Dance History

This course examines the history of dance, with an emphasis on Western theatrical dance including ballet, modern, and jazz/musical theater. From examples of ritualistic dance to concert dance this course studies artists and the cultural phenomena important to the development of contemporary dance in the United States. Students will also look at dance as an expression of human culture and analyze the key developments in dance as they relate to social, political and historical change. Considerations of race, gender, age, and physical ability are included.