Presents selected dance idioms as they relate to ethnicity in their performance, aesthetics, and history. Topics vary. May have studio component.
This course will offer instruction in salsa and other popular Latin dances (including merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha) as they are currently practiced around the world. Students wishing to lead (traditional male role) should register for section A. Students wishing to follow (traditional female role) should register for section B.
Student learning goals
Students will learn both solo (shine) steps and partnered turns.
Students should expect to gain some understanding of the historical and cultural significance of these dances.
Student will learn how to recognize rhythmical structures in different Latin music.
Learn principles of leading and following.
Develop techniques used to produce Latin movement styles.
Learn about important musicians in the history of salsa music.
General method of instruction
No previous dance experience required, although an interest in dance and Latin culture is a must.
Class assignments and grading
The course will primarily focus on studio practice, but will also include reading and writing assignments, a group oral presentation, as well as group outings to salsa clubs.
Grading will be based on class participation, effort, and improvement. In addition, homework assignments, exams, an oral presentation, and group choreography will also be required.