Students are provided with the unique opportunity to further explore/develop
choreographic and performing talents as well as production elements through
a self-produced student choreographed dance concert. This opportunity
is open to the entire Hope College student population and especially
encouraged and/or required for the dance minor and major.
The Dow Center dance studio and the Knickerbocker Theatre are secured
each semester for presentation of original student choreography.
The Dow Center dance studio concert will include all works.
The Knickerbocker Theatre concert will include works selected
by the adjudication process and that are proscenium space
Students are responsible for creating their own work
and for finding and casting their own dancers.
They conceive and rehearse their work, are
responsible for costumes and may get the opportunity to design
a simple light plot
if and when applicable.
Students taking Composition I & II are responsible
for creating a work in accordance with their class syllabus
that will be integrated into the student dance concerts.
for these works, if necessary and approved.
Students may: Choreograph (2) two pieces OR Dance (2) two pieces OR Choreograph (1) one piece and
Dance (1) one piece (Solos danced by their choreographer
are considered (2) two pieces)
Students enrolled in Advanced Composition
(DAN495) and or Composition I (DAN305) and/or Composition
II (DAN480) may perform in OR choreograph in one piece outside
of their course requirements.
A student enrolled in the (DAN295) Introduction
to Dance Production class will not perform in the student
concert that same semester, but may choreograph with permission
from the instructor.
The Dance Department faculty will facilitate
multiple showings (2-3) and all pieces which have participated
in the full adjudication process (3 showings) will be presented
at the Dow Center Concert.
Student pieces must be completed by third
All works performed will receive a final
adjudication by guest adjudicators at the Dow Concert. Works
selected by them will move to the Knickerbocker Theatre for
performance with technical and design support.
Student Dance Concert Adjudication
Students will show their works in various
stages of creation at (2-3) informal showings. The concert's
faculty co-coordinators will adjudicate these showings. A
panel of at least (3) guest adjudicators will critique the
Dow Concert. These adjudicators will select the pieces for
the Knickerbocker Theatre Concert and may consult with the
dance department faculty on their decision.
Adjudicators will be looking for evidence
of original thought including rigorous movement research
and creative process and product along with other indicators
of maturity and sophistication, as well as appropriate choices
in teh categories listed on the assessment sheet.