William Catanzaro

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance

Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

Composer and multi-instrumentalist; recognition and funding from NEA, The Samuel S. Fels Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, Harkness Foundation, NYU Humanities Council, NYU Service/Learning Fund; commissions include choreographers Anna Sokolow, Steve Paxton, Viola Farber, Milton Myers; work presented nationally and internationally with the New Danish Dance Theatre, TanzFabrik Berlin, Amsterdam Theatreschool, Cyprus Festival, Teatro San Martin, The Alvin Ailey School, Philadanco, Player’s Project, Dallas Black Theatre, Jacob’s Pillow, DTW, and others. Former accompanist and teacher of music for dancers at The Juilliard School, Marymount Manhattan College, José Limón School, Martha Graham School, New York University. Current faculty at The Alvin Ailey School and Steps on Broadway; music director for the Young Dancemakers Company. SLC, 2003–

Current undergraduate courses

Dance Making

Year

Individual choreographic projects will be designed and directed by seniors and graduate students with special interest and experience in dance composition. Students and faculty will meet weekly to view works-in-progress and to discuss relevant artistic and practical problems. Whenever possible, the music for these projects, whether new or extant, will be performed live in concert. Dance Making students are encouraged to enroll in Lighting Design and Stagecraft for Dance.

Faculty

Music for Dancers

Spring

The objective of this course is to grant dance students the tools needed to fully understand the relationship between music and dance. Students will expand their knowledge of diverse musical elements, terminology, execution, and procedures and also learn the basics of rhythmic notation. This course will provide students with the opportunity to play a full array of percussion instruments from around the globe: African djembes, Brazilian zurdos, Argentinean bombo, Indian tabla, electronic drums, etc. Students will also learn how to scan musical scores with various degrees of complexity and explore the diverse rhythmic styles that have developed through time in response to different geographical, social, and philosophical conditions. The focus will be prevalent towards a dancers’ full knowledge and understanding of music. All musical instruments will be provided.

Faculty
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Current graduate courses

Dance Making

Year

Individual choreographic projects will be designed and directed by seniors and graduate students with special interest and experience in dance composition. Students and faculty will meet weekly to view works-in-progress and to discuss relevant artistic and practical problems. Whenever possible, the music for these projects, whether new or extant, will be performed live in concert. Dance Making students are encouraged to enroll in Lighting Design and Stagecraft for Dance.

Faculty

Music for Dancers

Spring

The objective of this course is to grant dance students with the tools needed to fully understand the relationship between music and dance. Students will expand their knowledge of diverse musical elements, terminology, execution and procedures, and learn the basics of rhythmic notation.This course will provide students with the opportunity to play a full array of percussion instruments from around the globe: African djembes, Brazilian zurdos, Argentinean bombo, Indian tabla, electronic drums, etc. Students will also learn how to scan musical scores with various degrees of complexity and explore the diverse rhythmic styles that have developed through time in response to different geographical, social, and philosophical conditions. The focus will be prevalent towards a dancer’s full knowledge and understanding of music. All musical instruments will be provided.

Faculty

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