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Inter-Arts Opportunities

The School of Creative and Performing Arts encourages students to enrich their degree programs with complimentary courses, workshops and collaborations in the other areas of study within the SCPA.

The SCPA, through its website and email lists, will announce collaborative performance or workshop opportunities as they become available. Please read the following list for a selection of courses that you may want to consider including in your program in order to gain some Inter-Arts enhancement in your program. If you wish to have any more information regarding these courses, or how they might fit into your program, please see the Undergraduate Program Administrator in CHD 100.

Inter-Arts Options for Dance Majors

DRAM 209 - Introduction to Acting I
DRAM 210 - Introduction to Acting II
DRAM 360 - Developmental Drama I
MUSI 301- Music and Popular Culture
MUSI 309 - The Art of Music Listening
MUSI 402- Topics in Popular Music
MUSI 351 - Sonic Arts
MUSI 355 - Sound Recording
MUSI 451 - Electroacoustic Music
MUSI 453 - Computer Applications in Music
SCPA 501.01- Performance Generating Systems

Inter-Arts Options for Drama Majors

DNCE 201 - Introductory Contemporary Dance I
DNCE 211 - Introductory Jazz Dance
DNCE 221 - Introductory Ballet
DNCE 341 - Early Dance History
DNCE 345 - 20th Century Dance History
MUPF 205/305 - University Chorus - course requires an audition, these are held in the beginning of September.
MUSI 301- Music and Popular Culture
MUSI 309 - The Art of Music Listening
MUSI 402- Topics in Popular Music
MUSI 351 - Sonic Arts
MUSI 355 - Sound Recording
MUSI 451 - Electroacoustic Music
MUSI 453 - Computer Applications in Music
SCPA 501.01- Performance Generating Systems

Inter-Arts Options for Music Majors

DNCE 201 - Introductory Contemporary Dance I
DNCE 211 - Introductory Jazz Dance
DNCE 221 - Introductory Ballet
DNCE 341 - Early Dance History
DNCE 345 - 20th Century Dance History
DRAM 209 - Introduction to Acting I
DRAM 210 - Introduction to Acting II
DRAM 360 - Developmental Drama I
SCPA 501.01 - Performance Generating Systems

Student Experience

Dylan Forkheim- BFA Drama

I am in my second year as a Drama major, with a focus in acting. During my first year, I took an Intro to Ballet course (taught by Catherine Walker) and now during my second year I have taken Contemporary Dance 201 and 205 (also introductory courses, taught by Wojciech Mochniej). It is well known that a good physical and vocal warm up is an integral part of the work that actors, and performers alike, need to do. Naturally, dance classes are excellent for improving flexibility and range of motion as well as teaching new stretches that can be applied to an actor’s warm up as well as their work. The primary reason that I found dance and acting classes to be so complimentary, is due to the awareness of my individual body that I gained in dance class. For drama majors who take movement class as a part of our acting class, we discover how vital it is to understand the limits of your body, how to work with, and push those limits to deepen the work. The ballet course specifically was a technique-based class, learning the basics of ballet, working on form, and improving flexibility. The discipline that is needed for ballet requires great focus, the same focus that can be applied to acting and any realm of performance work. I’ve found that the contemporary dance classes are more about the freedom to express your voice through movement. While there are still the basic technical aspects in contemporary dance, there is the freedom to bend the rules, change things, and take risks. Actors are always encouraged to take risks and exploring dance, another realm where you can take risks, encourages you to push your own boundaries in what you are able to do. This semester I was able to investigate the use of voice and text, paired with dance movement. Something I realized, is that the first time I danced in front of people was equally as thrilling and terrifying as the first time I acted in front of an audience, and the same can be said for the first time I sang. I would definitely recommend that drama students take dance classes, dance students take drama classes etc. because there is a lot that can be gained from doing so.

Spring / Summer 2017

The schedule is now live for the upcoming semesters with exciting opportunities in Dance, Drama and Music. Many of our courses do not have pre-requisites and are ideal to fill elective or Fine Arts requirements and to enrich your program. For more information click here.

Quick Contacts

Jennifer Perrott
Undergraduate Program Administrator
403-220-3970
jperrott@ucalgary.ca

Sheila Harland
Administration
403-220-5313
sjharlan@ucalgary.ca