Rent/buy the Documentary Film Dancer (2016) on Itunes for about $3.99 or on other sources. In this documentary, Filmmaker Steven Cantor examines the life and career of ballet dancer Sergei Polunin, from his early days in the Ukraine to his performances in the United Kingdom, Russia and America.

Once you watch the documentary, discuss in one paragraph format the following questions. Minimum of 8 sentences in your one paragraph. Make sure you remember that the reader has not seen the film so important to included descriptive details so help illustrate what you are discussing.

1. Discuss the hardships that drove Sergei Poluni from leaving the dance world and after watching this documentary do you think he would ever return to the ballet world that he left? Why or why not?

2. Discuss how the “Take Me to Church” Dance for Film directed by David La Chapelle changed the contemporary ballet world? What did this do for Sergei dance career? Do you think things would different in Sergei’s life if this film was never made? Why or why not?

3. Do you think Sergei will remain the “lime light”? Why or why not? Discuss what his new found success has done and will be for his career.

Rent/buy the Documentary Film Mr. Gaga (2015) from Itunes for about $3.99 or other sources. This documentary included footage of intimate rehearsals and breathtaking dance sequences highlight the life and career of Ohad Naharin, choreographer and artistic director of the Batsheva Dance Company.

Once you watch the documentary, discuss in one paragraph format the following questions. Minimum of 8 sentences in your one paragraph. Make sure you remember that the reader has not seen the film so important to included descriptive details so help illustrate what you are discussing.

1. Do you think Ohad Naharin has moved dance into a new direction? Why and how?

2. How did growing up in Kibboutz community affect Ohad as a artist? How is it reflected in his choreography?

3. How does a person’s culture background play a role in them as an artist? What if an artist doesn’t identify with a culture, can they still be an artist? How and why?

In this five paragraph comparison essay you will discuss the following Reality TV Dance Shows:

So You Think You Can Dance

Dancing with the Stars

World of Dance

In your opening paragraph briefly introduce each of the Reality TV Dance Shows and make sure to include history of each show. Then in the three support paragraphs discuss each of the Reality TV Dance Shows in more detail. While doing your research make sure you watch at least one episode of each of these shows. Then in your five paragraph, compare these three Reality TV Dance Shows and summarize your findings.

Each paragraph should have 5-7 sentences minimum. You should include a works cited page/section to your submission and use MLA format.

Write a five-paragraph essay review/critique of the two video links below. Your critique should include an introduction paragraph, stating what two video’s you saw and general information about them(many of these details are given to you below). Then three support paragraphs: one about your thoughts/opinions on the first video, one about your thoughts/opinions on the second video and one comparing/contrasting the two videos. Your last paragraph will be a conclusion paragraph that summarizes everything. Each paragraph should have a minimum of six sentences. Please feel free to do outside research about these works/pieces to help support your thoughts.

Refer to Full Video Critique Guidelines for more details.

Shoeless Joe Ballet from “Damn Yankees” (1955)

Choreography by Bob Fosse

Dance Music Arrangements by Roger Adams

Video Performance here is in “Fosse” the Musical 2001

https://youtu.be/-qFXI_ZPQzI (Links to an external site.)

(just classical music with dancers yelling- no lyrics)

The Traitor (1954)

Choreography by Jose Limon

Music by Gunther Schuller

Limón’s interpretation of the story of Judas Iscariot and the betrayal of Christ, this work alluded to the McCarthy era and the Red Scare when it was created in 1954. The protagonist symbolizes those men, who, loving too much, must hate; men who turn against their loyalties, friends, and country to betray them to the enemy.


Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeFormatFormat

30.0 pts

Follow all Format Guidelines

20.0 pts

Missing Some Parts for Format Guidelines Given

10.0 pts

Missing Large Parts of Format Guidelines Given

0.0 pts

Missing All Format Guidelines

30.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeDetails Included

70.0 pts

Strong Details and Support Examples Provided

60.0 pts

Missing a Few Details

40.0 pts

Missing a lot of Details and Needs Much More Support Examples

40.0 pts

No Details or Content Given

70.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeGrammar & Writing Structure

30.0 pts

Clearly Written and Edited Well

25.0 pts

Needs More Proof Reading and Editing Review

15.0 pts

Needs a Good Amount of Editing to Make Paper Clearer to Reader

0.0 pts

Can’t Read or Understand

30.0 p

 

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