- Explains, with sample unit plans, how to teach the basics of
10 popular dance forms for K-12 settings- Explains how to apply
educational theories to dance - Presents dance education in context
of the national standards for dance- Helps readers build portfolios
that demonstrate their ability to create lesson plans, a unit plan,
and a dance curriculum
There's a lot more to dance education than steps and dances. To
be successful, dance educators must practice a variety of skills
that go far beyond dancing. They must incorporate educational
theories to meet state and national arts standards, establish a
solid knowledge base of the dance form to be taught, and set up
developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
To help aspiring dance educators acquire the skills that will
make them successful in the classroom, this book provides vital
information on teaching methods in general, then shares specific
applications for teaching each dance form.
"Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design" presents a
conceptual model of dance education that embraces dance as an art
form and disseminates it through learning experiences in dancing,
dance making, and dance appreciation. Through this book, dance
educators will broaden their understanding of the dance content
that is appropriate for their students and their educational
Part I presents an overview of the teaching and learning process
in dance, including the background information necessary to plan,
organize, set up, and deliver an effective learning experience. It
provides essential information about the national standards in
dance and guides readers smoothly through the process of -
identifying both dance content knowledge and teacher knowledge, -
developing observation skills, - being aware of how students learn
movement, - constructing a dance class, - choosing a presentational
method, - addressing student behaviors in the classroom, -
analyzing the learning environment, and- teaching for artistic
development across various dance forms.
Part II offers ideas for unit and curriculum development,
design, and evaluation. Readers will learn how to create learning
experiences, lesson plans, unit plans, and finally a dance
curriculum. They will become familiar with four categories of dance
that encompass 10 dance forms; they also will discover the
application of movement, choreographic, and aesthetic principles to
these dance forms. Readers will find step-by-step instructions for
teaching beginning dance units in 10 different dance forms to offer
a curriculum of experiences for students in preschool to college
This book contains many special features so that readers can
access important information quickly:
- Chapter objectives and summaries- Tables that compile
information about different topics- Highlight boxes that draw
attention to important information - Self-check lists that provide
a quick way to understand a process or learn a new concept- It's
Your Turn activities that provide practical, interactive
experiences in dance- 33 forms, including lesson plans, teaching
evaluations, unit plans, block time plans (with detailed
information about what to teach in each class), and scope and
sequence forms that show the order in which to teach various dances
and techniques- Ready-made rubrics that match the objectives for
each of the sample unit plans for evaluation- Sample unit plans for
10 different dance forms, each containing a three-week unit of 15
progressive classes- An extensive list of book, music, and video
resources for each dance unit- More than 120 photos and 66
illustrations that illustrate the various dance forms and
techniques- Icons for movement, choreographic, and aesthetic
principles as they apply to each dance form- Beyond Technique
exercises that provide additional learning activities in dance
making and dance appreciation for each sample unit- A culminating
portfolio project that synthesizes all of the elements explored in
the book into a practical product that prospective dance educators
can present to potential employers
Even the most experienced dance educators will appreciate the
sample units for 10 different dance forms, divided into four
- Creative movement and creative dance- Recreational dance
(including social dance, contra dance, folk dance, and square
dance)- Concert dance (including ballet, modern dance, jazz, and
tap)- Aerobic dance (dance fitness)
"Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design" provides a sound
foundation in the art and science of dance pedagogy-for those who
seek a rewarding career in teaching dance.
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