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Spring 2017

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: *First day attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students. (4 credits)


THDA 145-01

Make-Up Design and Application

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: This course teaches students the theory and practice of make-up design and application, through a combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration and intense application. Students independently complete an extensive research portfolio called a "make-up morgue" while learning the principles of make-up design and application in weekly classroom laboratory format. (4 credits)


THDA 210-01

Community-Based Theatres

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: In almost every town in the world, in a rich tradition spanning millennia, communities make theatrical representations of themselves: their heroes, their unsung neighbors, their struggles, their aspirations. Community-based theatre is made by, for and about communities, and the varieties, strategies, controversies and triumphs of this form are the content of this course. In the United States, which is the geographical focus of this course, community-based theatre has emerged from rural and urban communities, communities of color, communities of coalitions united toward a cause - we will learn from historical and scholarly accounts, and from participants, about many of these efforts. We also will explore the Twin Cities' own deep history of community-based theatre-making, and participate in at least one major community project during the semester. (4 Credits)

THDA 213-01

Cultures of Dance

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course will introduce you to dance forms from around the world. We will investigate a variety of forms and their cultural contexts through attendance at concerts, films, class discussions, readings, group research projects and movement activities. We will examine how dance functions in the lives of individuals and societies through various lenses including feminist, ethnographic, and africanist perspectives. We will move. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required* An introduction to the fundamentals of correct and successful playing of the vocal instrument of the individual human body. Using techniques of Lessac, Linklater, and Rodenburg, students learn all the elements of elocution: communication awareness and confidence; breath support; healthy voice production and projection; posture and poise; articulation; Standard American English pronunciation; vocal expressiveness. Essential for all theatre and performing arts majors, including singers, and extremely useful for anyone choosing a career such as law, teaching, politics, leadership, etc., which demands speaking to groups and public presentations. Students learn to craft a process of vocal support practice through continuous self-analysis, journaling of exercises, explorations, and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course. Semester culminates with solo oratory and poetry performances. No previous experience required.

THDA 230-01

Physical Approaches

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Robert Rosen

Notes: This laboratory course offers intensive training in making theatre from action. Based on the teaching of Jacques Lecoq and his school of physical theatre training in Paris, work will focus on the observation, re-creation and transposition of daily life to create a theatre that is at once playful, emotional and creative. Course work will include an examination of the natural world and all its movements, our relationship with space and time, the neutral and larval masks and object manipulation. We will use improvisation, games and exercises to develop physical and creative skills with which to create original work; training includes basic acrobatics, balancing and juggling. Applied analyses of professional productions are required, as are written analyses of course work and individual progress. The goal of the course is to encourage curiosity and exploration and to engage the student as creator, designer and performer. Enrollment limited to 12 students. Theater/Dance 120 or other performance training strongly encouraged.

THDA 250-01

Experiential Anatomy and the Mind Body Connection

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: Through reading, writing, research, hands-on exercises, and structured movement activities, this course will explore the body's design and function, focusing on the skeletal, muscle, nervous, and respiratory systems. We will use yoga postures (asanas) and breath control (pranayama) as tools to cultivate direct knowledge of anatomy and alignment. This course is designed to integrate scientific models of anatomy and one's lived experience of body and movement. We will investigate the relationship between body and mind, beginning with the question of how the body and mind are defined and understood. Along with recent scholarly research, we will use mindfulness meditation (calm, precise attention) as a means to study thought, feeling, sensation, perception, and consciousness and how they interrelate. (4 Credits)

THDA 255-01

Lighting Design

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: This course is an introduction to basic lighting design techniques used in performance and the history of lighting. While the student will be expected to have a basic grasp of lighting hardware, the emphasis of this course is on developing a design process that includes script analysis, making design decisions that support the performance in question, and how to translate ideas and inspiration into a practical design. The first aim of the course is to make the student more aware of color and light around him/her every day. Demonstrations are an integral part of the lectures.

THDA 294-01

Enactments:Threatres/Therapies

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Cleary, Strauss

Notes: *Cross-listed with PSYC 294-02; first day attendance required*


THDA 294-03

Ecology and Performance:What does the Warming World need now?

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENVI 294-01* In this course, students will develop a working knowledge of current ecological debates and concerns; an understanding of eco-performance and the core principles that inform ecological practices in theatre and performance; and a range of performance techniques that inform an ecologically-driven performance project. The course will focus on experiential learning and student-directed research that encourages students to collaborate with others including their other-than-human surroundings. The course will foster a practice-based awareness of how theatre and the performing arts help us take up and critically communicate environmental issues as well as develop a more informed understanding of our responsibilities, roles, and relations with the environment and the earth

THDA 294-04

Performance Art: Defiance, Disruption, Dys/topia as Critical Life Practice

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: In this Performance Art class, students will develop their own performance art practice in response to 20th and 21st century performance art genres and movements. Based in practical exercises and embodied engagements, the course will focus on: how the categories of "art" and "life" are constructed, the stakes of performance art, and on how one’s own artistic practice might impact and transform the surrounding world. Guided by themes of body, time, identity, community, event, and action—students will question how their work participates in urgent critiques of social, cultural, and historical formations.

THDA 360-01

Acting Theory and Performance II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: *Permission of instructor required; first day attendance required*

Advanced work in characterization and additional acting techniques with continued focus on voice, movement, improvisation and textual analysis. A continuation of Acting I, this course is designed to deepen the student's understanding of his/her instrument as well as develop an individualized working method. Included in the course is a consideration of style through scene work in other genres. Enrollment limited to 12 students. (4 Credits)


THDA 22-01

African-Based Movement II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This course focuses on dance inspired by West African and other African regions, the Caribbean, and the Americas. It is rooted in a communal environment and is supported and accompanied by a live musician/drummer. Students continue building on fundamental principles and technique, including more complex polyrhythmic aspects of the movement, while deepening the inter-connected relationship with the drums. They also create in-class dance projects and presentations. Spring semester. (1 credit)

THDA 31-01

Dance Improvisation

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Krista Langberg

Notes: Find expression and embodiment through the practice of movement improvisation. Open to all levels of ability. Come with a desire to move, an open mind and a willingness to explore in a non-competitive environment. We will learn to fall, roll and work with gravity in relationship to ourselves and others. The class will introduce you to contact improvisation, the "art-sport" developed by Steve Paxton in 1972. Relieve stress and balance your mind and body through physical awareness.

THDA 42-01

Modern Dance II

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This beginning/advanced-beginning level course deepens further into the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as introduced in Modern Dance I. (1 credit)

THDA 44-01

Modern Dance IV

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 04:00 pm-05:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Brian Evans

Notes: In Modern Dance IV, students continue to build upon their skills as efficient and expressive dancers through active alignment, strength, flexibility and coordination. They act, sing, speak, write, improvise, and explore - shaping their skills as a citizen artist. (1 credit)

THDA 52-01

Ballet II

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This ballet technique class is for students with some experience in classical ballet. The goal is to demonstrate a beginning to intermediate dancer's understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 54-01

Ballet IV

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is the highest level of ballet at Macalester and is a continuation and progression of Ballet III. It is assumed at this level that the student has acquired and practiced work covered in previous levels. Students will refine vocabulary and strive to increase strength, flexibility, coordination, and artistry within their movements. Proper alignment, musicality, clarity of movement will be emphasized. Students are expected to pick up movement quickly and dance with speed and accuracy and demonstrate control. Corrections should be applied and refined quickly. (1 credit)

Fall 2016

THDA 105-01

Theatre and Performance in the Twin Cities

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *First Year Course only; first day attendance required* Incoming First-Years, you are attending college in one of the most vibrant urban centers for performance in the U.S. The Guthrie Theatre is well-known, and with a new artistic director there is local and national buzz; but there are scores of professional and semi-professional companies here making performance that hybridizes theatre and dance, interprets "the classics," tells stories through objects and puppets, and interrogates race, history, class, hetero/sexism, capitalism in revelatory ways. Our classroom is on campus and our laboratories are a bus ride away!

In this course, we will learn and practice the skill of "complex seeing" as audiences of live performance. We will work against our pre-assigned roles as mere consumers of visual culture, and instead become aware of our capacities as meaning-makers in the performance environment. Starting as readers of written texts (plays), we'll advance to readings of the live, and fleeting, event of performance itself. We'll consider crucial questions. Why read plays? How do we "read" dance? What is the use of critiquing a performance that is "over"? What does "over" mean, if we still derive pleasure in memory? What are the theoretical frameworks we need to advocate for performance's role in broad cultural work and social change? What is the work of performance in our highly, hyper-, mediated and virtual experience of "the real"? Does Hamilton suggest widespread hunger, enthusiasm, for staging history? We will read, attend, discuss, meet theatre artists, practice thinking and writing about performance. Welcome to college in the Twin Performance Cities!


THDA 110-01

Introduction to Theatre Studies

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: This course is an initiation for the drama student to learn about the worlds of theatre and performance: an initiation that focuses on the critical tools necessary to begin exploring and identifying practices of thinking, reading, and researching the theater, performance, and the worlds that the critical arts address. The project is to carefully consider the questions: What is theatre? How does it work? Where has it been located? What are the claims of its genres? What might theatre accomplish? The course interrogates the aesthetic and cultural operations of theatre and the dramatic arts in order to identify vocabularies for interpreting the EVENT of the theatre. At its core, the course addresses the question: what does it require to read and interpret the arts of the theatre, theatrical contexts, and its performances? Using scripts, recorded events, criticism, and theory, the course addresses the rich relationship between the HISTORY and the THEORY of theatre and performance practices. (4 credits)

THDA 120-01

Acting Theory and Performance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Harry Waters Jr.

Notes: *First Day Attendance required*

An introduction to the fundamental techniques of realistic acting. Through improvisation, physical and vocal exercises, text and character analysis, and scene studies, the student is introduced to the process of acting preparation and performance. Limited to 16 students. (4 credits)


THDA 121-01

Beginning Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This course is the study and discipline of dance-making. Students learn the tools of the choreographer - time, space, energy - and how they can be shaped to give the body expressive power. The relationships between form, content, and technique are explored. Students choreograph short studies, improvise, discuss, and view dance on film and in live performance. The course values risk-taking and collaboration in a supportive, shared space. Through the creative process, we seek energy from a sense of investigation as opposed to the pressure to "succeed." The solo form is emphasized. No dance experience is necessary. Either this course or Intermediate Dance Composition is required for a dance minor. (4 credits)

THDA 125-01

Technical Theater

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: This course grounds students in the technical and construction practices of performance-making: materials and their sources and histories; conventional and contemporary technologies and techniques; quantitative methods for calculating and assessing drawings for execution. Classroom instruction and a weekly studio/drafting lab allow students to learn and apply knowledge through working with materials. Students in this course also provide support to mainstage construction projects, further extending their learning in the course. (4 credits)

THDA 125-L1

Technical Theater Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 202
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: This course grounds students in the technical and construction practices of performance-making: materials and their sources and histories; conventional and contemporary technologies and techniques; quantitative methods for calculating and assessing drawings for execution. Classroom instruction and a weekly studio/drafting lab allow students to learn and apply knowledge through working with materials. Students in this course also provide support to mainstage construction projects, further extending their learning in the course. (4 credits)

THDA 125-L2

Technical Theater Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 202
  • Instructor: Thomas Barrett

Notes: This course grounds students in the technical and construction practices of performance-making: materials and their sources and histories; conventional and contemporary technologies and techniques; quantitative methods for calculating and assessing drawings for execution. Classroom instruction and a weekly studio/drafting lab allow students to learn and apply knowledge through working with materials. Students in this course also provide support to mainstage construction projects, further extending their learning in the course. (4 credits)

THDA 220-01

Voice and Speech

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Cheryl Brinkley

Notes: *First day attendance required; class will also meet in Theater 3*

An introduction to the fundamentals of correct and successful playing of the vocal instrument of the individual human body. Using techniques of Lessac, Linklater, and Rodenburg, students learn all the elements of elocution: communication awareness and confidence; breath support; healthy voice production and projection; posture and poise; articulation; Standard American English pronunciation; vocal expressiveness. Essential for all theatre and performing arts majors, including singers, and extremely useful for anyone choosing a career such as law, teaching, politics, leadership, etc., which demands speaking to groups and public presentations. Students learn to craft their own process of vocal support practice through a continuous self analysis, journaling of classroom exercises, explorations and performance. This is a dynamic, physical, highly experiential, practical, and performance-based, lab course.

THDA 235-01

Fundamentals of Scenography

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: Scenography is the creation of imagined spaces for performance. In this course we will study the fundamentals of scenography holistically, including scenic, lighting, costume, sound, and projection design. Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze and critique elements of performance design, articulating design ideas verbally and through writing, and completing a design project from analysis to tangible object. $40 materials fee required. (4 credits)


THDA 294-01

Oral Histories in Performance

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Cross-listed with ANTH 294-02* Interview. Testimony. Auto-ethnography. These bases for performance challenge conventional play-wrighting and, as Della Pollock declares, "expand upon traditional ways of transmitting historical knowledge." Oral history/-based performance often breaks new performance ground, especially for issues and underrepresented bodies/voices lacking access to traditional performance economics and audiences. We will study the ethics advocated, and practices developed, by major figures in the field of oral history and oral history-based performance, including Studs Terkel, Augusto Boal, Anna Deavere Smith, Roger Guenveur Smith, and the choreographer Ralph Lemon. Students will develop projects in designing and creating new oral history performance and, if they are so inclined, moving their texts into performance. (This course is superb preparation for a major oral history-based performance in THDA in Spring 2017, on themes of nursing, emotional labor, and public health; students interested in ethnographic methods are encouraged to enroll in this course even if they cannot participate in the Spring production.)

THDA 310-01

Theatre Methods: Shakespeare to Viewpoints

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required; first day attendance required*

This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 310-L1

Theatre Methods:Shakespeare to Viewpoints Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:00 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR STUDIO
  • Instructor: Beth Cleary

Notes: This course is an experiential survey of major European and U.S. performance methods, 1600-present. Through readings in theatre and performance history and theory, students will investigate the social forces that have shaped acting-as-representation: from Shakespeare's Globe through commedia dell'arte, from Stanislavski's "magic if" to Brecht's V-effekt, Barba's "paper canoe" to the ongoing U.S. performance inquiry into "presence." In a weekly intensive lab component, students will learn the specific techniques developed by and required of these practitioners and genres. Research projects will culminate in an open community workshop of exercises and techniques, incorporated by the students as part of their comprehensive inquiry into additional innovators or genres. Requirement for Theatre and Dance majors. Enrollment limited to 12 students, with preference given to Theatre and Dance major and/or minors. (4 Credits)

THDA 341-01

Intermediate Dance Composition

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: *Permission of the instructor required*

In this course, the student has the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the craft of dancing-making. They embody the tools of space, time and energy with greater clarity, and become fluent with compositional structures as they choreograph solo, duet, and group forms. They begin to touch more deeply into their distinct power and vision as an artist. Collaboration, risk-taking, investigation, and joy are valued within the support of a shared space. (4 credits)

THDA 394-01

Creative Technologies:Tools of Design

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 201
  • Instructor: Megan Reilly

Notes: Today’s theatre artist has many tools at his or her fingertips to create the environments for performance. In this course students will develop skills in computer drafting, Adobe Creative Suite, and other software programs. A final project of the student’s design will demonstrate use of one or more of these technologies in creating performance. Prerequisites: THDA 235 (Fundamentals of Scenography) or THDA 255 (Lighting Design) or instructor permission.

THDA 394-02

Francophone Theater of Exile and Immigration

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Juliette Rogers

Notes: *Cross-listed with FREN 320-01; taught in French* This course is a survey of francophone theater and film from 1975 to 2014. The plays and films will cover three main topics: the development of colonial and post-colonial subjects, the act of writing and performing while living in exile, and the idea of the Other in francophone film and theater. We will study a variety of plays and films that were written in and take place in all parts of the francophone world, including Quebec, Lebanon, Algeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Martinique, Romania, and France. The form of each work varies widely, from classical French dramatic techniques to minimalist contemporary staging and characterization. Students will study blocking and staging techniques and explore contemporary performance theory in addition to writing literary and cultural analyses. Authors and filmmakers studied include Abla Farhoud, Wajdi Mouawad, Edouardo Manet, Michel Azama, Michele Cesaire, Anca Visdei, Pierre Gope et Nicolas Kurtovithc, and Moussa Toure.

THDA 489-01

Performance Theory Seminar: Theorizing the Body/Embodying Theory

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 205
  • Instructor: Malin Palani

Notes: *First day attendance required; course open to Juniors and Seniors of any discipline; all others contact instructor for approval.* Those who make performance—the practitioners—are often thought to be different and distinct from those who theorize performance—the academics. However, as this seminar suggests, well-thought theory is rooted in material practice inasmuch as performance practice is rooted in thinking and theorizing. The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to a wide array of critical theorists and theoretical approaches with a particular emphasis on how these approaches are bound to the study and practice of theatre and performance. The seminar is not a comprehensive course that investigates any one theoretical field in detail and to its fullest complexity. Rather, we will work to closely read texts from a broad range of critical approaches, to connect theoretical approaches to material practices, and to understand theory through our own embodiment. The readings are situated in fields such as Feminist/Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Critical Theory, and Eco-Criticism. The course is designed to encourage students to practically think through theory and to theoretically think through practice—questioning how the two are bound together in different ways.

THDA 21-01

African-Based Movement I

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Patricia Brown

Notes: This African Based Movement course focuses on dance inspired by West Africa, as well as other regions of the continent, the Caribbean, Americas, and the African Diaspora at large. This physically rigorous class is rooted in a communal environment and is accompanied by a drummer. Students will learn African- based dance technique, characteristics, and the fundamental connection between the drums and the dance. They will also create in-class movement projects and presentations. Though this class may focus on traditional dance at times, it is not a tradition-specific class. All are welcome. (1 credit)

THDA 41-01

Modern Dance I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Wynn Fricke

Notes: This introductory level course is a joyous and demanding exploration of the theory, technique, and terminology of modern dance as a performing art. Students engage fully with their bodies and minds as they deepen their strength, sense of rhythm, flexibility, and coordination. The course develops skills in inversions, floorwork, and balance based in clear alignment. (1 credit)

THDA 43-01

Modern Dance III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Brian Evans

Notes: Building on the foundational skills from Modern Dance I and II, students are challenged to hone their technique and express themselves more deeply, using the whole body as a tool for beautiful communication. They act, sing, speak, write, improvise, and explore - shaping their skills as a citizen artist. (1 credit)


THDA 51-01

Ballet I

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:50 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is a beginning ballet technique class. The goal is to demonstrate fundamental understanding and execution of ballet technique. It will include barre work, center-floor, and across-the-floor combinations. (1 credit)

THDA 53-01

Ballet III

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 04:40 pm-06:10 pm
  • Room: THEATR 6
  • Instructor: Jill Lile

Notes: This is an intermediate ballet class and is geared for students who have developed proficient skills at the barre and in the center. Center will include pirouettes, adage, beats, and more complex combinations. Students will develop a more advanced vocabulary while continuing to focus on placement, alignment, flexibility, strength, and fluidity and connection of movement. The refinement of technical skills and performance skills with longer combinations will be emphasized. (1 credit)