Yale Courses

Dance Courses Offered at Yale, Fall 2015

  • THST 099/FILM 044a Dance On Film (Emily Coates)
    An examination of dance on film from c. 1920 to the present, including early Hollywood pictures, the rise of Bollywood, avant-garde films of the postwar period, translations of stage choreography to screen, music videos, and dance film festivals. The impact of industry, circulation and audience, aesthetic lineages, and craft in the union of the two mediums. Students develop an original short film for a final class project.
  • THST 235a/ART 235a Dance Theater (Emily Coates)
    A practical and theoretical survey of dance theater history. Introduction to movement voabularies, physical techniques, and epertoire from post-1950 modern and postmodern dance theater. This seminar celebrates the full interdisciplinary reach of dance in dialogue with theater, visual art, music, and media. Culminates in the creation of original dance theater works that students design and develop over the course of the semester.
  • THST 335a/AFST 435a West African Dance: Traditional to Contemporary (Lacina Coulibaly)
    A practical and theoretical study of the traditional dances of Africa, focusing on those of Burkina Faso and their contemporary manifestations. Emphasis on rhythm, kinesthetic form, and gestural expression. The fusion of modern European dance and traditional African dance.
  • THST 380/AMST 370a The History of Dance (Jessica Berson)
    An examination of major movements in the history of concert and social dance from the late nineteenth century to the present, including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, musical theater, and different cultural forms. Exercises are used to illuminate analysis of the body in motion.
  • THST 410a Choreographing Theater (Paul Lazar)
    The synthesis of choreographic and directorial practices in theater making explored through the creation of an original work of performance. Ways in which heightened attention to movement draws out unique aspects of texts. Content of the performance is derived in collaboration with the students and inspired by sources ranging from literature to film to daily conversation.

Dance Courses Offered at Yale, Spring 2016

  • THST 115b/PHYS 115b Physics of Dance (Emily Coates and Sarah Demers)
    Critical investigation of introductory concepts in physics through the lens of dance. Topics in physics include the normal force, friction, Newton’s laws, projectile motion, potential and kinetic energy, and conservation of energy. Topics in dance include aspects of dance history, contemporary artists who engage with science, and the development of movement studies. Class meetings include movement exercises.
  • THST 244/ENGL 257b Writing About Movement (Brian Seibart)
    A seminar and workshop in writing about the human body in motion, with a focus on the art of dance. Close reading of exemplary dance writing from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The challenges and possibilities of writing artfully about nonverbal expression. Students use a variety of approaches to write about dance and other performance genres.
  • THST 444b Theories of Embodiment (Jessica Berson)
    Examination of theories about the body and its motion. The inscription of identity on and through the body; ways in which the body resists and rewrites identity through movement. The body as a physical, social, and phenomenological entity; institutional, normative, aesthetic, and virtual bodies. Practical workshops and exercises include movement experiences.

For more information on meeting times and locations, visit the OCI and explore the Dance Studies page on the Theater Studies site here.

Yale Dance Theater is a major co-curricular initiative that augments and extends the work being done in the courses. Additional projects are undertaken in partnership with programs and departments across the university.

We at ADAY are extremely excited for these dance courses. Please feel free to shop these classes and show your interest! Dance is a growing extracurricular and academic interest at Yale and your enthusiasm is encouraged!