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Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Extended Performance Topics: Dance Performance and Laban Movement Studies

3 Credit Hours

Dance Performance (45 hours)

Instructor: Giorgio Rossi

Giorgio Rossi

This course is designed to expand students’ boundaries, both in terms of dance performance and personal exploration of space and time. This is achieved through the two sections that compose the course: improvisation and composition and somatic practice.

Improvisation and composition is a consistent course throughout the semester and will focus on the dancer as a performer, investigating presence and theatricality. Students will be encouraged to incorporate a range of disciplines, including song and text, into their choreographies and will be exposed to an array of material that will expand their artistic expression. Through improvisation, students will develop solo and small-scale ensemble compositions.

Laban Movement Studies (30 hours)

Instructor: Sabine Fichter

Laban Movement Studies

In this course students will be introduced to Rudolf Laban’s ideas, particularly his theories of Choreutics (use of space) and Eukinetics (use of dynamics). Within the framework of the Laban principles guided exploration and improvisation will deepen the understanding of movement concepts and will enable students to generate genuine movement material. Compositional exercises will enhance their ability to reflect on choreographic processes and they will investigate the use of compositional strategies. The course provides students with an opportunity to develop more refined insight into the relationship between Laban themes such as Space, Effort, Shape and Body and choreographic content.


Cultural Dance Studies: Butoh/Tanztheater and Tarantella/African Dance

3 Credit Hours

Butoh, 30 hours

Instructor: Mitsuru Sasaki

Butoh was born in Japan in the sixties and derived from traditional Japanese dance and performance forms. Butoh encourages the occidental dancer to look beyond traditional assumptions about time and space in order to reach out to new ground in terms of performance.

Tarantismo and Popular Dance of the Mediterranean, 45 hours

Instructor: Gianni Bruschi

The Tarantella, in the south Italian tradition, can be subdivided into several dancing-musical forms: love dances, war dances, honour and expiation dances, and ritual dances. The very ancient origins of these dances date back to Dioniso’s cult, and the traditions of these dances reflect a cultural heritage of great human and artistic value.

The assonances and expressive roots of the cultures of the Mediterranean area inspired the creation of a teaching method that, besides developing techniques, will allow the participants to increase their physical, mental and emotional talent through body exercises, expressive movement, intense dance training, and the use of the voice and theatre. Through improvisation, transposition, and interpretation of proposed thematic contexts (Tarantismo, Dionysiac mysteries, Myth, Greek Tragedy), the course is based on the study of the expressive-technical practices common to the dances of the ritual and tribal culture of several people, revised for the contemporary scene. The students will work towards a performance that will be shown in a venue in the town of Arezzo.

Dance Technique: Contemporary and Ballet

3 Credit Hours

Contemporary Technique (44 hours)

Instructor: Sabine Fichter

This class aims to develop coordination, efficiency, ease, balance, strength, flexibility and physical neutrality to form a base for the articulate, creative and intelligent physical performer. The sessions cover general floor and center work, with an emphasis on thoughtful alignment practice and development of increased body awareness in a dynamic context.

Topics such as the use of Shape, Space, Dynamics and Rhythm deriving from the work of Rudolf Laban will be explored in relation to functional and expressive aspects of the performer’s movement potential and range. Movement principles and technical skills will be taught from a fundamental functional perspective to allow students to develop confidence and competence for expressive and artistic investigations.

Ballet (30 hours)

Instructor: Carolina Basagni

This class is based on principles Vaganova technique and will take place in a local Ballet School with Carolina Basagni, who studied at the American School of Ballet and was a prima ballerina at the London Festival Ballet.

Philosophy of Art and Performance

3 Credit Hours

Philosophy of Art and Performance (44 hours)

Instructors: Emilija Dimitrijevic, PhD and Scott McGehee, PhD

The many paradoxes of the modern world, perhaps first clearly articulated by Rousseau, continue to provide a backdrop to all of our social activity: greater personal freedoms encased in a world of greater social regimentation, increased diversity of choice amidst an inexorable drive toward homogenization, increasing production of wealth along with the dramatic growth of poverty, vastly expanded communications providing the tools to increased isolation and so on.

These paradoxes often go unnoticed as they appear a natural part of life, but these phenomena had an historical development that in turn profoundly affected individual perception. Through an exploration of the development of mass production, the fragmentation and specialization of life and work, the development of the information age, the commodification of culture, the compression of time and space, the disassociation of the body and the aesthetic shifts that have accompanied these developments, this class will philosophically analyze the significance of each. We will think about art—about its nature and its important place in human life.

To facilitate this, the course brings together the writings of philosophers and the work of artists from a variety of domains. The goal is not to intellectualize art but to understand the intelligence that goes into it, to enrich our experiences of art, and to foster our own creative sensibilities. We will consider famous writings on art by thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Schiller, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Breton, Artaud, Eisenstein, Debord, Baudrillard, Foucault and others in relation to important works of literature, theatre, painting, music, architecture and film.

A philosophical analysis with help the artist situate both the work of art and the actual work of the artist in a broader framework where the role of social mediation between the artist, the work of art and the reception of the work is revealed. Likewise, the potential role of the artist and work of art as social mediation can emerge as a stimulus to the creative impulse itself.

The class format will be based on lectures and seminar-style discussions where each student will present a critical summary of at least one of the readings. A portion of the class, when possible, will include a critical examination of the student’s own experience in a particular workshop and may include Butoh dance, clown training for actors or other special workshops or master classes in which students participate.

Italian Language: Beginner or Intermediate

3 Credit Hours

Italian Language, 46 hours

Instructors: Accademia Britannica, Arezzo

The first semester course will introduce students to basic grammatical structures of the Italian language, enabling students to acquire a basic vocabulary and speaking practice.

In the second semester course, students begin moving toward fluency in Italian by focusing on communication and the exposure to a non-stereotypical, complex and modern picture of Italy and Italians.

The readings will provide a point of departure for conversation, which will be an essential component of both classes. Aspects of Italian culture and society will be covered as well.

Guest Workshops

Feldenkrais and Contact Improvisation

Wide Open Dancing: The Feldenkrais Method and Contact Improvisation, 20 hours

Instructor: Thomas Kampe

In this workshop we will use The Feldenkrais Method® as a resource for Contact Improvisation and partnering skills. Feldenkrais offers a relational perspective on movement, self-perception and somatic authority. By drawing on organic learning processes it supports a refined self-awareness, an improved skills base, and an ability to relate creatively to our environment. Through ‘Awareness through Movement’® lessons and touch-based ‘Functional Integration’® dialogues we will explore the three-dimensional movement potential of our core, to find freedom and greater possibilities in our shared movement choices as CI dancers.


Spring 2020: January 20 – April 24

Spring Break: April 30 – March 8

16 Total credit hours

Early Bird Discount: Enroll by July 1

to save 5% off total tuition on our Spring Semester! (See Program Fees and Billing for more information)

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Application Deadline October 1

PLEASE NOTE: The dates above include arrival and departure. The Accademia dell’Arte does not accommodate students before or after these dates. 

The Accademia dell’Arte undergraduate program is fully accredited by Hendrix College.




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