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Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:05am

Room bookings

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:34pm

Dance Rooms

Book classrooms and studios using the Astra booking system.

If you can't book online, you can book rooms at the front desk of the School of Creative and Performing Arts in CHD 100, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; 1-4:30 p.m.

Bookable rooms

  • EDU 067 - capacity 22 (1 piano and a sound system) - not bookable after 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays
  • CHE 011 - capacity 22 (sound system)
  • CHC 002 - capacity 30 (1 piano and a sound system)
  • CHD 520

Rooms administered by the Faculty of Kinesiology

  • Aux Gym A117 – Capacity 40
  • Dance Studio A163 – Capacity 40
  • KNB 70 – Capacity 20
  • Multi-purpose Studio KNA 162 – Capacity 20

To book a studio space administered by the Faculty of Kinesiology, contact either Jo-Ann or Karen. You will be instructed on access to keys for the studios at the time of your booking. There is no access to the stereos in any of the studios in Kinesiology, you will be required to supply your own.

Booking priority

  1. Academic Schedule
  2. Full Time Dance Faculty
  3. Part time instructors (for coursework preparation)
  4. Students registered in DNCE 581/431/433/333/531
  5. Dance Majors currently registered in DNCE classes working on course related projects
  6. Students registered in all other DNCE courses working on course related projects

Policies

  • Dance studios are only available to students currently enrolled in DNCE classes for course related work.
  • Students can book up to two hours per day, with a maximum of six hours per week
  • Students should state the course for which each booking is for
  • Only full time faculty and choreography students can block book rooms
  • Choreography students may book space for class assignments up to 6 weeks in advance. To maintain this priority booking status, they must book by Friday of the week before space is needed. They may book space the week of, but priority status is lost. On Monday of each week, all other approved users may book space for that week only.

Resources

Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:14am

Forms

Mainstage Dance Audition - only available when the audition process is happening

Dance Practicum Proposal Forms (DNCE 295/395/397/495): gain credit for participation in a performance piece during the semester. You will be required to have the appropriate supervisor before being approved.

Directed Study Form (DNCE 571): To gain credit for a special project that does not fall under an assigned course name. You will be required to have the appropriate supervisor before being approved. Completed forms must be submitted to CHD 100 by the end of the first week of lectures.

Change of Program Form, to change from a BA to BFA program

Student Absence Form for absences due to Division of Dance rehearsal/production schedules.

Permission to Obtain a Copy of a Choreographic Work

University Student Forms, such as Time Conflict Forms, Permission to Audit Forms, Deferral Requests, and more.

Curriculum Regulations

2014 Regulations

2016 Regulations

Fall 2017 Curriculum Changes

New students will automatically start with these regulations. Current students who would like to follow the new guide must contact the Undergraduate Program Administrator to update their student record.

2017 Regulations

Course auditions

Dance technique courses (DNCE 207, 209, 305, 307, 311, 313, 321, 323, 405, 407, 411, 413, 421, 423, 505, 507)

  • Fall semester: All students will be required to audition for dance technique courses scheduled for the fall semester.
  • Winter semester: Students will not have to audition if they have successfully completed the prerequisite course in the fall semester immediately preceding the current winter term (e.g., if you completed DNCE 321 in fall 2017, then you will not have to audition for DNCE 323 in winter 2018).

These technique courses are designed for BA/BFA Dance majors. For non-majors who wish to take advanced-level technique courses, you must attend the first day(s) of class and perform a group audition. If you are successful, you will be notified by the division and granted permission to register.

Performance auditions

Submitted by amaerten on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 9:49am

Dance Montage 2018

Sunday, Sep. 9, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in 1-hour time slots (download schedule) in the Aux Gym (Kinesiology).

We are seeking performers of all levels of experience and styles to perform in Dance Montage 2018.

About the show
Dance Montage is a proud tradition at the University of Calgary. Since its inception in 1969, Dance Montage has created lively performance opportunities for a diverse range of dance artists. Originally an opportunity for kinesiology majors to showcase their dance class projects, Dance Montage has evolved, becoming a hub of creative exchange among dancers and choreographers from the Calgary area. Co-produced by the Division of Dance (SCPA) and the Faculty of Kinesiology, Dance Montage 2018 showcases the spirit of community from across the spectrum of dance while encouraging artistic development for artists of all levels.

How to audition
You can audition in 3 easy steps:

  1. Fill out an audition form.
  2. Arrive early (at least 15 min. before the 1st audition you wish to attend)
    No latecomers will be admitted once an audition is underway.
  3. Sign-up at the door for any (and all) auditions you wish to attend.
  4. There is no limit to the number of auditions you may attend, but please only attend those you seriously wish to be considered for. Warm-up space is available all day. You do not need to be a member of the University of Calgary community to audition – dancers from across the city are welcome!

    Choreographers will make casting offers quickly that week and rehearsals start Sept. 16, 2018. Dancers may perform in no more than 2 pieces.

    Performance details
    Dancers commit to all studio rehearsals, run-throughs, technical rehearsals, and performances.
    Rehearsal period: Sep. 16 – Nov. 25 (10 weeks; 2 hr slots on Sundays)
    Studio showing: Oct. 29: 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Tech week: Nov. 26 – Dec. 1
    Performance dates: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. in the University Theatre

    Questions? Email the Production Assistant.

    Follow Dance Montage on FacebookInstagram and Twitter

    Do I need to be a University of Calgary student to participate?

    No. Anyone can audition.

    Can anyone really audition?

    Yes. People of every age, gender, and ability are welcome to audition. Check the audition schedule for details to decide which auditions to attend (for example, some pieces are looking for dancers with specific experience, or just for men).

    Can I audition if I am under 18 years old?

    Yes. Montage is geared toward an adult experience, but we do often have older teenagers participate as well. Be sure to have a parent or guardian available to sign your forms.

    What should I expect at an audition?

    No need to have anything prepared. Each choreographer can run their audition differently, so be open to the experience (for example they may teach a short phrase of choreography, ask everyone to improvise, or teach class material in their style of dance).

    Can I come take a "free class" all day, even if I can’t be in the show?

    Please don’t. The choreographers are taking time to consider each dancer, so it is respectful to reciprocate and only audition if you may be able to be cast. Don’t come for “free class” if you know you cannot make the rehearsal time. There are lots of other ways to experience a choreographer’s style on other days, like asking where they teach or by coming to the show.

    I’ve never tried a style of dance before. Should I bother auditioning?

    Maybe. Check the audition list for what the choreographer is looking for - many choreographers are looking for beginner or intermediate dancers who may be a little new to their style or new to dance!

    I auditioned all day and got four offers! Can I say yes to all of them?

    Unfortunately, no. You can only accept up to two offers. Please make your choice quickly and let all choreographers know so they can fill out their cast with other dancers. Dance Montage is about community, and part of that is having room for many dancers to perform in the show.

    Dance @ Night

    Auditions for Dance @ Night take place in Sep. 2018. More information will follow soon.
    Questions? Email the Production Coordinator.

    Mainstage Dance

    Auditions for Mainstage Dance 2019 will take place on Oct. 19, 2018.
    Questions? Email the Production Coordinator.
    Mainstage Dance may be used as course credit through DNCE 397, 395 or 495. Please contact the Undergraduate Programs Administrator for more information.

    DJD Professional Development Program

    Students entering their fourth year who have completed DNCE 311/313 and DNCE 411/413 can audition for the Professional Training Program (PTP) at DJD.
    Auditions will take place in winter 2018.

    FAQs

    Submitted by darmstro on Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:03pm

    You might have questions while registering for courses, engaging in classes, planning your degree program, and navigating your student experience as a Dance Major. Read our FAQs below. All students are expected to be familiar with the information provided in the current Dance Undergraduate Student Handbook.

    Is there a specific dress code or general expectations for dance classes?

    In order to give you the best possible guidance in studio classes, teachers must be able to see the entire body. Postural alignment and joint and muscle use cannot be corrected if the body is hidden by too loose or too bulky clothing.

    • Ballet class: Speak to your instructor
    • Contemporary dance class: Though dress is generally less prescribed than ballet, please be aware that teachers must be able to see the entire body
    • Jazz dance class: Please be aware that teachers must be able to see the entire body, and please bring appropriate jazz shoes
    • Please be considerate of your fellow dancers. Avoid long fingernails and jewelry (including watches, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and large rings); a loose or sharp piece of jewelry can be extremely dangerous to yourself and other students
    • Hair should be worn off the neck and face to facilitate correct alignment and technique.

    How should we relate to musicians in class — are there expectations?

    At the end of class, you usually have the opportunity to show your appreciation to the instructor and the musician. A demonstration of thanks may take the form of a formal reverence (as in a ballet class) and/or applause. If that moment is not provided, take the time to say thank you.

    Can non-dance undergraduate and graduate students take dance courses?

    The School of Creative and Performing Arts has a wide variety of courses across our disciplines that are available to all undergraduate students on campus. These courses are a great way to both enrich your current program and fulfill your open option requirements.

    Open to non-dance majors (prerequisites may be required):

    DNCE 201, 211, 215, and 221: No audition required

    DNCE 205, 213, 217, and 223: If you do not have the prerequisite, you will be required to do a course audition.

    DNCE 345, 427: No pre-requisites

    DNCE 207, 209, 305, 307, 311, 313, 321, 323, 405, 407, 411, 413, 421, 423, 505, 507.

    Fall semester courses:

    • All students will be required to audition for dance technique courses scheduled for the Fall semester.

    Winter semester courses:

    • Students will not have to audition if they have taken the prerequisite course in the Fall semester immediately preceding the current Winter term (e.g. if you completed DNCE 321 in the Fall 2017 semester, then you will not have to audition for DNCE 323 in the Winter 2018 semester).

    The auditions take place on the first day of lectures for each course, and are done in a group format. If you are successful you will be notified by the division by email to your ucalgary.ca email account and will be granted permission to register in the course. These technique courses are designed for BA/BFA Dance majors. For non-majors who wish to take advanced-level technique courses, you must attend the first day(s) of class and perform a group audition.

    What is involved in UCalgary studio dance courses? 

    Generally, you will observe the demonstration of dance material and learn its forms and concepts, as well as directions and musicality. You will commit the material to memory and achieve a level of comfort or ownership of the movement so that you may fully embrace and dance it with integrity. In addition, you will often be asked to contribute and devise material as a way of problem solving, which will enhance your learning process.

    Dance technique classes have elements of lecture, group discussion and personal observation and testimony. Class projects may involve working in groups to research and present on an aspect of history or practice of technique. All technique courses require you to attend conferences with your instructor, where learning issues can be fully discussed and course work can be refocused or brought to conclusion.

    How do I get permission for a course that requires consent of the Division? 

    Email the instructor of the course with your full name, student ID number, and an explanation of your interest in the course, and ask them for their consent. If the instructor approves, the instructor will email the Undergraduate Program Administrator, who will enter the permission and let you know when you can register for the course.

    Can I add a dance minor? How do I do it? 

    Yes, you can add a minor at any time in your program. You can add a minor through your student center as a “Change of Program” between October and February, when the access is open. Any eligible courses you have already completed will be applied to your minor. The program advisors at the Arts Students’ Centre can help you with this process.

    More

    What does the Concentration in Dance Pedagogy require?

    To complete the Dance Pedagogy concentration, students will be required to complete the following 18 units (6 half-course equivalents):

    Dance 235: Introduction to Safe Dance Practice and Complementary Training Techniques

    Dance 359: Dance Anatomy

    Dance 447: Dance Pedagogy: Community Populations

    Dance 449: Dance Pedagogy: Children and Youth

    Dance 465: Dance Psychology

    Dance 493: Dance Teaching Practicum

    What does the Concentration in Dance Production require?

    To complete the Dance Production concentration, students will be required to complete the following 18 units (6 half-course equivalents):

    Drama 223: Introduction to Theatre Production

    Drama 225: Introduction to Scenography

    Dance 391: Dance and the Camera

    Dance 437: Dance Dramaturgy

    Dance 491: Design and Production for Dance

    School of Creative and Performing Arts 401: Performing Arts Management

    Where can I find out more information about auditioning for and viewing performances? 

    Audition opportunities are posted on the Division of Dance bulletin boards outside CHD 100; a number of opportunities are also posted on the SCPA Auditions website.
    Dance Performance Auditions > 

    All upcoming SCPA Events can be found on the SCPA Upcoming Events page >

    All UCalgary students are able to view SCPA concerts and performances for free by showing their Unicard at the ticket office 45 minutes to 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
    Claim Your Seat >

    Can I get credit for doing work in a production? 

    Yes. Practicum courses (DNCE 295, 395, 397, 493, 495) provide students with course credit for major artistic projects and teaching: e.g., choreographing or performing for Dance Montage, performing in Mainstage, performing in student works for Dance at Night, and teaching in the school system. Selected practicum placements are sometimes available in the Calgary community in arts management, production assistance, archiving dance, programming assistance and other roles. Completed forms must be submitted to CHD 100 by the end of the first week of classes. Forms are available on the Division of Dance bulletin boards outside CHD 100. Please note that there are a minimum number of hours of practical work required within practicum placements, and most include a reflective paper as well.

    Can I overload into the class I want? 

    Overloads are possible, but the instructor and division chair must approve. Overloads cannot be processed if the enrollment capacity is the same as the physical room capacity; this is a central

    University policy due to fire code regulations. Speak to the Undergraduate Program Administrator for more details.

    If a course is full, can I still attend? 

    No. If a course is full and at capacity, you cannot attend; this is a safety precaution. You cannot earn credit for the work you do in a course unless you are registered.

    What if a course I need for graduation is not offered? 

    Courses may not be offered each year. You are encouraged to work with the Undergraduate Program Administrator and the Arts Student Centre to plan your progression through your degree. In the event a required course is not offered due to unforeseen circumstances (instructor availability, budgetary restraints) during the final year of your degree, the Undergraduate Program Administrator and the Division Chair will work with you to find a resolution.

    Questions?

    Email or call our Undergraduate Program Administrator at 403-220-3970, or contact the Arts Students’ Centre.