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Spring 2015-2016
* DAN 322 / AAS 312 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Special Topics In Urban Dance - Style and Tradition in Hip-Hop Dance Culture

Joseph Schloss


This advanced studio/seminar topics course explores the artistic, social, and cultural implications of hip-hop dance through an intensive focus on the concept of style. Using master classes, academic study, and embodied practice in the studio to develop a physical understanding and detailed social analysis of four specific hip-hop dance genres, we will explore the distinctive cultural influences that shaped each of these diverse forms, as well the deeper movement principles that they share. These principles will then be placed in the larger historical, political and performative context of the Afro-Diasporic experience in the Americas.

Sample reading list:
Marshall Berman, All That Is Solid Melts into Air:The Experience of Modernity
Benjy Melendez and Amir Said, Ghetto Brother:How I found Peace...
T.J. Desh Obi, Fighting For Honor: The History of Martial Art...
Susan A. Phillips, Crip Walk, Villan Dance, Pueblo Stroll:The Embodiment of...
Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading/Writing assignments for this course include approximately 100 pages of reading per week, four short seminar papers of approximately 4-5 pages each, and notes to be taken in conjunction with the movement portion of the class.

Design Project - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 25%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Please visit the Dance program website for application information (

Other information:
Grading: "Other" 25% = Final Project


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42678 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:50:00 pm F   Nassau Street, 185   206   Enrolled:3 Limit:20
42679 U01 07:30:00 pm - 09:20:00 pm M W   New South Building   108   Enrolled:3 Limit:20