Lecture and Seminar Courses

Dance research imagesMost of us come to Bryn Mawr having experienced Dance in the studio or on the stage. Dance is art, but it is also play, ritual, social practice, courtship, culture, politics, and more. The Dance Program offers a selection of courses that both introduce students to this multi-layered notion of dance and engage a variety of approaches ranging from the analytic to the experiential. These courses explore the creative, critical, and conceptual  processes of dance and help students understand how dance can be the focus of research and inquiry.

The Dance Program generally offers one - two lecture seminar courses per semester. These courses are open to all students. Our core courses include:
Dance History I: Roots of Western Theater Dance;
Dance History II: A History of Contemporary Western Theater Dance;
Arts Teaching in Community and Educational Settings; Dance: Close Reading;
Anthropology of Dance;
Practical Anatomy: muscles, bones, and movement; Performing the Political Body: Dance and Power
and Approaches to Dance: Themes and Perspectives which is required for the Minor and Major and is offered every other year.

Bryn Mawr also engages visiting professors bi-yearly who have taught lecture courses within a specialized topic within or that explore dance forms and cultures beyond traditional Western theatre dance. A few of our more recent courses have included: Dr. Toni Shapiro-Phim -- Dance, Migration and Exile and Dr. Laura Vriend -- Performing the City: Theorizing Bodies in Space. This Fall Lela Aisha Jones will teach Diasporic Bodies, Grounding Freedom: The black/African Dancing Body, Restoration, and Activism
In addition, students can utilize an independent study option in dance. Past student work has included a variety of final projects ranging from field research to scholarly papers.

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