Dance and the Human Image

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 3:00am to 5:00am
Helen S. Schaefer Building Dorothy Rubel Room  1508 E. Helen Street Tucson, AZ 85721

This is the first meeting of a multi-session course. 

MONDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9, 23, 30, April 6, 2015

The Dance—as Homer named it—is always an expression of the ideas, traditions, and values of the society that creates it, whether spiritual, recreational, or artistic in form. The body in motion is both the mode of expression and the meaning of the Dance. In this course we explore the correlations between the body image as defined by science, the self image as described by psychology, and the human image as expressed in our dances. In the process we refer to the styles of depicting the human body in motion in visual art and literature through history and view a range of dance styles from Balanchine to Bausch and from ballroom to break dancing. The objective of the course is to enhance our viewing pleasure of the Dance in its thousand forms and styles.

JOHN WILSON is Professor Emeritus in Dance and International Studies from the University Arizona, where he taught for 26 years, developed the dance committee into a degree program in the College of Fine Arts, and created new courses, including the psychology of art-making behavior, dance in world cultures, and dance kinesiology. He currently contributes to the University’s general education course, Human Achievement and Innovation in the Arts.

More information including course fees and how to register can be found online at