This 2 unit course aims to teach the historical importance of Polynesian dance in regards to their cultural significance as well as traditional indigenous relationships with the land. Traditional environmental management strategies will be recognized when studying the history of each individual dance form. The course will focus on the islands of Tahiti, Hawaii, Aotearoa, and Samoa. Each class will consist of a segment of dance instruction followed by a discussion based on the topic of the week. Office hours are not mandatory but are recommended to review dance moves and to have more in depth discussions on class topics.
Class will be held twice a week for 1.5 hours each lesson. Each week will have a dedicated topic of discussion and dance type. Throughout each week there will be a discussion of Polynesian culture, basic step review, and choreography for various types of dances. Discussions will last no shorter than 20 minutes. Office hours will be available once a week for further discussion of topics as well as help with dance steps. There will be one take-home midterm and one final project.
Each student is permitted three unexcused absences; any further unexcused absences will result in a No Pass grade. If the student does not turn in a final, they will also receive a No Pass grade.
In order to gain entrance into the class, you must attend the first session in addition to filling out a short questionnaire. A link to the questionnaire will be emailed after the first session. Those accepted will receive the course control number to enroll before the next session.