Dance in New York City

Jun 2018

This class is exactly as advertised. There are ~10 performances which every student must attend. The performances vary wildly each semester, so you can't really ask your friends what they saw and use it as reference. Usually there is one Broadway show late in the semester, and every class goes to see Movement Research at Judson Church. Some of the performances are free, and for sometimes the dance department sells extra discounted tickets to students, so you can bring your friends who are not in the course. With Siobhan, most of the class time was devoted to seminar-style discussion, instead of lecturing. We also had the chance to speak to several artists as guest speakers. Siobhan was a smart, understanding professor who contributed to discussions and made students feel heard. She provided useful feedback on our ideas and writing style. I learned a lot form this course.

Dec 2016

TAKE THIS CLASS. During class you watch videos about dance and learn about choreographers and throughout the semester you go to about nine dance shows that are FREE. The professor is super nice, sweet, understanding, and accommodating. The course was thoroughly enjoyable and interesting. No dance background necessary.

Aug 2015

I've never reviewed a class, but after reading the comment bellow on Katie's Dance in New York class I felt like I had to respond. The reviewer clearly had some sort of dispute, because Katie's Dance in New York class was fantastic! She clearly cared about every performance we attended, and her love of every aspect of the theater showed. I will say that the quality of the class was dependent on the quality of discussions, which varied. I can also see where the reviewer might have found the grading arbitrary. The assignments tended to be more creative than analytical. However, you get all sorts of choice and opportunity to better your grade. For each performance, you can choose between four questions, and you only have to respond to four of 12 performances over the course of the semester. She'll also take your four highest grades if you respond to more. You can also turn in papers with corrections a week after you get them back. She really wants you to do well!

Dec 2009

I recommend this class to anyone and everyone. I looked forward to this class every week and the discussions in class were very interesting. The performances we viewed were amazing and ranged from modern to ballet to tap. I love Katie Glasner! She is compassionate, kind, extremely intelligent and she listens to your opinions. We watched interesting video clips in class and I learned about many choreographers and companies. Professor Glasner makes you think about aspects of a dance performance that I had never thought about. Our class discussions were always interesting and insightful. Dance in NYC is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I felt honored to have Katie Glasner as my teacher.

Jan 2008

If you need motivation to get out into the city or a way to choose between the plethora of options, this class will serve you well. In the first couple of classes the names of dance greats rolled off Gennaro’s tongue like a list of her extended family members (which it can feel like in the dance world) leaving me bewildered, but as we focused on specific styles key figures reappeared and thus became clearer. However important for identification, names are of secondary importance (you’ll never be tested on them) after learning to judge dance through its significance, technique, and aesthetic appeal—which, Gennaro emphasizes, varies greatly from person to person. Gennaro is extremely knowledgeable in her field yet approachable and open to student input. Her good nature and flexibility make her easy to work with and fun to listen to. Videos of subject matter ensure that class is a good balance of discussion and visual examples, while guest speakers—from her numerous contacts in the dance field—provide nuanced perspectives on all aspects of dance. While many students of dance take this course, the non-dancer can equally appreciate it and in fact benefit the class by offering on outsider’s view.

Jan 2005

Great prof! Not only is Prof. Glasner knowledgable but she truly wants to engage each student toward dance. She covers a variety of dance genre within the course and each class is engaging. Also, it fulfills the Visual Arts Requirement.

Dec 2003

I agree with the prior review: this class was an utter waste of time. The performances themselves were highly worthwhile, but I doubt that the painfulness of the class made up for it; I had to consistently fight to stay awake. Even students with fairly strong dance backgrounds who do not happen to be one of the professor's clear favorites are likely to find themselves feeling like they're listening in on someone else's private conversation. If you want an "in" in the dance department, feel free to take this class, however for everyone else? I recommend that you get the list of performances and go on your own. Spare yourself the tedium or take it with another professor.

Dec 2003

This course, which had the potential for being a very good class, was a total waste of my time. Although I enjoyed the out of class performances, I took very little away from the class. Professor Garafola has obvious favorites in the class, which often felt like a private conversation between her and the dancers in the class, leaving the majority of students completely left out. Class had little structure- Professor Garafola enjoyed going off on tangents, and the lectures often seemed to have nothing to do with the reading. When she did follow some kind of lesson plan, she read straight off her notes in a voice that was so obviously forced and fake that I found it almost unbearable to listen to her. Although Professor Garafola is obviously knowledgeable about her field and has a lot of experience with it, she did a horrible job of imparting that knowledge upon her students. I would not recommend this class to anyone who's not a dancer- someone actually made a comment in class that "you have to be a dancer to appreciate dance," and Professor Garafola nodded along. A lot of students LOVE Professor Garafola (and she really is a good person), but think very carefully before taking this class. Consult others who have taken it to see what they say, but in my book, it's not worth your time or the extra money it costs to take it.

Nov 2003

I love professor scolieri's class. I knew nothing about dance going in, but had no trouble with the class at all. And, if you are a dancer, you'll still learn a lot and not feel held back. He's just a great speaker, and makes the class SO interesting. He just has a wonderful personality. When students make comments in class, he listens and responds well. The class discussions are great. It's a very comfortable setting, where you can participate if you want but don't feel like you HAVE to. The readings are very light. Most won't take more than 20 min before class. At the beginning of the semester he gave us a pop quiz on the readings. It was just to scare us, and wasn't graded. You should do the readings anyway, cause it makes the class more enjoyable. Instead of readings, we also had to watch a few films. But they're not long, and fun to watch. One was west side story. If you're worried about the performances taking too much of your time-don't. They're a nice break from your work during the week. If you're looking for a fun and interesting class, with a great professor, take this. I would definitely recommend him.

Jul 2003

I went into this class knowing absolutely nothing about dance. Actually, I was just looking for an easy course so I'd have enough credits to graduate. Paul is very enthusiastic about the subject matter, has a decent sense of humor, and can tell entertaining stories about his past teaching and dancing experiences (ask him about Macauly Culkin). He will, however, know if you're completely slacking off. The class consists of the scheduled lecture hours, plus attendance at a number of dance performances throughout the city, which you must then write about. The semester I took the class, Barnard was also holding an evening lecture series on dance, and we were "strongly encouraged" to attend these as well (translation: you'd better have a damn good excuse if you didn't show up). Paul also added a handful of videos (to be watched in the library) to the workload as the semester progressed. Passing this class isn't hard - just make sure you go to all the performances, watch the videos (most are pretty interesting, actually), and glace over the reading before class so you can make one moderately insightful comment if he asks you to.

May 2003

Professor Glasner is at first encounter a sweet, even cool woman. The more time you spend in this class however, the more abrasive her name-dropping and opinionated lectures become. Glasner forms staunch first-impressions of students and lets them color her grade distribution. If she suddenly doesn't like you (often for no apparent reason) you have no chance of ever doing well. Do not take this class, it is more hassle than you would think, and less enjoyable than it sounds.

May 2002

Arright, Avoid this class at all costs. I mean seriously. Don't get me wrong. Prof. Genter is a nice person. She smiles at you sometimes and she's even approachable outside of class. It's just that she's really strict. Like witness her comment on my recent paper: My paper: "And the dancers were wearing bright red suits for the second act." Prof. Genter (in big red letters): "The dancers were wearing MAGENTA." I kid you not. Also, she gets upset if you chew gum in class. Also, this is DANCE and it's supposed to be a fluff class but I found myself going to Butler to research my papers---not cool.

May 2002

I really enjoyed this class. Katie is an engaging and witty lecturer who knows all sorts of interesting facts about the New York City dance scene. The syllabus covers ballet, modern, post-modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and marathon dancing, and you don't have to have any previous knowledge of dance to take the course. This is probably one of the easiest classes you can take at Columbia, but it's really quite good