This is a course in the history of performance in the United States from the early 20th century to the present, as exemplified by the dancers, choreographers, and teachers who brought about notable changes in the art. The relationship of dance to the larger cultural environment will be discussed, with emphasis placed on the dance of our time. This course is designed to help the student relate his or her own work to the development of the art and to encourage creative critical perception. This course is for all students beginning the Dance program. It will be taught by Ms. Thom in the fall and Ms. Folkman in the spring. The spring term will also include studio practice.