This course focuses on development and execution of dance and performance skills as they relate to musical theater dance style and using dance as a method of storytelling as it relates to musical theater. Students gain a better understanding of how dance and choreography create and bring dramatic elements to life. Students participate in physical conditioning to improve strength and flexibility, practice applicable dance techniques rooted in ballet, jazz, and social dance, and learn multiple pieces of choreography in order to fast-track dance performance ability and confidence on stage, in rehearsals, and at auditions. Outside of class, students are required to practice conditioning exercises and choreography, research dance styles and history, and keep a journal of practice time and reflections. The course requires full commitment and focus. While not considered an advanced course in terms of prerequisites, this course has advanced expectations. Students are evaluated through weekly class participation, memorization and performance of choreography, demonstrated outside practice, a graded midterm and final project, and through discussion, presentations, and practice/reflection journal.
While recommended as a companion to ENVC-370 Musical Theater Ensemble, this course is open to all interested students.