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Dance 805: Course Description

Dance 805 provides a historical perspective of dance from ritual to contemporary theatrical dance forms, focusing on the ethnic, cultural, and ritual forms of dance as it affects and reflects the world in which people live. Primarily, students focus on how dance reflects the historical, social, and political climate of the day. Students consider the impact of dance on the western world and how it has been affected by the different dance traditions worldwide.

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