Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen
Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen
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Dance History 1701/1914/2021/1/92
Study guide

Dance History 1

Academic year 2020-21
Is found in:
  • Bachelor of Dance, programme stage 1
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
It is not possible to enrol in this course unit under
  • exam contract (to obtain a credit).
  • exam contract (to obtain a degree).
Co-ordinator: Gordon Natalie
Languages: Dutch
Scheduled for: Academic year
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Possible deadlines for learning account: 31.10.2020 ()
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Compensated fail: You have to pass this course unit (will never be compensated).
Total study time: 90,00 hours


This information is subject to possible future changes in the Corona-measures.

Short description

Dance History 1 examines themes from the history of dance, placed in their cultural, political and interdisciplinary artistic context.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Prerequisite competencies (text)

Passed the admission test.

Learning outcomes (list)

Comprehends historical and current cultural and social frameworks
Comprehends key evolutions, themes and protagonists within dance history in relation to their wider art-historical context
Understands and reflects on the relation between (historical) artistic discourses and practices with social and political ideologies
Has a basic understanding of metahistorical processes and challenges related to the construction of dance history
Reflects on content and structure in relation to own and shared viewpoints
Uses relevant skills to communicate and dialogue with diverse target groups
Demonstrates communication skills to enter relevant dialogue

Course content

Dance History 1 examines themes from the history of dance, placed in their cultural, political and interdisciplinary artistic context. It also wants to focus on reflection on the way choreographers and dancers, past and present, related to that (dance) history (the "meta-history"). For example, the course wants to stimulate students to think about what (dance) history can mean for their own artistic practice. The centre of gravity of the treated historical topics is in the period before 1950 (which complements Dance History 2 from BA2), but more recent cases are also dealt with for specific themes. Topics covered can be, amongst others: rituals, gender, naturalness, colonialism, the "political body", expression & drama, space and performance context and institutionalization.

Study material (text): Mandatory

Trotter DANCE: study guide for the bachelor dance programme

Educational organisation (list)

Learning Activities
Lectures and / or tutorials30,00 hours
Work time outside of contact hours60,00 hours

Evaluation (list)

Evaluation(s) for first exam chance
Academic yearKnowledge test80,00
Academic yearContinuous reflection assignment (Permanent evaluation)20,00
Evaluation(s) for re-sit exam
2nd examination periodKnowledge test100,00

Evaluation (text)

The student must always be present during the lessons for this course unit.
During these lessons, permanent evaluation takes place. This permanent evaluation counts towards the realization of the entire examination mark for this course unit.
If the student is unlawfully absent for more than 1/5th of the lessons, they will receive 0/20 for the part 'permanent evaluation'.

Conditions for legitimate absence:
- An absence supported by a medical certificate
- A previously requested absence, approved by the artistic coordinator