Christine Hands

writing on the body what is written on the soul

Student Outcomes

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STUDENT ASSIGNMENTS AND WORK SAMPLES:

 

 

Dance 200 (Introduction to Dance) Fall 2016
University of Maryland

MIDTERM PROJECT
You will research a choreographer. Describe how the artist inhabited movement, what drove/drives their creation process, why their dance was historically significant, and how it impacts us today. Watch and explore various performances to reference in your paper. Use books, articles, and journals to support your paper. 
Emotional component: create an artistic response based on how the choreographer’s work makes you feel. 

Student Papers:

Katherine Dunham

Pina Bausch

 

 

 

Dance 148 (Fundamentals of Modern I) Fall 2016
University of Maryland
PERFORMANCE RESPONSE
 
1. What did you SEE?
2. What did you FEEL and what in the dancing made you feel that way (technically) ?
3. What did you LIKE and what did you DISLIKE and WHY?
4. What was the choreographer TRYING TO DO in your estimation?
5. What ELEMENTS beyond the choreography contributed to or detracted from the choreography? (lighting, music, space, costumes, etc.)

Student Paper:

Performance Review

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dance 148 (Fundamentals of Modern I) Fall 2016
University of Maryland

MIDTERM ASSESSMENT
Each student will turn in a written assessment exploring their successes in the class so far, as well as noting any areas they need or desire further growth. Students will be graded on insightful understanding of their own bodies, as well as demonstrating a clear understanding of the skills that have been asked of them thus far. 

1. What have I been most successful at in this class? 
2. What have I been least successful at in this class?What do I need to do to improve on my least successful area?
3. What has been most exciting for me in this class and why?
4. What have I enjoyed least and why?
5. How has my body and/or my relationship to my body changed throughout the semester thus far?

Student Paper:

Midterm Paper

 

When I go to work, I don't just learn about my students, I learn about the neighborhood they live in. Rogers Park is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. Students at Rogers School have many religions, nationalities, backgrounds, and stories.

When I go to work, I don't just learn about my students, I learn about the neighborhood they live in. Rogers Park is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Chicago. Students at Rogers School have many religions, nationalities, backgrounds, and stories.

Each year at Rogers School I put over 700 students onstage. This school program was funded by Donna's Good Things: an organization founded by a family who lost their young daughter to cancer, and were committed to sharing the joy of dance which had buoyed their daughter during her illness.

Each year at Rogers School I put over 700 students onstage. This school program was funded by Donna's Good Things: an organization founded by a family who lost their young daughter to cancer, and were committed to sharing the joy of dance which had buoyed their daughter during her illness.

Performing Arts Limited facilitated the work with Rogers School. The studio also donated rehearsal space for my rehearsals. The owner would say, "We have to have each other's backs as artists." I couldn't agree more.

Performing Arts Limited facilitated the work with Rogers School. The studio also donated rehearsal space for my rehearsals. The owner would say, "We have to have each other's backs as artists." I couldn't agree more.

With Core Project Chicago, I was able to bring pop-up performances in-studio to both Performing Arts Limited and Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater (on the Southside of Chicago in Bridgeport.)

With Core Project Chicago, I was able to bring pop-up performances in-studio to both Performing Arts Limited and Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater (on the Southside of Chicago in Bridgeport.)

These performances demonstrated to the students how much can be done with very little, and allowed them an opportunity to see professional dance in their own community.

These performances demonstrated to the students how much can be done with very little, and allowed them an opportunity to see professional dance in their own community.

Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater (above) and DancEd Dance Center (below) are on opposite sides of Chicago. When my students from these studios competed against each other one year, I found all of them together backstage chatting and supporting the other teams.

Chicago Contemporary Dance Theater (above) and DancEd Dance Center (below) are on opposite sides of Chicago. When my students from these studios competed against each other one year, I found all of them together backstage chatting and supporting the other teams.

DancEd Dance Center center court at a Chicago Bulls game.

DancEd Dance Center center court at a Chicago Bulls game.

I always give my students something to dance about, whether it's a story, a theme, or pirates.

I always give my students something to dance about, whether it's a story, a theme, or pirates.

I use lifts and movement from my professional choreography to challenge students.

I use lifts and movement from my professional choreography to challenge students.

I invite my students to be a part of the choreographic process for their recital dances: encouraging them to make up moves.

I invite my students to be a part of the choreographic process for their recital dances: encouraging them to make up moves.

I started Allegro Music and Dance's annual Thriller Flash Mob as a way to bring our students out into the community. Each year everyone in the studio dressed as a Zombie and stormed the street during the town's Halloween Hoe-Down.

I started Allegro Music and Dance's annual Thriller Flash Mob as a way to bring our students out into the community. Each year everyone in the studio dressed as a Zombie and stormed the street during the town's Halloween Hoe-Down.

I also started Allegro's Competition Team as a way for the girls to build exposure and challenge their technicality. One year we danced to a local musician's song, "10,000 Angels" and the girls even made a dance video for him.

I also started Allegro's Competition Team as a way for the girls to build exposure and challenge their technicality. One year we danced to a local musician's song, "10,000 Angels" and the girls even made a dance video for him.

I connect to my students on a personal level, and build a solid rapport so that class can be safe, and fun!

I connect to my students on a personal level, and build a solid rapport so that class can be safe, and fun!

In my classroom there is laughter, learning, love, and occasionally pre-school anarchy

In my classroom there is laughter, learning, love, and occasionally pre-school anarchy