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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Run the Mile as if You Are Late for Class: Deciphering the Language of Athletic Dance

Choreography often highlights the speed, agility, and muscular strength of dancers. Some people categorize a dance of this nature as being "athletic," but what does this mean? And how do we describe the aesthetics of athleticism being portrayed? Both athletes and performing artists can evoke the same intensity in movement, but are coached from language specific to their discipline. This paper explores the historical formation of the growing trend of athletic dance and the quantitative vs. qualitative measures that result in the aesthetic outcome.

Presenter: Jenny Showalter (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Strasser Dance Studio
Time: 10:45 am (Session II)