DanceUnit2 - What is Dance? Photograph of women performing...

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What is Dance?    Photograph of women performing traditional Bedouin dance, the "hair dance" before camel race at the Sweihan, UAE, cultural festival. Hill, Nicole. "Gulf Women". Photograph. 30 January 2008. Web. 3 November 2010. Unit 2 Learning Objectives: 1. Students will develop an understanding of the significance of dance forms in diverse cultural contexts. 2. Students will examine personal biases in relation to definition of dance and what constitutes art in movement. 3. Students will consider the concept of aesthetics in cross-cultural contexts. 4. Students will explore dance in relation to the many ways in which humans organize life experience. Dance as Global Phenomena 5. "Dancing on the World Sculpture by Anne Mimi Sammis." Photo. 1999. Web. "What is dance? If you answer the question, you cannot be trusted." - Mats Ek, choreographer and artistic director, Culberg Ballet, Sweden 6. While the above quote by Mats Ek may seem cheeky, the message Mr. Ek is presenting is that dance can have multiple meanings and intentions, so it is difficult to assign it one definition. In this course, we are approaching dance as an art from multiple perspectives, including exploring dance as global human phenomenon with specific cultural implications and personal significance. Dance happens all over the world, and there are many human motivations to participate in dance, both as a performer and/or as an audience member. There are also many different forms of dance in societies, and reasons
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to participate include but are not limited to; dance as an economic endeavor, personal catharsis, source of entertainment, ritual offering, career choice, social exchange, physical training, creative occupation, intellectual study and healing practice. While difficult to define, we can identify some characteristics of dance including: human behavior composed, from the dancer's perspective of purposeful action that has a relationship to sound and rhythm, with culturally patterned sequences of non-verbal movements other than ordinary motor activities. These motions have aesthetic value for the performer and the viewer. The course respects and illuminates the diverse choices of choreographers and dancers, and allows you as a student the opportunity to gain deeper perspectives about personal relationships to dance and its role in societies across the globe. By building connections to the ideas, images and information presented through video, text and images you will enhance your visual, aural and kinesthetic skills of observation. In addition, you will gain understanding of the role of the dance artist in society and develop the capacity to acknowledge and assess the ways in which they present their vision. 7.
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This note was uploaded on 11/19/2011 for the course DANCE 07:203:103 taught by Professor Professordarrahcarr during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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