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Dance History: Furthering Equity Through Cultural Awareness

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Professor: Patricia Cohen

Tuition: $365 member / $440 non-member

8 Weeks; 2 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs

This course offers a non-linear overview of dance history in cultural and historical context. Global in its perspective, the course seeks equity among cultures and their dance forms. Students will investigate the social, economic and political impact of dance on society, and conversely, the influence of societal values on dance. While challenging the Western gaze as normative, we will query the influence of social and performative dance, notions of technique and classical dance, the impact of geographical migration on people and their dances, appropriation of dance forms, and the effects of globalization and nationalization. Throughout the course and the culminating research project, students may focus on dance genres that are relevant to their individual studies.

Book Required: Dils, A. and Albright, A. (2001). Moving History/Dancing Cultures. Middletown, CT. Wesleyan University Press.

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This is a new course being offered in the Fall of 2023.

Professor Bio

Patricia Cohen, MA is an adjunct faculty member in NYU/Steinhardt’s MA dance education program, where she developed and teaches courses that explore equity in jazz dance, advocate for opportunities through professional development and facilitate culminating internships. Cohen develops and teaches courses for NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute, including the recently revised dance history course, Dance History: Furthering Equity Through Cultural Awareness, and two mini courses. She presents regularly at NDEO and other national and international conferences. Cohen contributed chapters to the 2014 book, Jazz Dance: A History of Roots and Branches, Guarino and Oliver, editors, and to Rooted Jazz Dance: Africanist Aesthetic and Equity in the 21 st Century, Guarino, Jones, and Oliver, editors. She co-created NDEO’s 2016 and 2019 special topics Jazz Dance conferences, which were based conceptually in rooted jazz dance and contemporary issue. She contributes to and serves on the editorial board of NDEO’s Dance Education in Practice journal. A founding member of NDEO, Cohen has served on the NDEO Board of Directors, and is a Past President of NYSDEA, the New York State affiliate. She received the 2011 NDEO Leadership Award. In addition to this new course, Pat teaches OPDI-M2: Elements of Movement and OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains.

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