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1 credit ~ PEAC 199 Z ~ Mann Hall Gym, Trinity Campus ~ MW 12-1:15 pm Argentine Tango I ~ Aug 26 – Oct 14, 2013 ~ CRN: 93446 Argentine Tango II ~ Oct 21 – Dec 4, 2013 ~ CRN: 94273 Instructor: Elizabeth M. Seyler, Ph.D., email@example.com, 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 about its history and culture. Tango I offers an introduction to tango for absolute beginners and those who have never done any kind of social dance (e.g., swing, salsa, ballroom). Learn how to dance tango, how to interpret tango 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 shoes are not required or recommended. No partner required because everyone learns both roles (leading and following). Instructor Elizabeth Seyler has taught tango since 2006 and creates a friendly, welcoming, playful environment for people all ages and abilities.
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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, including effective 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 its source in multiple cultures; 4. be able to discuss how tango can reflect and express individual and cultural identity; and 5. have knowledge of tango etiquette for enjoying tango activities in Burlington and nearby cities. Assignment Details Class Participation Active participation is the core of this course and 90% of your grade. We will build on what we’ve learned about the dance, music, and history from week to week, so good attendance is essential. Please come with a positive attitude, a curious mind, and a kind heart. Online Videos I will assign some videos via youtube. They are short, fun, and will help you understand tango. Please view videos before the beginning of the class when they’re “due.” See Blackboard for web links and reminders. Short In-class Test On 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 once to make up each missed classes. You may pass in a maximum 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 medium that express your understanding (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 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.
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2. Three original poems in your choice of meter and style that are at least 12 lines long on any topic we are discussing in class. If you choose haiku or another very short style, the requirement increases to five poems. For each poem, attach a short description of what it means to you and how 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 extra credit 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. a. What was it like to dance at a Burlington tango event? What did you learn from talking with dancers, from dancing, and from watching and listening? b. Describe how something you have learned about tango relates to your life or your community (e.g., physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, spiritually, economically, politically). Use specific examples. c. What have you learned so far about Argentine tango or South America that has surprised 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 firstname.lastname@example.org before class starts no later than 1 week after the missed class or by Feb 13, whichever date comes first. Visual art should be submitted in person on the day the assignment is due. Student Evaluation/Assessment Weightings of Assessment Components Class participation 90 % In-class test 10 % Max of 2 Portfolios extra credit to make up for missed classes
A+ 97-100 A 93-96 B+ 87-89 B 83-86 B- 80-82 C+ 77-79 C 73-76 D+ 67-69 D 63-66 D- 60-62
General Course Information Course Policies/Expectations To successfully participate in this course, one must be in good physical condition – that is, able to walk, do gentle torso twists, and balance for 30 seconds on one foot. One must also be willing to move 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 come easily for some and more slowly for others. A supportive, encouraging, team approach to learning is essential.
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Attendance Policy Group participation is the essence of this course, so attendance is crucial. One absence is allowed, but you must inform me via email or phone at least 3 hours ahead of time, including the reason for your absence. You must bring a doctor’s note for each medical absence. To make up for an absence, you may hand in a portfolio (described below). If you do not make up for the absence, each one after the first absences will lower your FINAL grade by 5 points (that is, an A becomes an A-, or a B- becomes a C+). If you arrive 10 or more minutes after class has begun, you are considered tardy, with three tardy arrivals equaling a one-class absence. After a sum of 3 one-class absences you will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade. Religious Observance The official UVM policy for excused absences for religious holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Academic Honesty & Professionalism All students are required to be familiar with and adhere to the “Academic Honesty Policy Procedures” delineated in the following website. http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf Accommodations Accommodations will be provided to eligible students with disabilities. Please obtain an accommodation letter from the ACCESS office and see one of the instructors early in the course to discuss what accommodations will be necessary. If you are unfamiliar with ACCESS, visit their website at http://www.uvm.edu/access to learn more about the services they provide. ACESS: A-170 Living Learning Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405. PH: 802-656-7753, TTY: call 711 (relay), Fax: 802-656-0739, Email: email@example.com, Instant Messenger: UVMaccess. General office hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Call to make an appointment. Class Tips One of the best ways to learn tango, besides taking classes, is by watching videos, listening to tango music, and attending prácticas (practice sessions) and milongas (Argentine tango social dance events). Here are key (and inexpensive) resources: 1. Free streaming tango radio from Buenos Aires La 2 x 4 FM 92.7 plays mostly music with some commentary in Castillano (Argentine Spanish). http://www.la2x4.gov.ar/ 2. Watch tango masters on YouTube Ariadna Naveira, Gustavo Naveira and Giselle Anne, Chicho Frumboli and Juana Sepulveda, Geraldine Rojas, Los Hermanos Macana, Cecilia Garcia, Horacio Godoy, Mariela Franganillo and Jorge Torres, Cecilia Gonzalez.
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3. Attend tango events in Burlington On Facebook, “Like” Queen City Tango and Tango Wise to stay informed of local events. Every Friday 7-7:45 pm Intro to Arg Tango for Beginners 7:30-10 pm Queen City Tango Milonga – a social tango dance event. North End Studio B, 294 No Winooski Ave, Burlington. $7 Info: Eloise Beil, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-877-6648, queencitytango.org Approx One Wednesday a Month 7-10 pm Blues-Tango Practilonga – a social tango dance event featuring tango and blues/alternative music, with guidance from Elizabeth as requested. North End Studio B, 294 No Winooski Ave, Burlington. FREE for current UVM tango students (normally $7). Info: Elizabeth Seyler, email@example.com, 802-658-5225 Every First Sunday 7-9pm Radio Bean Milonga, hosted by Hugo Martinez. 8 North Winooski Ave., Burlington (corner of Pearl) FREE, and supporting the restaurant is appreciated. Info: Hugo Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Optional Course Readings/Resources These readings are optional and will help you understand dance as a cultural form, tango’s impact on health, and tango’s history and aesthetic. “An Anthropologist Looks at Ballet as a Form of Ethnic Dance” by Joann Kealinohomoku in Moving History / Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader, edited by Ann Dils and Ann Cooper Albright. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001. “¡Bailemos Tango!: A Century of Tango on the Dance Floor,” CD, Rhino Records, 2000. Collier, Simon, ed. Tango!: The Dance, the Song, the Story, New York, NY: Thames & Hudson, 1997 “Effect of a Community-Based Argentine Tango Dance Program on Functional Balance and Confidence in Older Adults” by Patricia McKinley, et. al. in Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 16, issue 4, 2008. The Meaning of Tango: The Story of the Argentinean Dance by Christine Denniston. Anova Books, 2008. “The Tango Philadelphia Story: A Study of Community, Age, Health, and Argentine Tango” by Elizabeth M. Seyler in Tango, body to cultural body: Dancing together for better life, Québec: Presses
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de L’Université du Québec, 2009. (Published in French in Tango, corps à corps culturel: Danser en tandem pour mieux vivre.) Paper Tangos by Julie Taylor, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998. “Revealing the African Roots of Argentine Tango” by Elizabeth M. Seyler; book review of Tango: The Art History of Love by Robert Farris Thompson, in Dance Chronicle, vol. 31, no.1. Sklar, Deidre. “Five Premises for a Cultural Sensitive Approach to Dance,” in Moving History / Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader, edited by Ann Dils and Ann Cooper Albright. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 2001. "Tango Bar" (movie) featuring Carlos Gardel, Paramount 1935. “Tango: The Obsession” (documentary) by Adam Boucher, Adam Boucher Films LLC, 1998. Tango and the Political Economy of Passion by Marta E. Savigliano Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995. Tango Voices by Donald Cohen, Music Sales America, 2007. A compilation of classic tangos from Argentina, Uruguay, and around the world. Includes histories, sheet music, lyrics (in Spanish and English), photos, and a CD. Thompson, Robert F. Tango: The Art History of Love, New York, NY: Pantheon Books, 2005.
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