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Natalie Desch
DANCE 420
Seattle Campus

Dance Aesthetics

Philosophical investigation of the expressive elements of dance. Reading and discussion of the concepts of beauty, style, and aesthetic theory.

Class description

This course will bring philosophical theories into dialogue with art, with a special focus on dance and movement. It will explore historical discourse on the philosophy of art and societiesí fluctuating ideas of beauty through cultural and critical lenses. The primary thrust of this dance aesthetics course will be merging conceptual exploration with practical application. No prior formal dance training is necessary.

Student learning goals

To investigate the concept of aesthetics through history

To question what currently shapes values in aesthetics

To explore aesthetics in regards to movement through the body and in performance

To generate writing as a mode of expression on the topic

To discuss ideas, create work and share experiences through the community of the course

General method of instruction

Classroom seminar and studio practicum

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites necessary

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Natalie Desch
Date: 01/31/2014