Towson University

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Satuday, October 30
Vincent E. Thomas
Contemporary Modern


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Vincent E. Thomas

Towson University
Towson, MD
Catherine Horta-Hayden, Chairperson & Professor
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The B.F.A. Dance Performance major prepares students for entry into the professional world of dance as skilled technicians, creative artists, and independent thinkers. The dance performance courses offer students the option of refining skills for the stage acquired in technique classes.

Towson University Dance students will:

  • Synthesize expressive range, stylistic versatility, and rigorous standards within healthy technical achievement and somatic understanding;
  • Analyze, intuit, deliver and evaluate the creative process for original dance choreography;
  • Demonstrate oral and written skills, critical thinking in aesthetic language and historical/world view perspectives;
  • Recognize, choose and demonstrate leadership skills.

Towson University Dance students are encouraged to:

  • Develop an ability to creatively respond, both divergently and convergently, to changing environments;
  • Transition thinking from dance as a hobby to preparation for a lifetime in professional work;
  • Develop a unique artistic voice through dreaming, risking, envisioning, and creating dance work with rigor;
  • Maintain a healthy, toned, and energized physique, with a somatic approach that supports dynamic alignment, reducing risk, increasing health and longevity of the dancer;
  • Study dance history with a world view for understanding and appreciation of all people;
  • Regularly engage as a whole person in physical, artistic, and intellectual strategies that facilitate an appreciation of dance as an expressive, scholarly, and progressive art form;
  • Cultivate themselves as intelligent audience members who respect the art form and become lifetime arts advocates;
  • Practicing consistently the disposition of educators which include caring commitment and collaboration;
  • Define what being a facilitator of learning is and practice this definition.

Towson University Dance students are asked to engage and deliver by:

  • Demonstrating kinesthetic understanding of dynamic alignment;
  • Exploring dancing as dynamic movers through a variety of somatic practices;
  • Describing and assessing one’s creative process to promote creativity, innovation, imagination, and collaboration;
  • Implementing choreographic tools (e.g. movement invention, use of metaphor, collaboration, use of time, space, shape…);
  • Demonstrating disciplined, diligent work ethic, with an open mind, and mutual respect in the classroom;
  • Developing personal strategies for motivation, confidence, teamwork, creative problem solving, and other life skills that transfer to other disciplines and future ambitions;
  • Receiving and providing critical feedback (nonverbal, oral, and written) to reflect embodied cognition.