2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 29, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

DNC210: Roots of Jazz Dance: Rhythm, Groove, and the American Experience

3 Credit(s)
Fulfills Core Requirement for Visual and Performing Arts
Jazz dance, rooted in African American peoples and practices, has evolved as a reflection of American society and popular culture. Through movement, video viewing and readings, students will trace the vernacular jazz continuum from its roots in West Africa to today. By prioritizing rhythm, groove, and community as core to the jazz aesthetic, students will develop a heightened sense of rhythmnicity, musicality, and individuality within the community. Historical, societal, and cultural contexts, including cultural ideology, racism, privilege and power dynamics in America, will provide the foundation for understanding the ways Africanist aesthetics and Black American culture have shaped jazz and American popular culture. 
Theme: Engaging Creative, Aesthetic and Spiritual Experience