Teachers can pick from 12 different ways to approach choreography with their students. Studetns will get an opportunity to explore the creative process with their fellow dancers.
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This article from 1914 covers the Paris Opera House perfromance of dancers from the Imperial Theatres of Moscow and St. Petersburg. It contains quotes from Serge Diaghileff.
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This article in the New York Times covers this year's DanceAfrica festival and it's "revered and beloved" founder and master of ceremonies, North Carolina's own, Chuck Davis.
After losing costumes and sets to Hurricane Sandy, the Martha Graham Dance Company rebuilds, recreates and reinvents itself. It is the companion article to the video, Martha Graham: Myth and Transformation.
In Alchemies, up-and-coming choreographer Adam Barruch transforms everyday gestures â€“ a reach, an embrace, a finger pointed skyward â€“ into a reverie of human interactions. While this is a non-narrative work, the dancersâ€™ characters come to the foreground as they move through the patterns Barruch has created, accentuated by a layered electronic soundscape by the London duo Raime.
What if there were angels moving among us on earth? Rising choreographer Jennifer Archibald explores this intriguing possibility in her new work, Wings -- an unabashedly emotional portrayal of interactions between angels and humans. Set to an ambient score by veteran dance composer Michael Wall, Archibaldâ€™s movement is ferocious yet vulnerable, showcasing both the dancersâ€™ athletic prowess and raw honesty.
Phil Bertelsenâ€™s documentary Beyond the Steps wonderfully captures Aileyâ€™s triumphant return to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2005. Hereâ€™s a short video clip of the Company performing Love Stories â€“ featuring the choreography of Robert Battle â€“ with commentary by veteran Ailey dancers Matthew Rushing and Guillermo Asca, and interviews with members of the audience after the performance.
With the rumble of a train and the toll of distant bells, a cast of vividly-drawn characters from the barrelhouses and fields of Alvin Aileyâ€™s southern childhood are summoned to dance and revel through one long, sultry night. Aileyâ€™s first masterpiece poignantly evokes the sorrow, humor and humanity of the blues, those heartfelt songs that he called â€œhymns to the secular regions of the soul.â€
In this exhilarating work by Kennedy Center Honoree, McArthur Grant awardee and Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Fela!, Spring Awakening), rigorous formalism and musicality embody resilience and triumph over loss. The piece captures the infectious energy, innocence and will to survive of a beleaguered generation, and though it deals with sorrow, it maintains a defiantly celebratory tone.
In Ronald K. Brown's Four Corners, 11 dancers depict spiritual seekers amid four angels standing on the corners of the earth, holding the four winds.
Pas de Duke is Alvin Aileyâ€™s spirited modern dance translation of a classical pas de deux, originally created in 1976 as a showcase for Judith Jamison and Mikhail Baryshnikov. The work is comprised of five solos and duets that require extraordinary technical facility, flawless timing, and strong acting skills. Since its premiere nearly 40 years ago, it has been performed by generations of dancers who have each put their own unique twist on the choreography, and it has stood the test of time in part for how perfectly it captures the timeless sophistication of Duke Ellington's jazz music.
Alvin Aileyâ€™s Streams is an abstract exploration of bodies in space, danced to a percussion score by Miloslav Kabelac. The movement is a highly structured yet fluid compilation of solos, duets, and group passages. Each section is inspired by a body of water, from gentle brook to turbulent ocean, representing the changing emotional tides within us.
This video provides a glimpse into a movement class for children with autism. Parents and the teacher comment on how important the movement activities are for the children.
Students will learn how to find their center of gravity or apply a greater sense of control of center. This study varies the weight and lift of the body in or to maximize the use of the center. Students wil learn how flow, breathe, dynamics and use of space can lead to an enhanced understanding of movement technique.
This site offers a wealth of information about Ballet/Classical Artist from around the globe. Students will find information about dancers, choreographers, and the most influential in this form of dance.
This video freatures Beam by Japanese perfromance artists Eiko and Koma. Beam was the first of Eiko and Koma's pieces to be commissioned by the American Dance Festival, and they performed it at their ADF debut in 1983. Together they performed this work on top of a 6 foot tall dirt mound built on top of an orchestra pit.
This video is a trailor for the Bill T Jones work, Story/Time. The work combines movement from the Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's repertoire and 70 minute-long stories written and spoken by Bill T Jones. Inspired by the work of John Cage, all the elements combine by chance, creating a different experience for the audience every time.
In this lesson students will discuss and demonstrate the concept of general space using a variety of locomotive movements.
Students explore and use two of the fundamental elements of dance (body and space) in creating movement phrases.These elements of dance are building blocks in the creation of dance movements and forms. In this video, the teacher demonstrates effective strategies that allow students to experience dance as an extension of natural physical movement.
Students learn about the musculoskeletal system. The article explains what bones, muscles, and joints are and what they do. It addresses muscles and movement as well as what can go wrong with bones, muscles and joints.
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As we start to write longer and more interesting programs, our code often contains a lot of repetition. In this lesson, students will learn about how loops can be used to more easily communicate instructions that have a lot of repetition by looking at the repeated patterns of movement in a dance.
Students will create their own phrases to apply cannon to, manipulate the speed and intensity of the canon, combine two or more canons in one performance to show a variety of focus and phrasing, and
apply changes of levels to the canon.
Making visions of dance come alive requires inspiration, determination and refined craft. A choreographer may have vivid ideas for a new work. However, translating this imagination into dancers' bodies and shaping it into a dance that is ready to be performed is a very challenging, yet equally rewarding, process. This site offers guidance to help make visions become a reality.
In this lesson students will explore emotions through facial expressions, body shapes, and movement. They will create choreography based on selected emotions, discussing what energy, size, level, and speed the body employs to create a particular feeling.
This course emphasizes the development of student's artistry, improvisational and compositional skills, and technical proficiency in global dance genres. Students will apply dance elements, techniques, and tools in a variety of ways, including performance situations; describe and model responsible practices related to the dance environment; and reflect on how the study of dance affects personal and artistic development. The focus of this course is the creative process of dance composition.
In this lesson students will explore action words through a series of improvisations. Then they will choose three or four action words from a list around which they will create a choreographic sequence. Students will vary the levels, energy, and speed they use when performing their sequences. Students will then create short stories from sentences they wrote containing their action words. Students will tell the stories using movement.
In this lesson students will identify action words found in text. They will discuss how dancers use movement to tell a story just as an author uses words. Then students will create word dances with a theme- e.g spring time or under the sea.
Students will take the piece they have created and use teacher and peer feedback to refine their dance work.
This lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of making connections to history and culture. In this activity, students work in small groups to research and make presentations on folk dances from different cultures and time periods.
Teachers will find several movement ice breakers that may be used at the beginnig of class as a warmup or to review material from the previous day. In these icebreakers students will get the opportunity to explore the elements of dance.
A wide variety of dance forms exist around the world. Here is an introduction to over 40 traditional and contemporary dance forms that you may encounter on stages near you. You'll find 24 major dance styles and additional information on variations within certain forms. Most of these are theatrical dance forms whose primary purpose is artistic presentation before an audience. Some forms play a wider social role but are nonetheless adapted for theatrical performance.
Students will learn the "Who's Who's" within a dance company. They will learn the roles of the artistic team, including dancers, choreographers, designers and composers, and the many individuals who work behind the scenes.
The annual Dance Your PhD contest challenges graduate students to dance their dissertations, interpreting their science with kinetic, expressive body language.
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