2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Dance Ritual: Ancient and Contemporary


Summer quarter

Faculty: Joanna Cashman

Fields of Study: dance and psychology


Credits: 4(Su)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior

Offered During: Evening


What can we learn about ourselves from the multi-cultural history and practice of dance ritual? How can we reclaim the ancient wisdom of ancestors who honored the powerful need for expressive body movement, community cohesion, and transcendence. American dance icon Anna Halprin, author of Moving Towards Life: Five Decades of Transformational Dance, reminds us that “We are in need of exorcising the societal and personal blocks that interfere with the celebration and spirituality of the life force.” We will explore the ancient dance ritual practices of our ancestors as a foundation for understanding how dance rituals meet fundamental human needs. This foundation will carry us into the work of contemporary dance choreographers and inspire the creation of our own personally meaningful dance/movement rituals. No prior dance experience required.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Advertised Schedule: 5:30-9:30p Mon/Thu (Jul. 25 - Aug. 25)

Preparatory for studies or careers in: dance therapy, psychology, choreography, expressive arts therapy

Campus Location: Olympia

Online Learning: Enhanced Online Learning

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
June 13th, 2011 This class has been cancelled due to low enrollment.