DANC 4710, Dance History (For Majors)

(3.0 Credits)

Course Description
For students majoring in dance and students interested in dance history. This course explores the history of dance derived from Western Civilization from the Ancient to Contemporary periods. Students examine the role of dance in philosophical, cultural, and historical contexts and develop critical analysis skills through dance viewing, lecture, and discussion, as well as research and written assignments. Prerequisite: DANC 2110 and DANC 3710 or instructor permission

Course Objectives

  1. Obtain a fundamental historical knowledge of the development of dance from early tribal cultures through the end of the 20th century, particularly in regards to western culture.
  2. The ability to identify the characteristics and the influential people associated with historical periods in the development of dance.
  3. The ability to engage in thoughtful discussions about topics related to dance, fine arts, culture, and social issues while remaining open to different opinions.
  4. The ability to research and write in a clear, informative, and engaging manner on dance history topics, including citations and a bibliography.