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Week 1 - Aug 29- Sept 2

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Week 1 - Aug 29- Sept 2 Dan 27076-002

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These notes cover: Syllabus, Function, Value, Aesthetics, Eras
Dance as an Art Form
Megan L. Young
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Sierra Kosh on Wednesday August 31, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Dan 27076-002 at Kent State University taught by Megan L. Young in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 30 views. For similar materials see Dance as an Art Form in Dance at Kent State University.


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Date Created: 08/31/16
Week 1 Aug 29- Sept 2 Syllabus, Function, Value, Aesthetics, Eras Monday, Aug 29- ➢ Syllabus ○ We discussed the syllabus (found on Blackboard). ➢ Lab Groups ○ We went over lab groups (also found on Blackboard). Wednesday, Aug 31- ➢ Why Dance? - (Class examples) physical, expression, connecting with others, pairing with others, have fun, worship, cultural celebration, impact others, showing off status (coming out party or quinceanera), show skill. ➢ 3 Main Reasons Why People Dance ○ Traditional/ Ritual ■ Dances that are part of life (Ex. Chinese tea ritual) ■ Cultural traditions of the group play a big role in the types of dance ■ Influenced or directly related to religion ■ Can be physical training of work training (Ex. older styles of African dance- mimic the motion of throwing a spear) ■ Can be physical reinforcement of morals or values (Ex. reinforce gender roles- males get the leading role and the women follow) ■ There doesn't always have to be an audience (group dances where everyone is a part even if they are not actively moving) ○ Social ■ Clubbing, Weddings ■ Courtships ■ Social status ■ Show off skills ■ Most of the time a range of generations participate ■ Inclusive of all physical abilities (20-year old’s and 90-year old’s are able to participate) ■ The dance can be modified to individual’s abilities or tastes ■ Not meant for an audience (everyone is included) ○ Concert ■ Anything on stage performed for an audience ■ Performers are usually separated from the audience (stage and seating) ■ Skill is demonstrated and focused on ■ Performers usually focus on a specific style of dance and perform according to the guidelines of that style ➢ Study of Dance ○ Dance Anthropology ■ Cultural and historical connection ■ Costumes are often used ■ Different music and sound ■ The audience plays a role ■ Stage and setting are important ➢ History and Research Tools ○ Primary and secondary sources ○ Biography, autobiography, nonfiction, etc. ○ Reconstruction, remount, and re-staging ○ Notation and dance notation ○ Research passed down ➢ An impartial Dance Scholar ○ Consider your opinion vs. fact ○ Find value in literal and abstract ○ Is the dancing straightforward or do you need to decode the meaning ○ How is culture tied into the dance ➢ Effort Qualities- Including their extremes of weight, space, time ○ Float- Light Indirect, Sustained ○ Glide- Light, Direct, Sustained ○ Punch- Strong, Direct, Quick ○ Slash- Strong, Indirect, Quick ○ Wring- Strong, Indirect, Sustained ○ Flick- Light, Indirect, Quick ○ Dab- Light, Direct, Quick ○ Press- Strong, Direct, Sustained ➢ Capoeira ○ From Brazil ○ Capoeira is not fighting it's playing (you play someone like a game) ○ Originally used to train how to kick and how not to get kicked ○ Different dances from Africa influenced it ○ Emerged in late 19th century ○ Went through periods of outlaw and national attention ○ Now there is an international appeal Friday, Sep 9- ➢ Group 1 dance lab


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