Dance Division Brings Technology and Dance Together

Posted: March 15, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Darshana Patel

Have you heard of learning dance appreciation on the Internet? This semester, the Dance Division offers a distance learning course in Dance Appreciation. The three-credit course, an introduction to dance as a performative and social expression of culture, is taught completely online. Twenty students are enrolled in the course.

Through a wide range of videos and the World Wide Web, the course looks at the variety of forms of dance expression across cultures and time periods, explains Boris Willis, the instructor. In viewing dance as a social phenomenon, students examine the uses dance serves within various cultures. Emphasis is also placed on the nature and practice of contemporary American dance, and the way dance fits into the larger culture and society.

From time to time, students are required to come to the university to view videos and attend dance concerts. But assignments and reading can be done at their own pace and convenience.

“This class requires students to be self-motivated,” says Willis. “They are required to participate in online class discussions and complete assignments on time. But the advantage of teaching online is that each student communicates with me and with each other on a regular basis.”

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