Spring 2017

Dance and History: sites, bodies, and perspectives

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-234

Moodle site: Course


Ninoska M. Escobar (Section 01)


Dance and History focuses on dance as an expression of cultural and global identities and introduces a variety of western and non-western dance forms and practices in their cultural, social, and political contexts. As such, our investigation will consider the aesthetic traditions, history, and practice of select western and non-western dance forms including African, Asian, and European theatrical, ritualistic, social, and/or vernacular movement practices. We will learn about how dance transmits cultural, social, and political values and develop an understanding of a diverse range of dance forms and practices. Through readings, discussions, video/visual materials, movement experiences, and attendance at live dance events, we will practice observing, analyzing, discussing, and writing about dance thoughtfully, clearly, and intelligently. Throughout our study we will integrate critical thinking, reading and analytic skills.

Limited to 30 students. Spring semester. Visiting Instructor Escobar.

If Overenrolled: Instructor will seek a balance between different class years.


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning


2018-19: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2017