Dance Technique Requirements Fall 2015

DANCE TECHNIQUE CLASS REQUIREMENTS

Fall Semester 2015

 I.            NO STREET SHOES, FOOD, OR DRINK, OR CELL PHONES ALLOWED IN THE DANCE STUDIOS.

 

II.         All students enrolled in classes to earn an Expressive Arts credit must enroll for a traditional grade. In order to receive Expressive Arts credit, a student must receive a grade of C or higher.  December 11 is the last day to change to C/NC, and may be done after November 3 by petition only. www.umt.edu/registrar/PDF/201570ImportantDatesDeadlines.pdf

III.        Attendance is required at the following Dance Concerts:

  • A Chorus Line

October 21-24 (Wed-Sat) 7:30 pm; Oct 25 (Sun) at 2pm; Oct. 27-31 (Tues-Sat) 7:30pm in Montana Theatre

Tickets $20 General Admission/$16 required students

  • Dance Up Close:

December 4-5 (Fri-Sat) and December 11-12 (Fri-Sat) 7:30pm, in Masquer Theatre;

$9 General Admission, $6 required students

 AND choose one of the following concerts from the Missoula Community (required):

Bare Bait Dance, “There’s You & There’s Me”, Sept 4 (Fri) at 8pm; Sept 5 (Sat) at 2pm and 8pm; Sept 6 (Sun) at 6pm in Open Space

Tickets at barebaitdance.org or $14 at door day of show

            Headwaters Dance Co “Beginnings and Endings”

Oct 1-3 (Thurs-Sat) at 7:30pm, and Oct 3 (Sat) at 2pm. 

MCT, Center for the Performing Arts, 200 N Adams St

Tickets $10 in advance $12 day of show at headwatersdance.net

            Bare Bait presents “Kinetoscope”

            December 5-6 (Sat-Sun) at 4pm and 6pm, Roxy Theater. theroxytheater.org

At the instructor’s discretion, students may be able to use attendance at additional performances as make ups for absences. For more information, speak with your instructor.

 

Tickets for performances in the PARTV Center are on sale in the UMArtsBox Office in the PARTV lobby, unless otherwise noted.

 Your instructor will require a written critique, quiz, or something else of her/his own choosing. You will need to give specific examples to support your opinions, so take notes either during or after the concerts.  Regardless of your assignment, as you watch, it will be helpful to think about the following:

1. To which pieces did you experience a strong (either positive or negative) reaction?

2.    Regarding the choreography of each piece:

        a.            What is the content, subject, meaning or movement idea?

b.            How did the movement/style of the movement support (or detract) the choreographic message?

c.             What is it about the movement/choreography/performance that inspired your reaction?

3.   Your reaction to the performances of the dancers: expression and technique.

4.  Your opinion on the theatrical elements: costumes, lighting, sets and sound score.  Did they work with the choreography? Provide details to support your opinions.

 

ATTENDANCE AND GRADE POLICY–DANCE TECHNIQUE

Attendance is important in any field, but vital in the field of dance.  Learning to dance requires that your body do it.  You won’t gain in flexibility, and strength, or in your ability to pick up movement or generate your own movement by hearing about what happened from a classmate, watching a film of the dance or reading about it in a book.  In other words, there is no way to make up the material you miss.

So, the Dance Faculty EXPECTS STUDENTS TO BE IN EVERY CLASS.  However, knowing that unpredictable circumstances can arise, students are permitted absences determined by each instructor.  Students may also make up classes, according to each instructor.  Make-ups are determined by the instructor and may include: watching and writing a one-page observation of another dance class that is either a more advanced level of the style the student is studying (or a different style), or by participating in another section of the same level and style of the class.

AFTER YOU HAVE USED YOUR ABSENCES AND MAKEUPS, YOU WILL BE DOCKED

ONE-THIRD OF A GRADE FOR EVERY ADDITIONAL ABSENCE.

GRADING: Dance is different from many other fields in that a student’s work is not as quantifiable as it is in some other subjects, such as history or math.  For this reason we do not have a point breakdown, but rather general guidelines.

To receive an “A” you must:

show signs of aptitude for dance technique

have an energetic, attentive attitude

progress over the semester

be at the top level of the class

and, of course, fulfill the attendance, critique, and exam requirements

You will receive an “F” if your absences and lack of critiques add up (or subtract) to an “F.”

Your grade will be lowered by one-third of a point for each critique you do not hand in (e.g., if you start with a B, your grade will drop to a B-, then C+ and you will receive a “C+”).

Students may receive an “incomplete” (I) only if there are exceptional circumstances that have been discussed with the instructor.

NOTE:     LOCKER RENTALS ARE AVAILABLE FOR ALL STUDENTS IN THE DANCE CLASSES.  WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT LEAVE PERSONAL BELONGINGS UNATTENDED IN THE DRESSING ROOMS, HALLWAYS, OR DANCE STUDIOS, AS THEFTS FREQUENTLY OCCUR.  LOCKERS MAY BE RENTED FOR $7.00/SEMESTER, OR $13/TWO SEMESTERS. (see Dance Program administrative assistant—door across from women’s dressing room and then up the stairs.)