Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Dance

Moderated by Emily Wexler

Why, where, when, and how do people dance? This course uses an intersectional lens to focus on the lives of a handful of significant Modern and Contemporary dancers from the 20th and 21st century to understand how the dance field helps shape meaning, artistry, and culture through the powerful expression of humanity through dance.

Seminar Dates & Times

Tuesdays   |   2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. EST


March 16, 30
April 13, 27
May 11, 25


Session 1

Imagining Time 

Artists: Josephine Baker, Katherine Dunham, Edna Guy, Ruth St Denis & Ted Shawn:”Denishawn”

Session 2

Identity and Subjectivity 

Artists: Blondell Cummings, Maya Angelou, Pearl Primus, Syvilla Fort

Session 3

Metaphor in Dance and Choreography

Artists: Talley Beatty, Doug Varone, Pina Bausch, Trisha Brown

Session 4

Radical Artists

Artists: Savion Glover, Ralph Lemon, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Okwui Okpokwasil

Session 5

Indigenous Dances of the Americas: Ghost Dance

Artists: Rosalie Jones/Daystar, Thunderbird American Indian Dance

Session 6

Queerness, Voguing, Paris Is Burning 

Artists: Kia Lebejia, Miguel Gutirrez, Luciana Achugur

Seminar Cost: $450 (tax-deductible portion $225)