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MSU Extended University to offer noncredit course on history of dance beginning Nov. 14

November 8, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- A noncredit course on the history of dance begins Nov. 14 through Montana State University and the lifelong-learning program Wonderlust, which is affiliated with MSU's Extended University.

The course meets on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 14 through Dec. 19. It meets at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2118 S. Third Ave., Bozeman.

This course will focus on the history of ballet in Western culture and its development from 18th century court dance to the contemporary neo-classicism of American choreographers such as George Balanchine.

Highlights of the course include an examination of the fruitful collaborations of the Ballets Russes between visual artists, musicians, and choreographers such as Picasso, Stravinsky, and Fokine. Through the viewing of film footage and the examination of historical criticism, the class will begin an analysis and understanding of the social, political, and cultural forces on the development of dance theories and practices.

The instructor is Amy Stoddart, co-artistic director of Montana Ballet Company and owner of Bridger Pilates. Ms. Stoddart's professional performance credits include the Lake Erie Ballet, Empire State Ballet, Ballet Caravan, Opera Colorado, Boulder Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Oregon.

The price is $75 for Wonderlust members or $110 for non-members. Wonderlust membership costs $35 and offers course discounts for spring courses, as well as the opportunity to attend members-only lectures and special events.

Learn more about the course or register online at http://eu.montana.edu/wonderlust. Click on "Open Courses."

Contact: Marilyn Jarvis, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-6683, mjarvis@montana.edu.