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Graduate Program in Dance - MFA

Course Descriptions

 

Core Courses

GS/DANC 5501 3.0 Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography I
GS/DANC 5502 3.0 Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography II
GS/DANC 5350 3.0 Theory and Practice in Dance Dramaturgy
GS/DANC 5300 3.0 Methods and Materials for Movement Observation
GS/DANC 5602 0.0 Dance Production

Select one of the following three:

GS/DANC 5221 3.0
The Interactive Stage Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performances
GS/DANC 5270 3.0 Lighting Design for Dance
GS/DANC 5260 3.0 Dance Video and Intermedial Performance

MFA students are required to take one 3.0 elective course of their choose.

Once course work has been completed.

GS/DANC 6001 3.0
Choreography Thesis
GS/DANC 6002 3.0 Dance Dramaturgy Thesis

 


 

GS/DANC 5100 6.0 or 5110 3.0 Directed Readings
A full or half course in supervised readings for individual students to prepare for intensive research in a selected area. Approval is required of the Program Director and Dance Graduate Executive Committee.

GS/DANC 5200 3.0 Research Methods
Focus on specialized bibliography and reference materials; study of alternate methods of analysis and argument, consideration of current concerns in dance research; research design and preparation of proposals. Three hours. Required of MA students.

GS/DANC 5210 / 5211 / 5212 / 5213 / 5214 3.0  Selected Topics in Dance Studies I-V
Five seminars focusing on selected topics in dance studies. Topics to be announced. Lecture-discussion, seminar, research paper.

GS/DANC 5221  The Interactive Stage Explorations in Electronically Mediated Performance
This course explores the creation of interactive stage environments for live performance. Students investigate various strategies whereby on-stage 'events' (physical, vocal, physiological, etc.) manipulate audio, video and/or lighting events. Students are introduced to dedicated interactive and show control software, and become adept at programming interactive environments. Prerequisite: Fine Arts Fine Arts Cultural Studies 2936 3.0 or Dance 3220 3.0 or Dance 4220 3.0 or equivalent or permission of the instructor.

GS/DANC 5225 3.0 Choreography
This course involves choreography with an emphasis on interdisciplinary productions and work on structure and form. Students work on the development of individual interests and style in choreography. The course requires students to commit themselves to pre-performance and performance schedules related to productions of their work. Only students with previous choreographic training are advised to take this course. To register for this course students must first have permission from the Course Director and Program Director. Lectures, presentations, performances. Four and one-half hours. Integrated with FA/Dance 4220 3.0.

GS/DANC 5230 3.0 Women Performing Heroism
To investigate women as visionaries and activists, and to study their representations as heroes, this seminar considers interpretations of Joan of Arc in dance, drama, music, theatre and film.

GS/DANC 5231 3.0 Dance, Gender and Sexuality
This seminar investigates conceptions of dance, gender,
sexuality and the body in specific historical and cultural contexts.

GS/DANC 5270 3.0 Lighting Design for Dance
This course introduces the theory and practical application of stage lighting design with an emphasis on lighting for dance.

GS/DANC 5300 3.0 Methods and Materials for Movement Observation
Specialized skills for researchers in human movement providing vocabulary, writing skills and eye-training for movement description and documentation. Lectures, movement work, field study, individualized projects.   Required of MA and MFA students.

GS/DANC 5310 3.0 Dance Writing
A seminar on writing about dance based on the study of historical and contemporary writers, as well as on practical writing experience of various written forms. Integrated with undergraduate course FA/Dance 4310 3.0.

GS/DANC 5320 3.0 Methods of Dance Reconstruction
This seminar examines dance reconstruction from the Renaissance era to today, focusing on methodologies and issues related to historical performance.

GS/DANC 5330 3.0 Anthropology of Dance in Canada
This course surveys classical, folk, tribal and social dance traditions within the Canadian cultural context and from an ethnographic perspective. Integrated with undergraduate course FA/Dance 4330 3.0.

GS/DANC 5340 3.0 Topics in Historical or Cultural Dance Style
This course offers students in-depth practical and theoretical experiences in the ethnographic study of popular dance practices. It draws primarily upon historical and contemporary readings within the fields of dance studies, ethnomusicology, and anthropology.

GS/DANC 5345 3.0 Issues in Canadian Dance
This course provides an overview of dance in Canada with an in-depth look at one or more specific periods or topics in Canadian dance. Depending on the periods and topics selected for more detailed investigation some of the following questions will be explored. Who taught dancing? What types of recreational and social dance did people engage in? How was dance activity organized and funded? How did external dance influences and trends in popular music, film and television impact on the field? What can the lives and perspectives of people dancing tell us about social change and continuity? Finally, why has dance been ignored in most accounts of Canadian culture?

GS/DANC 5350 3.0 Theory and Practice in Dance Dramaturgy
This course examines the thematic structures and foundational elements of contemporary choreographies through the lens of dance dramaturgy. Students develop methodologies for researching and documenting the aesthetic content, historical contexts and political connotations of the creation and production of original choreography. Three hours. Prerequisites: GS/Danc 5300 3.0 and GS/Danc 5325 3.0. Required of MFA students.

GS/DANC 5501 3.0 Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography I
This course explores a variety of creative approaches to developing, structuring and editing movement. Through individual and collaborative research, the student develops a personal choreographic voice and explores the cultural and aesthetic questions arising from their choreographic research. Core requisites: GS/Danc 5300 3.0 and GS/Danc 5325 3.0. Required of MFA students.

GS/DANC 5502 3.0 Initiating, Forming and Performing Choreography I
This course explores a variety of creative approaches to developing, structuring and editing movement. Through individual and collaborative research, the student develops a personal choreographic voice and explores the cultural and aesthetic questions arising from their choreographic research. Core requisites: GS/Danc 5300 3.0 and GS/Danc 5325 3.0. Required of MFA students.

GS/DANC 5601 0.0 Dance Colloquia/Workshops
Students in the Dance MFA students are required to attend a minimum of eight colloquia/workshops organized by the MFA Dance programme.  These events introduce the student to a number of relevant specialized topics that are beyond the scope of required course work.

GS/DANC 5602 0.0 Dance Production
All Dance MFA dance students are required to complete one hundred and twenty (120) hours of production work within the Graduate Program in Dance.  This work solidifies each student's understanding of the requirements for producing and mounting dance events.

GS/DANC 5900 3.0 Imaging the Arts: Interdisciplinary Collaborations
This course explores practical and theoretical aspects of cross-disciplinary collaborations in the arts. With a view to reflecting on issues of representation, analysis of pre-existing collaborations supplements critical reflections on newly created works. Participants in the course augment their already acquired skills with new techniques/skills related to other art forms. Studio creative experiences, supplemented by work with analog and digital technologies, culminate in a personal or group project supported by a paper. The focus of the course shifts from year to year. Three hours. Cross listed:  (Dance, Film and Video, Visual Arts, Music).

GS/DANC 6001 3.0 Choreography Thesis
The choreography thesis demonstrates the student’s personal choreographic voice through the creation and mounting of three original and diverse dance ideas. Each of the three choreographies must be presented in a minimum of three public performances.

GS/DANC 6002 3.0 Dance Dramaturgy Thesis
Students completing a dance dramaturgy thesis are required to work with two different choreographers on the development, creation, production and documentation of original choreography.

GS/DANC 6200 3.0 Advanced Research and Dissertation Seminar
Faculty offer students comment, support and direction on all facets of the dissertation research and writing process, including finding a committee, finalizing the process of preparing a detailed proposal, conducting research, writing the dissertation and getting work published. Students present work in progress and interact with fellow students and faculty at regular intervals. Three hours. Required of PhD students in their fifth term of study.

GS/DANC 6220 3.0 Dance and Modernism
This course examines dance modernism in the period immediately before World War I. Creative collaboration, working process, production, critical and popular response, social context and politics form the main reference points for an investigation of key performances. Three hours.

GS/DANC 6315 3.0 Issues in Dance Heritage Studies
This seminar examines issues related to heritage studies such as archiving procedures, methods of documenting dance works, and developing oral histories. Practical experience with videography and notation methods will be included. Three hours.

GS/DANC 6375 3.0 Dance Education: Historical and Social Perspectives
In this graduate level seminar course, students explore and employ a range of theoretical perspectives through which to examine the traditions and hegemonies associated with the transmission of dance across various cultures and time periods. Three hours.

GS/DANC 6400 3.0 Issues in Dance Ethnography and Cultural Studies
This course surveys a wide range of theoretical approaches to the study of dance from ethnographic and cultural studies perspectives. Included are the study of dance as a system of communication, dance as part of social structure, dance as ethnicity and dance as sacred art. Three hours.

GS/DANC 6420 3.0 Dance and Globalization
This course investigates the vast spectrum of global dance, particularly as it can be locally accessed in    Canada. Theoretical research will complement practical study through internships or fieldwork. Students will develop case studies of their chosen examples. Three hours.