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

Mandinka Dances

Afro-Cuban Dance

African Dance Traditions

Zauli, Ivory Coast, West Africa

Junkanoo (Jamaican)

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.  

Course Description:

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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