main navigation
my pace

PACD 302 Contemporary I

Prerequisite: Listed prerequisites and the student must be pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Commercial Dance.

Course Description: Contemporary dance is a genre of concert dance that employs systems and methods found in modern dance, ballet, jazz and postmodern dance. This course is designed for the advanced beginner level dancer. Pioneers of contemporary dance include Isadora Duncan, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Mary Wigman, Francois Delsarte, Emilie Jaques-Dalcroze, Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham, Rudolph von Laban, Loie Fuller, Jose Limon and Marie Rambert. By exploring the movement styles of these pioneers and discovering the basic concepts of the following techniques: Alexander Technique, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Contact and Dance Improvisation, Floorwork/Gymnastics, Graham Technique, Horton Technique, Humphrey-Weidman Technique, Pilates, Release Technique and Yoga, students will learn a basic understanding of the foundation and movement philosophies employed in contemporary dance.


3 credits


PACD 100 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 102 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 105 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 107 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 200 Minimum Grade of D and PACD 205 Minimum Grade of D