Dance and the Creative Process

“To be creative you have to know how to prepare to be creative. . . . There’s a process that generates creativity–and you can learn it. And you can make it habitual.” —Twyla Tharp

The central text of this course, in which students apply the creative process to choreography to produce dance works of their own, is Twyla Tharp’s “The Creative Habit.” The course begins with an exploration of the steps taken during the creative journey. These include choosing, investigating, and exploring a topic, solving problems, refining ideas, and creating a final product. Students work through these steps to create a movement of their own artistic design. In the second half of the course, students build on their understanding of the creative process as they study the methods and techniques of professional choreographers, and then choose one choreographer’s creative process as a model for developing and presenting a dance of their own.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 1.0-1.0