Fall admission only
Contemporary dance is the exploration of the total movement potential of the body. It differs from commercial or competitive dance in that it is not bound by set standards, as well as defined styles such as classical or jazz dance. Instead, it seeks to express a personalized vision, often through experimentation and collaboration for the development of new, more individualized approaches to the moving body and choreographic possibilities.
Major in Contemporary Dance — 60 credits
Emphasizing the discovery and development of the creative capacity and the technical potential of the individual student, the program seeks to develop choreographers with experience in performance. Students applying should have at least two years of experience in contemporary dance. The program is unique in its focus on choreography and the creative process supported by solid technical training. Students stage their own choreographies and have many opportunities to perform in new works as well as collaborate with other artists. The program is unique in that teachers do not choreograph for students in order to fully support each student’s particular artistic vision.
Sample courses include:
Creative Process, Technique, Choreography, Sound and Silence for the Dancer, Practical Anatomy for the Moving Body, Dance Traditions,
Classes are held in new high quality teaching and performance spaces in the Molson Building on the Sir George Williams Campus. There are three dance studios with sprung floors, video recording equipment, and state of the art projection and integrated sound systems. The large dance studio has a full lighting grid and can serve as a black box theatre. There are two additional rehearsal studios adjacent to the fully equipped gym.
Contemporary Dance (BFA - Major) requirements: Minimum cut-off averages, admission statistics and program requirements.
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