Students collaborate with faculty and peers and have access to world renowned artists via residencies, workshops, field trips and performances. We believe dance has the potential to expand the individual, build community, and provide a platform for activism and social engagement.
Upcoming residencies Fall/Spring 22-23
Wednesday November 1st & Thursday November 2nd | 7-8:30PM | Dance Studio
Master Dunham Technique Percussionist James Belk will instruct participants in the drum rhythms composed for the Dunham Technique class experience and the choreography developed by Katherine Dunham. The knowledge of Dunham Technique rhythms is specialized and few percussionists are trained in the rhythms. Therefore, the Dance Department is excited to offer this opportunity to the Williams community.
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Master Class Workshop
Join us! Monday November 6th at 4:10pm in the Dance Studio in '62 Center. All are welcome to attend this workshop.
One of the commonly used temporal structures in the Indian classical form Bharathanatyam is a system of subdividing time, and thereby speeding up a phrase. The principle can be adapted for contemporary dance practice, in ways that ask for us to observe time's relationship to movement quality, as well as providing us with strategies to create dynamic within and across groups of performers.
In this workshop, we'll begin by creating a simple repetitive action/ phrase. This can range from a single gesture, a line of text, or a small movement phrase. We'll then look at ways to juxtapose these threads, make relationships between temporal structures in order to slowly enlarge the possibilities of having multiple conversations simultaneously, The activity will bring us to think about the differences between timing together or not, the possibilities of creating a large composite image out of multiplicities.