DANC 205
Modern Rebels: Movement Revolt and Revelation Fall 2021
Division I

Class Details

“I dance not to entertain but to help people better understand each other.” –Pearl Primus This course offers students the opportunity to learn both the embodied practices and historic context of modern dance. Twice a week, students study modern dance technique at the level appropriate for them, as an immersion into the physicality, principles, and aesthetics of the form. Once a week, students attend a seminar together in which we examine a range of artists’ voices, such as Doris Humphrey, Charles Weidman, Martha Graham, Pearl Primus, Jose’ Limon, Talley Beatty, Jane Dudley and Alvin Ailey, innovative artists whose works arose from both stylistic and thematic concerns in the struggle for artistic freedom and social justice. Modern dance choreographers responded directly to their individual identities, including gender, race, age, etc., and laid the foundation for contemporary dance today. Through readings, viewings, discussion and writing, we will consider these topics and why some artists, and not others, had greater opportunities to advance their art form as a tool for expression, social critique and resistance.
The Class: Format: seminar/laboratory; Instructor will determine which technique level is appropriate for each student. Please contact instructor prior to registration. After contacting the instructor, students will enroll in either Beginning Modern Dance: Section 02 Tuesday/Friday 1:10-2:25 pm (T) OR Intermediate Modern Dance: Section 03 Tuesday/Friday 2:35-3:50 pm (U). Once you enroll in your lab section you will automatically be enrolled in seminar, which meets Weds. 1:10-2pm (X).
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 1274
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Students will be evaluated based on their work in both technique classes and seminar. Students are evaluated in an ongoing way on their individual progress in technique; they are expected to demonstrate consistent effort and focus in order to support their growth. Students are expected to complete course readings and viewings in order to actively participate in seminar discussions, generate periodic short written responses, and demonstrate an understanding of the foundations of modern dance and its legacy, yesterday and today.
Prerequisites: None. Instructor will determine which technique class is the appropriate level for each student. Please contact instructor prior to registration.
Enrollment Preferences: Preference given via lottery if over-enrolled
Distributions: Division I

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