This lecture will explore how dance is used for political gain or as a national symbol in various contexts around the world including former USSR, Japan, East Germany, USA, and more. We will look at how representations of dance carry larger social meanings and facilitate government propaganda as well as community empowerment. We will further examine the relationship of dance to political movements involving racial and feminist themes.
This workshop can be done in-person or online. It lasts 2 hours but can be longer by request to get a more in-depth overview of the topic.