The Development of Ballet as an American Art Form

OSH 951 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description:  This course will focus on the evolution of the performing art of dance in the United States through viewing the contributions of major American choreographers. Factors that might impact the development of a distinctively American form of dance will be examined.  The potential for fusing the art forms of ballet and modern dance will be considered.  Implications for the future of ballet in this country will be discussed. 

Week 1:  Introduction to the course; Ballet comes to America.  The Russian influence

Week 2: The contribution of American Modern Dance; The works of Martha Graham and the Humphrey-Weidman company

Week 3:  The use of American historical subject matter; The works of Eugene Loring and Agnes deMille

Week 4:  The use of African-American subject matter; The works of Donald McKayle, Alvin Ailey and others

Week 5:  The impact of the American Musical Theatre;  The works of Jerome Robbins

Week 6:  Where are we today? The fusion of Ballet and Modern Dance; The works of Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp; The Balanchine legacy


Instructor:  Ms. Lucette Comer

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020