Spring 2023

Dance Technique: Intermediate/Advanced Contemporary

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-218H


Sarah S. Konner (Section 01)


This is an intermediate/advanced-level course in contemporary dance technique with a primary focus on movement practice. Using the studio as a laboratory, we will embody increasingly complex and dynamic movement that investigates clarity, freedom, adaptability, and artistry and challenges stamina. Additionally, contemporary dance’s roots and influences will be acknowledged and applied through movement exploration. These include the borrowing and fusing of movement vocabularies from jazz, modern, hip hop, and improvisational dance forms like contact improvisation. Readings and occasional writing assignments will allow us to deepen our understanding of our movement histories and articulate personal progress within the course. This course meets twice a week. Prerequisite: two or more college-level courses in dance techniques, or equivalent experience. Because the study of dance technique requires ongoing practice, this course may be repeated for credit.

Limited to 20 students. Spring semester. Visiting Lecturer Konner.

How to handle overenrollment: Roster managed for balance of class years and interests; preference to majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: an emphasis on artistic practice, improvisation, rehearsals and performance, group collaborations, movement, visual and aural analysis, written responses to performances and video viewing.


Section 01
Tu 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM WEBS 117
Th 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM WEBS 117


Other years: Offered in Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024