DANCE 290 (sln 12519) (3 cr VLPA/I&S) Spring 2011
Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30 am – 12:20 pm
Instructor: Paula J. Peters
Increase your knowledge of the history of the American art form of Jazz Dance!
This is a lecture course designed to introduce students from any discipline to the rich history of jazz dance. Through lectures, media, and live demonstrations from experts, students will gain familiarity with significant individuals and social forces that shaped the development of jazz dance. Students will learn to recognize and discuss the movement and rhythmic aesthetics of jazz dance as an intellectual practice.
Course topics include discussion of the culturally diverse movement traditions jazz dance draws upon. Classes will explore the deep influences of African American movement aesthetics present in social, studio, commercial and musical theater traditions of American Jazz Dance.