The University of Alabama
The University of Alabama
Dance History I
DNCA470 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This is the first semester of a two-semester course which examines human movement as an identifier and descriptor of culture throughout history. The class explores basic universal functions of human movement and the many diverse ways these functions express aesthetic systems and cultural practices from early tribal and ancient cultures through the dance of the Western world up to the early 20th century. Through lecture, reading, discussion, video observation, writing exercises, movement experiences, and student presentations, students learn about the historical, philosophical and cultural contexts for what they aspire to be as professional performers, choreographers, and educators of dance in an increasingly global world. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
Dance History II
DNCA471 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This is the second semester of the two-semester course which examines human movement as an identifier and descriptor of culture throughout history. This semester covers the major choreographers, artists, works, and trends of 20th and 21st Century Western Concert dance. Students continue to gain a more intimate knowledge of recent dance ‘ancestors,’ and see how their works and ideas influence us today. The class also provides the opportunity for students to continue forming their own aesthetic ideas and ideals by weighing, considering, evaluating, and re-evaluating them in relation to past and contemporary artists. Class format includes lecture, readings, discussion, video observation, writing exercises, movement experiences, presentations and your imaginative inquiry to synthesize and make course content personally relevant. Writing proficiency within this discipline is required for a passing grade in this course.
DNCA240 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This class provides an introduction to choreographic concepts and composition techniques to beginning choreography students. Through creative improvisational exercises as well as assigned choreographic studies, students explore the fundamentals of movement including body, effort, shape, and space (as defined in Laban Movement Analysis) and basic choreographic structure and forms. Students are challenged to expand their personal movement vocabulary and open themselves to new creative possibilities. Students also learn to analyze and discuss movement through sharing each other’s work and video viewing.
DNCA340 | Syllabus
This class provides continued study in choreographic concepts and composition techniques. Classes delve into creative improvisational explorations as well as assigned choreographic studies. Students focus on several movements of music and dance including classical, minimal, experimental, and the use of text as score or inspiration. Students continue to practice analyzing and discussing movement through sharing each other’s work and video viewing.
DNCA440 | Syllabus
This course provides a continued opportunity to explore choreographic concepts and enhance the students’ composition abilities, as well as provide some basic information about concert production. Classes delve into choreographic studies designed to define and expand personal style and movement choice. Inspiration for choreography is derived from within and without as students explore creating work from various stimuli and research projects. The class assists advanced choreography students in producing thoughtful, meaningful, and sophisticated creative work through examining the process behind the product. Students are also encouraged to be able to discuss dance intelligently and provide basis for critical comments.
Approaches to Dance Instruction
DNCA403 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This service-learning course is designed to analyze the principles, methods, philosophy, materials, and practice of teaching dance at the primary level. Emphasis is placed on theoretical and practical applications of teaching dance in a school setting. This course addresses areas of dance technique, improvisation and composition with specific attention given to educational context, personal philosophy and appropriate pedagogic strategies. Students have the opportunity to teach and receive feedback and suggestions for improvement from the instructor and fellow classmates. Theory and practice lead up to working with students in the public schools, teaching various dance concepts based on the framework of Anne Green Gilbert's five part lesson plan and the Brain Dance Warmup.
Creative Processes in Dance I
DNCA350 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course explores creative processes in various dance styles. Students will research the chosen subject matter with a public presentation as the culmination of the class. The class promotes unique staging and performance opportunities by allowing students to develop work to be presented off campus, with the possibility of presentation internationally at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Students additionally learn about self-promotion, funding, and marketing. Classes will involve heavy faculty feedback throughout the semester as students develop work for production.
Creative Processes in Dance II
DNCA351/DN300 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course explores creative process in relation to concert performance and promotion. The class promotes unique staging and performance opportunities by allowing students to develop work to be presented off campus, with the possibility of presentation internationally. Students learn about creating a press release, discuss guidelines for developing an on-line presence, participate in video and photo shoots, and take on fundraising projects. Classes will involve heavy faculty feedback throughout the semester as students refine and tour their work.
Beginning Modern Technique
DN211/212 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course provides an introduction to modern dance movement styles and concepts in body connectivity. Classes will delve into guided movement sequences as well as more creative improvisational explorations. A variety of movement styles will be explored to investigate the concepts of body, effort, shape and space, and ideas about core support, grounding, and traveling through space. Bartenieff-based movement, Pilates, and Yoga will be included to enhance body connectivity, alignment, and strength. The emphasis of this class is to encourage full-bodied movement.
Intermediate Modern Technique
DN311/312 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course provides an exploration of modern dance movement styles and concepts in body connectivity. Lessons will focus on experiential anatomy, examining different body areas and how they function in movement through a variety of movement styles, with a base in the Laban/Bartenieff work, exploring concepts of body, effort, shape and space, and ideas about core support, grounding, and traveling through space. Students will understand and improve proper body alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination.The emphasis of this class is to encourage mindful, full-bodied movement.
Advanced Modern Technique
DN411/412 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course provides a continued exploration of modern dance movement styles and concepts in body connectivity. The class promotes continual exploration and will require students to bring their full creative and investigatory selves to all material presented. Classes will delve into guided movement sequences as well as more creative improvisational explorations. The lessons will focus on experiential anatomy, examining different body areas and how they function in movement. Class will include a variety of movement styles, with a base in the Laban/Bartenieff work, exploring concepts of body, effort, shape and space, and ideas about core support, grounding, and traveling through space. The emphasis of this class is to encourage mindful, full-bodied movement and mature and dynamic performance quality.
This course provides students the opportunity to learn new choreography and enhance performance quality and professionalism. The class focuses on the creative process, involving students in creating new works leading up to the performance of the piece in the Alabama Repertory Dance Theater’s bi-annual show.
Introduction to Dance Styles
DN110 | Syllabus
This course provides an introduction of dance movement styles and concepts in body connectivity and creative play. Through guided movement sequences as well as more creative improvisational explorations, a variety of dance styles, including ballet, modern, and jazz, are introduced. Concepts investigated include body, effort, shape and space, and ideas about core support, grounding, and traveling through space. Students learn about basic anatomy and body mechanics, and develop a personal kinesthetic awareness of these concepts to enhance movement efficiency not only in class, but also in their everyday lives. They are also encouraged to understand and improve proper body alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination. Students heighten their appreciation of dance as an art form by learning to observe, discuss, and write about dance as human expression and communication.
Intro to Dance History and Choreography
FLC101-015 | Syllabus | Student Evaluations
This course will provide an introduction to choreographers of the 20th and 21st centuries in primarily Western concert dance. We will examine their choreographic methods and discuss how the life and times around the choreographers helped to shape their movement and philosophies of dance. Focus is on the ability to describe and interpret what we see as witnesses of movement. Class format will include lecture, readings, discussion, video observation, and writing exercises.
Intro to Movement Analysis
FLC101-003 | Syllabus
The primary purpose for this course is to prepare and enrich dance students for the diverse demands of a professional career. The class will cover a variety of movement explorations including Bartenieff Fundamentals, Body, Effort, Shape, and Space from the Laban Movement Analysis curriculum, some basic body conditioning influenced by Pilates, Yoga, and Body Mind Centering, as well as some improvisational exercises. This class is meant to be a supplement to forms of traditional techniques such as ballet, modern, or jazz.
Freshman Compass for UA Dance Majors
AS101-016 | Syllabus
This course is designed to help first-year Dance Majors navigate college and introduce them to the field of dance as they progress through the major. The course provides an introduction to UA dance faculty and their various specialties along with a range of topics related to the study of dance. Additional information includes resources and services offered by the University of Alabama for its students.
Freshman Seminar fo Dance Majors
DN105 | Syllabus
This course is open to first-year UA Dance majors and is designed to help students navigate college and introduce them to the field of dance as they progress through the major. The course provides an introduction to the UA dance faculty and their various specialties along with a range f topics related to the study of dance. It additionally includes information about resources and services at UA. Upon successful completion of this course, the student should be able to identify campus resources and support centers and their services, understand the breadth of study and careers within the field of dance, and define personally appropriate steps to be taken in the process of career and academic decision-making.
2005 - 2006
Salt Lake Community College
Planned and taught classes introducing the history, theory, and technique of the classical tradition and art of ballet dance. Emphasis of the class was on finding efficient and full use of the body from an anatomically sound base using such tools as floor barre, Pilates based conditioning and somatic practices. Particular attention was placed on alignment, proper rotation of the hip and breath quality. Students learned about the history of ballet through video viewing and discussion of the evolution of ballet, the ideals and values portrayed through the centuries, and its relation to other art forms through time.
Planned and taught classes introducing the fundamentals of jazz dance technique, terminology, and history. Students explored basic fitness elements such as strength, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory capacity through diverse methods of conditioning, movement exploration, and somatic practices. Classical and contemporary jazz styles were explored through video viewing, movement experiences, and historic discussions emphasizing jazz dance’s fusion with other ethnic and cultural phenomena from its African-American origins to social and street dancing of today.
Modern Dance Instructor
Planned and taught modern dance classes introducing the fundamentals of dance movement, technique, theory and history. Students learned basic dance elements of time, shape, space and effort while examining these factors through performance analysis and heavy emphasis on historical references. Classes ranged from explorations in technique, improvisation and composition as well as lectures on dance history and analysis.
2002 - 2005
University of Utah
Dance Kinesiology Instructor
Prepared lessons, exams, quizzes, presentations and movement experiences to engage modern dance majors in the study of the human body. Course covered the musculo-skeletal system and its relation to dance movement and conditioning. Incorporated somatic principles, particularly Bartenieff Fundamentals, into scientific information to assist students in finding movement efficiency and artistic expressivity.
Modern Dance for Ballet Majors Technique Instructor
Planned and taught modern technique classes for ballet majors. Adapted a class structure specifically for ballet dancers to introduce principles of modern technique such as weight, momentum, and breath. Challenged issues of personal aesthetic and expectations through written papers and discussion.
Pilates-based Conditioning Instructor
Worked with the freshmen modern dance majors to teach basic principles of conditioning along with specific theraband exercises and Pilates-based workout. Engaged students in exercise regimes including strengthening, stretching, and relaxation techniques.
Modern Dance Technique Instructor
Planned and taught technique class to non-majors with an emphasis on enhancing body awareness and efficiency of movement. Incorporated anatomical/kinesiological information and Laban/Bartenieff theories into basic dance concepts such as momentum, alignment, breath and weight.
Modern Dance Department Substitute Instructor
Instructed courses including Level I and Level II modern dance technique, Intermediate non-majors technique, Introduction to Dance, Dance Kinesiology, Pilates mat and small group Pilates reformer sessions.
Kinesiology Teacher’s Assistant
Responsible for assisting the professor and students in the major’s Dance Kinesiology course. Responsible for daily classroom set-up, proofing, administering and grading tests. Ran a weekly study lab to help the students review the material. Taught class in the professor’s absence.
2000 - 2002
New York, NY
Company Member, Rehearsal Director
Shared responsibility for instruction of company classes with the Artistic Director. Ran rehearsals and assisted in teaching choreography to other company members. Performed with the group.
New York, NY
Planned and taught beginning and intermediate level Horton technique classes to high school and college students for summer workshop series.