Dance Sociology 2

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107STA2 ZK 3 2T Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course aim is, based on earlier acquired information about general sociology, to continue the presentation of dance sociology topics. In this line the course provides a unique viewpoint of the study of dance, emphasizing its function in society and social interaction, tracing dance institutionalization and professionalization processes, etc.

Mode of study

Presentation, discussion, text analyses, research

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of Dance Sociology 1.

Course contents

In the second semester the presentation starts with an overview of the current situation in Dance Sociology, an introduction to the leading figures in Dance Sociology studies, their research and works, primarily Helen Thomas. Selected topics are covered in which the use of various sociology methods and explanatory frameworks are demonstrated. Some example are a comparison of dance and music from a viewpoint of sociology, the societal function of dance, dance in high society, ballet de cour as a sociological topic, dance and health, dance and sport, the sociological context of space for dance, social space established in dance, the socio-genesis of the waltz, dance institutions, burgher versus nobility balls, dance and age categories, dance as a profession.

Recommended or required reading

Arcangeli, Alessandro: Dance and Health: The Renaissance Physicians´View. In Dance Research, Vol. 18, 2000, s. 3-30.

Baron, John H. ed.: Les Fées des Forests de S.Germain, ballet de cour, 1625. In Dance Perspectives 62, Vol. 16, Summer 1975.

Baxmann, Inge: Mythos: Gemeinschft. Körper-und Tanzkulturen ind der Moderne, München 2000.

Burt, Ramsay: Alien Bodies. Representations of modernity, race and nation in early modern dance, London, New York 1998.

Gremlicová, Dorota: Tanec a český národní program. In Národopisná revue, 11, 2001, č. 2, s. 93-96.

McGowan, Margaret M.: Ballets for the Bourgeois. In Dance Research, 19, 2001, č. 2, s. 106-126.

Panova, Gergana: The Bulgarian Folk Dance at Home and Abroad. In Studia choreologica, Vol IV., Poznań 2002, s. 101-117.

Skiles, Howard: The Politics of Courtly Dancing in Early Modern England, University of Massachusetts Press 1998.

Thomas, Helen; Cooper, Lesley: Dancing into the Third Age: Social Dance As Cultural Text - Research in Progress. In Dance Research.

Wegner, Kurt: Der Tanzlehrer. Strukturanalyse eines Berufes als Beitrag zur Soziologie des Tanzes, Universitäts zu Köln 1962.

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on:

participation in lectures

reading assigned literature

oral exam

if need be taking part in research

During the semester participation in lectures, independent study of texts, if need be, participation in research are required. The oral exam makes u 90% of the grade.


In the 2010/2011 academic year this course is not scheduled.

Schedule for winter semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

Schedule for summer semester 2019/2020:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans