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Argentine Tango I & II Syllabus, UVM Fall 2013
Page 1 of 6© By Elizabeth M. Seyler 2013. All rights reserved.
Argentine Tango
1 credit ~ PEAC 199 Z ~ Mann Hall Gym, Trinity Campus ~ MW 12-1:15 pm
Argentine Tango I ~ Aug 26
Oct 14, 2013 ~ CRN: 93446Argentine Tango II ~ Oct 21
Dec 4, 2013 ~ CRN: 94273Instructor: Elizabeth M. Seyler, Ph.D., eseyler@uvm.edu, 802-658-5225
Course Description
 Thousands of people dance Argentine tango every week in Burlington, Montreal, New York,Buenos Aires, Paris, and beyond. What makes it so special? Discover tango's magic and learn aboutits history and culture.Tango I offers an introduction to tango for absolute beginners and those who have never doneany kind of social dance (e.g., swing, salsa, ballroom). Learn how to dance tango, how to interprettango music, and the codes of interaction for attending tango events locally and worldwide.Tango II invites you to expand your tango vocabulary, strengthen your technique, and learn a bit about tango history and culture. Prerequisite: Tango I or permission of instructor based on previous tango experience.Wear socks or clean, hard-soled shoes that pivot easily on a wooden floor. High-heeled shoesare not required or recommended. No partner required because everyone learns both roles (leadingand following).Instructor Elizabeth Seyler has taught tango since 2006 and creates a friendly, welcoming, playful environment for people all ages and abilities.
Argentine Tango I & II Syllabus, UVM Fall 2013
Page 2 of 6© By Elizabeth M. Seyler 2013. All rights reserved.
 Learning Goals
Upon completion of either or both courses, students will:1.
 be able to dance basic tango in connection with their partner and with the music, includingeffective collaboration and communication skills;2.
 be able to identify the three types of tango music;3.
 be able to describe the basic history of tango from the mid-1800s to the present, including itssource in multiple cultures;4.
 be able to discuss how tango can reflect and express individual and cultural identity; and5.
have knowledge of tango etiquette for enjoying tango activities in Burlington and nearby cities.
Assignment Details
Class ParticipationActive participation is the core of thiscourse and 90% of your grade. We will
 build on what we’ve learned about the
dance, music, and history from week toweek, so good attendance is essential.Please come with a positive attitude, acurious mind, and a kind heart.Online VideosI will assign some videos via youtube.They are short, fun, and will help youunderstand tango. Please view videos before the beginning of the class when
they’re “
See Blackboard for weblinks and reminders.
Short In-class TestOn the last day of class, this short test will include identifying different types of tango music (tango,vals, or milonga); describing components of tango technique; and answering some multiple-choice,short-
answer questions on tango’s history/culture based on our discussions.
 Optional Portfolio (to make up missed classes)The portfolio is intended to help you absorb, integrate, reflect on, and express your learning. You may pass in one of the following three items
to make up each missed classes. You may pass in amaximum of two portfolios for two missed classes. Every missed class after that will affect your grade. All portfolios are due one week after an absence occurs.1. Two original visual representations in watercolor, pen and ink, charcoal, collage, or other mediumthat express your unders
tanding (to date) of tango’s history and/or culture. For each visual
representation, attach a short description of what it means to you and how it relates to coursecontent. (Include your name and the date at the top of the page.)
They will count for extra credit if they have artistic merit, are relevant to course content, and are honest expressions of your learning/understanding.
Argentine Tango I & II Syllabus, UVM Fall 2013
Page 3 of 6© By Elizabeth M. Seyler 2013. All rights reserved.
2. Three original poems in your choice of meter and style that are at least 12 lines long on any topicwe are discussing in class. If you choose haiku or another very short style, the requirementincreases to five poems. For each poem, attach a short description of what it means to you andhow it relates to course content. (Include your name and the date at the top of the page.)
They will count for extra credit if they have artistic merit, are relevant to course content, and are honest expressions of your learning/understanding.
 3. One typed essay (2 pages, double-spaced) that addresses one of the following topics or a topic of your choice that we agree on. Submit essays in 12-point Times New Roman with 1-inch margins, page numbers, and your name and the date at the top of the page.
The essay will count for extracredit if it is well organized and well written (including fine spelling, grammar, and punctuation);is relevant to course content, and is an honest expression of your learning/understanding.
What was it like to dance at a Burlington tango event? What did you learn from talkingwith dancers, from dancing, and from watching and listening? b.
Describe how something you have learnedabout tango relates to your life or your community(e.g., physically, mentally, emotionally, socially,spiritually, economically, politically). Use specificexamples.c.
What have you learned so far aboutArgentine tango or South America that hassurprised you compared to your understanding of it before this course? Please describe.
Electronic Submissions/Internet Use
Essays and poetry may be submitted in printed form or via email to eseyler@uvm.edu
before class starts
no later than 1 week after the missed class or by Feb 13, whichever date comes first. Visual artshould be submitted in person on the day the assignment is due.
Student Evaluation/Assessment
 Weightings of Assessment ComponentsClass participation 90 %In-class test 10 %Max of 2 Portfolios extra credit to makeup for missed classesGrading Scale
 A+ 97-100 B+ 87-89 C+ 77-79 D+ 67-69 A 93-96 B 83-86 C 73-76 D 63-66 A- 90-92 B- 80-82 C- 70-72 D- 60-62
General Course Information
Course Policies/ExpectationsTo successfully participate in this course, one must be in good physical condition
that is, able towalk, do gentle torso twists, and balance for 30 seconds on one foot. One must also be willing tomove through space in close physical contact with fellow students.
When moving and dancing, in particular, students must be respectful, patient, and compassionate with each other.
Tango will comeeasily for some and more slowly for others. A supportive, encouraging, team approach to learning isessential.

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