All That Jazz

By Horosko, Marian | Dance Magazine, January 1999 | Go to article overview
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All That Jazz

Horosko, Marian, Dance Magazine

Boston College's Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation and Educational Policy (CSTEEP) has received a two-year grant of $530,000 from the Spencer Foundation for the Drawing on Education project, which will explore and document how drawings can be used as an alternative method for assessing and examining educational practice in schools. For more information contact Walt Haney, Boston College, (617) 552-4199 and ask about including dance classrooms.

Western Kentucky University, in the spring of 1999, will become the first institution of higher learning to offer a course in the history of American jazz dance via the World Wide Web. Assistant professor Bob Boross will teach a three-credit course titled Jazz Dance History beginning January 1999, in which the evolution of American jazz dance from African origins to Broadway and the concert world will be explored. The course will include discussion of the relationships between jazz dance and society, technology, culture, and popular expression.

It is expected that the class enrollment, open to any college-level student who has a computer and Internet access, will be national and possibly international in scope. Students enrolled in other schools may transfer their WKU credits back to their own universities.

Enrollment is limited, and students must either be currently enrolled in an accredited university or apply to WKU for acceptance as a part-time, non-degree-seeking student. For registration information contact Dance 321 Jazz Dance History Web site at ~bboross/dance321/main.html. Or, contact Boross at (502) 745-5832, or at bob.boross@

The seven-member Chamber Dance Company, founded in 1990 by Hannah C. Wiley, is the first professional dance company to be in residence at the University of Washington in Seattle. The company, comprised of candidates for the M.F.A. degree in dance at the University, perform dance works of historical and/or artistic significance that might not otherwise be produced here.

The CDC program January 28-31 at Meany Hall on the UW campus, includes Paul Taylor's Aureole; Lar Lubovitch's North Star; Charles Weidman's Traditions; and Men's Dance; and Soaring, a Ruth St.

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