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Contemporary Dance Practices

Program(s): Undergraduate Courses, Summer College

This hybrid studio/seminar course offers an overview of the formal techniques, cultural contexts, and social trends that shape current dance practices. Through both scholarly and practical approaches to course content, students will gain a working knowledge of a wide range of formal and aesthetic approaches to dance. Other topics include the influence of pop culture, the role of cultural appropriation, and the privileging of Western-based perspectives within dance presentation, education, scholarship, and criticism. Selected readings and viewings will supplement movement practice to give historical, cultural, and political context.

Course Overview

Current Grade / Education Level

11th Grade
12th Grade
Undergrad / Grad


Undergraduate Courses
Summer College

Start Date

June 21

End Date

July 09

Class Details

Primary Instructor

Julia Rhoads

Academic Interest

Humanities (e.g., arts, philosophy)

Class Specifics

Course Code

TAPS 10800 91

Class Day(s)

Mon Wed Fri

Class Duration (CST)


4:30 P.M.


Session I

Course Length

3 weeks