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covering a specific choreographer that interests you, and their process. In thi

covering a specific choreographer that interests you, and their process. In this report, you are to include some background on the
choreographer, how this choreographer has influenced your process, and how if possible, they have affected your choreography in
class. What draws you to this choreographer? Why?
Please keep in mind this is a dance choreography 1 level class. Its for beginners. So when you answer how it influenced me don’t
put something dramatic. It can be very simple such as helping me put more emotions in my dance. Very simple basic stuff.

A three page (FULL PAGES), typed, double spaced paper on ONE live dance performa

A three page (FULL PAGES), typed, double spaced paper on ONE live dance performance from the video options below. Please include your thoughts, opinions, and observations on sets, scenery, costumes, lighting, stage management, the dancing itself, and any other aspects you observed. Please be sure to proof read and spell check your paper. Please do not include a synopsis or history of the performance.

For questions 5-6, select TWO of the following four prompts. Video links are emb

For questions 5-6, select TWO of the following four prompts. Video links are embedded in questions and also posted in Blackboard. (All videos are between two-four minutes long.)
After you’ve watched the videos and selected a prompt, we recommend you re-watch the video for that question several times as you write your response. For full credit make sure to reference the dance, using rich descriptive language to support your argument. (Response no more than 1-2 paragraphs.)
5) Watch Pearl Primus’ 1945 work “Strange Fruit”, performed here by Dawn Marie Watson of Philadanco. Why is this work important? Consider the historical context, the dance, and the choreographer herself.
6) Watch this video of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in “Who’s Got the Pain?” from the 1958 film Damn Yankees. Is this vernacular jazz, theatrical jazz, or both? Explain your answer.
For Questions 7-10 see the Short Answer & Essay Prompts.
Essays should reference readings and/or videos.
7. 1st Short Answer (100-200 words): (Explain how Contact Improvisation is/was both a culture and a dance style.)
8. 2nd Short Answer (100-200 words): (Jazz, tap, and hip-hop are considered uniquely American art forms. Choose one of these forms and explain WHY and HOW it reflects American culture.)( Write about Jazz.)
9. 1st Essay (400-600 words): (Describe the connection between TWO of the following: jazz, tap, hip-hop. Use specific examples of dancers and dances to support your argument.) (Write about Jazz and Hip-Hop.)
10. 2nd Essay (400-600 words): (Explain how Hip-Hop is/was both a culture and a dance style.)
(Must use uploaded files for citation.)
Pearl Primus “Strange Fruit” – https://youtu.be/38JoSbk3S3o
Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon in “Who’s Got the Pain?”- https://youtu.be/BIiZuAVZH4w
Jazz- https://uprootedfilm.com/
Hip Hop- https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/10CRBoL6B5mETa8dUYB-IvePGN1eEkTIfXXUWEkU-mkk/edit#slide=id.g1065afc6242_0_35
Rennie Harris( Hip hop)- https://youtu.be/bu6vUXWKlQ8
Hip Hop nutcracker- https://www.pbs.org/video/hip-hop-nutcracker-at-njpac-an-all-arts-presentation-czdp88/

Students are required to watch a pre-recorded (live) dance performance. The main

Students are required to watch a pre-recorded (live) dance performance.
The main objective of this assignment is for you to view a professional dance performance and to experience the dance for yourself as an audience member. The assignment will be graded based largely on how well you follow all of the instructions outlined below. Points will be deducted for failure to complete the assignment as directed. So please read the instructions carefully and ask about anything that is not clear to you.
As you will be playing the role of dance critic, you will need to do some research on the background of the dance company and/or the choreographer whose work you watched. That information must be cited correctly using MLA guidelines. However, this is NOT a research paper. Much of what you will write is based on your understanding and experience of the show. DO NOT include any information or cite a published dance review of the performance. All material must come from you and be based on your experience alone.
Please be aware that your work may be checked for plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense and will affect your grade on this assignment, your grade for this course, and/or your standing at the college.
The Dance Criticism Paper should:
(1) directly address the performance and
(2) involve a critique of the performance.
Your Dance Criticism Paper should be 2 pages, a maximum of 4 pages.
You must include a Works Cited Page.
Even though a dance critic reflects your point of view, you must base your opinions and examinations on the elements of choreographer and performance as outline in your textbook. Use those terms and concepts as a guiding tool in structuring your critique.
Please keep in mind that the reader of your review may not have seen the particular concert that you are reviewing so when voicing an opinion on certain elements in the show, you must describe the scene in the dance that helps support your viewpoint. For example, “the dance seemed to be about the joy of Spring evidenced by exuberant leaps and costumes flowing with pastel colors.”
While watching the production, chose three elements to focus on.
Follow the directions below. Your paper must include each of the sections listed.
Statement of Event
Your opening paragraph should state the name of the dance company and it needs to tell us where and when the performance took place. You will need to include some historical or informational tidbits about the company (these can be gathered from the theatre, the program, or online).
Identification of Specific Dance
Select at least 1 dance from the long concert or list the 3 elements from an evening-long work that you respond to and/or recognize. Provide the following information about the work selected:
Artist name
Name of the Piece
Date the work was created (if provided)
Name of Musical Artist (if provided)
List any media (set design, sculpture, video) used to create the work, and the artist’s name (if applicable and provided)
You should be able to find all this information in the program.
Description of Specific Work of Dance
Describe the dance identified above (as if you are describing it to someone who hasn’t seen it). In other words, what happens during the piece? Include information on the subject matter, formal elements – music and costumes – and principles of choreography. Use terms that you learned in class when appropriate.
However, be sure to do more than just list a lot of terms. Explain how the terms apply to this particular dance piece. Someone reading your description should have a mental image of how the piece was performed. This description must be very clear and should not include any personal opinions. What you are writing is a literal description of the dance performed, from beginning to end.
Analysis of Specific Work of Dance/Element
Your comments about the dance can be interspersed within the description and any personal opinion that you share should include visual evidence from the choreography or you may include your comments at the end of the paragraph.
Go beyond just a general description of the dance. Consider and address the following questions and ideas:
What was the piece about? What is the choreographer trying to do? Change your point of view? Tell a story? Create a feeling? Experiment in public with one or several elements of dance (i.e. spatial arrangements, timing, groupings, partnering, new movement styles, props)?
The movement vocabulary or style used and how it related to the theme of the dance. Were the elements used suitable for the theme? Why? Did the artist push the subject matter or rely on available stereotypes and obvious dance steps or clichés?
The technical ability of the performers in carrying out the vision of the choreographer. Were the dancers technically up to the task? Did the group look well-rehearsed?
Whether the music was suitable for the dance. Costumes and how they related to the theme or story.
Were the sets and props necessary and effective for the dance? Why?
Whether the idea of the piece was clear and effective. If so, why? If not, why not?
What do you think the artist’s intention was? Do you think he/she succeeded?
You may also add some comments on areas not mentioned above that interested you about the dance.
If you are watching a full-length production, you must choose at least 3 elements to discuss using this format. A full-length production is one that is 30 minutes or longer.
General Experience
Describe your general experience of watching a professional dance performance. Include details that summarize your appraisal of the concert. You may wish to discuss the following:
Whether the program was varied enough,
Whether the dances were too long or too short,
What is your response to this dance? Describe why you like or dislike about it?
Does it evoke any emotion?
For example: Do you like or relate to the subject matter?
What do you think the dance is about or what is its meaning?
Address the Performance as a Global Learning Tool
How does the performance you selected play a role in teaching diversity, human interaction locally and globally, and addressing world issues?
Guidelines for Viewing a Dance Performance
When writing a dance critique, there are many things to consider prior to the performance. For instance:
Who is performing?
Are they professionals or amateurs?
Is it a new work or classic choreography reset?
Who are the choreographers?
Are they known for other works?
It is important to meditate carefully on the performance prior to seeing it so you can take as much from it as possible.
Be an active participant, not a passive consumer.
Work hard at viewing the piece as the choreographer did in making the work.
Take notes!
Consider the style of dance you are watching.
Is the performance experimental or conventional?
What are the cultural implications, if any?
How do elements of the performance, such as lighting, scenery, and costume, enhance the choreography?
If the performance is abstract, take as much as you can from it and try to formulate your idea of it. Remember, there is no right answer since art is abstract and everyone responds to art differently.
Write the paper as soon as possible after you watch the performance to prevent forgetting anything.
Here is the piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkAHSXki4eI

Pick a trend, phenomenon or person (or persons) in Jazz Dance to research. You m

Pick a trend, phenomenon or person (or persons) in Jazz Dance to research. You may choose from the lists provided below or find something of your own choosing. Create a project based on that trend, phenomenon or person (or persons) that includes written work, video and images that describe and elucidate your chosen topic(s). The project should go beyond a description of your topic by connecting it to influential social and/or political factors.  You are required to incorporate evidence found in books, articles, images and video. All evidence, quotations, etc. must be cited! Please use MLA format to cite within the text and include the Works Cited page.
The final project should be shared with Chris Johnson in google drive and can be in any file format that works for you (word document, google doc, powerpoint, or other).
        Choosing your topic:
        You may examine a type of dance, a choreographer, a dancer, or a broader trend (i.e. Europeanist vs. Africanist influences on jazz dance styles). It is important that you draw relationships between the subject(s) you choose and the social, political, and/or cultural factors that surround it.
        You may want to choose a subject from jazz dance in the past and relate it to material that is more contemporary.  For example, you might want to discuss the jazz dance of the swing era in relationship to the choreography of more contemporary artists (like Camille Brown) or how gender and sex are represented in jazz dance over the decades.  
        You might want to ask a question like, “what is the true definition of jazz dance?” (be prepared for controversy!)
        Include factual information on your topic that you uncover while doing your research, your own critical analysis and explication, and quotes from sources that help to illustrate your research and your claims. You should utilize at least 3 written sources in addition to images and videos. The length of the written portion of the project should equate to at least 2500-3000 words (approximately 5 typed pages) which is in addition to the images and videos. So, make sure to pick a topic(s) that will produce enough material for this assignment.
        Include images and video that help you underscore or demonstrate your written assertions and quotations. The project that you turn in should include at least 5 images and 3 videos (either linked or embedded) but more images and/or video would certainly be acceptable.

Guidelines: 1. Should be 7-10 page research paper, Times New Roman, double space

Guidelines:
1. Should be 7-10 page research paper, Times New Roman, double spaced.
2. Follow MLA or APA Format.
3. Have a works cited and use in-text Citations
4. Contain an arguable thesis
5. You will have to integrate 5 sources and at least 3 should be scholarly.
6. Enter an academic conversation, thus it should have relevant topic, this is usually done by summarizing and responding to a source.
This research paper is on Dance, and how it helps with aging, and people in their 50’s and older it helps with rebuilding their brain, heart and overall heath.

In dance, a choreographer may invite a peer to give them critical feedback on th

In dance, a choreographer may invite a peer to give them critical feedback on their work. Using the information from the dance performance, Modules 1-4, and your personal experience watching the performance tell the choreographer how well their dance communicates its message to the audience and offers suggestions to make it a better experience for the audience [Learning Objectives 1-5].
Please read all of the instructions before you complete the assignment.
Choose only ONE of the performances below to watch.
Write a 600-700 word letter to the choreographer that describes your interpretation of the performance, analyzes the context clues, related arts, and connections that support your interpretation of the performance, evaluates how effectively the choreographer used the elements to communicate their intent to the audience, and offer critical feedback or questions to the choreographer.
This assignment will be checked for plagiarism using SafeAssign. Please include citations as needed.
Several examples of students’ letters are posted to help your writing. They are not perfect so use them to replicate what they did well and what errors to avoid.
BARRY(2018)
BARRY, a contemporary dance performance choreographed by Asya Zlatina, celebrates life and the Yiddish culture through dance to the iconic soundtrack of the Barry Sisters. It premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2016.
Run time: 49 minutes
Click the hyperlink for more information about Artist House/Asya Zlatina + Dancers.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (2012)
“Bourne’s Swan Lake radically reinterprets the myth. The focus of the ballet is turned away from the Ondine character to the man – the Prince. It is the Prince who struggles against repression and hopes for liberty, and who needs love to make him safe. In addition, it is not the mortal who is unfaithful to the nymph. Rather, it is the Swan who (in Act Two) expresses love for the Prince, betrays him in the form of the Stranger (Act Three), and finally returns to him (Act Four). However, as in the Ondine myth, the sin of betrayal cannot be expiated except in death” (Wikipedia).
Run time: 2 hours
Rooted (2019)
Rooted is an examination of lineage from the perspective of diverse artists navigating the “New America”. This collective of movers will infuse urban dance styles to share their stories.
Premiered January 18th, 2019
Millennium Stage
Kennedy Center
Run Time: 30-45 minutes
Performers: 4-5
Choreography: Chris Law in collaboration with the cast
Lighting Design: Brandi Martin
Sound Design: Ama Law & Paul Jackson
Click the hyperlink for more information about Project ChArma.
Xen (2018) and Father: Vision of the floating world (2020)
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Because Akram Khan’s films are so short, watch and discuss both in your respondent letter.
Xen is a short film inspired by Akram Khan’s full-length solo XENOS. “XENOS means ‘stranger’ or ‘foreigner.’ Akram and his collaborators drew from the archives of the 20th century, unearthing the experience of colonial soldiers in the First World War. Over 4 million non-white men were mobilized by the European and American armies during the conflict.
“Around 1.5 million of them were from India, mostly peasant-warriors from North and North-Western India, who fought and died in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. In service to the myths of Europe, dislocated from their homelands and cultures, their stories have until recently remained in shadow” (Kennedy Center program notes 2021).
Run time: 8 minutes
Father: Vision of the floating world
“For this work, Akram draws on his childhood stories and his families’ sense of national pride to present to Bangladesh the essence of Bongobondhu’s spirit. Using Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s powerful speech as inspiration, Akram invited composer Vincenzo Lamagna to create the score in this new piece… [This piece was] featured as part of the 100 years anniversary of the Father of the Nation, Sheik Mujib on Tuesday 17 March 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh” (akramkhancompany.net).
Run time: 9 minutes
Student example – “BARRY”
Dear Ms. Asya Zlatina,
The choreography named Barry that you have performed was mesmerizing. I believe that you mainly performed this dance in order to celebrate the Yiddish culture of your grandparents as you mentioned in the beginig. It came to my notice that you have mainly performed this dance to showcase your childhood memories, romantic moments and so on.. The soundtrack mainly used in this dance was from Barry sisters. Barry sisters mostly did portray the life situations of Jewish people before the ’20s. I believe that you did divide this dance into different parts in order to show different phases that come to your life such as love, family, friends, and so on…
I believe that since you were able to showcase your feelings of childhood and so on.. using different versions of music, costumes, light and so on.. you were pretty successful. This dance did resonate with me since I am a person who has had gone through different life situations in my life. This was not just an opportunity for me to simply watch a dance instead it was heart touching and overwhelming for me. For me, the dance took me back to the good old days where I used to have a good time with my family.
Firstly one of the favorite parts that I loved is the part of the transition from the 4th part to the 5th part. As you can see in the 4th part in the end we can see the four sisters peeping out of the wall which in turn turns to the 5th part of the dance. Which is filled with romantic moments of 2 loved ones. I mostly loved this part because it sowed the curiosity of the teenagers in knowing the new things that can happen in life. I loved the fact that the transformation and the way you distinguished the characters were mind-blowing. The music used in the 5th part was romantic and the lighting was dim as well focusing only on the male and the female dancer. The movements that you have chosen were so smooth that each one of them showed me how much they did love each other. Finally, in the end, I noticed that they both were getting separated which made me remind me about my personal experience of losing my father at the age of eighteen which had left my mom heartbroken as well.
Another part which I loved was the 3rd and the 4th part which r=tells about the story of four girls and their childhood. The music used in this part was filled with joyfulness. The dancers were of different ages which again showed me that they were of different age groups, which confirms that they are siblings that belonged to different age groups. Furthermore, we can see them dividing themselves into two groups and playing with each other. The repetition of movements how much they loved playing. Also, I loved the way in which you showed the ages of girls by making them wear a colorful floral skirt of different lengths. Mainly what I loved in this portion is how you did portray the theme of love and friendship among the sister which is unbreakable.
Furthermore, another marvelous part that I loved is the part in which three young girls did dance in three different colored skirts. The music that you have used here is a soft piano and the coordination of movements is remarkable as well. All of them holding hands together again shows the strong bonding between the sisters. Moving to the next part what I felt is that sooner one sister was left out in the whole struggle of the holocaust. Also, this part is one of my favorites because it shows the heartbreaking situation that they faced in their life. I loved the dressing that you chose(yellow shirt and red floral skirt) to dress that character, which was dancing as a single because the red floral skirt reminds people of the struggling period that she might have gone through in life. Also, I loved the fact that you used dim light which helps to capture the emotions of the audience.
At the end of the whole performance, I believe that you showed your memories and experience of childhood to adulthood in which you again divided it into different phases. Even though the other parts were fabulous, this three-part that I mentioned was my favorite. A change that I felt that you could have made was in the music. I felt that there was a bit of in-balancing between the music and the dance that you chose. I believe that if have had made those changes this dance would be extremely stunning.
I loved the fact that you did gave the audience and the dancers the freedom to choose the idea from the dance even though you had a clear idea of it. Also, I loved the fact that you did allowed the women who are fighting for an opportunity since the population of women is more than the male’s as you mentioned. For me personally, I have no experience in any of the dances but then your fabulous choreography Barry helped drive towards my past experiences and phases that I have gone through in my life. The dance had helped me to understand the Yiddish culture with the whole celebration filled up with love, friendship, life and so on.. which had actually touched heart since I have gone through all of these phases.
Asya thank you for the fabulous work that you showcased which had actually made me time travel me backward to the good old days filled up with nostalgia. This dance has actually blossomed my memories again as a beautiful flower which I believe that I would cherish it all day in my life.
Best Regards
Lia, Joe
Student Example – “Rooted”
Dear Chris Law,
I saw your 2019 live show Rooted that was performed at the Kennedy Center, and I would have to say this was something that I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. Usually when I think of dance, I think of it being another form of art that can at times have a meaning, a story that’s being told by the body, where it’s usually accompanied by music. Yet instead, you use three forms of art, dance, music and literature/ storytelling for your project.
I liked how you added verbal storytelling to something that’s nonverbal (dance); however, it does make me wonder why did you do that? Especially since the choice in songs helped with the dancers and their struggles in “New America”, did you feel that dance wasn’t going to be enough, since hiphop is usually a dance genre that doesn’t necessarily tell a story? Or was this intentionally planned for your project? The reason I point this out is sometimes, the audience like indulging themselves into something that’s a bit complicated to understand, it brings them their attention more into the art and tries to decipher the message. I would say yours was too straight forward.
Under the same breath, I can’t blame you for taking that route, to me it seems you switched the basics of hip hop. You allowed a genre that usually doesn’t tell a story to now have a message. Something that is usually for fun and feeling to now use it as a vessel to deliver important information. And using hip hop, which is one of the most popular dance genres out there, allows your political statements to be reached to possibly under audience, and making the dance live makes it a popular dance that now be spread to millions of people.
I also appreciate that the whole performance wasn’t just hiphop. As we learn about each dancer and their struggles, they instead use different types of modern dance. Was that on purpose? Did you make them all have a modern dance added into their solo or was it just a coincidence that they all had that in common beside hip hop? Even though they had their own touch in dance, I would’ve liked a more bigger variety in their solo dance instead of all of them being similar, it would’ve been nice that someone did more robotic, or maybe 2 of the artists dance in a ballroom way since the overall story is stating that these people are out of the normal in America but because of that one thing they are so alike.
MAIN ASSIGNMENT:
You will write a 600-700 word letter to the choreographer that describes their dance and your interpretation of it, explains how the movement and related arts support your interpretation, and evaluates how well the movement and related arts support your analysis and interpretation. Conclude the letter with feedback for the choreographer.

Order instructions You only need to view a short snippet of the videos to get th

Order instructions
You only need to view a short snippet of the videos to get the gist.
Answer parts 1-3
1) short 2 paragraphs
2) short answer with text reference
3) short answer with text reference
If you need book pages, I can send.
Dancing – The Pleasure, Power and Art of Movement, Gerald Jonas
Harry N. Abrams, INC., Publishers, 1998
ISBN 10: 0-8109-2791-8

Order instructions You only need to view a short snippet of the videos to get th

Order instructions
You only need to view a short snippet of the videos to get the gist.
Answer parts 1-3
1) short 2 paragraphs
2) short answer with text reference
3) short answer with text reference
If you need book pages, I can send.
Dancing – The Pleasure, Power and Art of Movement, Gerald Jonas
Harry N. Abrams, INC., Publishers, 1998
ISBN 10: 0-8109-2791-8