Dance at CPCC

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With the Dance curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College, you can get a dance education for 1/3 the price, and in the most beautiful studios in Charlotte. Choose from classical ballet, modern, jazz, or do it all.

CPCC Dance Theater, formerly Dance Central, has annual Spring and Winter performances that feature ballet, jazz, and modern dance. They perform newly choreographed pieces, as well as old favorites. For information on performance dates please check for updates or visit CPCC TIX.

Facilities

With the Dance curriculum at Central Piedmont Community College, you get a dance education in the most beautiful studios in Charlotte.  CPCC Central campus has 3 dance studios with sprung wood floors, high ceilings, and natural light with a great view of the city. Located on the second floor of the Worrell Building, classes are enjoyed by students and professionals alike.

Courses

Listed below are the dance courses currently available at CPCC.

DAN 110. Dance Appreciation. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course for non-dance majors surveys diverse dance forms and the religious and cultural values that shape them. Topics include dances from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the diverse forms and values that dance embraces.

*Also available online*

DAN 124. Jazz Dance I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course provides the fundamentals of elementary jazz technique. Emphasis is placed on body placement, stretching, jazz movements, and syncopated rhythms. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate significant progress in fundamental jazz dance technique and simple center combinations.

DAN 125. Jazz Dance II. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series and provides an expansion of elementary/intermediate jazz dance. Emphasis is placed on “Cool Jazz,” theatrical jazz styles, and extended sequences of movement (routines). Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate moderate mastery of elementary/intermediate-level jazz dance and be able to perform routines.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 124

DAN 130. Ballet I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the elementary elements of ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on simple positions, body placement, classroom discipline, and the Dalcroze method of counting music. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize the names and rhythms of basic steps and be able to perform those movements at barre and in center.

DAN 131. Ballet II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series of elementary ballet techniques. Emphasis is placed on motor skill development, elementary allegro steps, and body positions. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit moderate technical skill in elementary ballet.

DAN 132. Intermediate Ballet I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the intermediate elements of ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on intermediate steps, memory of set patterns, and progress in skills, especially turns and allegros. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit significant progress in intermediate ballet technique and the ability to memorize extended combinations of steps.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 131

DAN 133. Intermediate Ballet II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series of intermediate ballet technique. Emphasis is placed on progress in intermediate skills, memory and execution of steps, especially Grande Allegro. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit significant achievement in intermediate ballet technique and the ability to quickly learn and retain combinations.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 132

DAN 140. Modern Dance I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the elementary elements of modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on floor, barre, and center floor exercises. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit a basic understanding and skill in performing elementary modern dance technique.

DAN 141. Modern Dance II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series of elementary modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on motor skill development and simple combinations in center floor. Upon completion, students should be able to exhibit moderate technical skill in elementary modern dance technique.

DAN 142. Intermediate Modern Dance I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces intermediate modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on kinesthesis (body energy) and intermediate movements including turns, spirals, and jumps. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate significant progress in intermediate technique and extended movement sequences.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 141

DAN 143. Intermediate Modern Dance II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series of intermediate modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on progress in intermediate skills, musical phrasing, and introduction to selections of modern dance repertoire. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate significant achievement in intermediate technique and to begin to practice selections of its repertoire.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 142

DAN 221. Advanced Modern Dance I. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the advanced elements of modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on advanced movements, mastery of technical skills, and spatial divisions. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate significant progress in the execution of all movements and to demonstrate a sense of quality in them.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 143

DAN 222. Advanced Modern Dance II. 2.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-4.0. Work-0.0

This course is the second in a series of advanced modern dance technique. Emphasis is placed on mastery and quality of technical skills and execution of complicated movement variations in extended sequence. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate significant achievement in modern dance skills and the ability to perform modern dance repertoire.

Prerequisites: Take DAN 221

DAN 264. Dance Production. 3.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-9.0. Work-0.0

This course covers creation, rehearsal, and performance, before a live audience, of a new or reconstructed work by faculty, guest artist, or repertory. Emphasis is placed on movement, memory skills, role development, accepted professional behavior, and ability to project the choreographer’s intent. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate through performance a basic knowledge of the artistic and technical aspects of performing before a live audience.

CPCC Dance Theatre Fall 2016

CPCC Dance Theatre Presents – Reflections and Ruminations: Dances of History Past, Present, and Future. This weekend of performances will showcase excerpts of The Nutcracker created by CPCC faculty member Katharyn Horne and jazz and contemporary dance works by Megan Payne.

Friday – 7:30 PM
Saturday – 7:30 PM
Sunday – 2:30 PM

Tickets: $10.00 ($5.00 with student i.d.)

For ticket sales and information call:
The Box Office:
704-330-6534

Order online: http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/reflections-ruminations-dances-of-past-present-futurecpcc-winter-show

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/1455077687843222/

Spring 2017

CPCC Student Spotlight: Nick Blankenship

How long have you been a student at CPCC?

“2 years.”

When did you start dancing and why?

“I started pretty late.  I really wanted to take dance classes as a child, but none of the studios had any male teachers or students. In high school, I started taking a class at a recreational center in Athens, Ohio when the teacher told me I should take classes at a local studio called Factory Street. I had always wanted to take dance because I really enjoy the act of movement, expressing myself and communicating with others in a different way.”

What are your favorite styles of dance?

“I started with hip hop, but I grew to love modern and jazz dance techniques.  I am really passionate about choreography and making my own work.  Composition classes and workshops are my favorite to study.”

Why did you decide to enroll at CPCC?

“Because I started training late I felt the need to study more before entering a 4 year college dance program.  I wasn’t for sure where I wanted to go or what direction I wanted to take in the field of dance.  CPCC has given me the time to explore my options while focusing on building my technique.  I’ve also had the opportunity to perform in the CPCC Dance Theatre concerts.”

Besides performance, what else about dance excites you? What other aspects of dance would you like to explore?

“I really love film! I would love to study cinematography and explore dance film, which is becoming a popular way to access movement. I would also love to explore making my own music and soundscapes.  I see myself in the future doing more performance art pieces than technical dance works.  I would love to get to a point where I’m not only creating movement, but music as well, and including film in some way.  My work is more multi-disciplinary.”

What would you say to a prospective student who was considering becoming a dance major at CPCC?

“Being a dance major at CPCC has exposed me to the many directions I could take in the future. From advancing my technical abilities to performance opportunities, I was given the freedom to try new things and explore the many different facets of dance.  Also being a dance student at CPCC, I have built connections within the dance community in Charlotte which has given me more opportunities to study, intern, and perform.”

 

Katharyn Horne

Katharyn Horne was a professional dancer for 33 years dancing leading roles for American Ballet Theatre, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Santa Fe Opera, and Malmo Stadsteater, including the iconic cowgirl in Rodeo (with a vinyl record cover to prove it).  She toured the US and world in the 50’s and 60’s with Ballet Theater and the Met Opera and worked with many greats in the ballet world like Margaret Craske, Anthony Tudor, Agnes DeMille and Alicia Markova.  Additionally she has done work for television, and Broadway musicals.  In the early 1960’s, she extended her duties to include teaching, ballet mistress, costume designer and seamstress.  Since 1979 Katharyn has choreographed more than 50 ballets for concert, opera, and theatre.  She has been Artistic Director of Manhattan Festival Ballet, San Antonio Festival Ballet, Omaha Ballet, and Dance Charlotte.  Together with Mary Ann Mee she founded Dance Central; now CPCC Dance Theatre in 1984.

Email: katharyn.horne@cpcc.edu

Clay Daniel – Chair

A native of Southport, NC, Clay Daniel has performed with CPCC Dance Theatre, the Gamble/Van Dyke Co., Theatre West Virginia, Theatre Dance Ensemble and for two years was a soloist, rehearsal assistant and a company teacher as well as an ensemble member with Tennessee Dance Theatre in Nashville, TN. He trained in the Humphrey – Weidman technique and Weidman repertory under his mentor, Mary Ann Mee, a former member of Charles Weidman’s Expression of Two Arts Theater in NYC. His training in the technique is supplemented by study with Annie Bryan Griffiths and Jim May of The Jose Limon Company. He holds an MFA in Choreography from UNC – Greensboro and currently is in his sixth year as a faculty Dance Instructor at CPCC and his second year as Discipline Chair. Since being on faculty at CPCC he has premiered ten new works: The Space Between, Slick, Patchwork, Before Light, Romancero, Keetoowah Dawn, Giants Dance, Deep Forest, Taproot and Winter Into Spring. He directs CPCC Dance Theatre with Katharyn Horne and Megan Payne.

Email: clay.daniel@cpcc.edu

Megan Payne

Megan Payne is a Charlotte based choreographer and performer.  She received her MFA in dance from Hollins University in partnership with the American Dance Festival (2012) and her BFA in dance from Ohio University (2009).  Megan has studied abroad in France, Germany, and Austria, working with Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre’s Director + Choreographer, Michael Keegan-Dolan, and at the Forsythe Studios with Christopher Roman, Jonathan Burrows, and William Forsythe.  Her choreography has been presented at the American College Dance Festival, the American Dance Festival, and the Detroit Dance City Festival, among other performance opportunities.  Megan has also had the privilege of performing in works by Camille Brown, Ulysses Dove, Gladys Bailin-Stern, Ronald K. Brown, and Mariah Maloney.  Megan choreographs and performs with Charlotte based contemporary company Baran Dance, is a faculty member at Central Piedmont Community College, and a contributing member of the Goodyear Arts Collective.  Megan is also the co-curator of Women’s Showcase, an annual festival presenting local + regional female artists.

Email: megan.payne@cpcc.edu                     Website: www.paynedance.com

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