Spring 2024 - CA 221 D100

Dance Training and Movement Systems IV (4)

Class Number: 6336

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, Thu, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CA (or FPA) 220.



A continuation of the work in CA 220, this course focusses on a range of movement forms and approaches to dance studio practice. (studio) Students with credit for FPA 221 may not take this course for further credit.


This course is a floor work- based contemporary dance technique class. Influenced by release technique, flying low and contact improvisation. The class will incorporate somatic movement studies and fast paced dancing in and out of the floor. Each class will begin with detailed explorations of the weekly/ monthly theme (see outline below) and incorporate both improvisational elements and set phrases. We will focus on developing awareness and clarity of expression by studying connections in our anatomical structure and functional movement mechanics as well as artistic interpretation. Utilizing sequential movement and the body’s relationship to gravity we will also play with pushing, pulling, falling and spirals in different patterns and combinations.


  • Work Habits 40%
  • Technical ability 30%
  • Performance/Progress 30%



Grades will be based on the following:

  • Work Habits 40%: Daily commitment to the working process, proactive approach to practice and attitude towards class environment.
  • Technical ability 30%: Physical understanding of functional alignment and ability to apply movement principles covered in class in improvisation and set phrases.
  • Performance/Progress 30%: Your ability to develop your artistic expression and incorporation of musicality, dynamics and phrasing. Risk taking and the continuous inquiry into the next step of your own artistic journey as a dancer. The quality of your dancing in class.

Student Objectives

Each student is required to work with the following guidelines:

  • A curious, explorative, positive attitude and approach.
  • Command of complex articulation within movement sequences.
  • Ability and openness to receive and incorporate feedback.
  • Consistent pursuit to full potential and range of dancing both in technique and artistic expression.



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