Essay Dance Concert Posters

Welcome to this online resource for dance educators, students, and teaching artists!

Perpich Arts High School dance program - photo by Dan Markworth
The Elements of Dance are the foundational concepts and vocabulary that help students develop movement skills and understand dance as an artistic practice. 

The acronym BASTE helps students remember the elements: 

This framework is a way to discuss any kind of movement. While different dance styles call for specialized skills and stylization choices, the underlying elements of dance  are visible in all dance experiences. 

How to use this web site: 

Teachers and Teaching Artists are welcome to use this online resource in their classes. You'll find downloadable tools, assignments and discussion prompts throughout the pages. Short video excerpts of work by Minnesota choreographers and dancers are featured in this site, but feel free to use different videos with the tools and framework of this site.  This web site is also a resource for flipped instruction

... and if you have suggestions or want to tell us how you're using it, please contact us! 
Students may also use this web site as an independent study as they watch the video clips and download assignments and analysis tools for each element. 

Whether you're a teacher or a student, click Begin Here to start or use the tabs at the top of this page. 

Click on the icons below to go to each element.

In the late 1960s, Texas poster art, long an important mainstay of the state's printmaking tradition, entered a fertile and innovative period in Austin. Drawing inspiration from the counter culture and psychedelic music movements, a new generation of Texas graphic arts designers created one-of-a-kind posters. Today their works are considered some of the finest artifacts of this music poster explosion.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin has digitized 400 of these extraordinary posters. Brenda Gunn, the Briscoe Center's associate director for research and collections, said, "I thought we should expand our digitization efforts to include our extraordinary Texas Poster Collection. Our digitization team had perfected the process we needed to use, so the poster digitization project was a natural direction to take in our efforts to increase access to the Briscoe Center's visual treasures."

The digitization project, which was made possible by support from the UT System's LERR Fund, focused on the work of more than thirty graphic artists who have documented the Austin music scene since the mid-1960s. Posters selected for digitization represent a cross section of artists and graphic styles, ranging from the San Francisco psychedelic style found in the earliest posters

created by Jim Franklin and Gilbert Shelton, to the cosmic cowboy style Micael Priest perfected in many of the Armadillo World Headquarters posters, to later punk era works.

Gilbert Shelton, The Conqueroo [and other bands], 1967. Texas Poster Art Collection, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; TPA_0138. © Gilbert Shelton/Briscoe Center for American History.

John Wheat, the Briscoe Center's music archivist, said, "The poster artists deserve credit for helping create the Austin music scene because their works popularized concerts, promoted Austin musicians, and brought attention to the unique musical heritage we have in the city." Under Wheat, an expert on Texas music and a musician himself, the Center has accumulated nearly 3,000 posters that make up the Texas Poster Art Collection, including examples of the finest music posters ever produced in the Lone Star State.

The digitization project drew heavily on works in four of the Briscoe Center's poster archives: Duane Albrecht, Soap Creek Saloon, Texas

Poster Art, and Armadillo World Headquarters. The Center's music posters include those created for Antone's, Castle Creek, the Continental Club, and Austin's Sixth Street dance clubs that

Frank Kozik, Surgery, Cherubs, 1992. Texas Poster Art Collection, Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; TPA_0169. © Frank Kozik/Briscoe Center for American History.

operated in the 1980s and 1990s. "The artists of the later posters," Wheat said, "produced gritty and bizarre imagery in their designs." Under his direction, the Texas Poster Art Collection continues to expand to include representative posters by today's artists, many of whom use software such as PhotoShop to create their work.



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