Performing Arts - Dance Performance

La Roche College Dance Department Mission and Vision

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the La Roche College Dance Department is to prepare a competent, educated, and mature professional who is viable in the current creative work force. We are committed to nurturing our students through extensive technical training, a deep historical and kinesthetic knowledge of the art form, and an enriched artistic awareness that is developed through performance and practicum.

The La Roche College Dance Department is a ballet-based program offering a Bachelor of Arts Degree in professional performance and pedagogy. The concentration of the dance department is rooted in classical ballet; however the artists are to reach proficiency in multiple genres including: contemporary ballet, modern technique, jazz, Pilate’s technique, and dance composition.

Faculty:
  Maria Caruso
Chair
Maria.Caruso@laroche.edu
412-536-1212

VISION

The La Roche College Dance Department strives to educate and coach our students in a nurturing and compassionate way, developing each of their individual talents through a comprehensive and cohesive academic and creative environment.

DEPARTMENTAL GOALS

The La Roche College Dance Department is committed to the development and enhancement of our artist’s abilities in an effort to articulate our pristine accelerated programmatic goals on a national level.

  • Students study and train primarily with the Director of Dance for the duration of four years while receiving enrichment from company artists and esteemed guests of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet.
  • Students are required to reach equal proficiency in both classical ballet technique and contemporary technique upon graduation.
  • Students are required to demonstrate their competency and knowledge of all techniques through the production of a student guided senior thesis, which identifies their technical balance while highlighting their individual artistic strengths.

Summary of Requirements

Dance Requirements: 58 credits

  • PART1000
    FR PERFORMANCE

    PART1000
    FR PERFORMANCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's comprehension and execution of various forms of repertoire in an effort to guide the student's body and mind towards an articulate performance. This course is designed to offer the artist an array of dance voices via the recruitment of various guest choreographers to set original works for performance, the rights to learn and perform previously established works by established choreographers, and the opportunity to create and set creative works among the student population.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART1004
    FR BALLET TECHNIQUE

    PART1004
    FR BALLET TECHNIQUE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of ballet technique through the emphasis of style, musicality, sensitivity, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the French ballet vocabulary, the direct translation of the vocabulary into English, and the exact articulation of each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART1005
    FR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    PART1005
    FR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class is designed to develop the artist's use of space, emotion, mood, and the deliberate use of gravity. This course will focus on traditional modern dance techniques such as Graham, Lewitsky, and Cunningham technique in addition to contemporary dance styles inclusive of release technique, contemporary ballet, and Bodiography technique.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART1009
    FR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    PART1009
    FR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of pointe technique through the emphasis of strength, mechanics, artistry, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the ballet vocabulary via the exact articulation of footwork in each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice. This class also designed to develop the artist's understanding of ballet and contemporary partnering. It will work to define the practices and techniques of shared movement and will encourage the artist to explore and examine how their individual body moves in space with another.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART1012
    FR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    PART1012
    FR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Variations/Repertoire - is a course that explores various notable ballet and contemporary variations. Focusing on ballet technique and performance quality, this course seeks to expand on the student's dance performance knowledge and ability while exposing them to a wide selection of repertoire.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2001
    SO PERFORMANCE

    PART2001
    SO PERFORMANCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's comprehension and execution of various forms of repertoire in an effort to guide the student's body and mind towards an articulate performance. This course is designed to offer the artist an array of dance voices via the recruitment of various guest choreographers to set original works for performance, the rights to learn and perform previously established works by established choreographers, and the opportunity to create and set creative works among the student population.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2004
    SO BALLET TECHNIQUE

    PART2004
    SO BALLET TECHNIQUE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of ballet technique through the emphasis of style, musicality, sensitivity, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the French ballet vocabulary, the direct translation of the vocabulary into English, and the exact articulation of each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2005
    SO CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    PART2005
    SO CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class is designed to develop the artist's use of space, emotion, mood, and the deliberate use of gravity. This course will focus on traditional modern dance techniques such as Graham, Lewitsky, and Cunningham technique in addition to contemporary dance styles inclusive of release technique, contemporary ballet, and Bodiography technique.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2009
    SO POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    PART2009
    SO POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of pointe technique through the emphasis of strength, mechanics, artistry, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the ballet vocabulary via the exact articulation of footwork in each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice. This class also designed to develop the artist's understanding of ballet and contemporary partnering. It will work to define the practices and techniques of shared movement and will encourage the artist to explore and examine how their individual body moves in space with another.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2012
    SO VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    PART2012
    SO VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Variations/Repertoire - is a course that explores various notable ballet and contemporary variations. Focusing on ballet technique and performance quality, this course seeks to expand on the student's dance performance knowledge and ability while exposing them to a wide selection of repertoire.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3000
    JR PERFORMANCE

    PART3000
    JR PERFORMANCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's comprehension and execution of various forms of repertoire in an effort to guide the student's body and mind towards an articulate performance. This course is designed to offer the artist an array of dance voices via the recruitment of various guest choreographers to set original works for performance, the rights to learn and perform previously established works by established choreographers, and the opportunity to create and set creative works among the student population.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3004
    JR BALLET TECHNIQUES

    PART3004
    JR BALLET TECHNIQUES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of ballet technique through the emphasis of style, musicality, sensitivity, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the French ballet vocabulary, the direct translation of the vocabulary into English, and the exact articulation of each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3005
    JR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    PART3005
    JR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class is designed to develop the artist's use of space, emotion, mood, and the deliberate use of gravity. This course will focus on traditional modern dance techniques such as Graham, Lewitsky, and Cunningham technique in addition to contemporary dance styles inclusive of release technique, contemporary ballet, and Bodiography technique.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3009
    JR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    PART3009
    JR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of pointe technique through the emphasis of strength, mechanics, artistry, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the ballet vocabulary via the exact articulation of footwork in each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice. This class also designed to develop the artist's understanding of ballet and contemporary partnering. It will work to define the practices and techniques of shared movement and will encourage the artist to explore and examine how their individual body moves in space with another.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3012
    JR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    PART3012
    JR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Variations/Repertoire - is a course that explores various notable ballet and contemporary variations. Focusing on ballet technique and performance quality, this course seeks to expand on the student's dance performance knowledge and ability while exposing them to a wide selection of repertoire.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4000
    SR PERFORMANCE

    PART4000
    SR PERFORMANCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's comprehension and execution of various forms of repertoire in an effort to guide the student's body and mind towards an articulate performance. This course is designed to offer the artist an array of dance voices via the recruitment of various guest choreographers to set original works for performance, the rights to learn and perform previously established works by established choreographers, and the opportunity to create and set creative works among the student population.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4004
    SR BALLET TECHNIQUES

    PART4004
    SR BALLET TECHNIQUES

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of ballet technique through the emphasis of style, musicality, sensitivity, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the French ballet vocabulary, the direct translation of the vocabulary into English, and the exact articulation of each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4005
    SR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    PART4005
    SR CONTEMPORARY/MODERN

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This class is designed to develop the artist's use of space, emotion, mood, and the deliberate use of gravity. This course will focus on traditional modern dance techniques such as Graham, Lewitsky, and Cunningham technique in addition to contemporary dance styles inclusive of release technique, contemporary ballet, and Bodiography technique.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4009
    SR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    PART4009
    SR POINTE/PAS DE DEUX

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    This course is designed to develop the artist's knowledge of pointe technique through the emphasis of strength, mechanics, artistry, and precision. The artist will work to demonstrate a clear articulation of the ballet vocabulary via the exact articulation of footwork in each movement as it is accomplished at both the barre and in centre practice. This class also designed to develop the artist's understanding of ballet and contemporary partnering. It will work to define the practices and techniques of shared movement and will encourage the artist to explore and examine how their individual body moves in space with another.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4012
    SR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    PART4012
    SR VARIATIONS/REPERTOIRE

    Credits (Min/Max): 1/1

    Variations/Repertoire - is a course that explores various notable ballet and contemporary variations. Focusing on ballet technique and performance quality, this course seeks to expand on the student's dance performance knowledge and ability while exposing them to a wide selection of repertoire.

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Performing Arts Academics - 30 credits:

  • BIOL1002
    INTRO TO THE HUMAN BODY:SYSTEMS THAT MOVE YOU

    BIOL1002
    INTRO TO THE HUMAN BODY:SYSTEMS THAT MOVE YOU

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore the basic concepts of human anatomy and physiology of the body systems responsible for movement. Specifically, the structure, function, interrelationships, and control of the skeletal muscle, and nervous systems will be studied. This course is designed for students majoring in dance.

    PREREQUISITES:

    Dance Majors Only

  • NSCI1025
    NORMAL & CLINICAL NUTRITION

    NSCI1025
    NORMAL & CLINICAL NUTRITION

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course covers the fundamental principles of nutrition and their relationship to health. The role of diet in the prevention and treatment of representative pathophysiological conditions will be examined. This course is designed for students majoring in Nursing or interested in careers in the Health Sciences.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • NSCI2005
    DANCE KINESIOLOGY

    NSCI2005
    DANCE KINESIOLOGY

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The student will study the skeletal and muscular systems of the body in depth, as well as analyze their interrelationship to one another. The interrelationship of nerves to muscle and bone movement will also be investigated. Analysis of movement is an important component. The interrelationships of one part of the body to another will be investigated. Applications will be made to athletic ability and dance technique.

    PREREQUISITES:

    BIOL1002

  • PART1022
    FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC I (SLAE1012)

    PART1022
    FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC I (SLAE1012)

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A hands-on introduction to the language of music (notation, scales, melody, harmony, etc.) using recorders, percussion and listening examples from various musical genres. This class is built for the non-musician. Cross-listed with SLAE1012

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I

    PART2010
    DANCE HISTORY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Overview of the development of dance in the western world, within the context of the historical, practical, theoretical, and cultural.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II

    PART2015
    DANCE HISTORY II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An introductory history of the development of dance. Dance will be examined as a form of human expression. Forms of ritual as well as art forms will be analyzed. Ballet, modern and jazz will be emphasized from their beginnings through their evolution to contemporary choreographed styles.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3015
    DANCE PEDAGOGY I

    PART3015
    DANCE PEDAGOGY I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is an overview of dance teaching as a profession including requirements, challenges, and opportunities. Includes 10 hours of clinical laboratory experiences, directed observations, and limited participation in classroom settings. The material covered in this course equips the teaching candidate with a basis for forming a personal teaching philosophy and methods in its practical application to dance technique classes in a variety of teaching settings.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART3030
    DANCE COMPOSITION I

    PART3030
    DANCE COMPOSITION I

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Dance composition is a comprehensive study, navigation, and connection of choreographic structures to create a unified work of choreography that is prepared for performance. All movement language is taken from the techniques of ballet, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, folk, religious, and pedestrian movement.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4030
    DANCE COMPOSITION II

    PART4030
    DANCE COMPOSITION II

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Dance composition II is a comprehensive development and departure from the studies of choreographic development in the preliminary composition course. This course is primarily focused on the creation of a larger group work and the presentation of that work without utilizing oneself as a key-performing participant.

    PREREQUISITES:

  • PART4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN PER ARTS/DANCE

    PART4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN PER ARTS/DANCE

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An exploration of current trends, innovation and developments in dance in a seminar format. Students will discuss, compare and analyze ideas generated by assigned readings, as well as their work on capstone projects.

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