Fall 2020

Contemporary Dance Technique: The Influence of Black Artists

Listed in: Theater and Dance, as THDA-118H

Moodle site: Course (Guest Accessible)


Jenna M. Riegel (Section 01)


This online, intermediate-level dance technique course will highlight the influences of Black artists on American contemporary dance forms. Co-taught by Five College Dance faculty, including Molly Christie González (UMass), Aston McCullough (UMass) and Jenna Riegel (Amherst College), this course will give students the opportunity to learn from and engage with faculty from other campuses and assimilate various forms of contemporary dance including Katherine Dunham technique and philosophies, jazz techniques, and the choreographies and techniques of the Bill T. Jones/ Arnie Zane Company. Our physical practice will be enhanced with visits from guest artists, readings and viewings. This course is designed for students with previous movement experience. 

Instruction in this course will take place online, supported by appropriate technology. However, collaborative work may take place in a variety of formats, online and in-person, as possible.

Limited to 20 students. Fall Semester. Professor Riegel.

If Overenrolled: Priority given to students at the intermediate level


Artistic Practice, Attention to Issues of Race, Community Based Learning, Fine Arts for Non-majors, Online Only


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