Learn about dance from four different perspectives: academic classes, technique class, observe performances of some of the world's best, and create and perform your own work with your classmates.
1/ Learn about dance from acclaimed Barnard faculty, special guest lecturers, and some of the City's most accomplished performing artists.
This course constructs a bridge between topics in dance scholarship and applied practices. We will learn to critically analyze, write and discuss various forms of dance while engaging with New York City artists, institutions and live performances. Topics we will investigate include: reading dance as a cultural text, understanding the role of the teaching artist, understanding the effects of dance criticism, discovering post-modernism and its contemporary legacy in New York City, and understanding music-dance relationships from the perspective of composers & choreographers.
2/ Fine-tune your technique with The Ailey Extension at The Joan Weill Center for Dance, home of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, in classes ranging from the modern styles of Horton and Contemporary to classical ballet. Please note: this is not a conservatory program.
3/ Embrace the art of dance at professional performances throughout the city. Last summer's class saw performances as varied as the Paris Opera Ballet at Lincoln Center and Tap It Out at the World Financial Center Winter Garden.
4/ Create your own work: Based on what you learn in class, choreograph and perform a work created in collaboration with classmates.