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Faculty from nationally and internationally renowned dance companies, schools, and university programs bring diverse points of view and integrate current methods in their teaching. Many professional companies, conservatories, and top tier university programs send representatives to campus to watch student auditions in-person.
Five College Dance advances embodied practice as a critical mode of inquiry, expression, and civic engagement across cultural and historical contexts. We cultivate new generations of artists, scholars, and practitioners to shape the field of dance and dance studies.
Professional ballroom dancer and certified personal trainer Leon Turetsky says that all styles of dance make for great cardio workouts since your heart rate gets challenged from executing the different moves.
Professional dancer Jonathan Tylicki, the director of education for AKT, a boutique fitness concept rooted in dance, says one of the reasons dance is such a great form of physical fitness is because it incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions.
But how does this happen? Well, according to some studies, scientists have found that the areas of the brain that control memory and skills, such as planning and organizing, improve with exercise like dance.
Whether you join a ballroom or belly dancing class, dance with friends, or get shaking with your kids or grandkids, being around other people while dancing is good for your social and emotional health.
While taking dance classes is very important, on top of that, Turetsky says you must also practice on your own to solidify the information and make sure your body develops the appropriate muscle memory. This is when having a mirror at home comes in handy!
While dancing is as easy as turning on some tunes and moving around your living room, there are some more formal ways to learn different styles of dance and dance technique. Here are some ways to get started with dance.
The benefits of dance encompass all areas of health, including physical, mental, and emotional. Not only does it give you a way to express yourself and have fun, but it also counts toward your cardiovascular exercise minutes for the week.
Students focused on dance in education prepare for jobs as elementary school teachers (grades kindergarten through 4) who may also serve as school dance specialists. Students choosing this option will earn a BS degree in Dance and may elect to continue for a fifth year of study to earn an MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum through the Drexel School of Education. Students who successfully complete the five-year BS/MS option in education will then be recommended to the State for a Pennsylvania Teaching Certificate in the area of Elementary Education for K-4 certification in general education.
Students focused on the custom design track work closely with faculty mentorship and advice to create a unique career in dance. Many students in this focus select dance performance, which prepares them to work as performers and/or choreographers in a variety of settings. Students interested in the performance option will complete the four-year BS degree in dance, with an emphasis on collaborative and interdisciplinary work.
Dance EnsembleDrexel Dance Ensemble is a professional quality dance company comprised of students beyond their freshman year. Twice a year, this dance company performs a fully-produced concert in Mandell, showcasing their work for more than 1000 patrons every season. Entrance to the company is by biannual audition and is open to any dancer in their second year or above.
Youth Performance Exchange Touring EnsembleThis ensemble is for those inspired to work with young audiences. The Youth Performance Exchange Touring Ensemble provides an exciting and satisfying opportunity to utilize dance as a conduit to teaching and connecting with children. Drexel students interested in becoming a member of the touring ensemble must audition and interview for the group at the beginning of the academic year. Learning and developing the performance material happens during the Fall Quarter, and touring to the schools happens in the Winter and Spring Quarters on Friday mornings, making the Touring Ensemble a year-long commitment.
Dornsife CenterDrexel dancers are partnered with the Dornsife Center for Community Partnerships to offer free dance classes to youth and seniors in West Philadelphia. Weekly dance classes are taught by Drexel dance students and alumni and mentored by Drexel dance faculty to extend the physical, intellectual, creative and therapeutic aspects of dance to the community.Residency ProgramDuring the spring term the YPE Residency Program assign small groups of Drexel dancers to develop choreography with middle school students throughout the city. This weekly collaborative process fosters artistic development and culminates with a finished dance work.Wheelchair DanceThis program partners dancers from Drexel with wheelchair bound teenagers with cerebral palsy from HMS School for a yearlong process to create dances that is presented at a matinee performance in June in the Mandell Theater.
This company traveled all the way from Bermuda to share their traditional dance style, reuniting these artists with a geographic area where similar dances would have been practiced by Indigenous peoples in centuries past.
This dance by Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo was inspired by the spirit of Brazilian soap operas and the masculine world of Samba, where men express not only their love and devotion to women, but also their troubles and melancholy.
In both studio and classroom work, the dance curriculum treats dance as a global phenomenon with culturally specific and individual differences in expressive form. Dance classes at all levels encourage students to develop their capacity to move and think creatively and to recognize movement as an essential element of one's identity.
Most dance courses accept no more than 20 students, and our program offers a B.A. in dance and a minor in dance. Students with significant dance training prior to admission to the university often double-major in dance and some other field.
Dance majors may emphasize either ballet or modern dance training, but all majors and minors study dance composition. Other studio courses include contact improvisation, jazz, tap, musical theater, Dunham technique, Spanish dance, Argentine tango, bharata natyam, and West African dance. Courses emphasizing somatic training, such as Alexander Technique and Authentic Movement are also available. Seminars in dance history, theory, and ethnology and a wide range of electives complement studio work.
Dance Placement ClassRegistration in any upper-level dance course is subject to approval after the Placement Class, a 1 1/2 hour class, which takes place during first-year orientation in August.
Washington University Dance Collective invites you to Supper. Defined as a meal of an intimate nature, this is what you will experience, small but delightful morsels of creatively short dance offerings, that work together to create a feast for the "virtual" senses.
The Washington University Student Dance Showcase is a concert that runs every other spring and is choreographed, danced, directed, and designed entirely by students. It serves as an opportunity for student choreographers to showcase their work in a professional-style concert, while experiencing the autonomy and personal responsibility of working on a student-run production. The student-oriented nature of the showcase leads to an exciting variety of works and aesthetics.
Kirven Douthit-Boyd (Boston, MA) began his formal dance training at the Boston Arts Academy in 1999 and as a member of Boston Youth Moves under the artistic direction of Jeannette Neil and Jim Viera. Mr. Douthit-Boyd studied as a fellowship student at The Ailey School and on scholarship at the Boston Conservatory. He is a graduate of Hollins University where he earned an MFA in dance.
Douthit-Boyd has choreographed workshops for The Ailey School, The Juilliard School, Webster University, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Youth Moves and COCA. He has also choreographed works for Dallas Black Dance Theater and Ailey II. He is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 5 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has completed Lester Horton Pedagogy studies under Ana Marie Forsythe in New York and St. Louis. He is a Distinguished Performing Artist at Washington University in St. Louis, teaching modern dance in the collaborative MFA program between the University and COCA.
Boston Conservatory was the first conservatory to integrate ballet and modern dance into a unified program, laying the foundation for what is now widely recognized as the best contemporary dance program in the world.
The TU Dance repertory features original work by renowned choreographers including Dwight Rhoden, Ron K. Brown, Kyle Abraham, Gioconda Barbuto, Katrin Hall, Marcus Jarrell Willis, Gregory Dolbashian and Camille A. Brown. Through celebrated performances of the professional company and accessible dance education at TU Dance Center, TU Dance provides opportunities for everyone to experience the connective power of dance.
The 3-Women Project will feature choreographic works from a group of three internationally renowned black female artists who will each work individually within their own creative processes while simultaneously seeking to explore and discover synergistic and unifying themes throughout the process. The project will incorporate educational opportunities and culminate in live, in-person performances in May, 2023. The choreographers include Stephanie Batten Bland, Alanna Morris, and Yusha-Marie Sorzano. TU Dance seeks to create artistic space for these three dynamic and award-winning dance artists to share their distinctly strong voices in choreographic work and their deep investment and investigations into their own artistic practice and identity as black women. TU Dance looks forward to engaging with our community to share and celebrate the perspectives of these three women through this exciting and ambitious project. (TU Dance_Press Release_The 3-Women Project) 59ce067264