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Sculpting
Sculpting The Muse Scholars work in pairs and "sculpt" their partners into original poses during a dance class led by Arnhold graduate dance instructor Jessica Lewis.
Mirroring
Mirroring The Muse Scholars practice mirroring one another during a dance lesson by Arnhold graduate dance instructor Jessica Lewis.
Preparing for Mark Morris
Preparing for Mark Morris Arnhold graduate dance instructor Jessica Lewis prepares Muse Scholars to think critically about a Mark Morris Dance Group performance they'll see at the 2014 Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center.
Choreographic phrase
Choreographic phrase Arnhold graduate dance instructor Jessica Lewis teaches the Muse Scholars a choreographic phrase found in her own dances and those of Mark Morris Dance Group, which the scholars watched perform during the 2014 Fall for Dance festival.
Principles of Design
Principles of Design Kathleen Isaac, director of the Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, and graduate student dancer Lannette Alvarez teach the Muses about the Universal Principles of Design. Isaac holds a photo of Jackson Pollock's "One: Number 31, 1950" as an example.
Common ground
Common ground The Muses use the Universal Principles of Design to interpret various works of art they viewed at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).
Compare and contrast
Compare and contrast The Muses compare and contrast photographs of dancers with a painting by Barnett Newman using the Universal Principles of Design.
Drawing dance
Drawing dance The Muses consider the visual elements of dance by interpreting a partner's movements and "drawing it" on a piece of paper.
Hand-eye coordination
Hand-eye coordination The Muses practice interpreting their partner's dance moves through drawing.
Learning new dance moves
Learning new dance moves The Muses learn choreographer Martha Graham's technique in preparation for a trip to see The Martha Graham Dance Company perform "The Rite of Spring" at New York City Center's 2013 Fall for Dance Festival.
Practicing steps
Practicing steps The Muses practice Martha Graham's dance moves to prepare for The Martha Graham Dance Company's performance of "The Rite of Spring" at New York City Center.
Mentoring the Muses
Mentoring the Muses Graduate dance student Lannette Alvarez instructs the Muses in using the techniques of choreographer Martha Graham.
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Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program

 

Thanks to a special partnership with  Hunter's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program, the Muse Scholars receive personalized instruction in dance movement and criticism from faculty and graduate students enrolled in the program.

During classes led by Arnhold Dance Education Director Kathleen Isaac (photo, left) and graduate students, Muse Scholars learn how to appreciate and critique dance using professional analytical skills.

Students also hit the dance floor, learning new techniques during special workshops, which have been held both on and off campus at venues including Ballet Hispanico, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Studio 353.

Since the Muse Scholars began its partnership with the Arnhold program in 2011, the scholars have had the opportunity to work with several excellent graduate student dance instructors, including: