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380M DAN

What are the dances that have captured the attention and imagination in the United States over the last century on stage, at clubs, and on-screen? Where do they come from? This class will explore and contextualize dance in popular culture, analyzing who dances, how they move, and how movement constructs identity and history. We will look into dances of the world (African, Central, and South America, etc.) and their influence in the United States culture. This course introduces methods of critical analysis that reveal the heritage hidden on dances encountered in the clubs, television, films, musicals, etc. Through readings, videos, and online discussions, students will discover how popular dance reflects and influences our perceptions of gender, age, ethnicity, economic status, and disability. Overarching themes include the role of media in the development and dissemination of dance and issues of innovation and appropriation.