Introduction to Movement and Dance

Designed for people with little or no previous training in dance, the class will be a mixture of movement techniques, improvisation, choreography, observing, writing and discussing. Students will investigate their own movement patterns and delve into many facets of dance and cultural questions surrounding it. We will explore the role of dancer, choreographer, audience member, and critic in relation to such topics as aesthetic questions, politics, identity, religion, and complex views of the human body.

Sample reading list:
Roger Copeland & Marshall CohenWhat is Dance?
Ann Dils & Ann Cooper AlbrightMoving History/Dancing Cultures
Yvonne RanierNo Manifesto
John SimonThe Boo Taboo
Susan SontagAgainst Interpretation
Brenda Dixon GottschildThe Black Dancing Body
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Ongoing creative and reflective assignments (approx. 2 hours outside class/week); reading, viewing live and videotaped performances (approx. 2 hours outside classes/week), several short response papers and a final project.

Other information:
DAN 209 is designed for students with little or no dance experience and meets twice a week.




Monday and Wednesday, 12:30 pm - 2:20 pm
185 Nassau Street, Room 120


Monday and Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 6:20 pm
185 Nassau Street, Room 313


Aynsley Vandenbroucke