In the AM class, WMU Dance student Austin Rhett helped guest artist/teacher Jeremy Blair talk about hip-hop. You'll see Austin in the concert this week. Below, in the PM class Jeremy works on form with DEARTS students.
Above: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, dancing to the song "At Last," (made famous by Etta James during the early 1940's) sung by Beyonce at one of many inaugural balls held on January 20, 2009. And: President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, dancing to the song "My Way," (made famous in 1969 by Frank Sinatra) played from a recording at one of three inaugural balls held on January 20, 2017.
Please select any ONE of the following topics. Be CERTAIN you label your response with the appropriate number (#).
1. Discuss how spectacle influences our lives as individuals and as a society. In your comments use TWO examples of spectacle discussed in class, plus TWO examples you come up with your own. Be sure you refer to the definition of the word in the DEARTS glossary.
2. Discuss how empathy influences our lives as individuals in on the one hand, our personal lives, and on the other, as an audience member watching a form of entertainment as discussed by Jeremy Blair. In your comments use one examples of empathy referred to in class, plus one examples you come up with your own. Be sure you refer to the definition of the word in the DEARTS glossary.
3. In Jeremy’s opening ‘chapter’ of the class, he discussed with us the varied motivations or reasons why it is we dance, and why dance is basic to life itself. Explain this in your own words using examples from class and examples you come up with on your own.
4. Explain based on what you learned in class today, how dance can be effective as a means of demonstrating, and perhaps exercising power.
5. Jeremy discussed with us the fact that dance tends to be present – even central to events when power is being transferred and identities of the people involved are changing. Give TWO examples from class, and one you come up with on your own.
6. Compare what you now know about King Louis XIV to any other major king, emperor, president etc (any leader/ruler of a major country at any time). What similarities and differences can you discuss. FYI: this is a link to the clip we saw from the film Le Roi Danse that captures what it might have been like to see this young monarch dance in the mid 1600's.
7. Talk about the origin of hip hop dance: in what earlier forms of dance do we find its origins? Explain. Be as specific as possible, and do your best to quote Jeremy Blair accurately. Add to your comment the names of specific dance moves in hip hop.
8. Give TWO examples of dance as protest: one from class and one you find on your own. Explain.
Once you have answered any ONE of the questions below, you may add TWO sentences ONLY what you most appreciated or enjoyed about this class with Jeremy.
TWO MORE POTENTIAL TOPIC: It was unfortunate we had to have a test today because it took time away from many important topics. Jeremy and I would have liked to have had time to talk about key innovators in the history of dance -- people such as Loie Fuller and Michael Jackson (both of whom he did talk about), and the man who was almost single-handedly responsible for important developments in forms of 20th century ballet, Georg Balanchine. If you have some expertise/background in dance you might want to write about Balanchine and how his life and work can be seen as connected to issues about immigration that have emerged this week.
If you don't have the background in dance, you could do some research online and let us know what you learned about artists and other creative professionals around the world who were/are being impacted by the sudden and severe restrictions on movement around the world ordered this week by President Trump.
NOTE: At all times, when you cited examples of things that were not seen or discussed in class, tell us where you got your information. No need for URLs - but explain what sources you used, or whether it comes from your personal experience.
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