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 This specific assignment requires you to decide on the topic of your term paper. Your topic can be anything related to the subject of dance. Obviously in a class titles “History of Dance” you will be studying a chronological progression of dance as an art form throughout history. That being said I am not limiting you to deciding on a specific period of dance in history. Realize that we are starting in the primitive and ancient civilizations of western culture so if your topic is more current you will have to do research in addition to what we are covering in the text which may be an earlier time period. At this early juncture in the term paper process try to narrow your search to a topic you may be interested in such as an artist (Michael Jackson?) or style of dance (Hip hop?), a period of dance (disco?) or even a subject related to dance (dance therapy?) the list is endless! You can change your topic but I am "pushing" you to commit to something related to dance that you can see spending time researching this semester. Once you begin in earnest with your works cited and developing your thesis statement you may find that your topic changes and that is fine and part of the process! Always feel free to "run it by me" and I will give you my "take" but in the end it's up to you! Start early….this is a semester long project….enjoy the journey!  

example of prompt is attached

Cerritos term paper prompt!

The term paper for this class includes the following assignments: Dance History term research paper (60 points total) – Including topic (5 points) works cited to date (5 points) and thesis statement (10 points), rough draft (15 points), as well as the actual term research paper (25 points).

This specific assignment requires you to decide on the topic of your term paper. 5 points Your topic can be anything related to the subject of dance. Obviously in a class titles “History of Dance” you will be studying a chronological progression of dance as an art form throughout history. That being said I am not limiting you to deciding on a specific period of dance in history. Realize that we are starting in the primitive and ancient civilizations of western culture so if your topic is more current you will have to do research in addition to what we are covering in the text which may be an earlier time period. At this early juncture in the term paper process try to narrow your search to a topic you may be interested in such as an artist (Michael Jackson?) or style of dance (Hip hop?), a period of dance (disco?) or even a subject related to dance (dance therapy?) the list is endless!  You can change your topic but I am "pushing" you to commit to something related to dance that you can see spending time researching this semester. Once you begin in earnest with your works cited and developing your thesis statement you may find that your topic changes and that is fine and part of the process! Always feel free to "run it by me" and I will give you my "take" but in the end it's up to you! Start early….this is a semester long project….enjoy the journey! 

This specific assignment requires you to submit at least three works cited towards your term paper. 5 points They should be different sources such as books/articles/periodicals from the circulation or reference area of the Cerritos College library, videos, films or interviews with dance personalities related to your paper topic. MLA 9 style formatting should be followed.  Don't be limited in your research! Just because you list it here for this assignment you may ultimately "go in a different direction" and not even use some of these early research materials in your final term paper submission! 

This particular assignment is asking for your term paper thesis statement. 10 points  This should be a one to two paragraph statement that describes what you are going to be writing about and how you are going to ultimately "defend" your argument. For example, your thesis may be that Michael Jackson is the greatest dancer of all time. And you are going to then prove it by showing his early emulation of James Brown when he was learning his craft as a member of the Jackson 5. Or perhaps you want to argue that the term 'contemporary dance' relates more to the theatrical dance styles of ballet, jazz and modern dance rather than the social dance styles of street dance and Latin dance. Or perhaps you want to prove that Bachata is the "new" Salsa and want to use the recent trend in club social dancing as a platform for this movement. So, the topic is really up to you. What you now must do is decide on what type of research is going to help you support your thesis statement! Remember you can always revise or even change completely your thesis statement as your research evolves (be sure to advise me of this so that I may give you the “ok”). 

This particular assignment is asking you for your rough draft.15 points Your rough draft should include your thesis statement, the introductory and concluding paragraphs of your term paper as well as an outline of the body of your term paper where you are supporting the thesis statement (Remember your thesis statement can have “evolved” with my knowledge but the rough draft is a working copy of your final term paper and therefore cannot have a different topic from what you submit as your term paper).

This assignment is the submission of your term paper based on your thesis statement! 25 points The paper's submission should include your thesis statement and works cited as well as the body of your paper. Although there is no specific designated length the fact that you are defending your initial thesis statement should take at least several well-constructed paragraphs. The formatting should follow MLA 9 style. 

Below are examples of rough drafts …remember your rough draft is an outline and not paragraph form document….that will be your final term paper submission!

Term Paper Rough Draft Outline

(Topic) Cumbia Latin Dance

(Intro & Thesis)

Out of all Latin dances that there are, a Cumbia is the best type of Latin dance. To start off, dancing a cumbia is very simple and probably one of the easiest dances you could dance. A Cumbia is a Columbian traditional dance started as an African dance but brought to Columbia through a salve trade. 

(Outline)

1) The Cumbia is a very well known dance. 

a. A Cumbia is a tribute to liberty.

b. A Cumbia started in Columbia and Panama, and spread throughout other latin countries.

c. It is known today as a social and popular dance. 

2) Selena's go to dance was the Cumbia. 

a. Her mom taught her "the washing machine" as a child. 

b. At her shows, she would mainly dance Cumbria's and that is what she was known for. 

c. Bidi bidi bom bom was based off of a Cumbia. 

3) A Cumbia could be danced in various ways. 

a. Can be danced as beginners. 

b. Can be exaggerative by those familiar. 

c. Can be an intimate and touching dance. 

(Conclusion)

Overall, a Cumbia is the best type of Latin dance to date. The simplicity put into it yet carelessness that goes into it is beautiful. This dance can be danced by a beginner and made to look amazing, or it can be taken for an exaggerative turn and be danced all out for a more up beat dance. 

Term Paper Rough Draft Outline Topic: Hip Hop Dance

Opening Paragraph: Hip Hop is the dance form that dominates mainstream media. From TikTok dances to television competition shows and big stage performances, the high energy and impactful movements encompassed in HipHop, inevitably capture the attention of a wide audience. Hip Hop runs deeper than a highly entertaining dance form, with roots in the Black community it is of vital importance to understand the history that supports this sought after art form. Hip Hop dance is pillared by African influence as seen in its musical rhythm, movements, and cultural backbone.

Paragraph Two: Origins of HipHop music found in African rhythms and beats.

Paragraph Three: Influence of African movements in 21st century HipHop Dance.

Paragraph Three: Dive into the culture of HipHop dance, music, and community.

Conclusion Paragraph: It’s easy to forget the roots of HipHop. When we think of HipHop we may think we are referring solely to the dance style that captivates our attention with its high energy. In reality, we are referring to a culture and community with origins deep in Black History. Hip Hop dance, music, and culture is rooted in years of perseverance and strength. Today, Hip Hop is exclusive to no one race or ethnicity, but it is important to remember that it is formed by years of history

Term Paper Rough Draft Outline

(Topic) Bharatnatyam classical Indian dance

Bharatnatyam is a classical dance with deep roots in Indian tradition and has gracefully traversed the corridors of time, adapting to the demands of the present while still preserving its classical essence. This paper delves into the historical evolution and traditional foundations of Bharatnatyam and also shows its smooth blending into modern era. By exploring its popularity in both India and on the global stage, we can reveal a story that goes beyond time, solidifying Bharatnatyam as a dynamic and ever-evolving art form. Thesis statement: Bharatnatyam not only preserves its historical roots but actively contributes to contemporary cultural discussion through innovation, global recognition, and meaningful engagement. 

Body :

1) Historical evolution and traditional foundations:

a) The dance form's adherence to classical elements, including mudras, footwork, and facial expressions. 

2) Adaptation to modern times:

a) Instances where Bharatnatyam has embraces modern influences without compromising its classical identity. 

3) Global Popularity: 

a) Evidence of the dance form's popularity in India and also its significance in cultural celebrations and events. 

b) The impact of Bharatnatyam on the global stage, and received recognition and appreciation in different cultures. 

4) Meaning in expression: 

Bharatnatyam addresses contemporary themes and social issues through its performance. 

As our exploration ends, it becomes evident that Bharatnatyam is not confined to history but remains a living, breathing entity that evolves and resonates with contemporary audiences. Its adaptability, evident in the seamless fusion of ancient traditions and modern nuances, ensures its continued relevance. Its ability to innovate and contribute to contemporary cultural discussions shows its enduring significance, ensuring that Bharatnatyam remains a vibrant cultural force that bridges tradition and modernity.