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 

Mayan Dance

Research Methods 

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.

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This website provides supplementary material to enhance Dance History I classroom lectures.

Course Description:

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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Mandinka Dances

The Dance of Ethiopia 

African Diaspora Dance Traditions

Australia: Dance and the Dreamtime

Early African American Festivals

India Dances

Dance, Slavery & the North

Historical Dances of


Junkanoo (Jamaican)

Dance, Slavery & the South: The Ring Shout

Afro-Cuban Dance

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