In this interactive on-campus Winter Term project, students will learn to teach creative movement to people who haven’t had any formal dance training. We will
study the work of Liz Lerman and Anna Halprin, among others, to learn the best practices of artists who have dedicated their careers to working with diverse community groups.
Texts: Hiking the Horizontal, by Liz Lerman and Making Dances that Matter, by Anna Halprin.
Three class meetings a week will be devoted to discussing the texts, developing an understanding of dance pedagogy, and practicing chosen exercises.
Homework will consist of reading assigned texts, keeping a journal for planning and reflection, informal practice teaching with peers, and the development of original exercises designed for a community group.
This project will be coupled with Emily Barton’s Writing for Everyone: Teaching Writing to People Who Aren’t Writers (Yet). The second two weeks of WT will be spent exchanging classes in dancing and writing; the dancers will teach the writers to dance and the writers will teach writing to the dancers.
These interconnected projects will culminate in a series of workshops at the Oberlin Public Library where community members will join our students for creative and empowering writing and dance-making activities.
There is no fee. Students will be expected to purchase the two books and a journal.
Number of students:
January 8th - January 28th, 2020