Welcome to the School of Dance in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University recognized as one of the leading dance programs in the U.S. Our highly experienced, international faculty offer a broad approach to developing artists and scholars who can actively engage with the rapidly expanding range of global contexts for artistic practice; from performance to education, from community to online platforms. The School of Dance is committed to enabling students to find their unique roles in dance culture and to have the skills, experiences and tools to facilitate their success.
From the moment you enter Arizona State University as a School of Dance student, you are immersed in courses and activities that encourage investigation of your individual artistic process. Techniques such as journaling stimulate inquiry, which increase awareness of and sensitivity to personal development. Undergraduate Seminars, Graduate Seminars, Creative Practices courses and all movement classes include self-evaluation and reflection as a vital component in most assignments.
Additionally since you have in-depth interactions with local, national and/or international dance practitioners through the Guest Artist Series or community projects in the Undergraduate Third-Year Seminar as well as in the weekly unit forum, Dance Matters, where the entire student body shares work and receives feedback, you also are exposed to a wide variety of approaches to creating work.
The School of Dance Experience in the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts provides a cross-cultural or comparative approach to learning about dance. You begin by situating yourself within the contemporary dance continuum by relating past experiences to new knowledge gained in Undergraduate Seminars and Graduate Seminars. In these courses, you become aware of the multiplicity of cultural influences that may impact your creative work.
Historical and geographic perspectives examined through readings, viewings and discussion in Dance, Cultural & Global Context (DCE 201) Cross-Cultural Dance Studies (DCE 302), Dance History (DCE 401) and Dance Ethnology (DCE 598) facilitate understanding about dance in specific contexts. Philosophy and Criticism of Dance (DCE 301, DCE 501), Rhetorical Moves (DCE 494/598) and Dance Ethics (DCE 494/598) further provide different socio-cultural, political, linguistic and ethical frames by which to investigate differences and similarities between dance cultures.
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