Course Details

958: It's Ballet but Is It Dancing?

February 7-10
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

We will look at and talk about classical ballet and how it has grown and changed in the United States. We will talk about significant influences—such as the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1940s, and choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins. We will also see videos of some of the greatest dancers of the 20th century and talk about why they were great, even if they couldn't leap nine feet into the air, stick their legs up to their ears, or spin 20 pirouettes without stopping. We will spend some time in the beginning reviewing what we know about ballet and why we are drawn to its beauty.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Kim Kokich

Kim Kokich was a scholarship student at the School of American Ballet in New York for eight years. She covered dance for NPR from 1986–2017, and taught ballet at The Washington School of Ballet and the Dance Institute of Washington. Her father was a soloist with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and her mother a Broadway actress.