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Dance 354: Dance and Identity: Home

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  1. Gain and demonstrate an appreciation for dance as a factor in the creation of identity.
  2. Identify, understand and articulate issues of identity that influence the creation, the performance, and the interpretation of dance.
  3. Make visible through writing, discussion and presentation what you understand about your own culture and the role that dance plays in the formation of your personal identity. Also be able to demonstrate through reflection and analysis differences and similarities between how dance both shapes and represents the race, gender, the body, age, and religion of others.
  4. Develop insights into the "self" thereby motivating you toward using your artistic talents to create works that will further define and create your own identity.
  5. Analyze one major identity issue and its relation to a significant choreographic work, a major dance artist, or a particular dance genre.

Annotated Bibliography and Statement of Discovery

PURPOSE

The purpose of this assignment is to provide an opportunity for you to become familiar with the current conversation surrounding one specific identity issue within the field of dance and speak about it masterfully. 

DESCRIPTION

You will begin by formulating a research question based on personal interest or curiosity.  Next, you will gather a body of at least 10 references from reputable sources, i.e. articles, books, newspaper articles, performances, interviews.  You will summarize information presented within each resource.  You will evaluate its merit, including acknowledging any author bias, research limitations, etc.  Your research will be presented in an annotated bibliography.  After this assignment has been completed and graded, you will write a 2-3 page Statement of Discovery, where you will summarize the conversation in whole, contextualize it within your personal worldview, and propose a course for further research or course of action. 

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