Maricopa Community Colleges  DAH250   20076-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 6-26-2007

DAH250  2007 Fall - 2011 Summer II

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Dance in Popular Culture

Interdisciplinary approach investigating the role dance plays in shaping American popular culture from the late 19th to the early 21st centuries. Explores social and cultural issues of power, class, gender, age and sexual orientation.

Prerequisites: DAH100.

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


DAH250  2007 Fall - 2011 Summer II

Dance in Popular Culture



Describe and demonstrate connections between dance and immigration, industry, politics, fashion, social change, class and gender, other art forms, civic pride, transportation, mass and fine arts media and education. (III, IV, V)


Display the ability to visually discriminate trends and styles in the cultural and historic evolution of Dance in America through viewing selected films and videos. (I, II)


Develop and awareness of conceptual differences in cultural, entertainment, concert, ritual and educational dance forms. (II, III)


Develop their capacity for understanding the many social contexts for dance in 20th and 21st century American popular culture. (IV)


Develop and understanding of the influence of dance as a popular and fine art on American cultural norms. (II)


Develop a familiarity with the elements of movement/dance and skills in using that knowledge to form individual judgments about dance in social and cultural settings. (II, IV)


Understand contemporary trends in dance as a broadly based cultural phenomenon (II, V)

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DAH250  2007 Fall - 2011 Summer II

Dance in Popular Culture


I. Popular perceptions of dance at the turn of the 20th century

II. The emergence of "art dance"

A. Dance in vaudeville B Dance in Film C Dance and television

III. Cultures and their contributions to popular dance form

A. Dance and religion

B. Dance in education

IV. Dance as a reflection of social change

A. Power

B. Class

C. Gender

V. The Age of Political and Economic Growth

A. Dance as social ritual

B. Dance and the emergent technology


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