“This is truly powerful and transformative education—exactly what higher education can do when it is at its very best”
How exactly is queer dancing different than other forms of dancing?
Campus Reform reports:
Drag Queen to teach University of Hawai’i queer dance class
On October 11, the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) announced it was among the first in the nation to offer a “queer dance course.” The course is a 3-unit class where students can take a “performing arts practice based course in queer dance.”
According to University of Hawai’i News, the course is described as a queer dance class that will “explore the communicative, physical and artistic aspects of dance as a medium of human expression and interaction.”
The UH Mānoa course incorporates techniques “born out of gay and lesbian dance clubs and ballroom culture and has been widely popularized on stage by pop artists such as Lady Gaga and Madonna,” according to the news site.
The course falls under the University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and is being taught by Professorial Lecturer Sami L.A Akuna.
Akuna, who is also a drag queen with the moniker “Cocoa Chandelier,” teaches “theater, dance, choreography, performance, [and] drag artistry.”
Students taking the class performed dances they’ve learned at the Honolulu Pride Festival on Oct. 15 and will do so again at Hawaiʻi State Art Museum on Dec. 2.
“This is truly powerful and transformative education—exactly what higher education can do when it is at its very best,” said the UH Mānoa LGBTQ+ Center director, according to University of Hawai’i News.
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