Use your program to refer to the names of the dances, dancers, and choreographers. As instructed in class and on eLearning, during the performance you should have taken notes to keep the dances straight.
If you would like to approach writing your comments in a structured way, take advantage of this excellent resource developed at the University of Minnesota. The chart they created about Elements of Dance can be used to increase your observational skills, as we have been doing in class when analyzing images: http://www.elementsofdance.org/begin-here.html
1. Above you will see an image of "Friday After 5", the only student choreographed piece in the concert and the only tap dance. What about the use of tap shoes made this dance differ from the other pieces in the concert? What was unique about this routine?
2. "Harbor" utilized partner work, clean lines ,and strong technical dancers in this piece choreographed by Jeremy Blair. Describe shapes you saw the dancers create with their bodies, and the spatial relationships between the dancers. How did these elements further the concept Jeremy Blair presented in class?
3. The use of costumes, music, lighting and the movement of the dancers enhanced the concept in "HAUNT". Which aspect of the dance was most haunting to you and why?
4. As described in class, Swan Lake has been performed for 140 years. On this, the anniversary season of Swan Lake, do you think this traditional ballet should continue to be performed by dance companies around the world? Why or why not?
5. As we saw in a photograph of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., light can be a powerful tool. How did lighting enhance the performances in "Threshold"?
6. Compare and contrast either two of the dances in the Winter Gala Dance Concert or one of the dances in the concert to anything else we've studied this semester. How are these two things similar? How are they different?
7. After seeing a sneak preview of most of the dances in class, which dance evolved or changed the most with the inclusion of technical elements? How did the technical elements change the dance? For the better or worse?
8. Choose a favorite dance or moment in the concert. What elements stood out most to you? Why was this your favorite?
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