Temple University Department of Dance
“Shall We Dance: Dance as Narrative in American Film” (3 credits)
General Education Course- Fulfills Arts Requirement
Spring 2011, T/Th 12:30pm – 2:00pm, Location: Tuttleman 107 (Main Campus)
Maritza M. Ogarro
Dance Department Office:
1700 N. Broad Street, 3
Floor, Room 309
Main Campus, Pearson Hall (Montgomery & N. Broad St.), Room 216 (Enter through
(215) 204-5624/(215) 204-8741
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***NOTE: SYLLABUS AND COURSE OUTLINE SUBJECT TO
“Shall We Dance?” is a course that uses an interdisciplinary approach to investigate
the role dance plays/has played in informing and acknowledging social trends in the
twentieth century. Connections are made between dance and immigration, industry,
politics, fashion, social change, class and gender, nationalism and war.
We will look
at the role of dance in popular culture because dance is a ubiquitous activity that
permeates and symbolizes all aspects of American life and culture. Dance
perpetuates and challenges social and cultural issues of power, class, gender,
sexual orientation, and age, and acts as a mirror to society. Areas to be covered
include popular perceptions of dance, dance in Hollywood, and dance as a reflection
of social change: political and economic, dance as social ritual, dance and
contemporary notions of the “Impossible Body”.
The students will be tested on
class lectures, discussions, film viewing, and reading assignments.
To learn, appreciate and understand the progression of the use of dance in
film from historical, social, aesthetic and cultural viewpoints.
To discuss, analyze and evaluate developments and trends in dance in
selected historical periods.
To learn how dance operates as text and narrative in film.
To recognize and analyze the artistic and aesthetic function of dance in
furthering the film’s landscape.