Applying Analysis

I must admit that I was extremely nervous about taking Dance Analysis at the beginning of this semester. I had deep concern that it would be entirely too much like a geometry or algebra class, and that the numbers and symbols would overwhelm me to a point of frustration. I quickly realized that this did…

Composition Final Duet

For our composition final we were asked to create a duet in which both of us would defy our general movement tendencies for the entire performance. When I was first informed that this would be our final study, I must admit that my heart dropped. I imagined myself forcing leaps and turns to successfully portray…

Global Dance Community: Ellen Maynard

One of the best aspects of being a student in a university dance program is the reassurance of having a network of incredible alumni that are already working in the fields we are looking to pursue (performance, choreography, film, administration, and so on). With this assignment, which Sofie calls the Global Dance Community, we had…

Up Close and Personal

I had a difficult time creating a practical concept for this project. Although there were plenty of ideas floating around in my head, most of them were entirely too far-fetched for a three-minute documentary. My interests spanned from society’s perception of vulnerability to the anatomy of teaching, concepts that sparked my creative mind and invited…

A Place Like This

The structure of this documentary is the most valuable aspect of it’s success. It loosely resembles a frame narrative by opening with simple commentary from the subject, then transitions to the bulk of the film which discusses the history of the subject, and ends with a conclusive statement about how the opening and bulk concepts…

Creating Dance for Camera

Upon receiving the assignment to create a dance for camera, I was overwhelmed with excitement and ideas. Although the excitement to collect and compile footage of movement never faded, my ideas quickly began dropping like autumn leaves when I realized how small the allotment of time I had to realistically complete a finished product in…

Reflection on Rosas Danst Rosas: Moving through Movable Space

I have a great appreciation for both dance designed for stage and dance designed for camera, and while the two revolve around movement and relationship between body and space, I have come to the realization that the two are completely different animals. When one creates a piece of choreography for stage, they consider how the dance…

Stairwork: Moving Space Project

In Freshman Seminar, many of our assignments and projects incorporate multiple elements beyond the basic purpose to practice learned material. Whether developing skills in time-management, communication, or production skills, we were constantly multitasking in order to present a suitable final product. In our assignment for Moving Space, this concept of combining new information with work…