Date(s), Times, Credits:
This hybrid workshop will
require thirty contact hours to achieve two graduate level credit hours.
Contact hours include 7 hours of in class instruction and 8 hours of
Internet instruction and 15 hours of field work. The workshop begins
Saturday, July 9th and ends August 7th, 2005. Participants are
expected to attend an in-class session on Saturday,
the Fine Arts Center on the University of Rio Grande campus from 9:00 am to 5 pm.
Objective: The in-class session of this workshop will examine dance as it appears in four countries of the world: Bali, Ireland, Russia, and Brazil.
It is possible to see encoded in the dance forms of a society its values: religious, artistic, political, economic, and familial. Dance is cultural heritage and is a key to understanding diverse societies. Dance is both of a tradition, and living, and its social functions are changing in the present world.
You will see video footage of dances and other art forms, supported by readings to give context to the forms and behavior of the cultures examined. After a physical warm up to stretch, strengthen and align the body, simple steps, groupings, rhythms and floor plans will be learned.
We will participate in the energy patterns of a culture and explore some of the experiences that these world dances have brought to those that perform them. Using this as inspiration, you will be able to re-interpret, improvise on and create your own dance forms.
Over the course of the online workshop you will take what you have learned into your own classroom.
HONOR POLICY: Plagiarism (the presentation of someone else’s work as your own) and academic dishonesty, i.e. cheating (deception in fulfilling academic requirements) will not be tolerated. If a student presents someone else's work as his/her own and fails to give credit to his/her sources, the student will automatically fail the class/workshop and risk academic probation.