Department: School of Dance

Code Name Description
DAIC101 Introduction to Critical Dance Studies Introduction to Critical Dance Studies: Corporeality, Race, Gender, Class introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of critical dance studies and its historical, ethnographic, and theoretical approaches. Dance studies attunes students to way...
DAIC102 The Anthropology of Dance The Anthropology of Dance: Diaspora, Identity, Culture examines dance in a global context, placing diverse examples of choreography in dialogue with foundational theories and contemporary debates in globalization, nationalism, transnationalism, diasp...
DAIC175 Modern Dance History II Open to BFA1 students only. This course will provide students with a unique opportunity to analyze dances from the 20th Century modern dance repertory. Within a broad historical perspective, modern dance artists will be examined. Through video viewin...
DAIC201 Dance After 1960 Dance After 1960: Virtuosity, Deskilling, and the Postdramatic interrogates international and local developments in concert, popular, screen, and subcultural dance, within and across decades, focusing on the 1960s to the present. It is a critical dan...
DAIC202 The Body in Performance The Body in Performance: Liveness, Activism, Feminisms is a course that inquires into the practices of feminist artists who call upon the live (often explicit) body in performance. We will analyze the ways in which these performances critique culture...
DAIC220 Music for Dancers: Styles & Rhythms Course open to BFA1 Dance School students only. Engaged inquiry into the dynamic relationships between music and dance performance/choreography. Applying theoretical understanding to analysis of examples of music genres, drawn from 20th and 21st cen...
DAIC275 Dance and World Cultures II This course examines the various roles that dance plays in human culture. Through video viewing, readings, writings and discussions, students will gain a critical perspective on dance within religious, social and theatrical contexts. Examples are dra...
DAIC317W Metamorphosis/Transformations Metamorphosis / Transformations A performance charrette "I want to speak about bodies changed into new forms." So begins Ovid's Metamorphosis, an epic poem about the creation and destruction wrought by love in its many forms played out by gods, men,...
DAIC410B Talent Show "Talent Show" is co-taught by Sharon Lockhart (Photo and Media) and Ariel Osterweis (Dance). This is a course in practice and theory, and explores topics such as amateurism, aspiration, and adolescence. Working through questions of format (stage, tel...
DAIC460 Jerome Bel and Postdramatic Theatre The course, Jerome Bel, will explore the work of choreographer Jerome Bel and will include a full REDCAT performance of his work. The course will also include a syllabus of theory, criticism, and history related to Bel's work and the dramaturgical an...
DAIC510 Graduate Topics in Performance Studies Graduate Topics in Performance Studies Special Topics courses taught by Osterweis will augment the curriculum with courses that meet the immediate needs and interests of current CalArts students across the institute. They will contain 3 different co...
DAIC510A Grad Topics in Perf Studies: Clubbing The Fall 2018 Graduate Topics in Performance Studies course is "Clubbing" and explores topics such as queer nightlife, subcultural community-building, dance music and movement, collective effervescence, intoxication, and traditions and cultures such...
DAIC510B Grad Topics: Talent Show "Talent Show" is co-taught by Sharon Lockhart (Photo and Media) and Ariel Osterweis (Dance). This is a course in practice and theory, and explores topics such as amateurism, aspiration, and adolescence. Working through questions of format (stage, tel...
DAIC510C The Culture Wars The Culture Wars: The Political Body in Performance The Culture Wars: The Political Body in Performance is a graduate level course that focuses on the relationship between national US politics, arts funding, censorship, gender/sexuality, religion,...
DAIC520 Critical Dance Studies Critical Dance Studies: Corporealities and Cultures is a graduate course that familiarizes students with the interdisciplinary field of critical dance studies and its historical, ethnographic, and theoretical approaches. Dance studies provides studen...
DAIC530 Performance Studies This graduate course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of performance studies. We will investigate performance and performativity as theoretical concepts influenced by-and influencing- trends in anthropology, theatre, dance, and visu...
DAIC540 Choreography & Textuality Choreography and Textuality: Bodies on the Page, Words on the Stage is a graduate course that will explore relationships between choreography and writing. Presumably, choreography is to dance what writing is to language; what would it mean to "choreo...
DAIC550 Extreme Body in Performance The Extreme Body in Performance: Sexuality, Race, Labor is a graduate course that engages students in the interdisciplinary field of performance studies, paying particular attention to how the "extreme" body generates and disrupts socio-cultural cons...
DAIC560 Jerome Bel and Postdramatic Theatre The course, Jerome Bel, will explore the work of choreographer Jerome Bel and will include a full REDCAT performance of his work. The course will also include a syllabus of theory, criticism, and history related to Bel's work and the dramaturgical an...
DAIC617W Metamorphosis/Transformations Metamorphosis / Transformations A performance charrette "I want to speak about bodies changed into new forms." So begins Ovid's Metamorphosis, an epic poem about the creation and destruction wrought by love in its many forms played out by gods, men,...
DCHR001 Institute Dance Composition This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, provides an experimental approach to composition through the lens of movement and dance. No prior experience in dance is required. Through movement explorations and creative problem solving, studen...
DCHR130 Composition I BFA 1 Course open to BFA1 Dance School students only. A two semester course consisting of a series of activities, exercises, and assignments. Designed to stimulate the discovery and development of the creative impulse in movement in the individual student....
DCHR131 Composition I BFA 1 Open to Dance School students only. A two semester course consisting of a series of activities, exercises, and assignments. Designed to stimulate the discovery and development of the creative impulse in movement in the individual student. A significa...
DCHR140 Movement Improvisation: Practicing Form This class is a series of in-class activities, readings, and improvisational assignments worked on outside of classroom hours that will be performed and discussed in class. Movement Improvisation is designed to introduce first year students to the wo...
DCHR230 Composition II BFA 2 Course open to BFA2 Dance School students only. Through assignments, observation, discussion and constructive critical assessment this course will continue the exploration of movement vocabulary and finding one's own choreographic voice. The ongoing...
DCHR231 Composition II BFA 2 Open to Dance School students only. Through assignments, observation, discussion and constructive critical assessment this course will continue the exploration of movement vocabulary and finding one's own choreographic voice. The ongoing exploration...
DCHR301 Advanced Improvisation Designed for performing artists and anyone with a background in physical practice, this course provides opportunities to cultivate advanced skills in movement improvisation in a cross-disciplinary environment. Content includes practice in solo, conta...
DCHR320 Hip Hop/Street Composition Open to Dance School Students only. In this course students will examine their foundational understanding of Hip Hop/Street dance and how it translates into choreographic practice and development. By viewing and discussing a variety of readings, film...
DCHR330 Choreography Course open to BFA 3 & 4 Dance School students only. This course is centered on the expressivity of movement, and challenges the student to make it visible. One focus is on skills: Building the abilities to manipulate movement, work fruitfully with o...
DCHR331 Choreography I BFA 3 Open to Dance School students only. This course is centered on the expressivity of movement, and challenges the student to make it visible. One focus is on skills: Building the abilities to manipulate movement, work fruitfully with others, use sound...
DCHR350W Contemporary Ballet Repertoire Open to dance school students. By permission of instructor for all others. In this course we will learn, absorb, and dance excerpts of works of legendary contemporary ballet choreographers, with a focus on picking up movement quality, musicality, bui...
DCHR360 Creation + Critique Creation + Critique provides a laboratory for choreographic and body-based scenographic projects, an opportunity for cross-genre collaboration, and a forum for receiving and giving in-depth critique. The goals of this course are to mentor choreograph...
DCHR375 Paris Camping Preparation for students involved in CAMPING. This course will cover the creative and practical development of pedagogy and choreography leading up to the experience, culminating in the group travel. Camping is an international festival and platform...
DCHR402 Advanced Composition Advanced Composition assists the development of students' choreographic work. We will additionally explore the process of choreography by learning existing repertoire that illustrates various strategies of creation by their example. In terms of profe...
DCHR404 Advanced Composition and Repertory In this course, we will finalize audition material to prepare graduates who are ready to audition for companies, agencies, or summer intensives. We will gather video submissions for a dance reel specific to the type of job they are applying for. Choo...
DCHR415 Choreographer/Composer Seminar Course open to BFA3 and BFA4 students only, by Permission of Instructor only. This seminar focuses on investigating the possibilities in collaborative relationships between dance makers and music/sound makers. Dance students will experiment with how...
DCHR431 Choreography II BFA 4 Open to Dance School students only. Choreography II provides the opportunity for students to delve deeply into the choreographic process. The first semester emphasizes an advanced tool based approach to generating movement material for choreographic...
DCHR470W The Rich + Tone Experience Rich+Tone, for the first time in their 20+ year career, will offer an intensive workshop in an academic setting to Dance and F/V students in choreographing and directing commercial projects for film and video. The "Experience" will include 15 studen...
DCHR501 Institute Dance Composition This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, provides an experimental approach to composition through the lens of movement and dance. No prior experience in dance is required. Through movement explorations and creative problem solving, studen...
DCHR530 Choreography I MFA 1 Course open to MFA1 Dance School students only. This course is centered on the expressivity of movement, and challenges the student to make it visible. One focus is on skills: Building the abilities to manipulate movement, work fruitfully with others...
DCHR530W Collaborative MFA performance project The School of Dance MFA and School of Art MFA in Integrated Media will be having a residency at the Firehouse in Joshua Tree, CA during the first week of Winter Session 2024. Facilitated by faculty members Alexsa Durrans (IM) and sam wentz (Dance), t...
DCHR531 Choreography I MFA 1 Open to Dance School students only. This course is centered on the expressivity of movement, and challenges the student to make it visible. One focus is on skills: Building the abilities to manipulate movement, work fruitfully with others, use sound...
DCHR540 Choreography Each semester a roster of dance artists lead eight 2-hour sessions exploring the choreographic system, practice or methodology, allowing students to deeply investigate their own voices through a variety of points of view and contexts. Each instructor...
DCHR550W Contemporary Ballet Repertoire Open to dance school students. By permission of instructor for all others. In this course we will learn, absorb, and dance excerpts of works of legendary contemporary ballet choreographers, with a focus on picking up movement quality, musicality, bui...
DCHR560 Creation + Critique Required for MFA1 Dance students, both sections and both semesters. While the first section is exclusive to MFA1 Choreography students. Creation + Critique provides a laboratory for choreographic and body-based scenographic projects, an opportunity f...
DCHR580 Critical Analysis of Dance Pedagogy This course is required for MFA instructors of Institute Dance Course and is also open to other MFA in Choreography students. This course interrogates pedagogical approaches and methodologies. MFA candidates will gain exposure to establishing and man...
DCHR601 Graduate Advanced Improvisation Designed for performing artists and anyone with a background in physical practice, this course provides opportunities to cultivate advanced skills in movement improvisation in a cross-disciplinary environment. Content includes practice in solo, conta...
DCHR615 Choreographer/Composer Seminar Course open to MFA1 or MFA2 students only, by Permisson of Instructor only. This seminar focuses on investigating the possibilities in collaborative relationships between dance makers and music/sound makers. Dance students will experiment with how so...
DCHR631 Choreography II MFA 2 Open to Dance School students only. Choreography II provides the opportunity for students to delve deeply into the choreographic process. The first semester emphasizes an advanced tool based approach to generating movement material for choreographic...
DCHR670W The Rich + Tone Experience Rich+Tone, for the first time in their 20+ year career, will offer an intensive workshop in an academic setting to Dance and F/V students in choreographing and directing commercial projects for film and video. The "Experience" will include 15 studen...
DCHR675 Paris Camping Preparation for students involved in CAMPING. This course will cover the creative and practical development of pedagogy and choreography leading up to the experience, culminating in the group travel. Camping is an international festival and platform...
DCHR680 Critical Analysis of Dance Pedagogy This course is required for MFA2 instructors of Institute Dance Course and is also open to other MFA in Choreography students. This course interrogates pedagogical approaches and methodologies. MFA candidates will gain exposure to establishing and ma...
DIND199 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND299 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND399 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND499 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND599 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND699 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DIND799 Independent Study Permission of Instructor only. Independent Study is a semester-long agreement developed between a student and a faculty member to discuss ongoing work, a particular project, or a course of study. This agreement, including frequency of meetings a...
DPER101 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 1 Course open to BFA1 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER102 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 1 Open to BFA1 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER111W Partnering in Relation This contemporary dance workshop explores a mix of skills from contact improvisation, group lifting, group partnering, weight-sharing, flying and catching. We will learn conditioning skills associated with athletic dancing, as well as how to safely l...
DPER120W Awakening the Dream Body Awakening the Dream Body is a 3-part workshop-style course with guest artist Stephanie Zaletel where participants are invited to materialize and digest the changes and transformations of their bodies' current and post-"lockdown" experiences through...
DPER121 Voice for Dancers 1 Discover, develop and strengthen the role of the voice in the dancer's body as it translates to text and singing.
DPER201 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 2 Course open to BFA2 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER202 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 2 Open to BFA2 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER212 MFA 2 Thesis Rehearsal/Performance Course open to Dance School students only and by permission of instructor. The development, rehearsal and performance of an MFA 2 Thesis.
DPER225W Shaping Cho Rong Yangs Thesis This interdisciplinary course is specifically tailored to prepare Cho Rong Yang for the collaborative production of her thesis show in the upcoming spring semester of 2024. Cho Rong Yang will be at the center of this creative journey. Throughout the...
DPER235W Rehearsals for MFA2 Thesis Project: Wu This course is a 2-week intensive rehearsal process in winter session, focusing on the development, rehearsal and performance of an MFA 2 thesis. In this course, students and participants will meet and rehearse as needed for the final stage of the pr...
DPER242W Immersive Media in Movement & Music Immersive Media in Movement & Music: Using 360 Cinematic and Mobile Devices for Storytelling A course/workshop/laboratory based on connectivity immersion. To explore the possibilities of 360 POV as well as Performers using IPads and immersive speake...
DPER245W Dance Thesis Production Performance Prep This course is designed for dancers and designers for preparing the upcoming Spring Thesis Show.
DPER255W Haptics of Surrender w/Kim Dallarmi This course is a research on sonic materials connected to the production of the show "Materiality of surrender". Will will be experimenting with different audio-devices to create sound, using our bodies as well as different instruments. We will also...
DPER260W Thesis: A Space for Alve The class is a space where dancers will focus on movement materials exploring and gathering for a thesis project, which includes improvisation, floor technique, weight dropping etc. Dancers will be divided into small groups based on their own charact...
DPER265W An approach to border culture. During this study period, cross-border culture specifically in the city of Tijuana will be known and analyzed. An approach to drug culture, femicides and how these social problems coexist in nightlife. Through this study topic, we will carry out prac...
DPER301 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 3 Course open to BFA3 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER302 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 3 Open to BFA3 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER310 Partnering All Together Partnering all together / contemporary partnering. This partnering class considers partnering in a broad sense, exploring some of the many different ways dancers can come together. We will interrogate what constitutes a "body" or "bodies" and what b...
DPER311 Faculty/Guest Repertory Course open to Dance Program students only, by Permissoin of Instructor only. The development, rehearsal and performance of a new or repertory piece of Choreography. Students audition for casting in works by faculty, guest artists and MFAII students....
DPER312 Faculty/Guest Repertory Course open to Dance Program students only, by Permissoin of Instructor only. The development, rehearsal and performance of a new or repertory piece of Choreography. Students audition for casting in works by faculty, guest artists and MFAII students....
DPER312W Faculty/Guest Repertory Course open to Dance Program students only, by Permission of Instructor only. The development, rehearsal, and performance of a new or repertory piece of Choreography. Students audition for casting in works by faculty, guest artists and MFAII students...
DPER313W Artists at Work w/Laura GorensteinMiller With an eye for technique and mentorship opportunities, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller will introduce students to a fiercely physical, hyper-romantic form of partnering. By workshopping Miller'sAll Shook Up, students will explore how to proces...
DPER340 Contemporary Repertory Open to Dance School Students only. This course focuses on teaching phrasework from various choreographic samplings. The intention is to expose dancers to ballet, contemporary and modern work with some dance history/context, and to become familiar le...
DPER350 Animating Dance & Performing W/ Animatio Animating Dance and Performing with Animation is a class designed for dancers and animators. While expanding their curiousity and appreciation of each other's practice, students will learn new skills, and further their creative approach. Artists from...
DPER360 Performance, Presentation, and Identity This course will examine identity in performance and presentation through the lens of code-switching, colonialism, systemic erasure, forced migration, resistence and liberation. Students will create characters based off of their cultural background a...
DPER380 Ballet Teacher and Ballet Accompanist This course is designed for BFA students of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and Herb Alpert School of Music, and will be credited as part of the Pedagogy Minor for students enrolled in the minor. The foundations and history of ballet include...
DPER401 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 4 Course open to BFA4 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER402 Choreo/Performance Lab BFA 4 Open to BFA4 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER432 Company Repertory Open to BFA4 students only. Company Repertory provides BFA 4 students the opportunity to participate in a rehearsal process of contemporary repertory that culminates in a concert performance.
DPER440W Bodies and Water Built Humain Foutains For winter session week one I propose to work on gargling as a form of musical and physical exploration in order to build a human fountain performance. It is an intimate use of the body which aims to generate a musical composition with aquatic sounds...
DPER452 Between Dance and Theatre This movement class will further develop dancers' and actors' investigation into Movement for Performance. Students will meet once a week, coupled with outside work led by dance instructor, Julie Bour and theatre movement instructor, Anthony Nikolche...
DPER501 Choreo/Performance Lab MFA 1 Course open to MFA1 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER502 Choreo/Performance Lab MFA 1 Open to MFA1 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER510 Partnering All Together Partnering all together / contemporary partnering. This partnering class considers partnering in a broad sense, exploring some of the many different ways dancers can come together. We will interrogate what constitutes a "body" or "bodies" and what b...
DPER511W Partnering in Relation This contemporary dance workshop explores a mix of skills from contact improvisation, group lifting, group partnering, weight-sharing, flying and catching. We will learn conditioning skills associated with athletic dancing, as well as how to safely l...
DPER513W Artists at Work w/Laura GorensteinMiller With an eye for technique and mentorship opportunities, choreographer Laura Gorenstein Miller will introduce students to a fiercely physical, hyper-romantic form of partnering. By workshopping Miller's All Shook Up, students will explore how to proce...
DPER520W Awakening the Dream Body Awakening the Dream Body is a 3-part workshop-style course with guest artist Stephanie Zaletel where participants are invited to materialize and digest the changes and transformations of their bodies' current and post-"lockdown" experiences through...
DPER525W Shaping Cho Rong Yangs Thesis This interdisciplinary course is specifically tailored to prepare Cho Rong Yang for the collaborative production of her thesis show in the upcoming spring semester of 2024. Cho Rong Yang will be at the center of this creative journey. Throughout the...
DPER535W Rehearsals for MFA2 Thesis Project: Wu This course is a 2-week intensive rehearsal process in winter session, focusing on the development, rehearsal and performance of an MFA 2 thesis. In this course, students and participants will meet and rehearse as needed for the final stage of the pr...
DPER540 Contemporary Repertory Open to Dance School Students only. This course focuses on teaching phrasework from various choreographic samplings. The intention is to expose dancers to ballet, contemporary and modern work with some dance history/context, and to become familiar le...
DPER542W Immersive Media in Movement & Music Immersive Media in Movement & Music: Using 360 Cinematic and Mobile Devices for Storytelling A course/workshop/laboratory based on connectivity immersion. To explore the possibilities of 360 POV as well as Performers using IPads and immersive speake...
DPER545W Dance Thesis Production Performance Prep This course is designed for dancers and designers for preparing the upcoming Spring Thesis Show.
DPER555W Haptics of Surrender w/Kim Dallarmi This course is a research on sonic materials connected to the production of the show "Materiality of surrender". Will will be experimenting with different audio-devices to create sound, using our bodies as well as different instruments. We will also...
DPER560 Performance, Presentation, and Identity This course will examine identity in performance and presentation through the lens of code-switching, colonialism, systemic erasure, forced migration, resistence and liberation. Students will create characters based off of their cultural background a...
DPER560W Thesis: A Space for Alve The class is a space where dancers will focus on movement materials exploring and gathering for a thesis project, which includes improvisation, floor technique, weight dropping etc. Dancers will be divided into small groups based on their own charact...
DPER565W An approach to border culture. During this study period, cross-border culture specifically in the city of Tijuana will be known and analyzed. An approach to drug culture, femicides and how these social problems coexist in nightlife. Through this study topic, we will carry out prac...
DPER580 Ballet Teacher and Ballet Accompanist This course is designed for BFA students of the Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance and Herb Alpert School of Music, and will be credited as part of the Pedagogy Minor for students enrolled in the minor. The foundations and history of ballet include...
DPER601 Choreo/Performance Lab MFA 2 Course open to MFA2 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance. Showing, rehearsal, and critique of works being prepared for performance.
DPER602 Choreo/Performance Lab MFA 2 Open to MFA1 students only. Weekly gathering of all students and faculty of the School of Dance, as well as students from other metier within the Institute. Showing and critique of student works being prepared for performance. Students are expected t...
DPER612W Contemporary Repertory The course is a repertoire project and requires and ensemble of female dancers (male dancers welcome) to learn to the level of performance the first seven minutes of choreographer Jiri Kylian's "Falling Angels" (Dance School) and in collaboration wit...
DPER640W Bodies and Water Built Humain Foutains For winter session week one I propose to work on gargling as a form of musical and physical exploration in order to build a human fountain performance. It is an intimate use of the body which aims to generate a musical composition with aquatic sounds...
DPER650 Animating Dance & Performing W/ Animatio Animating Dance and Performing with Animation is a class designed for dancers and animators. While expanding their curiousity and appreciation of each other's practice, students will learn new skills, and further their creative approach. Artists from...
DPER652 Between Dance and Theatre This movement class will further develop dancers' and actors' investigation into Movement for Performance. Students will meet once a week, coupled with outside work led by dance instructor, Julie Bour and theatre movement instructor, Anthony Nikolche...
DPRD101 Production Crewing BFA 1 Course open to BFA1 Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD102 Production Crewing BFA 1 Open to Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD111 Production Tech: Dance This course is a semester long introduction into the respective technologies and methods used to support dance production. The students will learn a basic understanding for design elements like lighting, sound and operating as a crew. Focusing on job...
DPRD112W New Media in Performance New Media in Performance introduces students to inter-disciplinary practices that combine digital media with live performance. The course will focus on the use video, projection and interactive media within performance. New Media in Performance conte...
DPRD113 Dance Production Technology: Video This course is the Video Production section for Dance Production Technology. BFA1 students can choose either this class or Theatrical Production for the Fall semester. This class is a semester-long introduction and overview of video production tech...
DPRD120 Music for Dancers: Audio Lab Open to Dance School students only. This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of music and their relationship to the dancer/choreographer. Music for Dancers I focuses on audio editing, processing, and recording techniques for use in danc...
DPRD201 Production Crewing BFA 2 Course open to BFA2 Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD202 Production Crewing BFA 2 Open to Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD222W Dance Reel and Promo Workshop A practical short course on Creating a Dance Video Reel and Introduction to Multiclip editing. It is designed for BFA3 and BFA4 students that have basic FCPX editing skills. The aim is to prepare students leaving CalArts with skills and materials to...
DPRD250 Concepts in Lighting Design Dance This course examines development of concepts for lighting dance performances, including interpretation of choreography, mood and music. Students will gain experience in collaborating with choreographers in the rehearsal process.
DPRD301 Production Crewing BFA 3 Course open to BFA3 Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD302 Production Crewing BFA 3 Open to Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD350 Dance on Film Screenings and Readings This is a screening class. In Dance Film Images we'll watch and discuss a wide range of dance on screen, including the works of early experimental filmmakers, dance in musicals and narrative films, what's showing on dance film festivals now, the boom...
DPRD360 Dance Film Foundations Dance Film Foundations provides a theoretical and practical overview of the dance and motion-picture hybrid. Through viewings, lectures, and discussion, dance students consider historical and contemporary ways of translating and capturing movement ci...
DPRD361 Advanced Dance/Image Projects This course provides advancing work in exploring the relation of dance and image, utilizing practical and technical skills culminating in collaborative projects.
DPRD362W Video-Dance/Projection Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance and Projection of Dance Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance and Projection of Dance Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance Intensive Hands-on Workshop on Screendance at CalArts by Silvina Szperling This workshop attempts to...
DPRD401 Production Crewing BFA 4 Course open to BFA4 Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD402 Production Crewing BFA 4 Open to Dance School students only. Analysis and application of technical production skills needed for individual projects.
DPRD432 Next! Preparing for My Future in Dance Open to Dance School students only. A seminar course to help students prepare for their future after graduation addressing such subjects as: progressing as young artists, defining directions and objectives, researching possibilities and options, surv...
DPRD440 CineDance Only students from the School of Dance and the School of Film/Video are eligible to enroll. CineDance is a production-oriented course that motivates the creative collaboration between choreographers and filmmakers. Dance and Film/Video students will...
DPRD461 Digital Portfolio II This class provides the opportunity for students to develop a personal website and gain the necessary skills to sustain this website beyond graduation. A portion of this class will be devoted to integrating media such as videos and images, learning P...
DPRD470 Making Collaborative Dance Films In Dance Film Projects students will propose, workshop and shoot their own dance film projects using the rest of the students in class as their filmmaking team. Choreographers will learn the dynamics and hierarchies of film shoots and have a taste of...
DPRD505 MFA Music Seminar I Course open to MFA1 Dance School students only. Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA I choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates...
DPRD506 MFA Music Seminar II Course open to MFA1 Dance School students only. Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA I choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates...
DPRD511 Production Tech: Theatrical Production This course is split into two sections: Theatrical Production and Video Production. MFA1 students can choose either section for the Fall semester. Each section is a semester long introduction into the respective technologies and methods used to supp...
DPRD512W New Media in Performance New Media in Performance introduces students to inter-disciplinary practices that combine digital media with live performance. The course will focus on the use video, projection and interactive media within performance. New Media in Performance conte...
DPRD522W Dance Reel and Promo Workshop A practical short course on Creating a Dance Video Reel and Introduction to Multiclip editing. It is designed for BFA3 and BFA4 students that have basic FCPX editing skills. The aim is to prepare students leaving CalArts with skills and materials to...
DPRD525 Graduate Forum Meet and discuss current issues and events related to your artistic life as a graduate student. Develop concepts concurrent with self directed Master projects and proposals. Originate and practice articulating a proposal by "pitching" your idea to ot...
DPRD525A Graduate Forum Meet and discuss current issues and events related to your artistic life as a graduate student. Develop concepts concurrent with self directed Master projects and proposals. Originate and practice articulating a proposal by "pitching" your idea to ot...
DPRD525B Graduate Forum Meet and discuss current issues and events related to your artistic life as a graduate student. Develop concepts concurrent with self directed Master projects and proposals. Originate and practice articulating a proposal by "pitching" your idea to ot...
DPRD530 Grad Student Production Tech This course is a semester long introduction into the respective technologies and methods used to support dance/theatrical production as it effects the creator, choreographer, and/or director. The students will learn a basic understanding of design...
DPRD550 Dance on Film Screenings and Readings This is a screening class. In Dance Film Images we'll watch and discuss a wide range of dance on screen, including the works of early experimental filmmakers, dance in musicals and narrative films, what's showing on dance film festivals now, the boom...
DPRD559 Dance Film Foundations Dance Film Foundations provides a theoretical and practical overview of the dance and motion-picture hybrid. Through viewings, lectures, and discussion, dance students consider historical and contemporary ways of translating and capturing movement ci...
DPRD560 Graduate Dance Film II Course open to MFA1 Dance School students only. This course provides dancers and choreographers with essential skills in shooting and editing video. Students will learn basic editing grammar and craft using Apple's Final Cut Pro X, while obtaining a...
DPRD561 Advanced Dance/Image Projects This course provides advancing work in exploring the relation of dance and image, utilizing practical and technical skills culminating in collaborative projects.
DPRD562W Video-Dance/Projection Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance and Projection of Dance Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance and Projection of Dance Video-Dance, An Impossible Dance Intensive Hands-on Workshop on Screendance at CalArts by Silvina Szperling This workshop attempts to...
DPRD580 MFA 1 Thesis Project I Course open to MFA1 Dance School students only. Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA 1 choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates...
DPRD581 MFA 1 Thesis Project II Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA 1 choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates in three produced works throughout the year.
DPRD613 Dance Education II This seminar will focus on preparation for College and University level teaching. Course curriculum development in content areas of particular interest to each student will be explored. The course will address issues of effective pedagogy, assessing...
DPRD615 Dance Program Design and Administration This Seminar provides an overview of dance and higher education, looking specifically at dance administration and program/curriculum design. It will give students the opportunity to design their own (original) model for a 21st century dance program i...
DPRD632 Next! Preparing for My Future in Dance Open to Dance School students only. A seminar course to help students prepare for their future after graduation addressing such subjects as: progressing as young artists, defining directions and objectives, researching possibilities and options, surv...
DPRD640 CineDance Only students from the School of Dance and the School of Film/Video are eligible to enroll. CineDance is a production-oriented course that motivates the creative collaboration between choreographers and filmmakers. Dance and Film/Video students will...
DPRD650 Graduate Concepts in Lighting Design This course examines development of concepts for lighting dance performances, including interpretation of choreography, mood and music. Students will gain experience in collaborating with choreographers in the rehearsal process.
DPRD660 Digital Portfolio I Course open to MFA1 or MFA2 Dance School students only. This class provides the opportunity for students to develop a personal website and gain the necessary skills to sustain this website beyond graduation. A portion of this class will be devoted to...
DPRD661 Digital Portfolio II This class provides the opportunity for students to develop a personal website and gain the necessary skills to sustain this website beyond graduation. A portion of this class will be devoted to integrating media such as videos and images, learning P...
DPRD670 Making Collaborative Dance Films In Dance Film Projects students will propose, workshop and shoot their own dance film projects using the rest of the students in class as their filmmaking team. Choreographers will learn the dynamics and hierarchies of film shoots and have a taste of...
DPRD680 MFA 2 Thesis Project I Course open to MFA2 Dance School students only. Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA 2 choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates...
DPRD681 MFA 2 Thesis Project II Creation, rehearsal, critique, development and concert preparation for MFA 2 choreography. Includes individual rehearsal and choreographic studio work as well as group critique of discussion. Culminates in three produced works throughout the year.
DSCM230 The Anatomy of Movement I An understanding of anatomy can build a compassionate and informed relationship with your own body. This course will provide students with a detailed knowledge of how the body moves and functions. The first semester will cover the lower body and abdo...
DSCM231 The Anatomy of Movement II An understanding of anatomy can build a compassionate and informed relationship with your own body. This course will provide students with a detailed knowledge of how the body moves and functions. The first semester will cover the lower body and abdo...
DTCH001 Institute Dance Contemporary This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, provides an experiential introduction to techniques of Contemporary Dance. No prior experience in dance is required. These courses are primarily rooted in but not limited to Western concert dance a...
DTCH003 Beginning Intermediate Ballet This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, focuses on coordination, functional alignment, clarity of line, French terminology, musicality, and cultivating strength and flexibility. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center...
DTCH004 Institute Dance Technique Special Topics This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, changes subject material each semester. No prior experience in dance is required. Special Topics are geared toward a myriad of movement practices that enhance the study and application of technique...
DTCH004A Special Topics: Bunny Jazz Taught by Shoji Yamasaki, MFA 2 in Choreography. This course introduces a concoction of bunny body language and jazz techniques that emphasize on developing body awareness with correct alignment and spatial awareness, including but not limited to bo...
DTCH004B Special Topics Pilates Mat Beginning Pilates Mat class open to the Institute.
DTCH101 Ballet Techniques BFA 1 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH102 Ballet Technique 1 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH102W Institute Ballet Technique Beginning ballet technique skills focusing on elementary skills and ballet basics i.e. turn-out, positions of the feet and arms, body directions as well as addressing correct alignment and posture, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agi...
DTCH105 Inst Dance: Hip Hop/Street Dance Forms Studio Study and Practice of Hip Hop Dance Styles and Forms. Open to the Institute. All Levels.
DTCH121 Contemporary Techniques BFA 1 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH122 Contemporary Technique 1 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH132W Hip Hop Studio study and practice of hip hop dance styles beginning through intermediate.
DTCH141 Partnering/Repertory Course open to Dance School students only. Selections from contemporary repertoire with emphasis on in-depth study of the basics of partner work.
DTCH142 Partnering/Repertory Open to Dance School students only. Selections from contemporary repertoire with emphasis on in-depth study of the basics of partner work.
DTCH150W Fitness The course is a Fitness course that will use cardio vascular fitness elements/properties, along with somatic applications such as Yoga and Pilates to develop a more sound and holistic physical regimen.
DTCH151 Pilates Mat 1 Course open to BFA1 Dance School students only. Intensive weekly sessions in Pilates Method mat Technique.
DTCH161 Hip Hop/Street Dance BFA 1 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH162 Hip Hop/Street Dance 1 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH201 Ballet Techniques BFA 2 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH202 Ballet Technique 2 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH202W Ballet Technique B Intermediate ballet technique skills addressing artistic quality, alignment, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agility using adagio, petite and grand allegro, pirouettes and other combinations of turning exercises.
DTCH204 Institute Dance: Flamenco Fusion Dance fusion between Flamenco and Spanish dance. During the class we will study techniques for both styles of dance. Open to the institute. This course will be taught by an MFA Student in the School of Dance
DTCH205W Stage Combat Knife Fighting Intensive A two week crash course on safety and execution of creating a knife fight for stage.
DTCH221 Contemporary Techniques BFA 2 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH222 Contemporary Technique 2 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH222W Contemporary B Physical practice of contemporary dance utilizing different styles through the use of floor work, control and vigor to gain strength, coordination, agility, speed and artistic quality.
DTCH223 Combat for Stage and Film Combat for Stage and Film will be an introduction to Unarmed Stage Combat. This course that will focus on the basics of choreographing and performing fight scenes. Starting with staging for a theater audience such as playing with different angles and...
DTCH230 Dance Genres Available to Dance School Students only. This elective studio class may include, but not be limited to, pointe technique, tap, clogging, flamenco, tango, etc. Emphasis on dances that use specialized shoes as technical equipment.
DTCH231W Countertechnique The learning and practice of Countertechnique and its movement principles. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and...
DTCH232W Combat for Stage and Film Combat for Stage and Film will be an introduction to Stage Combat. This will be a crash course that will focus on the basics of choreographing and performing fight scenes. Starting with staging for a theatre audience, and then having to adjust the sa...
DTCH233W Jazz Dance: Matt Mattox Based Technique This class includes Matt Mattox based technique and Theatre dance rep with original combinations ranging from Bennett to Fosse to Gilliam Lynne. It focuses on a center warm up and across the floor exercises that travel through the use of plie to grou...
DTCH235 Hip Hop Elective for Dancers Studio study and practice of hip hop dance styles. For dancers of all levels.
DTCH240W Salsa Dancing This course is an introduction to salsa dancing, a popular social dance form that emerged in the mid-1970s. In this fun and inviting class, students will learn about the history of salsa, the clave rhythm, basic individual footwork, simple turns, and...
DTCH250 African Dance In this course, you will learn traditional West African dances from the various ethnic groups in Ghana. These dances are an integral part of daily life, which are representative of form and function in African societies. The dances that will be learn...
DTCH255 Pilates Reformer 1 Basic Pilates mat work translated on to the universal reformer.
DTCH256 Pilates Reformer 1 This course is a beginner Pilates-reformer class with a focus on mindfulness, breathwork, inclusivity, dynamic stretching and strengthening. The central goal of the class is to empower students in the CalArts School of Dance to learn how to use Pilat...
DTCH261 Hip Hop/Street Dance BFA 2 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH262 Hip Hop/Street Dance 2 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH262W Anatomy Education for Movement Technique Anatomy Education for Movement Technique is about transferring scientific education into your dancing, bringing awareness to the body - process of breathing, sensing, connecting and initiating, and moving outward from micro to macro dimensions, from...
DTCH268W Yoga for the Dancer The practice of Yoga is a study of the mind/body connection to one's self. The physical and philosophical teachings of Yoga will be presented through demonstration, discussion and practices to enhance strength and flexibility, improve breathing, conc...
DTCH301 Ballet Techniques BFA 3 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH302 Ballet Technique 3 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH302W Ballet Technique Dance School Only Advanced ballet technique skills addressing alignment, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agility using adagio, petite and grand allegro and pirouettes along with other combinations of turning exercises.
DTCH321 Contemporary Techniques BFA 3 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH322 Contemporary Technique 3 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH332 Pointe Open to Dance School students only. Advanced ballet technique Permission of instructor required
DTCH340 Learning How to Learn How to Dance Open to Dance School Students only. This course focuses on understanding how the dancer's mind works, in an effort to become a more effect tool for any choreographer/creator. It also aims to develop a dancer's sense of self-awareness, strengths and w...
DTCH342W Ballet/Contemporary Technique Ballet technique all levels 3 days per week, Contemporary technique all levels 2 days per week.
DTCH352 The Concious Dancer The Conscious Dancer is a movement practice that supports a holistic, visceral, and embodied understanding of the body in motion. By exploring dance and physical action through the supplementation of a wide variety of modalities (somatic practices,...
DTCH360 Dance Pedagogy Open to BFA3 and BFA4 students. Open to BFA1 and BFA2 students by permission of instructor only. This course offers a theoretical and practical introduction to the skills necessary to teach dance technique classes. The focus of the course will be fo...
DTCH361 Hip Hop/Street Dance BFA 3 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH362 Hip Hop/Street Dance 3 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH362W Somatic Practices With Dance This course will expose students to a variety of Somatic Practices, through direct experience, discussion, and ancillary materials. In the increasingly demanding field of dance, these practices serve as a platform to support holistic growth and embod...
DTCH372 Contemporary Dance Lab Contemporary Dance Lab: Investigation of culture, aesthetics, and identity in contemporary dance. Contemporary Dance Lab is a trans-disciplinary course that combines a rigorous creative movement practice and theoretical inquiry. This course will in...
DTCH372W Dance Improvisation Ensemble This course will focus on dance improvisation in performance. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual movement vocabulary, spatial and energetic awareness, and the building of new scores. Placing the binary of "freedom and form" on a spectru...
DTCH380 Dance Practice Series Elective Courses within the Dance program that focus on developing the shape of students' practices. While each course under this category may offer a particular theme or subject matter, its primary organization and outcomes will center around a vari...
DTCH380A Countertechnique The learning and practice of Countertechnique and its movement principles. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and...
DTCH380B Capoeira Afro-Brazilian martial art. Movement based with elements of music and combat.
DTCH382 Ballet Elective Course open to Dance Program students only. A focused and realized approach to ballet technique and its training methods, geared toward the individual with the goal of discovering the unique physical potential of each student. Classes emphasize a par...
DTCH392 Dance Practices Studio study and practice of various dance styles. Open to Dance School only.
DTCH401 Ballet Techniques BFA 4 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH402 Ballet Technique 4 Taught from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds, ballet technique for dancers of today embodies the historic as well as current evolution of ballet technique. This class is a supportive and complementary skill set for various dance genres....
DTCH421 Contemporary Techniques BFA 4 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH422 Contemporary Technique 4 Open to Dance School students only. Studio study and practice of Contemporary dance styles and techniques.
DTCH455 Pilates Reformer 2 Course open by Permission of Instructor only. A Pilates advanced exercise course using the Pilates equipment, specifically the Universal Reformer and the Trapeze Table.
DTCH456 Pilates Reformer 2 A Pilates advanced exercise course using the Pilates equipment, specifically the Universal Reformer and the Trapeze Table.
DTCH461 Hip Hop/Street Dance BFA 4 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH462 Hip Hop/Street Dance 4 This course engages in the study of Hip Hop/Street dance including but not limited to breaking, social dances, popping, locking and house ranging from the 1970s to the present within African diasporic communities. Through understanding the dances' cu...
DTCH482W Gaga for Dancers Gaga is the movement research developed by Ohad Naharin. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, arid agility...
DTCH485 Advanced Pilates Advanced Pilates: integrating Pilates to support your dance practice. Advanced Pilates Reformer based on the Balanced Body method, including exercises and principles from other somatic practices. For participants who have taken Pilates Reformer or ha...
DTCH500 Institute Dance Contemporary This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, provides an experiential introduction to techniques of Contemporary Dance. No prior experience in dance is required. These courses are primarily rooted in but not limited to Western concert dance a...
DTCH501 Ballet Technique Course open to Dance Program students only. A focused and realized approach to ballet technique and its training methods, geared toward the individual with the goal of discovering the unique physical potential of each student. Classes emphasize a pa...
DTCH502 Ballet Technique 502 Course open to Dance Program students only. A focused and realized approach to ballet technique and its training methods, geared toward the individual with the goal of discovering the unique physical potential of each student. Classes emphasize a pa...
DTCH502W Institute Ballet Technique Beginning ballet technique skills focusing on elementary skills and ballet basics i.e. turn-out, positions of the feet and arms, body directions as well as addressing correct alignment and posture, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agi...
DTCH504 Institute Dance: Flamenco Fusion Dance fusion between Flamenco and Spanish dance. During the class we will study techniques for both styles of dance. Open to the institute. This course will be taught by an MFA Student in the School of Dance
DTCH505 Inst Dance: Hip Hop/Street Dance Forms Studio Study and Practice of Hip Hop Dance Styles and Forms. Open to the Institute. All Levels.
DTCH505W Stage Combat Knife Fighting Intensive A two week crash course on safety and execution of creating a knife fight for stage.
DTCH521 Contemporary Technique/Hip Hop Technique Course open to Dance Program students only. Intensive training in at least three contemporary dance techniques aimed at the ongoing development of movement skills, kinetic perceptions, center strength, creativity, intellectual understanding and versa...
DTCH522 Contemporary Technique/Hip Hop Technique Course open to Dance Program students only. Intensive training in at least three contemporary dance techniques aimed at the ongoing development of movement skills, kinetic perceptions, center strength, creativity, intellectual understanding and versa...
DTCH522W Contemporary B Physical practice of contemporary dance utilizing different styles through the use of floor work, control and vigor to gain strength, coordination, agility, speed and artistic quality.
DTCH530 Dance Genres Available to Dance School Students only. This elective studio class may include, but not be limited to, pointe technique, tap, clogging, flamenco, tango, etc. Emphasis on dances that use specialized shoes as technical equipment.
DTCH531W Countertechnique The learning and practice of Countertechnique and its movement principles. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and...
DTCH532W Hip Hop Studio study and practice of hip hop dance styles beginning through intermediate.
DTCH533W Jazz Dance: Matt Mattox Based Technique This class includes Matt Mattox based technique and Theatre dance rep with original combinations ranging from Bennett to Fosse to Gilliam Lynne. It focuses on a center warm up and across the floor exercises that travel through the use of plie to grou...
DTCH535 Hip Hop Elective for Dancers Studio study and practice of hip hop dance styles. For dancers of all levels.
DTCH540W Salsa Dancing This course is an introduction to salsa dancing, a popular social dance form that emerged in the mid-1970s. In this fun and inviting class, students will learn about the history of salsa, the clave rhythm, basic individual footwork, simple turns, and...
DTCH542 Partnering/Repertory Open to Dance School students only. Selections from contemporary repertoire with emphasis on in-depth study of the basics of partner work.
DTCH55 African Dance In this course, you will learn traditional West African dances from the various ethnic groups in Ghana. These dances are an integral part of daily life, which are representative of form and function in African societies. The dances that will be learn...
DTCH550W Fitness The course is a Fitness course that will use cardio vascular fitness elements/properties, along with somatic applications such as Yoga and Pilates to develop a more sound and holistic physical regimen.
DTCH552 The Concious Dancer The Conscious Dancer is a movement practice that supports a holistic, visceral, and embodied understanding of the body in motion. By exploring dance and physical action through the supplementation of a wide variety of modalities (somatic practices,...
DTCH553 Combat for Stage and Film Combat for Stage and Film will be an introduction to Unarmed Stage Combat. This course that will focus on the basics of choreographing and performing fight scenes. Starting with staging for a theater audience such as playing with different angles and...
DTCH556 Pilates Reformer 1 This course is a beginner Pilates-reformer class with a focus on mindfulness, breathwork, inclusivity, dynamic stretching and strengthening. The central goal of the class is to empower students in the CalArts School of Dance to learn how to use Pilat...
DTCH562W Somatic Practices With Dance This course will expose students to a variety of Somatic Practices, through direct experience, discussion, and ancillary materials. In the increasingly demanding field of dance, these practices serve as a platform to support holistic growth and embod...
DTCH568W Yoga for the Dancer The practice of Yoga is a study of the mind/body connection to one's self. The physical and philosophical teachings of Yoga will be presented through demonstration, discussion and practices to enhance strength and flexibility, improve breathing, conc...
DTCH570 MFA Physical Practice Course open to Dance School MFA students only. In order to reshape, reimagine, and analyze movement aesthetics and techniques, Physical Practice offers four different opportunities for the MFA candidate. Students can choose either independent study,...
DTCH572W Dance Improvisation Ensemble This course will focus on dance improvisation in performance. Emphasis will be placed on developing individual movement vocabulary, spatial and energetic awareness, and the building of new scores. Placing the binary of "freedom and form" on a spectru...
DTCH580 Dance Practice Series Elective Courses within the Dance program that focus on developing the shape of students' practices. While each course under this category may offer a particular theme or subject matter, its primary organization and outcomes will center around a vari...
DTCH580A Countertechnique The learning and practice of Countertechnique and its movement principles. Within a clear structure of exercises, the Countertechnique class thoroughly prepares the body for rehearsal and performance, enabling dancers to move bigger, more fluidly and...
DTCH580B Capoeira Afro-Brazilian martial art. Movement based with elements of music and combat.
DTCH592 Dance Practices Studio study and practice of various dance styles. Open to Dance School only.
DTCH602W Ballet Technique B Intermediate ballet technique skills addressing artistic quality, alignment, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agility using adagio, petite and grand allegro, pirouettes and other combinations of turning exercises.
DTCH603 Beginning Intermediate Ballet This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, focuses on coordination, functional alignment, clarity of line, French terminology, musicality, and cultivating strength and flexibility. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center...
DTCH604 Institute Dance Technique Special Topics This course, taught by Graduate Teaching Assistants, changes subject material each semester. No prior experience in dance is required. Special Topics are geared toward a myriad of movement practices that enhance the study and application of technique...
DTCH604A Special Topics: Bunny Jazz Taught by Shoji Yamasaki, MFA 2 in Choreography. This course introduces a concoction of bunny body language and jazz techniques that emphasize on developing body awareness with correct alignment and spatial awareness, including but not limited to bo...
DTCH604B Special Topics Pilates Mat Beginning Pilates Mat class open to the Institute.
DTCH621 Contemporary Technique/Hip Hop Technique Course open to Dance Program students only. Intensive training in at least three contemporary dance techniques aimed at the ongoing development of movement skills, kinetic perceptions, center strength, creativity, intellectual understanding and versa...
DTCH622 Contemporary Technique/Hip Hop Technique Course open to Dance Program students only. Intensive training in at least three contemporary dance techniques aimed at the ongoing development of movement skills, kinetic perceptions, center strength, creativity, intellectual understanding and versa...
DTCH632W Combat for Stage and Film Combat for Stage and Film will be an introduction to Stage Combat. This will be a crash course that will focus on the basics of choreographing and performing fight scenes. Starting with staging for a theatre audience, and then having to adjust the sa...
DTCH640 Learning How to Learn How to Dance Open to Dance School Students only. This course focuses on understanding how the dancer's mind works, in an effort to become a more effect tool for any choreographer/creator. It also aims to develop a dancer's sense of self-awareness, strengths and w...
DTCH642W Ballet/Contemporary Technique Ballet technique all levels 3 days per week, Contemporary technique all levels 2 days per week.
DTCH656 Pilates Reformer 2 Course open by Permission of Instructor only. A Pilates advanced exercise course using the Pilates equipment, specifically the Universal Reformer and the Trapeze Table.
DTCH662W Anatomy Education for Movement Technique Anatomy Education for Movement Technique is about transferring scientific education into your dancing, bringing awareness to the body - process of breathing, sensing, connecting and initiating, and moving outward from micro to macro dimensions, from...
DTCH670 MFA Physical Practice Course open to Dance School MFA2 students only. In order to reshape, reimagine, and analyze movement aesthetics and techniques, Physical Practice offers four different opportunities for the MFA candidate. Students can choose either independent study,...
DTCH672 Contemporary Dance Lab Contemporary Dance Lab: Investigation of culture, aesthetics, and identity in contemporary dance. Contemporary Dance Lab is a trans-disciplinary course that combines a rigorous creative movement practice and theoretical inquiry. This course will in...
DTCH682 Ballet Elective Course open to Dance Program students only. A focused and realized approach to ballet technique and its training methods, geared toward the individual with the goal of discovering the unique physical potential of each student. Classes emphasize a par...
DTCH682W Gaga for Dancers Gaga is the movement research developed by Ohad Naharin. Gaga is a new way of gaining knowledge and self-awareness through your body. Gaga provides a framework for discovering and strengthening your body and adding flexibility, stamina, arid agility...
DTCH685 Advanced Pilates Advanced Pilates: integrating Pilates to support your dance practice. Advanced Pilates Reformer based on the Balanced Body method, including exercises and principles from other somatic practices. For participants who have taken Pilates Reformer or ha...
DTCH702W Ballet Technique Dance School Only Advanced ballet technique skills addressing alignment, musicality, flexibility, strength, elevation and agility using adagio, petite and grand allegro and pirouettes along with other combinations of turning exercises.
MCMP415 Choreographers & Composers Course open to BFA4 Music School students only. This course brings together advanced composition students and advanced choreographers in projects combining the two disciplines.
MCMP615 Choreographers & Composers Course open to Music School students only. This course brings together advanced composition students and advanced choreographers in projects combining the two disciplines.