Spring 2020

Dissecting the Music Video: Dance, Image, and Representation

Listed in: Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-234  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-236


Ron Bashford (Section 01)
Dante R. Brown (Section 01)


This dance history course locates the intersections between dance, music, film, and identity politics by analyzing the cultural phenomenon of the American “music video” from the early 1980s to now. By considering American dance history from 1900 to the present, alongside film analysis work, students will gain an introductory understanding of how the moving body on screen intersects with identity politics related to race, class, sex, sexuality, and gender. Students will explore the course topic through readings on dance, music, film, and critical theory; in-class film viewings of music videos, dance for camera, and other visual media; in-class discussions dissecting critical theory for analysis purposes; and written analysis of film and video.

Spring Semester. Artist-in-Residence Brown. 


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2020