Dance Performance Opportunities
Fall Performance in Recital Hall
Integration of Dance and Opera / Classical Singing (co-production with Music and Kinesiology Departments) A mutual
commitment to integrate opera and dance into an original work is the goal that directs the collaboration between the
College of Arts, Media and Communication and the College of Health and Human Development. Course directors Professor
Ann Baltz, from Department of Music, and Professor Paula Thomson, from Department of Kinesiology, share a love and
respect for such creative projects. The task for student singers, choreographers and dancers is to create an original
work. During this process, shared vocabulary and goals emerge as dancers/choreographers begin to understand the needs
of singers and singers began to see music through the lens of movement.
Spring Performance in Plaza del Sol Performance Hall
Kinesis: Emerging Choreography – This performance program follows in the footsteps of Professor Shafranski’s long legacy
of producing annual dance concerts at CSUN. The dance area within the Department of Kinesiology believes strongly in the
power of creative expression and the untold gains that come from actively sharing and shaping a personal vision. It is
those personal visions that provide the foundation for the evening’s showcase. Each student is directed to commit to
something he/she wishes to explore and to share it through the full visceral expression of dance. (‘Kinesis’: the combining
of form and the sensation of movement. We believe that dance at its best does just that - both dancer and audience
viscerally experience movement and sense the coherent form inherent in good choreography.)
Spring Performance in Studio Theater/Studio (first co-production with Theater and Kinesiology Departments in 2007)
New works in this performance project are regarded as studies, literally explorations of movement, music, time and
space. Since the inherent communal nature of dance invites shared experiences between artists and audiences, CSUN
students and faculty from different departments and colleges interact, create and share in an evening of new works.
Dance Studio Showings – Fall and Spring
Students invite guests to view class demonstrations and the showings of new dance compositions. It is an informal
event that supports performance skills.
Other Performance Opportunities
Frequently dancers are needed to perform in the opera / musical theater productions that are sponsored by the Music
and Theatre Departments. Many choreographers seek dancers and they frequently invite dancers who are participating
in the many technique classes offered by the Department of Kinesiology. The faculty often receive requests for dancers
to perform at community events. These invitations are directed to the students in the dance classes, as well as to
the dance teams that are part of CSUN student activities.
Department of Kinesiology, Redwood Hall, 18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge CA 91330-8287 / Phone: 818-677-3205 / Fax: 818-677-3207
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