Dance Courses


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New Course!

Trace the histories, traditions, and innovations in Black American dance with award-winning performance studies scholar Jasmine E. Johnson. Learn more about DAN 305/AMS 310/AAS 307

Introduction to Art Making

LCA 101 · Fall 2021

C01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM

Instructors: Colleen Asper · Mark Doten · Ruth Ochs · Shariffa Ali · Stacy Wolf · Olivier Tarpaga · Tess James

How do artists make art? How do we evaluate it? In this course, students of all levels get to experience firsthand the particular challenges and rewards of art making through practical engagement with five fields — creative writing, visual art, theater, dance, and music — under the guidance of professionals.

Freshman Seminar: Stillness

FRS 195 · Fall 2021

S01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 1:30-2:50 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course students use somatic practices, meditation, improvisation, performance, and creative and intellectual practices to delve into questions and experiences of stillness.

Introduction to Ballet

DAN 207 · Fall 2021

U01 · Tuesdays + Thursdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Tina Fehlandt

From grand plié to grand jeté, Introduction to Ballet is for students with a curiosity for the study of classical ballet.

Body and Language

DAN 208 / THR 208 / GHP 338 · Fall 2021

C01 · Wednesdays, 1:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Aynsley Vandenbroucke

In this studio course open to all, we'll dive into experiences in which body and language meet. We'll think about these from aesthetic, cultural, political, personal, and philosophical perspectives. We'll move and create together using tools from dance, theater, visual art, improvisation, somatic, and writing practices.

The American Experience and Dance Practices of the African Diaspora

DAN 211 / AAS 211 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 2:30 - 4:20 PM

Instructors: Dyane Harvey-Salaam

A studio course introducing students to American dance aesthetics and practices, with a focus on how its evolution has been influenced by African American choreographers and dancers. An ongoing study of movement practices from traditional African dances and those of the African diaspora, touching on American jazz dance, modern dance, and American ballet.

Introduction to Contemporary Dance

DAN 213 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:30 - 2:20 PM

Instructors: Alexandra Beller

This course offers a broad, embodied introduction to the breadth of contemporary dance. We will be moving, reading, watching, and writing about dance. Contemporary issues, such as Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ rights, immigration, and American exceptionalism will be viewed through the lens of contemporary dance. We will try on the styles of essential creators in the field in an effort to understand their POV. We will create work ourselves (no experience necessary) to learn about the expressive and communicative potential of dance. We will be moving and meditating to release tension, increase personal awareness, and boost authenticity.

Introduction to Rhythm Tap Dance: Past Legacies, Future Rhythms

DAN 229 / MTD 229 / THR 229 · Fall 2021

U01 · Mondays + Wednesdays, 12:30-2:20 PM

Instructors: Michael J. Love

In this studio course, dancers will study the past, present, and future of rhythm tap dance by learning the techniques and Black American histories, traditions, and legacies that have established and continue to sustain the form. While learning fundamental steps and foundational routines, we will interact with various media curated to introduce some of rhythm tap's important people, happenings, and places.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop II *

DAN 320A · Fall 2021

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Instructors: Susan Marshall

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Dance choreography, with a focus on contemporary practices and performance. Classes will workshop compositional tasks that set limitations to spark creativity.

Princeton Dance Festival Expanded: Politics of Care

DAN 324 / THR 327 · Fall 2021

U01 · Wednesdays, 1:30-4:20 PM

Instructors: Larissa Velez-Jackson

This course will be a unique venture into dance culminating in a performance for the Princeton Dance Festival. This studio course explores dance-theatre practice to address the desires, needs, and realities of the body and it's greater community, centering the politics of self and group care. We will improvise in movement, somatics, vocal sound, song, spoken and written words, creating for and with each other, with the outcome being a greatly expanded skill set for the performing artist. Studio movement practice, creation and discussion will be supplemented by selected readings and out-of-studio creation as a practice of joy and resilience.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop III *

DAN 419A · Fall 2021

U01 - Rebecca Stenn · Fridays, 1:30 - 3:20 PM

Instructors: Rebecca Stenn

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Choreography Workshop III extends students’ approaches to choreographic research by asking them to create complete works on dancers other than themselves.

Princeton Dance Festival — Choreography Workshop IV *

DAN 420A · Fall 2021

U01 · Fridays, 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM

Instructors: Netta Yerushalmy

This Dance course leads up to performances in the Princeton Dance Festival at the end of the fall semester. Students workshop their senior thesis performance. Classes delve deeply into a specific choreographic process and performance approach in preparation for Senior Dance Thesis Production.