World Arts and Cultures/Dance

Dance Lower-Division Courses

1. Global Perspectives on Dance. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of practices of choreography, improvisation, and technique in different cultural settings and historical eras. Introduction to field of dance studies through analysis of broad spectrum of philosophies and practices within global context, with focus on creative act of dance-making, thinking and understanding act of improvising, and diverse ways of training one’s body. By framing process of analysis within array of historical periods and cultural settings, development of capacity to engage with dance as lived social and artistic practice while refining critical seeing, thinking, and writing skills. P/NP or letter grading.

5. Moving Voice. (2) (Formerly numbered World Arts and Cultures 5.) Studio, three hours. Experiential Investigation of voice as it relates to resonant, physical body. Working with primal qualities of voice and how it interfaces with breath, physical anatomy, and space around us. Physical approach to singing, with singing being defined in its broadest sense as all possible sounds emitted by human voice. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

6. Beginning West African Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of dances originating from Mandingo culture in sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

9. Beginning Hip-Hop Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of hip-hop movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

10. Beginning Martial Arts. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of Tai Chi Chuan and other martial arts forms. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

11. Yoga. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of yoga. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

12. Beginning Special Topics. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of variable movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

13. Beginning Ballet. (2) Studio, three hours. Beginning-level study of ballet as movement practice. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

15. Beginning Modern/Postmodern Dance. (2) Laboratory, four hours. Study of modern and/or postmodern movement practice. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

16. Beginning Improvisation in Dance. (2) Laboratory, four hours. Introduction to creative exploration in movement through improvisational and compositional exercises that access and develop imagination, find relationship between imagination and dance making, and enrich movement vocabulary. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

19. Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars. (1) Seminar, one hour. Discussion of and critical thinking about topics of current intellectual importance, taught by faculty members in their areas of expertise and illuminating many paths of discovery at UCLA. P/NP grading.

44. World Dance Histories. (5) Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Comparative framework for looking at dance practices through time as they have developed around world, questioning relation of dance to culture and politics and providing students with tools for investigating histories of any given dance form. P/NP or letter grading.

45. Introduction to Dance Studies. (4) Lecture, three hours. Enforced requisite: course 44. Introduction to discipline of dance studies, with focus on study of corporeality as key contemporary perspective on body. Multidisciplinary approach to dancing bodies conceptualized as social constructs, including attention to gender, race, class, and national identity. P/NP or letter grading.

52. Intermediate Special Topics. (2) Studio, three hours. Intermediate-level study of variable movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

56. Intermediate West African Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Intermediate-level study of dances originating from Mandingo culture in sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

59. Intermediate Hip-Hop Dance. (2) Studio, three hours. Intermediate-level study of hip-hop movement practices. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

60. Intermediate Martial Arts. (2) Studio, three hours. Intermediate-level study of Tai Chi Chuan and other martial arts forms. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

63. Intermediate Ballet. (2) Studio, three hours. Intermediate-level study of ballet as movement practice. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

65. Intermediate Modern/Postmodern Dance. (2) Studio, four hours. Intermediate-level work in modern and/or postmodern movement practices. Technical training with emphasis on increasing skill. May be repeated for credit without limitation. P/NP or letter grading.

67A. Theories and Methods in Dance Composition I: Languages. (4) Seminar, two hours; studio, two hours; outside study, eight hours. Enforced requisite: course 16. Examination of diverse movement sources from which dances are made. How do different choreographers envision vocabularies of movement they use? How do they select or create movement out of which they create dance? Answers to these questions in relation to broad range of artistic approaches, acknowledging that dance-making occurs distinctively in different cultural contexts and different historical moments. Readings about and viewing of videos of selected artists’s work and their different strategies for creating languages of their dances for comparison. Use of these analyses to assist in creative process for making new dances. P/NP or letter grading.

67B. Theories and Methods in Dance Composition II: Processes. (4) Seminar, two hours; studio, two hours; outside study, eight hours. Enforced requisite: course 67A. Examination of diverse processes through which creation of dance can take place. How do different choreographers conceptualize creative process of dance-making? What kinds of strategies do they use for sequencing their materials? Answers to these questions in relation to broad range of artistic approaches, acknowledging that dance-making occurs distinctively in different cultural contexts and different historical moments. Readings about and viewing of videos of selected artists’s work and their different strategies for their processes of creating dances for comparison. Use of these analyses to assist in creative process for making new dances. P/NP or letter grading.

70. Production Practicum. (2) Lecture, 90 minutes; activity, three and one half hours. Introduction to practical perspectives on producing events in world arts and cultures, including but not limited to theatrical support and planning and executing lecture series. Introduction to professional stage production principles and hands-on experience in technical theater. May be repeated once for credit. P/NP grading.

89. Honors Seminars. (1) Seminar, three hours. Limited to 20 students. Designed as adjunct to lower-division lecture course. Exploration of topics in greater depth through supplemental readings, papers, or other activities and led by lecture course instructor. May be applied toward honors credit for eligible students. Honors content noted on transcript. P/NP or letter grading.

99. Student Research Program. (1 to 2) Tutorial (supervised research or other scholarly work), three hours per week per unit. Entry-level research for lower-division students under guidance of faculty mentor. Students must be in good academic standing and enrolled in minimum of 12 units (excluding this course). Individual contract required; consult Undergraduate Research Center. May be repeated. P/NP grading.