The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to experience a variety of dance styles inside and outside the parameters of western contemporary dance. Dance is defined within the context of multi-culturalism through exercises and workshops, culminating in student-led collaborative choreographic projects. Students are encouraged to become aware of the broader meaning of dance within particular societal contexts by focusing folkloric, religious and theatrical dance traditions. Social, historical and technical aspects of world dance are studied, encouraging students to broaden their awareness of the influence of cultural diversity on contemporary dance.
To explore and experience different ways of moving.
To develop a vocabulary for describing and discussing dance.
To develop skills for observing dance through the viewing of live and videotaped performances.
To develop personal creativity, performance and choreographic skills through the completion of a choreographic project to be performed in class.
To learn about different cultures through their dances.
To demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast cultural contexts in dance and to relate that knowledge to contemporary dance.