History & Criticism


DNCE BC 2565
World Dance History
A survey of the major dance traditions of Africa, Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and the Americas. Lectures and discussions address primary written and visual sources, ethnographic and documentary films, workshops, and performances.
3 points.

DNCE BC 2567
Music for Dance
A study of musicianship and musical literacy in relation to dance. Using computer software, drumming studies, score and audio-visual analyses students will learn to identify the compositional elements of dance music with a multi-cultural emphasis. Presentation of individual and collective research in written and performance format.
3 points.
 
DNCE BC 2570
Dance in New York City
A study of the cultural roots and historical contexts of specific communities using New York City’s dance scene as a laboratory. Students will observe the social environments in which various modes of dance works are created while researching the history of dance in New York City.
3 points. 

DNCE BC 2572
Techniques for Performance
This course explores specific techniuqes dancers utilize to cultivate performance: inherent qualities of the stage space, visual, physical and emotional focus, movement dynamics and texture, and the use of imagery, sets and fabric. This course will also deepen one's awareness of these elements from a choreographic and directorial perspective.
Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
3 points

DNCE BC 2575
Choreography for the American Musical
Examination of a uniquely American art form, this course explores the history and evolution of American Musical Theater dance with special focus on the period known as "The Golden Era." Analysis of the genre's most influential choreographers (including Balanchine, de Mille, Robbins), their systems, methodolgies and fusion of high and low art on the commercial stage.
3 points

DNCE BC 2580
Tap as An American Art Form

Studio/lecture format focuses on tap technique, repertory, improvisation; and the development of tap explored through American history, jazz music, films, videos, and biographies.
Prerequisite: DNCE BC 1446 or equivalent experience.
—M. Morrison
3 points.

DNCE BC 3000
From the Page to the Dance Stage
The study of dance works which have their origins in the written word. Topics considered include: Is choreography a complete act of creative originality? Which literary genres are most often transformed into dance pieces? Why are some texts privileged with dance interpretation(s) and others are not?
3 points.

DNCE BC 3001
Western Theatrical Dance from the Renaissance to the 1960's
Focuses on the history of theatre dance forms originating in Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Includes reading, writing, viewing, and discussion of sources such as film, text, original documentation, demonstration, and performance.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3200
Dance in Film
A survey of Theatrical dance in the 20th century specific to film production. Five Kinds of dance films will be examined: musicals, non-musicals, documentaries, film essays and pure dance recording.
Prerequisite: DNCE BC2570, DNCE BC3001, FILM W3001, FILM BC 3201, and permission of instructor. Survey of theatrical dance in the 20th century specific to film production. Five kinds of dance films will be examined: musicals, non–musicals, documentaries, film essays archival recordings and choreography made solely for the camera.
3 points
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DNCE BC 3567
Dance of India
A range of dance genres, from the traditional to the innovative, co-exist as representations of "Indianness" in India, and beyond. Identities onstage and in films, morph as colonial, national, and global contexts change. This course zooms from micro to macro views of twentieth century staged dances as culturally inflected discourse. We review how Indian classical dance aligns with the oldest of performance texts, and with lively discourses (rasa as a performance aesthetic, Orientalism, nationalism, global recirculations) through the ages, not only in India but also in Europe, Britain and America. Throughout the course, we ask:- How is culture embodied? How do historical texts configure dance today? How might they affect our thinking on mind-body, practice-theory, and traditional-contemporary divides? How does bodily patterning influence the ways that we experience our surroundings and vice versa? Can cultural imaginaries instigate action? How is gender is performed? What are dance discourses?
3 points.

DNCE BC 3570
Latin American and Caribbean Dance: Identities in Motion
Examines the features of Latin American and Caribbean dance forms to uncover the ways in which dancing shapes national, racial, and gender identity.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3580
History of Social Dancing: Dance Crazes from the Waltz to Flash Mobs

The history of social dancing from the Renaissance to the present: waltz, contradances, ragtime, jazz, disco. Topics include dance "manias"; youth and anti-dance movements; intersections between the ballroom, stage, and film; competitive, exhibition, and "flash mob" dancing. Lectures based on archival sources, film, literature, music, images, and live performances.
3 points.
 

DNCE BC 3583
Gender and Historical Memory in American Dance of the 1930's to the Early 1960's
Seminar poses the question of why so many women dancer/choreographers of the 1930's - to the early 1960's, including relativity well-known ones, have ended up as peripheral rather than central players in what has become the master narrative of a crucial era of the recent dance past.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3982
Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and Its World
Examines the multifaceted revolution of Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and its impact on dance, music, theatre, and visual arts in the opening decades of the 20th century. Outstanding works such as Petrouchka, The Rite of Spring, Parade, Les Noces, and Prodigal Son, studied in depth, with an emphasis on artistic collaboration and the remaking of traditional dance language.
Prerequisite: Introductory course in dance, music, theatre history, 20th century art history or permission of the instructor.
3 points.

DNCE BC 3980
Performing the Political: Embodying Change in American Performance

Exploration into the politics of performance and the performance of politics through the lens of 20th-century American dance.
4 points

DNCE BC 3981
Inventing American Modern Dance: Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn
The life, writings, and dances of Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, focusing on their pioneering role in the development of American modern dance and their radical stagings of race, class, gender, and sexuality.
4 points.

MUSI UN2170
Music and Dance from Romanticism to Mark Morris
An exploration of the music-dance relationship from Romanticism to Mark Morris. Specific topics to include Romanticism, Tchaikovsky, the Ballets Russes, Copland-Graham, Stravinsky-Balanchine, jazz/African-American traditions, Cage-Cunningham, and Mark Morris.
3 points.