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    • 1 credit
      JUILL 101 — Juilliard Colloquium
      1 credit Fall Faculty

      Juilliard Colloquium is a one-semester course taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty, staff, and advanced students. The curriculum is designed to promote an awareness of the skills and tools necessary for building a fulfilling career, not only as performing artists, but also as global citizens and advocates for the arts. This course introduces students to the values and diversity of the Juilliard community, and is intended to provide a foundation that will serve them well beyond their years at the School. Small group discussions and large group activities. Mandatory attendance at designated performances. Required of all first-time college students in Dance, Drama, and Music.

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    • 6 credits
      DSDAN 101-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance I
      6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

      Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all first-year dance students.

    • 2 credits
      DSDAN 161-2 — Elements of Performing
      2 credits Full Year Risa Steinberg

      A study to develop the performer's powers of projection. The course emphasizes the differences between simply displaying movement and communicating it to an audience. The building of concentration, awareness of stylistic differences, and the establishment of professional rehearsal behavior are developed. Required for all first-year dance students.

    • 4 credits
      DSDAN 111-2 — Dance Composition I
      4 credits Full Year Rosalind Newman

      Movement experiences in imagery and design develop the dancer's creative imagination. Students begin to discover how a dance is made through the process of choreographing short dance studies. Required for all first-year dance students.

    • 1 credit
      DSDAN 100 — Alexander Technique
      1 credit Fall or Spring Jane Kosminsky

      A method of improving the dancer's technique from plies and extensions to jumps, leaps, and turns through concentration on movement habits. Emphasizes the efficient use of the neck, head, and torso relationship, thereby providing a stress-reducing process that can be used during class performance and rest. Required for first-year students.

    • 6 credits
      THMUS 111-2D — Music Studies I for Dancers
      6 credits Full Year Thomas Cabaniss

      An overview of the fundamentals of music theory and musical architecture, including rhythm, meter, texture, counterpoint, and formal structure. Introduction to musical instruments and diverse repertoire. Development of basic skills in score analysis, musicianship, and sight singing; project-based work in musical creativity in each semester. Required for all first-year dance students.

       

Total Credits 1st Year: 33

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    • 6 credits
      DSDAN 201-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance II
      6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

      Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all second-year dance students.

    • 2 credits
      DSDAN 260-1 — Second-year Seminar
      2 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

      For students in the second year of training, an exploration of dance-related skills, including music for dance, supplemental physical training, and improvisation. Required for all second-year dance students.

    • 6 credits
      THMUS 211-2D — Music Studies II for Dancers
      6 credits Full Year Thomas Cabaniss

      Prerequisite: THMUS 111-2D. Expansion of musical concepts and skills developed through listening, writing, ear training, composing, and improvising. In-depth topical studies, including understanding 20th- and 21st-century techniques; researching and analyzing Stravinsky's works for dance; hearing and analyzing form in musical masterworks from the classical period to the present; and examining the impact of jazz, world music, and folk music on classical composers. Required for all second-year dance students.

Total Credits 2nd Year: 28

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    • 6 credits
      DSDAN 301-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance III
      6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

      Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with house and guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all third-year dance students.

    • 6 credits
      DSDAN 351-2 — Anatomy/Kinesiology
      6 credits Full Year Irene Dowd

      A detailed kinesthetic exploration of skeletal joint mechanics and the muscles that produce motion of those joints. Students will examine movement strategies to enhance stability, control, and articulation while developing musculo-skeletal problem-solving skills applicable to dance. Required for all third-year dance students.

    • 2 credits
      DSDAN 341-2 — Stagecraft
      2 credits Full Year Susan Hamburger

      Study and practice in elements of theater production. Laboratory work, with practical application in producing a dance concert. Required for all third-year dance students.

Total Credits 3rd Year: 28

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    • 6 credits
      DSDAN 401-2 — Repertory, Collaborations, Performance IV
      6 credits Full Year Faculty and Guests

      Rehearsal skills and artistry are developed through the study of repertory and participation in choreographic collaborations with guest choreographers. Most of these collaborations culminate in performance. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

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      DSDAN 441-2 — Senior Production
      2 credits Full Year Risa Steinberg

      A continuation of study and practice in elements of theater production. A full production is planned, budgeted, and presented. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

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      DSDAN 471-2 — Seminar for Seniors
      2 credits Full Year Lawrence Rhodes and Guests

      For students about to begin professional work. The seminar offers a survey of the field, its diversity, opportunities, and requirements; and objective self-evaluation, including planning for graduation examination and for professional auditions. Studies in criticism and aesthetics develop an informed and individual point of view. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

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      DSDAN 431-2 — Acting for Dancers
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Richard Feldman

      Studies to expand the performance capabilities of the dancer through an exploration of basic acting exercises, improvisations, and simple scenes, with particular emphasis on spontaneity and the transmission of impulse to verbal expression. Required for all fourth-year dance students.

Total Credits 4th Year: 26

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