Modern Dance & the Convergence of Two Americas

Vernacular Dance, Popular Dance, 1920s-1940s 

Black Broadway to Jazz Era

Africa, The Birthplace 

Minstrelsy: From a Sordid Beginning 

Course Description

Dance History II is the second course in a two-course series. It is a theoretical course that examines the history of dance in the context of the African Diaspora experience during the period of the 1600s to present day. The course impels students to think of dance outside of the restrictive notions of entertainment, and to engage the rich historical and theoretical narratives embedded within the art form. Through readings, class discussions, live footage, and online engagement, the course facilitates an understanding of how dance has been used throughout time as a vehicle for addressing social issues. Dance History II also exposes the often-unnoticed achievements of dance with regard to the deconstruction of historical stereotypes and fallacies. Lastly, the course facilitates an understanding of how dance informs, formulates, and enforces identity. Dance History II is an interdisciplinary course. It examines dance through the lens of African American history, global history, political science, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, African studies, geography, and the performing arts.




Vaudeville & the Theatre Circuits

Meanwhile the Rest of America was Dancing

Dance and the Black Arts Movement

The History of Africana Dance, 1600s and Beyond