Dance Department, Boyer College of Music and Dance
Course 0827, Sec 003, T/Th 11-12:30, Tuttleman Learning Center 107
General Education Course, Fulfills World Societies Requirement or Core “IS” Requirement
The Philadelphia Dance Experience is a three-credit course that will open your eyes to the wealth
of culture right at your doorstep. Deepen your appreciation of dance and become an educated
audience member about the various styles and layers of meaning present in any one dance.
will look at dance from a cultural studies perspective, focusing specifically on European,
African, and Latin influences in the Philadelphia experience.
Students will attend at least four
live performances in the city, interact with guest artists and lecturers, observe performances on
video, and engage in guided viewing exercises to enhance their knowledge and understanding of
Dance concerts are selected from a variety of styles, including classical and
contemporary forms from around the world.
Philadelphia is home to an incredible diversity of dance, including world-renowned African,
Ballet, Modern, and Hip-Hop companies and performers, as well as numerous touring artists
from around the world.
This course offers Temple students the opportunity to interact with a
wide variety of individuals and institutions within the Philadelphia dance community, and gain
an understanding of our local arts culture.
Not only will students attend several performances
throughout the city, they will also interact with professional artists via audience Q&A sessions
and lecture demonstration assemblies at Temple University. Throughout the semester, we will
investigate European, African, and Latin influences in Philadelphia’s dance history. Dance styles
covered in this course include Classical and Contemporary Ballet, African, Hip-Hop, and
Students are required to attend dance concerts at major Philadelphia venues,
including the Academy of Music, Annenberg Theater, Kimmel Center, and the Painted Bride.
The beginning of the course will focus on dance appreciation in order to provide students with a
foundation for their experience.
We will look at the following areas: ourselves as audience
members; basic dance components such as time, space, effort, and performance elements; and
aesthetics in a variety of cultural contexts. Written performance reflections encourage students to
situate their experiences in the context of our global society. We will address issues such as:
What does dance reveal about culture? What does the diversity of dance in Philadelphia say
about globalization and our world society?
What differences in approaches, resources, and
community members can students detect within the larger dance community of Philadelphia?
How does it all function as one community? We place particular emphasis on dance as a