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Spring 2018-2019
* DAN 222 / AAS 222 (LA)   P/D/F Only

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

Joseph Schloss

This introductory survey course gives equal weight to scholarly study and embodied practice, using both approaches to explore a range of hip-hop dance techniques, as well as the cultural and historical contexts from which these dances emerged. Special attention will be given to breaking - the most prominent hip-hop form - as a foundation for exploring other forms of movement. By critically exploring these physical and historical connections, individuals will adapt and apply their own philosophies to dance in order to develop a personalized style.

Sample reading list:
Jeff Chang, Can't Stop, Won't Stop:A History of Hip-Hop Generation
Joseph Schloss, Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls & Hip-Hop Culture in NY
Imani K. Johnson, Hip-Hop Dance, the Cambridge Companion to Hip-Hop
Jorge Fabel Pabon, Physical Graffiti, The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop

Reading/Writing assignments:
The course includes approximately 80 pages of reading per week, and four short papers. Two of the papers are 1-2 page response papers addressing issues discussed in class. One paper will ask the students to reflect upon the relationship between the two portions of the class (also 1-2 pages). The final paper will consist of a more thorough analysis of a subject of the student's choice related to hip-hop dance (5-7 pages).

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

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

Reserved Seats:
First Year Ugrd Only 4
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 5
Seniors Only 6


Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40913 C01 11:00:00 am - 01:20:00 pm F   Wallace Dance Building and The   W331   Enrolled:18 Limit:20
40914 U01 12:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M   Wallace Dance Building and The   W201   Enrolled:18 Limit:20