Fall 2023

Dance Technique: Advanced Contemporary

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-315H


Jenna M. Riegel (Section 01)


This is an 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.

Requisite: two or more college-level courses in dance techniques, or equivalent experience. This course may be repeated for credit. Limited to 22 students. Fall semester. Professor Riegel.

Pending Faculty Approval

How to handle overenrollment: Students with recommended prior course work given priority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: This course will involve regular attendance and class participation, class discussion, reading, possible viewing and writing assignments, group work outside of class including rehearsal or other artistic assignments, as well as physical or vocal performance work and/or visual, aural, and physical analysis as applicable. Attendance at performances outside of class may also be required.


Section 01
Tu 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM WEBS 117
Th 4:00 PM - 5:20 PM WEBS 117


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023, Fall 2024