Gnawa Dance, Morocco, North Africa
African Diaspora Dance Traditions
Dundunba, Guinea, West Africa
Rock Art &
Ancient African Dance
Research Methods for Dance and the Arts
African Dance Traditions
Zauli, Ivory Coast, West Africa
Middle Niger Valley: Mali, West Africa
Nubia & the Dances of Egypt
The History of Africana Dance: Antiquity to the 19th Century
Gnawa: Dance in the Other
A Statement on the Lack of Diversity in Academia with Regard to Dance and Theatre Arts
The scholarly study of dance and other theatre arts forms in American academia lacks diversity. As a consequence, primary sources specifically, and knowledge in general, of African dance systems, dance in the African Diaspora, and world dance on an academic level is scarce compared to its European/American counterpart. Thus, this course will focus heavily on dance systems and styles originating in Africa and the African Diaspora.
Dance History I, the first course in a two course series, is a survey course that explores the global significance 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 history, culture and the global dance experience. Through critically analyzing the history of dance from antiquity to the 1800s, dance styles and forms which emerged in Africa and the African Diaspora will be engaged. 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. This course is designed for first and second year undergraduate college students with no prior knowledge of African and/or African Diaspora dance.
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