Fall 2021 - CA 127 D100

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

Class Number: 7606

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    GCA 4390, GOLDCORP

  • Prerequisites:

    12 units.



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 CA (or 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, 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.


  • 1 Quiz/2 Short Writing Assignments (15x3) 45%
  • Performative project 25%
  • Final essay 30%


Viewing performances (live or online): There are a variety of dance performances available online. Students are encouraged to view these events to assist in their dance education. Below are links to some local and international sites. Vimeo and YouTube are also popular venues.

Local Dance Venues:
The Dance Centre : https://www.thedancecentre.ca/
Dance House: http://dancehouse.ca/
Vancouver International Dance Festival: https://vidf.ca/
Dancing on the Edge: http://www.dancingontheedge.org/
Firehall Arts Centre: http://firehallartscentre.ca
Chutzpah Festival: https://chutzpahfestival.com/

International Archives:

Dance Collection Danse (Canada): https://www.dcd.ca
Dance Archives around the World (INT): https://tanzfonds.de/en/magazin/overview-dance-archives-around-the-world/
American Dance Festival Archives, ADF (USA): https://www.americandancefestival.org/archives/
The Lincoln Centre Dance Archives (USA): https://www.lincolncenter.org/video
Jacobs Pillow Dance Archives (USA): https://www.jacobspillow.org
The DanceEdit Archives (USA): https://thedanceedit.com/archive/
Routledge Performance Archive: https://www.routledgeperformancearchive.com
Theatre and Performance Archive: https://www.vam.ac.uk/info/theatre-performance-archives



Digital copies of the CA 127 Custom Courseware package can be purchased online at the SFU Bookstore website. https://eposweb-472.sequoiars.com

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.