DANC 32 Black Tradition in American Dance (3)
Lec-52.5, field trips
Credit, Degree Applicable
ADVISE: ENGL 94
This course examines the use of the African American dance aesthetic by performers, dancers, choreographers, historians, and dance theorists, from the 19th century through 21st century, as they created and contributed to the idioms of modern, jazz, ballet, street vernacular and traditional African based dance forms in the United States.
Formerly PE 33
Offered Fall semesters
After successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Outcome 1: Analyze the historical contributions of dancers, choreographers and movement theorists in the development of dance.
- Outcome 2: Describe the elements, which constitute the African-American aesthetic.
- Outcome 3: Identify the relationship between the components of the African American dance aesthetic and American dance forms.
- Outcome 4: List and discuss the various definitions of ""Colored Dance"", ""Black Dance"". and ""African-American Dance"".
- Outcome 5: Compare and contrast the historical function and value of dance in the various societies in West and Central Africa, Western Europe and the Native traditions in the Americas.
- Outcome 6: Identify factors which influence the form of dance within a given society.
- Outcome 7: Outline the historical development of the African-American dance traditions in The United States.
- Outcome 8: Analyze the historical contributions of dancers, choreographers and movement theorists in the development of this tradition as a ritual tool and as the medium for performance art.
- Outcome 9: Identify cultural critic Brenda Dixon-Gottschild's ""Africanist"" movement idioms in various dance techniques developed in the United States.
- Outcome 10: Identify dances, dancers and choreographers of African descent who have changed the course of dance in the United States.
- Outcome 11: Discuss dances, dancers and choreographers of non-African descent who have changed the course of dance in the United States using the African-American aesthetic.