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Jennifer Salk
DANCE 345
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Dance History

Examines the development of social and performance-based dance from the beginning of the 20th century to the present with particular emphasis on major international stylistic trends, cultural influences, and principal artists and their work. Prerequisite: either DANCE 250 or DANCE 251.

Class description

The development of social and performance-based dance from the beginning of the Twentieth Century to the present with particular emphasis on major international stylistic trends, cultural influences, and principal artists and their work. NO prior dance experience necessary.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The course will include class discussions, group and solo assignments and presentations, lectures, video viewing, and studio explorations. The studio explorations will create an experiential lens into the creative processes of some of the major choreographers of the last and present century.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Oral presentations, discussions, readings, research paper, two exams (one take-home), concert attendance and reviews, video viewings at media center, studio component participation.


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 Jennifer Salk
Date: 01/23/2007