Middle Niger Valley: Mali, West Africa
Gnawa: Dance in the Other
Africa American Dance in the Slavery Era
From Africa to the Americas: Dances of the African Diaspora
Nubia & the Dances of Egypt
A Statement on the Lack of Diversity in Academia with Regard to Theatre Arts
The scholarly study of dance and other theatre arts forms in America are often lacking in diversity. As a consequence, very little is known about African dance systems, dance in the African Diaspora, and world dance on an academic level. Thus, this course will focus heavily on dance systems and styles originating in Africa and the African Diaspora, as well as non-Western dance forms from myriad parts of the globe.
This website provides supplementary material to enhance Dance History I classroom lectures.
Dance History I, the first course in a two course series, is a survey course that explores the global emergence of dance. The course discusses the history of dance through an examination of its cultural origins in Africa, and the impact of those origins on the global dance experience. Thus, through critically analyzing the history of dance from antiquity to the 1800s, dance styles and forms which emerged in Africa, the African Diaspora, Asia, and ancient America, will be discussed. Lastly, Dance History I is an interdisciplinary course. It examines the history of dance through the lens of anthropology, African studies, geography, archaeology, linguistics, migration studies, the visual and performing arts, and DNA studies.
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The Dance of Ethiopia
African Diaspora Dance Traditions
Australia: Dance and the Dreamtime
Early African American Festivals
Dance, Slavery & the North
Historical Dances of
Dance, Slavery & the South: The Ring Shout
African Dance & the Transatlantic Slave Trade
The History of Africana Dance, Antiquity to the 1600s
Diverse Dances of Japan
Yoruba Dance Systems
Rock Art: Southern African Dance