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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Dance Is Progressive Art

What does it mean to be a progressive dance artist? How can dance be used to encourage and affect positive social change? How can the next generation of aspiring artists develop into progressive dance artists? Dance is a progressive art form that stimulates the dancer and observer on a multi-sensory level. Dance artists and groups, such as the New Dance Group, Pearl Primus, and Katherine Dunham to more contemporary artists Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, David Dorfman, Bill T. Jones, and others, are constantly producing progressive dance art that addresses issues of cultural identity and social politics. Specifically focusing on the work of Pearl Primus and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, this paper will address dance as a progressive art form, educating and advocating for social change.

Presenter: Crystal Malone (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 9:55 am (Session I)