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Mary DiSanto RoseMary DiSanto-Rose
Associate Professor of Dance

Office: Dance Center 228
Phone: (518) 580-5375
Email: mdisanto@skidmore.edu

Education
M.Ed., Dance, Temple University
Ed.D., Dance, Temple University

Biography


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Mary DiSanto RoseClasses

SSP 100 Scribner Seminar – Human Dilemmas
Credits: 4
As you begin college, you are confronting the recurring dilemmas that define and shape our lives: Who am I? What exactly am I? What is my relationship to others? What is my responsibility to them and to the world? As biologist E. O. Wilson contends in his 2003 book, The Future of Life, life is “an insoluble problem, a dynamic process in search of an indefinable goal. [It is] neither a celebration nor a spectacle but rather, as a later philosopher put it, a predicament” (xxii). “Human Dilemmas” will challenge your conventional assumptions surrounding these predicaments as we focus our attention on interdisciplinary readings, critical thinking, and academic inquiry. Debates, field trips, and writing will move us toward an understanding of what it means to be human in our contemporary world.  

DA227 – Improvisation I
Credits: 2
Introduction to the art of dance improvisation. Improvisation teaches students to explore movement for a variety of outcomes without predetermined actions and invites students to discover and develop their own movement potential as they relate and respond to others.  Students learn the spontaneous use of movement derived from movement concepts, imagery, props, and media sources. This course partially fulfills the writing requirement in Dance. Not for liberal arts credit. (Fulfills arts requirement.)

DA 327 – Improvisation II
Credits: 2
Advanced study in the spontaneous use of movement derived from movement concepts, imagery, props, and media sources. The course develops speed and spontaneity in the creation of original movement and allows dancers to take further artistic risks in discovering their own movement vocabulary.
Prerequisites DA 227  or permission of instructor. Not for liberal arts credit.

DA 230 - Dance and Society: 1700-1960
Credits: 3
Evolution of classical ballet and contemporary modern dance, studied through literature and repertory, utilizing dance writings, lectures, discussions, videos, and performances. Students trace the movers and shakers in dance and the influences of the social, political, and economic conditions from 1700-1960, and examine how the past has influenced dance today. This course partially fulfills the writing requirement in dance. (Fulfills humanities requirement.)

DA 335 – Dance and Society: 1960-Present 
Credits: 3
Study of major trends in classical ballet and contemporary modern dance through literature and repertory, utilizing dance writings, lectures, discussions, videos, and performances.  Students trace the movers and shakers in dance and the influences of the social, political, and economic conditions from 1960-present, and examine how the past has influenced dance today. Prerequisites DA 230 . Partially fulfills the writing requirement in Dance.

DA 278 – Dance For The Child 
Credits: 3
Introduction to dance as a medium of learning and creative expression for children. The course is open to students interested in working with children, including those with special needs. Students examine the historical background of dance education, curricular developments influencing dance, and the use of movement, music, poetry, and art to enhance creative expression. Dance experience is not required. Recommended for education majors.

DA 375 – Senior Dance Capstone I  
Credits: 3
A study of selected 19th and 20th century dance masterworks along with related 21st century works, which demonstrate the progression of the art form. After preparatory viewings, writings, and discussions, students write a major paper exploring historical context and identifying the relationship of the choreographic elements through a critical analysis of content, form, thematic structure, staging, style, and musical accompaniment.
Prerequisites DA 328 .  Required for all dance majors. This course partially fulfills the writing requirement in Dance.

DA 376 – Senior Dance Capstone **
Credits: 3
A performance course which leads to the Senior Dance Capstone Concert. The research in DA 375  helps inform and guide the student throughout the creative process of either choreographing an original work or performing a solo staged with permission of the choreographer. Students are responsible for arranging every aspect of the concert, including music, lighting, costuming, program order, printed program, and publicity.
Prerequisites DA 375  and recommendation of department. Required for dance majors seeking honors in Dance.

DM 395 – Modern Reconstruction Workshop
Credits: 1, 2 or 3
The restaging, research, and performance of significant modern dance choreography to provide students with access to the legacy of American dance history (i.e. works by Isadora Duncan to José Limón). Extra rehearsals to be arranged as needed. Prerequisites By audition and/or permission. Not for liberal arts credit. May be repeated for credit.