Bailando: Latin American Dances in the Spanish Classroom, Wood, Summer 2019

Course Number: EDU 5515 C38 (graduate) & EDU 4710 CFS17 (undergraduate)
Instructor: Delma Wood
Location: Castleton University, Leavenworth Hall Room 103 & Online
Dates and Times: June 24-28, 2019. June 24, 25, 26 & 28 at Castleton University from 9:00-4:00. June 27 in an online, independent format.
Credits: 3 graduate or undergraduate credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment of $975 by check or purchase order, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form and the purchase order can be uploaded to the registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05735. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the study of the relationship between dances, music and language of the Hispanic cultures. We will discuss and learn about various dances of Latin America. We will learn basic dance steps and examine the complex combination of steps, words, music, and how the narrative of songs helps us deal with emotions, history and culture. We will delve into the meaning of dance as part of the Spanish identity. What are the similarities, mutual influences, and parallelisms between dance and culture, both as artistic expressions and cultural events?  We will train ourselves to recognize various types of music, its dance forms and investigate its origins. We will cover various genres of music in the Spanish speaking world and read selected songs which are declared as the most influential songs of the Hispanic languages.

Graduate and Undergraduate level: The reading and writing assignments are planned accordingly. Dances will be discussed from both historical and cultural perspectives, and the assignments will be adjusted for undergraduate or graduate credit accordingly. Each student is expected to fully incorporate his/her level of the Spanish language into her/his writings. The complexity of syntax and use of regionalisms is anticipated to vary with each student.  The course objectives are similar for both graduate and undergraduate levels, however the writing and presentation assignments will vary in content and depth according to their level. 

Audience: K-12- Teacher of Spanish Language and Culture

Course Goals & Objectives

To study and learn about Latin American dances, cultures and music and to learn how to include its related topics and contents in the daily lesson plan for the teaching of the Spanish language and culture.

 Course Objectives:

  • Include dance, as a dance movement and cultural form, as a classroom activity in the Spanish language classroom.
  • Review various line dance choreographies for Latin dances and learn how to include the dance steps as well as the music and cultural components as part of a Spanish language lesson.
  • Identify, describe and perform basic merengue, salsa, bachata, cumbia, Argentinean tango, and other Latin American dancing movements.
  • Recognize and be able to perform (at beginner level) various of these dances with open brake, practice hold, two hand hold, classic hold, close embrace and line dance.
  • Gain an understanding of the Latin hips, grace and correct posture at the dance floor.
  • Explain important events and dialog about the artists, development and growth of salsa, merengue, bachata and Argentinean tango in Latin America and in the USA.
  • Discuss various of the most influential songs of the Hispanic languages.
  • Recognize various popular dances of the Spanish speaking world.
  • Embrace dance, music, lyrics and its cultural background as means of learning Spanish language and culture.

Required Readings/Texts:

Required readings will be available via online and/or supplied by instructor

Required the first day of class: Each student must have pair of dance shoes or ballet slippers.

Note: Dances shoes have suede soles, which provide the right blend of grip and slide while moving across the floor. Nothing else is permitted at the dance studio and

students will not be allowed to dance in bare feet!!! Dance sneakers are also allowed.

If you need the instructor to purchase the ballet slippers for you make sure to contact her at least a week in advance to talk about size and payment (which is separate from the tuition.

Clothing: For the dance portion, it recommended that you wear comfortable dance attire: lightweight, breathable, stretchy fabrics which provide dancers with comfort and freedom of movement.

 Assignments and Projects:

Class and homework will include short lectures and discussions, readings, videos and film viewing, research projects, oral presentations and a final teaching portfolio which will include 5 lesson plans, details to be provided.

For additional course information

Delma Wood
(518) 744-5528

For additional registration information

Bethany Sprague
(802) 468-1325

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