An introductory course in Middle Eastern Dance. Instruction includes the historical and social context in which the dance is traditionally performed, and general concepts of dance technique and practice. Students primarily learn Middle Eastern "Belly Dance, "which functions as a form of social dance and/or entertainment. The class also studies regional or national dances, such as Lebanese debke, and dance steps to the 9/8 and 6/8 rhythms of Turkey and Armenia. Video viewing and outside-of-class reading assignments augment in-class practice. For more information about class content/format, please call (413) 775-1262. This is the non-credit option of DAN 116/117/216/217.