Past Elective Course

July 22-27, 2012

Ashland, Oregon

Develop skills in both dance technique and choreographic composition with the goal of becoming more capable of choreographing a musical or of supervising a student or guest choreographer. Enjoy and challenge yourself with a mixture of an on-your feet dance warm-up, introduction to dance vocabulary and choreography, discussion forums, and resource surveys for inspiration and instructional tools. Afternoons and evenings will be spent experimenting with small groups of program-provided dancers and culminating in the creation of a musical number for the final project.  Class will include a field trip to see a musical at the Oregon Cabaret Theatre.


James Giancarlo, Musical theatre faculty at SOU, professional choeographer and theatre owner.

Daily Schedule

7:00-8:00am Breakfast


Technique class


Lecture-discussion about how to approach composing choreography for a musical number

Noon - 1:00pm

1:00-2:00 pm Video-viewing and further discussion
2:00-5:00 pm On-our-feet workshopping of choreography (with student assts.)
5:00-7:00 pm Dinner
7:00-10:00pm Choreo teams work with student assts. (and each other) to develop numbers for final projects.

Evening Schedule 2012

  Sunday 7/22 7:00 pm Welcome, Orientation, SOU Center Stage
Cabaret Performance: 8 pm curtain, 6:30 pm dinner option
  Monday 7/23 See Above for evening session details
  Tuesday 7/24
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  Wednesday 7/25
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  Thursday 7/26
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Application Information

Application deadline is postmarked April 1, 2012. Space is limited to sixteen students.

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree or permission of the instructor. ACTS Master of Theatre Studies students get first priority. This course may serve as one of the required additional 3-credit courses toward the Master of Theatre Studies degree.

2012 Fees

Tuition $990
Materials/tickets $25

An application deposit of $50 ($80 if application postmarked after April 1, 2012) must accompany your application if you are not also applying for the Master of Theatre Studies.

Elective one week courses

Six nights of lodging (July 22 arrival, July 28 departure)

Single room  $330
Double room  $210
Meal plan

(dinner 7/22 - through lunch 7/28, includes 3 meals per day 7/23-7/27)

Housing and Meal plan cancelations must be received by May 31, in order to be eligible for a refund.

Additional nights of Lodging
May be reserved at $55 per night, regardless of double or single accommodation; no meals will be available.
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