Peggy Gould

Undergraduate Discipline

Dance

Graduate Program

MFA Dance Program

BFA, MFA, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Certified teacher of Alexander Technique; assistant to Irene Dowd; private movement education practice in New York City. Other teaching affiliations: Smith College, The Ailey School/Fordham University, Dance Ireland/IMDT, 92nd St. Y/Harkness Dance Center, SUNY Purchase (summer), Jacob’s Pillow. Performances in works by Patricia Hoffbauer and George Emilio Sanchez, Sara Rudner, Joyce S. Lim, David Gordon, Ann Carlson, Charles Moulton, Neo Labos, T.W.E.E.D., Tony Kushner, Paula Josa-Jones. Choreography presented by Dixon Place, The Field, PS 122, BACA Downtown (New York City); Big Range Dance Festival (Houston); Phantom Theater (Warren, Vermont); Proctor’s Theatre (Schenectady, 2008/09 Dangerous Music Commission). Grants: Meet the Composer, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Harkness Dance Center. SLC, 1999–

Current undergraduate courses

Anatomy in Action

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How is it possible for humans to move in the multitude of ways that we do? Learn to develop your X-ray vision of the human being in motion in a course that combines movement practice, drawing, lecture, and problem solving. In this course, movement is the vehicle for exploration of our profoundly adaptable anatomy. In addition to making drawings as we study the entire musculoskeletal system, we will learn Irene Dowd’s Spirals™, a comprehensive warm-up/ cool-down for dancing that coordinates all joints and muscles through their fullest range of motion. Insights gained in this course can provide tremendous inspiration in the creative process.

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Anatomy Seminar

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This is an opportunity for advanced students who have completed Anatomy I to pursue their study of anatomy in greater depth. Each student will research a topic or topics in which functional anatomy plays a significant part. We will meet weekly to discuss questions and share experiences.

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Beginning Improvisation

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Merge your imagination and movement potential through dance improvisation. This invaluable creative mode offers students the opportunity to recognize and develop sensations, ideas, and visions of dancing possibilities. Internal and external perceptions will be honed while looking at movement from many points of view—as an individual and in partnership with others. Beginning Improvisation is required for all students new to the dance program. This class is an entry into the creative trajectory that later leads to composition and dance making. Other improvisation classes are recommended for students who have already taken Beginning Improvisation and want to explore this form further.

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Dance/Movement Fundamentals

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This class is an introduction to the basic principles of contemporary and ballet practices. The fundamentals class will develop skills basic to all movement studies, such as dynamic alignment through coordination and integration of the neuro/skeletal/muscular system, strength, balance, and basic spatial and rhythmic awareness.

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First-Year Studies in Dance

FYS

The dance program provides first-year students with an integrated and vital curriculum of formal movement practices, improvisation, dance history, bimonthly Dance Meetings and First-Year Studies seminar. First-Year Studies in Dance consists of a full Dance Third with 12 to 15 hours of in-class time, including a daily physical practice class at an appropriate level. In practice classes such as Contemporary, African Dance, and Ballet, emphasis is placed on developing awareness of space, time and rhythm, use of energy, articulation of form through sensation, and building strength and control with an understanding of functional anatomy and cultural/historical context. In Improvisation, structured activities form a framework for investigating the properties of movement in the context of experience and performance. Goals include honing perceptive and communicative skills, exploring movement instincts and appetites, and constructing a viable foundation from which to work creatively. In Dance History, students will explore the history of concert dance in the United States from the early 20th century to the present. Dance Meeting provides an additional curricular and community-building resource for all dance students through master classes with guest artists and other experts in fields related to dance and performance. In the First-Year Studies in Dance seminar, students work both independently and in groups toward expanding analytical and generative capabilities in performance, observation, reading, writing, and discussion. We will consider and cultivate critical perspectives on dance as an art form through movement studies, class exercises and discussions, text-based studies, and oral presentation, building skills in each of those areas throughout the year.

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Current graduate courses

Anatomy in Action

Year

How is it possible for humans to move in the multitude of ways that we do? Learn to develop your X-ray vision of the human being in motion in a course that combines movement practice, drawing, lecture and problem solving. In this course, movement is the vehicle for exploration of our profoundly adaptable anatomy. In addition to making drawings as we study the entire musculoskeletal system, we will learn Irene Dowd’s Spirals™; a comprehensive warm-up/cool-down for dancing that coordinates all joints and muscles through their fullest range of motion. Insights gained in this course can provide tremendous inspiration in the creative process.Students may enter this yearlong course in the second semester only with the permission of the instructor.

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Anatomy Seminar - Graduate

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This is an opportunity for advanced students who have completed Anatomy I to pursue their study of anatomy in greater depth. Each student will research a topic or topics in which functional anatomy plays a significant part. We will meet weekly to discuss questions and share experiences.

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Beginning Improvisation

Year

Merge your imagination and movement potential through dance improvisation. This invaluable creative mode offers students the opportunity to recognize and develop sensations, ideas, and visions of dancing possibilities. Internal and external perceptions will be honed while looking at movement from many points of view—as an individual and in partnership with others. Beginning Improvisation is required for all students new to the dance program. This class is an entry into the creative trajectory that later leads to composition and dance making. Other improvisation classes are recommended for students who have already taken Beginning Improvisation and want to explore this form further.

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Dance/Movement Fundamentals

Year

This class is an introduction to the basic principles of contemporary and ballet practices. The fundamentals class will develop skills basic to all movement studies, such as dynamic alignment through coordination and integration of the neuro/skeletal/muscular system, strength, balance, and basic spatial and rhythmic awareness.

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Graduate Seminar III

This seminar emphasizes a dynamic foundation for dancing, offering participants an opportunity to refine their technique and analytical skills. Relevant aspects of functional anatomy are presented and considered throughout this class. Students are encouraged and coached to increase awareness of their current strategies, to broaden their range of movement possibilities, and integrate their creative and technical practices.

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Previous courses

Anatomy Seminar - Graduate Dance

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This is an opportunity for advanced students who have completed Anatomy I to pursue their study of anatomy in greater depth. Each student will research a topic or topics in which functional anatomy plays a significant part. We will meet weekly to discuss questions and share experiences.

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Dance Training Conference

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Students will meet at least once per semester with the instructor to address individual dance training issues. We will examine these issues by discussing progress, specific challenges, and short-term and long-term goals. In addition, we will develop practical strategies to achieve those goals by means of supplemental strength, flexibility, kinesthetic awareness, and coordination exercises. This course is required for all students taking a Dance Third. It is designed to support the work being done in movement practice classes, concerts, and performance projects.

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Graduate Seminar I

Spring

The Spring semester will focus on critical perspectives in dance, culture and identity. When we look at dancing, what are we seeing, experiencing and understanding? How do current representations of dance perpetuate or disrupt assumptions about personal and social identity? Embedded notions of gender, economic class and race are threaded through our daily lives. Art and popular culture sometimes reinforce dominant cultural ideas, but can they also serve to propose alternatives to those ideas? In this seminar, we will examine a range of dancing on film, web-based media, television programs and commercials. These viewings, along with selected texts from the fields of dance and performance, literary criticism, feminist theory, queer theory and cultural studies, will form the basis of class discussions, exercises, readings, research and writing. The ultimate aim of this course is to cultivate a richly informed conversation among engaged participants, using academic work and life experience to illuminate and advance our appreciation of dance as an elemental art form.

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Improvisation

Year

Merge your mind and body in the moment through dance improvisation. This invaluable creative mode will help you recognize, embody, and develop sensations and ideas in motion. Internal and external perceptions will be honed while looking at movement from many points of view—as an individual or in partnership with others. Beginning Improvisation is required for all students new to the Dance program. This class is an entry into the creative trajectory that later leads to composition and dance making. Other improvisation classes are recommended for students who have already taken Beginning Improvisation and want to explore this form further.

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Teaching Conference

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This course is an inquiry into the ways in which dance might be taught in various settings to different populations. The detailed study of kinesthetic, verbal, and creative factors in teaching will be presented and analyzed in terms of teaching objectives. Students will be placed as practice teachers, under supervision, in dance classes on campus and in community schools.

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