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07:203:130 Dance Appreciation

Rutgers Arts Online

Online Dance Courses

Dance Appreciation


Dance Appreciation Online is an introduction to dance as an art form, wherein students study the historical, cultural, social and performative contexts of diverse dance forms. Students engage with aesthetic, theoretical, and scholarly discourses aimed at illuminating how dance functions as a form of communication and personal, aesthetic expression. In addition, students explore the ways in which dance both reflects and comments upon contemporary society. Students develop fundamental dance literacy through critical analysis of dance in live and recorded formats; identify aesthetic concepts and ideas through written and visual media; demonstrate comprehension in their utilization of dance vocabulary and terminology; discuss influential choreographers and genres of dance; and articulate critical conclusions about the reciprocal relationship between dance, the arts and societal concerns.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop the ability to perceive, analyze, describe, discuss, and understand dance as an art form across cultures and forms.
  • To identify and discuss the social, cultural and historical contexts of diverse dance forms.
  • To define and describe the elements of dance composition.
  • To demonstrate knowledge of influential choreographers and eras of dance.
  • To articulate dance terminology and aesthetic concepts through both written and kinesthetic formats.
  • To refine critical analytical skills through viewing dance in live and recorded formats and presenting ideas in written and visual media.


Technology: Students must have access to a computer with Internet and email capability. Access to the internet and ability to send and receive email is essential to participation in an online course. Students can login to the course on any computer with internet, including those available to students at the University. Students must have a functional Rutgers email account that is accessible daily.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is fully online in Canvas. You are responsible for all online material included in the course. Course content, readings, and videos are embedded in Canvas and available to enrolled Rutgers students with a Net ID and password.
Go to:

Log in with your Net ID and password, and look at the following: Student Canvas Tutorial/Orientation
If you cannot access your course online, have technical difficulties or need help with Canvas, please go to Canvas Support before you contact your instructor

Canvas Helpdesk

Phone: 877-361-1134 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Live Chat: Click here for Live Chat.


To be successful in this course you must:

  • Submit all of the assignments on or before the required date and time. Late work will not be graded.
  • Your writing assignments must reflect all the course materials (videos, lectures, readings) and should answer all the required questions. NOTHING will replace completing the readings, watching the videos, thinking through the questions at hand, and writing a thoughtful response.

Assignments and Activities

Course Lecture Content: Just as in a face to face course, you should plan 2.5-3 hours per week to read, view, and take notes for the course. This is your means of “attending” the course and your best opportunity for achieving the course learning goals. Additional weekly hours for homework are required.

Readings: Additional homework reading is assigned throughout the course. These readings contribute to your learning, and it is expected that evidence from an assigned reading will appear in your submitted work for that week.

Writing: 4 Threaded Discussions, 2 Written Response Assignments, 3 Dance Analysis Assignments; 1 Live Dance Observation Assignment, 2 Cultural Analysis Essays

Exams: 2 Multiple Choice Exams (NOTE: Your midterm exam will be proctored via Proctortrack with no additional fee.) Final Dance Analysis Paper

3 Credits

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Darrah Carr
Arts Online
Kathleen Flynn Gavin
Arts Online
Julia M. Ritter
Department Chair, Dance
Arts Online