Popular Dance Performed: From Musical Theater to Hip Hop
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NMUS 2600
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Music History, Theory & Criticism
  • Dance History, Theory & Criticism
In this course we study popular dance forms, the music that supports them, and the cultures that surround them. Starting with dance in films, we move on to musical theater dance, jazz dance, and hip hop. In each case, we look at the art of popular dance in contrast to classical dance forms – modern dance and ballet – and try to understand how these forms of dance are conceived, and what makes them effective and popular. Students develop a heightened sense of the craft of choreography and the craft involved in dancing and music making. Film and video content viewed in the classroom is complemented by one class outing to see live popular dance in New York. Between classes, students watch online videos, write critiques, analyze a dance of their choosing, and keep a journal of their experiences.
Course Open to: Degree Students