Fall 2019 - CA 227 E100

History of Dance: From the 20th Century to the Present (3)

Class Number: 9851

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    GCA 4350, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    12 credits.



Study of the development of modern dance and the reformation of the ballet from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on seminal dance artists and the impact their work has had upon the art form in western theatre dance. This course may be of particular interest to a range of students in departments across the University. Students with credit for FPA 227 may not take this course for further credit. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course contextualizes various histories of modern, classical and contemporary dance styles through the work and influence of significant dance artists from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. A selection of artists who have been at the forefront of innovation and change will be considered thematically and within their socio-political, cultural and historical contexts, in order to form a coherent link with current practices. No experience of dance is required. However, a desire to understand and embrace the complex histories within the discipline is absolutely necessary.


  • Quizzes/Short Writing Assignments 10 x 3 30%
  • Performative Project 30%
  • Final Essay 30%
  • Participation 10%


Attendance at Performances:

There are a range of dance performances available to students both in the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and in various locations the city. Students are encouraged to attend these events to assist in their dance education. Below are links to some of those events.

SFU Woodwards: https://www.sfu.ca/sfuwoodwards/about-sfu-woodward-s.html
The Dance Centre: https://www.thedancecentre.ca/
Dance House: https://dancehouse.ca/
Vancouver Dance Festival: https://vidf.ca/
Dancing on the Edge: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/
PuSH Festival: https://pushfestival.ca/



CA 227 Custom Courseware package will be available and can be purchased at the SFU Bookstore at the Harbor Centre Campus.

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