Dance 310

DNCE 310: Study in Somatics

Prerequisites: DNCE major with junior or senior standing

Credit Hours: (3) Six hours technique

Covers fundamental theoretical and movement principles in somatic therapies and techniques. Strengthens and stretches the total body, emphasizing control from the core center. Students learn theoretical and practical knowledge to protect the body in all movement forms by developing a strong link between the physical and the mental aspects of movement.

Note(s): May be taken for a total of six credit hours.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1) Pilates Movement Method

    a) Theoretical Principles
    b) Pilates Fundamentals
    c) Pilates Mat Floor work

2) Anatomy Fundamentals for Dancers

    a) Terminology
    b) Alignment and Postural Issues
    c) Strengthening and Lengthening Techniques for specific muscle groups
3) Yoga      

    a) Theoretical Principles of Hatha Yoga
    b) Theoretical Practice


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The course includes material presented by instructor’s demonstration and explanation of exercises, followed by students’ practice of exercises.  It also includes assignments, discussion, lecture, papers, and exams.  It may include guest speakers with expertise in other somatic areas.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of this course students will be able to:
1) Explain theories of specific somatic therapies orally and/or in writing
2) Apply principles of these somatic therapies to traditional dance vocabulary and to daily movement experience through demonstration and verbal explanation
3) Demonstrate selected somatic techniques and exercises.


Assessment Measures

Daily observation of students’ performance during class

1) Mid-term and Final examinations
2) Class Discussion
3) Weekly Journal
4) Attendance


Other Course Information

Approval and Subsequent Reviews

Date Action Reviewed by
New Course February, 2009