Creative Dance for All Ages: A Conceptual Approach

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American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Jan 1, 1992 - Performing Arts - 386 pages
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This publication presents ideas and educational activities that will assist teachers of creative dance with lesson planning. The volume is organized into three parts. Part 1--Theory consists of six chapters: (1) What Is Creative Dance: The Elements of Dance; (2) Why Learn Creative Dance: Learning Outcomes; (3) Where Is Creative Dance Taught: Places and Spaces; (4) When Is Creative Dance Taught: Times and Lengths of Lessons; (5) Who Experiences Creative Dance: Age Groupings, Developmental Stages, Special Populations; and (6) How Are Creative Dance Classes Structured: Starting Out, Planning Lessons, Helpful Hints, Performances. Part 2--Method includes two chapters on classroom techniques (Warming Up: Quick Warm-ups, Exercises; and Dance Technique) and a subsection--Exploring the Elements of Dance: Ideas and Lessons. Chapters 9-14 explore space, i.e., place, level, size, direction, pathway, and focus; chapters 15 and 16 discuss time, i.e., speed and rhythm. Chapters 17-19 cover force, i.e., energy, weight, and flow. Chapters 20-23 on the body deal with body parts, body shapes, relationships, and balance. Chapters 24-26 on movement cover locomotor movement, nonlocomotor movement, and cooling down. Chapter 27 provides additional lesson plans. Part 3 consists of eight appendices: (1) Assessment; (2) Teaching Academic Curriculum through the Kinesthetic Intelligence; (3) Exploring the Arts through Dance; (4) Props; (5) Accompaniment for Dance Classes; (6) Instrumental and Activity Music List; (7) Selection of Videos for Dance History; and (8) Bibliography (47 citations). (LL)

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