INTRODUCTION TO DANCE CULTURES OF THE WORLD DANC 201 / SPAD 201 (REQUISITE-DANCE FORMS OF AFRICA

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COURSE OUTLINE This course takes a cursory look at diverse dance forms practiced by peoples in selected communities around the world. We shall be looking at dance as a universal language, a nonverbal means of communication and an artistic expression. Examination will include: - Concept (general notion, idea) of the dance. - Categories of dance such as traditional, tribal, folk, court, ballroom/social, pop, professional and theatre dance - Origins of particular Dances - Types of dance (e.g. devotional, dance drama, drum dance, festival dance, dance for driving away evil spirits, masked dance, dance for purification, war dance, sitting dance, etc.). Their socio-cultural background, stylistic differences, differences, relationship of dance to the music, contexts of performance/function, costume, props and make-up. This semester, the course will concentrate on popular (pop) dance in the Americans and professional/theatre dance in Russia. This course includes video presentation of dances and discussion on pertinent issues. SOURCES 1. Ruth Stone: Garland Encyclopaedia of Music (ICAMD Library) 2. Rhoda Grauer: Dancing (ICAMD Library only) 3. JVC Video Anthology of world music and dance. (This will be provided)

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