Dance 121:

Asian American Movement

with Peggy Choy

Ethnic Studies

About this Course

In Asian American Movement (Dance 121), we will explore techniques of exercises and movement forms derived from several Asian cultures as taught in the United States. Each technique and piece will be studied in the context of the construction and expression of ethnic and cultural identity.

Furthermore, this course introduces students to Asian American ethnic and cultural identities as negotiated by the practice of Asian/Asian American movement forms centered on the building blocks of breath and the focused mind. It is open to all students who want to experience Asian/Asian American dance forms and martial arts as a basis for exploring Asian American poetry, music and immigration history. Together, we will explore what it means to be an artist in the 21st century while rising to our own next level of excellence. This is an excellent course for students interested in:

  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Dance
  • Ethnic studies
  • Music
  • Poetry
  • Asian American Studies
  • Physical therapy
  • Martial arts
  • Somatics
  • Meditation

Also note: This course satisfies the Ethnic Studies 3-credit course requirement!

Dance 121: Asian American Dance Times


Dance 121: Asian American Dance Dates
May 30 –
June 18
Dance 121: Asian American Dance Credits
Dance 121: Asian American Dance Questions


Meet Your Professor

Peggy Myo-Young Choy

Peggy Myo-Young Choy

Dance and Asian American Studies

Peggy Choy (MFA, UW-Milwaukee) studied dance in Hawai’i, Java, Korea and New York. She directs the Peggy Choy Dance Company (begun in 2010) and teaches dance and Asian American Studies. (Source)

Peggy Choy Dance re-envisions and re-embodies the history, politics, and cultural aesthetics that illuminate shared potential for social justice and change. [It] calls attention to crises affecting women and our environment, and explores Afro-Asian intersections, garnering praise as “original, uncompromising, and powerfully moving.” In Choy’s danscapes, Asian movement and martial arts are wielded in performance that navigates between movement genres, including Javanese dance and Korean court dance, and urban vernacular forms.

Since the mid-1990s, Peggy Choy Dance has performed from New York to Prague—at New York’s Dance Theater Workshop, La Mama E.T.C., and Danspace Project/St. Mark’s Church, Aaron Davis Hall, and Alvin Ailey Studio, at DC’s Kennedy Center, Dance Place and the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Theater in Honolulu, Utan Kayu in Jakarta, Seoul Art Center in Korea, Danza Teatro Retazos in Havana, and Baráčnická Rychta in Prague, and the Korean Cultural Center in Berlin. Choy’s national and international awards include an NEA/Atlantic Center for the Arts fellowship, Danspace Project’s Commissioning Initiative, Princeton and Cornell University commissions, and commissions from the Kintari Foundation, Seoul Selection, and Cafe Intarsia. (Source)

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