In the spring 2019 semester, faculty and staff are encouraged to join students registered for DA 118 World Dance, which meets from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Studio 108 at the Fitness Center. This is an opportunity for anyone in the Brenau community to learn various dance styles from around the world and get a great workout in at the same time!
This course will explore several varieties of dance from around the globe as they appear on six continents. We will examine these dances as encoded forms of a society’s religious, artistic, political, economic and familial values and come to understand the different language and movement systems of that culture. We will read contemporary writings and view videos on their culture and grapple with questions of globalization, fusion and authenticity. We will also see how migration, missionaries, trade routes and the diaspora have led to the creation of new dance forms like “Bollywood” and “Azonto” that are a synthesis of earlier forms.
After a brief warm-up, the class will learn simple steps, floor plans and rhythms from the music and dance of the culture being studied. We will move with the particular energy and movement style of a culture and gain identity with the culture through its physical language. It is important to remember that the body itself is a source of information – of memory, instinct, impulse and deep expression. Dance has always had transformative and trance-like powers; in this class the students themselves become researchers, performers and creators of new forms.