Spring 2024 History UN3564 section 001

Dancing New York City in the 20th Centur

Dancing NYC 20th Century

Call Number 11625
Day & Time
M 2:10pm-4:00pm
302 Fayerweather
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Emily A Hawk
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description


The 20th century saw New York City emerge as an artistic and economic capital on the world stage. Although these trends are often considered separately, the history of dance in NYC demonstrates their interrelations. This seminar will interweave the history of New York City with the history of dance across the twentieth century. It will use the work of dancers, choreographers, and critics to illuminate social, political, and cultural trends in New York’s urban life. Topics include dance in working-class leisure, dance as cultural activism during the Popular Front and Black Arts eras, immigration and assimilation in NYC, and the impact of urban renewal on communities and the performing arts. No prior experience with dance is necessary; this course welcomes all students interested in cultural history, urban history, and intellectual history. Through reading and viewing assignments, class discussion and activities, and written assessments, students in this course will learn to analyze movement, write clearly and vividly about dance performance, conduct primary source research, and assess the role of the performing arts within the New York cityscape.

Web Site Vergil
Department History
Enrollment 15 students (15 max) as of 2:06PM Saturday, July 20, 2024
Status Full
Subject History
Number UN3564
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20241HIST3564W001