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This course introduces students to the fundamentals of human movement as they apply to contemporary techniques in dance and physical theater. Though this is not a dance technique class per se, students will experience a variety of ways of moving including, but not limited to, authentic movement, guided visualizations, experimental anatomy study, dance fundamentals of ballet and modern, and a variety of physical tasks based on BodyMind Centering, Pilates, and Improvisation. We will begin with exercises that reveal the anatomy of spinal alignment and proper support through breath. Building onto that base, we will explore various movement qualities found in all movement whether pedestrian, occupational, or expressive, using principles of Rudolf von Laban's Movement Analysis. Readings, quizzes, and projects related to human anatomy and kinesiology will support the experiential modules of the course. Students will begin to develop an individual sense of expression in their movement as they increase awareness of alignment, breath, spatial orientation, and quality of movement. We will touch on specific styles and techniques of movement and their history and development, through additional readings and discussions. This is a beginning-level course open to Theatre majors, and to non-majors by permission of the instructor.