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Skidmore College
Dance Department

Student Learning Goals

Movement Literacy

  • Students will learn to physically recall and reproduce movement patterns, as well as demonstrate the ability to describe and apply spatial, temporal, musical, kinesthetic, and qualitative concepts.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to evaluate execution of movement, analyze options for qualitative improvement, and apply physical corrections.
  • Students will analyze and evaluate meaning in movement. They will deconstruct how dance is viewed and experienced by an empathic body called “the audience”.
  • Students will craft, manipulate, and create movement; ranging from short sequences and phrases to the generation of fully developed choreography.
  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in classroom etiquette; recognizing how professional comportment, awareness of others, and non-verbal communication all contribute to a healthy and productive community.

Visual Literacy

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to describe, interpret, analyze, and critique choreographic works.
  • Students will have an experience in designing and creating visual representations of information learned in coursework.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize visual images as a means of communicating ideas and intentions for a theatrical production.
  • Information Literacy
  • Students will identify anatomical concepts and constructs as well as demonstrate the ability to implement the information into studio practice.
  • Students will design and execute a formal research paper, including a peer review process.
  • Students will implement accurate use of the Chicago Manual of Style in all research activity.
  • Students will produce critical analysis, responses, and evaluations of both physical performances and written academic scholarship.
  • Students will translate physical movement skills through safe and appropriate practices to various populations through civic engagement and pedagogical interaction.

Technology Literacy

  • Students will navigate the growing intersectionality between dance and technology through independent projects and practices.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in various software programs to create music, lighting, and film for/of dance.
  • Students will demonstrate competence in Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint software programs.

Oral Literacy

  • Students will formulate and deliver oral critiques of dance technique, theory, and choreography through formal presentations and classroom discussions.
  • Students will be able to discuss their creative process and debate or justify their aesthetic choices.
  • Students will analyze and articulate physical instruction to others involved in choreographic or pedagogical practices.
  • Students will design and present formal presentations and/or arguments based on scholarly research.
  • Students will evaluate and discuss their academic performance and artistic growth.
  • (Please see Appendix IX with attached literacy rubrics).