USC Kaufman’s new fall classes

July 26, 2017

This fall, USC Kaufman adds to its growing curriculum, with classes on dance in media and entertainment and a new course in intermediate hip-hop. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new:

DANC 363g: Dancing on the Screen

Prof. Dawn Stoppiello

Catalogue Description

The study of dance in movies, television, internet, mobile devices and new media. Examining dance on screen, influenced by storytelling, camera technology and editing.

Course Description

“…Students will investigate the history of dance on film both in theory and practice, situating seminal works within their greater socio-cultural milieu as well as investigating the impact of choreography, narrative, camera technology, editing styles, and music. For their final project, students will use personal media devices to make their own short dance film and write a paper that reflects on the creative process.”

Open to all university students.

DANC 305: Dance and New Media

Prof. Dawn Stoppiello

Catalogue Description

An introduction to existing and emerging technologies used in creating and delivering dance works.

Course Description

“The course provides both technical and artistic training in the creating, performing, and documenting works. Areas studied will include basic shooting and editing skills, multimedia performance practices, streaming media, motion tracking, dance documentation, other hardware and software tools for creating and delivering dance.”

Open to all university students.

 

DANC 185b: Intermediate Hip Hop

Prof. E. Moncell Durden

Catalogue Description

Continued study of Hip Hop Dance elements on an intermediate level, augmenting the historical context, technique, fluidity, and musicality required to execute the form with greater movement acuity.

Course Description

The course will first reintroduce body alignment, vocabulary, terminology, and technique hip hop dance. It will then focus on locking, boogaloo rolls, animation, waving, ticking, strobing, tutting, house dance, and the integration of these forms. Students will learn choreography, explore improvisation, and create their own choreography based on improvisation and vocabulary.

Requires approved previous dance experience or DANC 185a.

 

DANC 499: Special Topics on Commercial Dance

Prof. Christian Vincent

Course Description

Commercial Dance: Professional Dance Preparation is designed to explore the commercial dance industry in Los Angeles, including industry tools, rates, unions, agencies, dance studios and recent dance history. Students will be introduced to dance styles reflecting the aesthetic of major choreographers in the current Los Angeles dance industry, practice on-camera work, and prepare for auditions for and interactions with Los Angeles dance agents.
Open to dance majors and university students who have either completed Jazz B and C or approved previous dance experience. Other students must receive approval upon attending first meeting.

 

New Minor: Dance in Entertainment

The Dance in Entertainment Minor explores dance in the commercial realm—from Hollywood to Broadway—primarily focused on performance, choreography and dance entrepreneurship. The minor is 18 units.

The minor is open to all undergraduates in good academic standing. No previous dance experience or audition is required.

 

Complete information about courses of instruction is available through the USC Catalogue.


By Celine Kiner