DANC 4900, Choreography Practicum (For Majors)

(3.0 Credits)

Course Description
This course provides students with faculty mentorship as they create a dance piece for the DSU Dance Concert. It also serves to demonstrate a synthesis of the skills and knowledge developed in the BA/BS degree in dance regarding choreographic craft and the application of costume/lighting design concepts. Emphasis is placed on preparation and professionalism in the rehearsal process, ongoing documentation and discussions with a faculty mentor, the finished choreographed work, as well as a Project Assessment Paper and Oral Defense of the dance with faculty.

Course Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the choreographic process from creative stimulus to finished product.
  2. Document and assess personal efforts in dance composition through journal entries, video recording, discussion, and written reflective analysis.
  3. Prepare for and conduct rehearsals with peers in a professional manner.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate one’s artistic vision to production designers, directors, and other possible collaborators.
  5. Create a well-constructed and well rehearsal dance piece that communicates a choreographic intent.
  6. Communicate constructively with and defend artistic choices to faculty advisors.