DAN*203*10 Description

Dance History I: Cultural Perspectives in Dance

An exploration of specific primitive and ancient cultures as well as contemporary world dance forms and their historical and cultural contexts, including pre-christian civilizations - the African diaspora, America (Native American & Hawaiian dance and Meso-America), Polynesia, Asia, the Far East, India, Egypt, and Europe prior to the Golden Age of Ballet, and early social dancing and the relationship of dance forms to society and patterns of culture. This course will trace the role of dance as religious ritual, form of education, popular entertainment, and means of passing on a culture's history - viewing dance in relation to the social, geographical, & political context of each period and culture.