Enjoy watching spectacular dances in old and new movies and explore what ideas are reflected about society. Discuss the effect of technological, social changes, and economy on modern society over the past century and how that is expressed and revealed through dance in film. Each week we will watch together at least 5 video clips from the films selected for that day's class. Gain new perspectives through discussion and analysis of the stories behind these dances, music, lyrics, costuming, casting, direction, and dance styles. Enjoy the company and perspectives of other people interested in these movie dances, led by an instructor who has specialized in this topic. View, analyze, dissect and discuss the work of Busby Berkeley, Fred Astaire, Ray Bolger, Donald O’Connor, Gene Kelly, Dick Van Dyke, Moira Shearer, Cyd Charisse, Gower Champion, Jerome Robbins and lesser known but equally fascinating dance professionals from the film industry. You will enjoy learning about the fascinating back stories, intention and meaning behind the dances and the dance makers. Step behind the scenes to learn the secrets of these incredible dances from Hollywood films.
This course is part of our Senior Series, courses designed for older students offered during the daytime on diverse topics, though students of all ages are welcome.