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Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Dance, B.F.A. Bachelor of Fine Arts

  • Required of all first-time college students.

      • 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.

         

      • 1 credit
        JUILL 102 — Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts
        1 credit Spring Barrett Hipes

         

        Essentials of Entrepreneurship in the Arts is a half-semester course intended to make Juilliard students aware of the abundance of ways in which they can make a unique impact on their art form while at Juilliard and beyond. Guest artists, entrepreneurs, and business leaders will present weekly interactive lectures, introducing students to the fundamentals of project planning, budgets, grant applications, and more. The seven-week course will culminate in each student’s preparation and submission of an individual project proposal. Online resources and assessments will also be included. Required for all first-year undergraduate students in Music.

         

         

       
    • Major Studies
      • Ballet (one of 5 levels) 3 credits
      • Men’s Ballet Technique or Pointe Technique (one of 3 levels) 3 credits
      • 3 credits
        DANCE M101-2 — Modern I- Limon
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Introductory study of José Limón's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the first year of the program; fall and spring semester.

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M103-4 — Modern I- Graham
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Introductory study of Martha Graham's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the first year of the program; fall and spring semester. 

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P101-2 — Classical Partnering I
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

      • 1 credit
        DANCE P103 — Partnering I -Ballroom
        1 credit Fall Faculty

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 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.

         

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 111 — Ethics - Conscience and the Good Life
        3 credits Fall Faculty

         

        Prerequisite: LARTS 101-2. Students read and discuss works of ethicists, philosophers, religious figures, and literary authors on the nature of the ethical life. Students will be encouraged to think critically about personal responsibility, responsibilities to others, the good life, the problem of evil, and human nature. Authors and traditions that may be included: Classical Greek and Roman, Buddhism, Taoism, the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, Hume, Kant, Utilitarianism, Mary Shelley, and Shakespeare, as well as contemporary readings that address the ethical questions arising in a scientific, technological and global age.

         

      • 3 credits
        LARTS 112 — Society, Politics, and Culture
        3 credits Spring Faculty

         

        This course is an introduction to the seminal issues, methods, and traditions that inform historical and contemporary conceptions of politics, society, and culture. Drawing from classical to contemporary readings in political theory, philosophy, the social sciences, literature, and gender studies, the course encourages students to explore such topics as why people live in society; how social life influences personhood; how society regulates and institutionalizes power and authority; and how societies are transformed. Authors who may be included are Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Marx, Mill, Wollstonecraft, and Woolf.

         

    Total Credits 1st Year: 40-42

    • Major Studies
      • Ballet (one of 5 levels) 3 credits
      • Men’s Ballet Technique or Pointe Technique (one of 3 levels) 3 credits
      • 3 credits
        DANCE M201-2 — Modern II - Graham
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Continued study of Martha Graham's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the second year of the program, fall and spring semester.

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M203-4 — Modern II - Taylor
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Introductory study of Paul Taylor's choreography and movement style. Required for all students in the second year of the program, fall and spring semester.

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P201-2 — Classical Partnering II
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P203-4 — Partnering II - Special Topics
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 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.

         

      • 3 credits
        DSDAN 131 — Dance History I
        3 credits Spring Rachel Straus

         

        The first part of a two-semester survey of the dancer's heritage covering periods and styles of dance, choreographers, and selected dance masterworks. Comparisons are drawn between dance and other arts in the same era. Required for all first-year dance students.

         

      • 3 credits
        DSDAN 132 — Dance History II
        3 credits Spring Rachel Straus

         

        Prerequisite: DSDAN 131. The second part of a two-semester survey of the dancer's heritage covering periods and styles of dance, choreographers, and selected dance masterworks. Comparisons are drawn between dance and other arts in the same era. 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.

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • Liberal Arts Elective (LARTS 000) 3 credits
      • 3 credits
        LARTS 212 — Art and Aesthetics
        3 credits Fall Faculty

         

        The final semester of the Liberal Arts Core is designed to investigate the issues relevant to artists. These issues include the awareness of “art” and “aesthetics” as different but related categories, developed through discussion of form and content; the purpose of art; and the roles of both audience and artist in the production and reception of art. Other issues are the artist’s identity, responsibility to society, and creativity as explored from psychological, philosophical, and other perspectives. Readings and works of art considered are chosen from ancient and modern classics in art history, literature, philosophy and theory; and are considered in light of various critical approaches and discourses.

         

    Total Credits 2nd Year: 36

    • Major Studies
      • Ballet (one of 5 levels) 3 credits
      • Men’s Ballet Technique or Pointe Technique (one of 3 levels) 3 credits
      • 3 credits
        DANCE M301-2 — Modern III - Cunningham
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Introductory study of Merce Cunningham's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the third year of the program, fall and spring semester.

         

      • 3 credits
        DANCE M303-4 — Modern III - Limon
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Continued study of José Limón's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the third year of the program, fall and spring semester.

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P301-2 — Classical Partnering III
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P303-4 — Partnering III - Contact Improv
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 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.

         

    • Liberal Arts
      • LARTS 000-0 - Liberal Arts Electives 6 credits

    Total Credits 3rd Year: 36

    • Major Studies
      • Ballet (one of 5 levels) 3 credits
      • Men’s Ballet Technique or Pointe Technique (one of 3 levels) 3 credits
      • 3 credits
        DANCE M401-2 — Modern IV - Horton
        3 credits Full Year Faculty

         

        Introductory study of Lester Horton's modern dance technique. Required for all students in the fourth year of the program, fall and spring semester.

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M403 — Modern IV -Gaga
        1.5 credits Fall Faculty

         

        Introductory study of Ohad Naharin's movement language. Required for all students in the fourth year of the program, fall semester.

         

      • 1.5 credits
        DANCE M404 — Modern IV - Guest Artists
        1.5 credits Spring Faculty

         

        Series of weekly master classes with invited guest artists. Roster of guest artists changes annually. Required for all students in the fourth year of the program, spring semester.

         

      • 2 credits
        DANCE P401-2 — Partnering IV
        2 credits Full Year Faculty

         

    • Departmental Studies
      • 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.

         

      • 2 credits
        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.

         

      • 2 credits
        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.

         

      • 1 credit per semester
        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

    • Not all courses may be offered every year.

    • 1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E111-2 — Voice for Dancers
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Facutly

       

      A basic course in singing in preparation for musical theater, focusing on the coordination of singing and dancing. Preference given to third- and fourth-year students.

       

      1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E121-2 — Jazz
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Joe Lanteri

       

      The elements of jazz dance.

       

      1 credit per semester
      DSDAN E131-2 — Tap (2 Levels)
      1 credit per semester Fall and Spring Ray Hesselink

       

      Basic tap, directed toward auditioning successfully for musical theater, films, and videos. Intermediate/Advanced level tap is also offered.

       

      2 credits per semester
      DSDAN E211-2 — Dance Composition II
      2 credits per semester Fall and Spring Hilary Easton and Jerome Begin

       

      By recommendation of the faculty. Expanding upon the concepts of Dance Composition I, students are encouraged to develop their personal voices further while solving more complex creative challenges. Class size limited to 12 students in the second year only.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E281 — Solo and Duet Repertory
      1 credit Fall Faculty and Guests

       

      Offered in the third and fourth years. Limited enrollment.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E410 — Senior Production Choreography
      1 credit Spring Risa Steinberg

       

      Open to a limited number of students at the discretion of a faculty committee. This course asks aspiring choreographers to challenge themselves to create works of greater depth and complexity than seen before. These choreographers are expected to create works for the Senior Production Performance week.

       

      1 credit
      DSDAN E470 — Choreographers and Composers
      1 credit Fall Jerome Begin, Janis Brenner, and Daniel Ott

       

      Prerequisite: Dance Composition I and Dance Composition II recommended. A practicum in collaborative art that will explore techniques of working together through exercises in problem-solving and the development of a work. The course will introduce to each discipline the needs, vocabulary, and work methods of the other and search for the common ground on which each can flourish while nourishing the other. Advisement will be provided for ongoing showings of works in progress. Finished pieces will be presented in concert format. For selected choreographers in the third year and Composition majors only.

       

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