MUS 18
Introduction to Argentine Tango Winter 2024

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This course is split evenly among dance practice, critical engagement with Argentine tango music and films, and discussion of the genre’s contexts and applications from the early 20th century to the present day. Our discussions will touch on key issues including: nationalism, tourism, gendered performance codes and their various interpretations and interventions, and the roles of race and class in tango’s development and representation. By its conclusion, students will have enough rudimentary tango skills that they can take part in an all-levels practica (a tango practice). All participants will learn leading and following roles. No prior musical or dance experience necessary.
The Class: Format: studio; Classes are a mixture of studio practice and seminar/discussion. Preparation of assigned material and participation in discussion is an essential component of the course.
Limit: 26
Expected: 26
Class#: 1226
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Participation/attendance, practice journal (1 entry per class), a 5-7 minute independent project, included in our showcase during the last week of class.
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Preferences: Students hoping to be prioritized in this class should send Prof. Campbell an email of no more than 5 sentences about why they want to take this course.

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