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Title: African American Dance History


1
African American Dance History Professor David
J. Popalisky
Zaire, Ngbaka harp, wood and skin
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Class Welcome
  • Who am I
  • Who are you
  • Getting to know you questionnaire
  • Class atmosphere a collective dialogue that
    needs everyones open contributions, questions
    and comments. My goal is to guide this dialogue
    and hopefully foster an excitement about the
    process.

3
Artifacts - what can we discover from, how do we
react to
images of another century? 70 year old film
clips? a poem?
4

The Little Colonel - Bill Robinson and Shirley
Temple
5
Syllabus Details
  • Reading - due on day listed. Bring two questions
    on reading to each class.
  • Watch videos - a few in media lab, most in class.
  • Quizzes - online, generally after Thursday.
  • Assignments - a quick look. More specific
    guidelines to be handed out

6
Syllabus Highlights
  • Class guests - recent experiences with
    Afro-centric dance
  • Dance class with Blanche Brown in Afro-Haitian
    dance
  • Alvin Ailey Dance Concert in late February

7
Upcoming Events
  • Choose partners for Project One by Tuesday, Jan.
    16
  • MLK Night - Jan. 15, Mayer Theatre
  • Sign up for ANGEL this week

8
How is Dance History?
  • How can we access a group of people, their
    lives, their triumphs and tregedies through
    dance?
  • How do we understand or read dance?
  • What does it tell us about the people, and
    circumstances of their lives, of their dances?
    Are these two different?

9
How is Dance History?
  • Dance reveals meaningful information, tells us
    about the people.
  • Why did they dance?
  • Religious, ritual
  • Secular, social
  • Performance, entertainment
  • Community how does one relate to a community
  • Where did they dance?
  • In - secret places (voodoo, slavery)
  • Jook houses, rent parties
  • In the open, in public
  • In performance

10
How is Dance History?
  • How did they dance?
  • African based roots
  • Blends with European forms interactions with
    other cultures. Irish - lowest social class of
    whites meant greater interaction with free
    blacks. Irish are the early minstrel performers.
  • Jazz and tap
  • Who danced?
  • Slaves
  • Minstrels
  • Octaroons
  • 20th C artists - popular and concert

11
How is Dance History?
  • For who did they dance?
  • Whites
  • Blacks
  • Mixed audiences
  • When did they dance?
  • Holidays
  • Saturday nights
  • In performance
  • High art and popular art - different contexts,
    intentions and audiences

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