The aim will be on finding a personal connection to movement through subtlety, speed and effort.

    1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023
  • DANC 350: Semaphore Repertory Dance Company

    Provides advanced dance students with an intensive opportunity to develop as performers in professional level dances. Skills to be honed are: the dancer as contributor to the process of art-making; defining individual technical and expressive gifts; working in a variety of new technical and philosophical dance frameworks. In addition to regular training during the academic terms, participation in a “preseason” rehearsal period before fall term is required. A few pieces of student choreography will be accepted for repertory. The group produces an annual concert, performs in the Twin Cities and makes dance exchanges with other college groups.

    Prerequisites: Audition required 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Judith Howard, Daphne McCoy

Theater Courses

Fall 2022

  • THEA 100: The Power of Story

    From ancient myths to Pixar films, from conversations with doctors to Superbowl commercials, we understand and shape our world through story. This course teaches students the principles of dramatic storytelling through theatrical improvisation and critical analysis of plays and films that deal with the themes of power and resistance. The course is both analytical and creative. You will learn how artists structure dramatic stories to impact society while writing and performing your own stories for the class.  

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 110: Beginning Acting

    Introduces students to fundamental acting skills, including preliminary physical training, improvisational techniques, and basic scene work. The course includes analysis of plays as bases for performance, with a strong emphasis on characterization.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · David Wiles, Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 115: Principles of Design

    Explores the process of communicating ideas and experience through visual means. Whether that process begins with a written text, choreographed movement or abstract idea, such elements as color, shape, space, value and balance inevitably come into play in its visual representation. This course teaches these fundamental principles and how to apply them in practice. Principles of Design is an essential course for students interested in any aspect of theater, dance, or performance. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022 · Mary Ann Kelling
  • THEA 185: The Speaking Voice

    This course seeks to provide a practical understanding of the human voice, its anatomy, functioning and the underlying support mechanisms of body and breath. Using techniques rooted in the work of Berry, Linklater and Rodenburg, the course will explore the development of physical balance and ease and the awareness of the connection between thinking and breathing that will lead to the effortless, powerful and healthy use of the voice in public presentations and in dramatic performance. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · David Wiles
  • THEA 190: Carleton Players Production

    Each term students may participate in one Players production, a hands-on, faculty-supervised process of conceptualization, construction, rehearsal, and performance. Credit is awarded for a predetermined minimum of time on the production, to be arranged with faculty. Productions explore our theatre heritage from Greek drama to new works. Students may participate through audition or through volunteering for production work. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 199: Theater Practicum

    This course is designed for students who have major responsibilities in Carleton Players productions as Stage Managers, Actors and Designers. Students enrolled in this class will have more responsibility and be expected to commit to more time than the students registered in Theater 190, including additional time for research, design and role preparation. Students in this course will get in-depth learning experiences in the processes most central to the discipline; the creation of performances. Students will waitlist for the course; enrollment in the course will be by instructor’s permission depending on the responsibilities students have.

    Prerequisites: Waitlist only, instructors permission required 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 225: Theater History and Theory

    Throughout history, theatrical performance has been both a reflection of cultural values and a platform for envisioning social change. In this course, students will examine many of the traditions that inform contemporary understandings of theatre, including Greek tragedy, commedia dell’arte, Japanese Noh, Sanskrit drama, Realism, Brechtian theatre, and the Theatre of the Oppressed. Students will also study the history of theatre in the United States by examining blackface minstrel performance, African American drama, and the role of theatre in the social movements of the twentieth century. Class sessions will combine lecture, discussion, embodied exercises, and performance of historical texts.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2022 · Andrew Carlson

Winter 2023

  • THEA 110: Beginning Acting

    Introduces students to fundamental acting skills, including preliminary physical training, improvisational techniques, and basic scene work. The course includes analysis of plays as bases for performance, with a strong emphasis on characterization.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023 · David Wiles, Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 185: The Speaking Voice

    This course seeks to provide a practical understanding of the human voice, its anatomy, functioning and the underlying support mechanisms of body and breath. Using techniques rooted in the work of Berry, Linklater and Rodenburg, the course will explore the development of physical balance and ease and the awareness of the connection between thinking and breathing that will lead to the effortless, powerful and healthy use of the voice in public presentations and in dramatic performance. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · David Wiles
  • THEA 190: Carleton Players Production

    Each term students may participate in one Players production, a hands-on, faculty-supervised process of conceptualization, construction, rehearsal, and performance. Credit is awarded for a predetermined minimum of time on the production, to be arranged with faculty. Productions explore our theatre heritage from Greek drama to new works. Students may participate through audition or through volunteering for production work. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 199: Theater Practicum

    This course is designed for students who have major responsibilities in Carleton Players productions as Stage Managers, Actors and Designers. Students enrolled in this class will have more responsibility and be expected to commit to more time than the students registered in Theater 190, including additional time for research, design and role preparation. Students in this course will get in-depth learning experiences in the processes most central to the discipline; the creation of performances. Students will waitlist for the course; enrollment in the course will be by instructor’s permission depending on the responsibilities students have.

    Prerequisites: Waitlist only, instructors permission required 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 234: Lighting Design for the Performing Arts

    An introduction to and practice in stage lighting for the performing arts. Coursework will cover the function of light in design; lighting equipment and technology; communication graphics through practical laboratory explorations. Application of principles for performance events and contemporary lighting problems will be studied through hands-on application.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Winter 2023 · Tony Stoeri
  • THEA 255: August Wilson: History and the Blues

    This course will explore the ten plays that comprise August Wilson’s “Century Cycle.” Wilson wrote one play for each decade of the twentieth century, exploring the movement of African-Americans, in critic John Lahr’s words, “from property to personhood.” Wilson’s work, inspired by the Black Arts movement of the 1960’s-70’s is rooted musically in the Blues, the African American musical form at the root of modern American popular music. We will read these plays, informed by the Blues, against the major historical events in African-American life during each of the decades they represent.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2023 · David Wiles
  • THEA 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson

Spring 2023

  • THEA 185: The Speaking Voice

    This course seeks to provide a practical understanding of the human voice, its anatomy, functioning and the underlying support mechanisms of body and breath. Using techniques rooted in the work of Berry, Linklater and Rodenburg, the course will explore the development of physical balance and ease and the awareness of the connection between thinking and breathing that will lead to the effortless, powerful and healthy use of the voice in public presentations and in dramatic performance. 6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · David Wiles
  • THEA 190: Carleton Players Production

    Each term students may participate in one Players production, a hands-on, faculty-supervised process of conceptualization, construction, rehearsal, and performance. Credit is awarded for a predetermined minimum of time on the production, to be arranged with faculty. Productions explore our theatre heritage from Greek drama to new works. Students may participate through audition or through volunteering for production work. 1 credit; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 199: Theater Practicum

    This course is designed for students who have major responsibilities in Carleton Players productions as Stage Managers, Actors and Designers. Students enrolled in this class will have more responsibility and be expected to commit to more time than the students registered in Theater 190, including additional time for research, design and role preparation. Students in this course will get in-depth learning experiences in the processes most central to the discipline; the creation of performances. Students will waitlist for the course; enrollment in the course will be by instructor’s permission depending on the responsibilities students have.

    Prerequisites: Waitlist only, instructors permission required 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice; offered Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 227: Theatre for Social Change

    This class is an examination of significant artists who use theatre as a tool for envisioning and enacting social change. We will study the justice-making strategies of a variety of artists, including Augusto Boal, Cherríe Moraga, Anna Deavere Smith, among many other contemporary artists whose work continues to shape American society.  We will also examine influential methods of using theatre for social change, including documentary theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, theatre for young audiences, and theatre in prisons. The class will include a number of guest artist visits from people making work in the field. The final project will be an original theatrical creation that uses the strategies studied in class to address a contemporary social issue.  

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson
  • THEA 229: Makeup Design

    Theory and practice of two and three dimensional makeup design for the performer. This course explores corrective, character and specialized makeup techniques as well as rendering techniques. 3 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · Mary Ann Kelling
  • THEA 245: Directing

    Although many directors begin their artistic careers in some other discipline (usually acting), there is a set of skills particular to the director’s art that is essential to creating life on stage. Central is the ability to translate dramatic action and narrative into the dimensions of theatrical time and space: the always-present challenge of “page to stage.” In this course, students will learn methods of text analysis strategic to this process as well as the rudiments of using that analysis to generate effective staging and powerful acting. Having mastered the fundamentals, students will then explore and enhance their theatrical imagination, that creative mode unique to the medium of live performance. Class time will be devoted to work on three major projects and almost daily exercises.

    6 credits; Arts Practice; offered Spring 2023 · David Wiles
  • THEA 400: Integrative Exercise

    1 credit; S/NC; offered Winter 2023, Spring 2023 · Andrew Carlson