Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design

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Human Kinetics, 2003 - Education - 421 pages

- 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 setting.

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 settings.

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 categories:

- 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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I am a Teacher Trainee currently on the Preparing to Teach in the Life-long Sector (PTLLS) UK. I chose as my Micro-teach five dance movements to African Music. In my on-line research I came across Gayle Kassing's and Danielle Mary Jay's book and I could not believe what an empowering toll I had found.
The text is the complete package in its theoretical, methodological, cultural and genres of dance and how to teach the subject. I have been exposed to more than I could have ever desired to make my Dance Micro-teach the most successful course assignment.
I would love to get the permission of the author to quote and make reference to the book in my presentation and to include in my references. I also do book reviews and would do a more indepth review after my assignment once, I have had time to use and process the material. As an Amateur choreographer and African dance lover, Gayle has now catalupted me into the ambitious realm of aspiring chreographer.


N Teaching Dance and CrossDisciplinary knowledge
Observing and Analyzing the Teaching
Guiding Students in Learning Dance
Understanding Dance Teaching Methods
Organizing and Managing the Dance Class
Analyzing the Learner and the Learning Environment
Categorizing Dance Forms and Their Artistic Demands
Teaching Overview 202 Content Overview 215 References 222 Selected
Teaching Overview 225 Content Overview 229 Reference 243 Selected
Teaching Overview 245 Content Overview 252 References 259 Selected
Teaching Overview 260 Content Overview 266 References 275 Selected
Teaching Overview 276 Content Overview 280 Reference 295 Selected
Teaching Overview 297 Content Overview 306 References 317 Selected
Teaching Overview 319 Content Overview 327 Reference 344 Selected
Aerobic Dance Unit

Developing the Lesson Plan
Selecting the Appropriate Assessment Tools for Dance
Writing and Delivering the Lesson Plan
Creating a Curriculum
Sample Units for Dance Forms

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

About the author (2003)

Gayle Kassing and Danielle M. Jay have taught dance technique and pedagogy, dance methods, and curriculum design in dance teacher education preparation programs in both physical education and fine arts departments for more than 25 years. Many of their former students are now professionals in K-12 dance education programs.

Drs. Kassing and Jay have helped write state curriculum guidelines and dance teacher certification tests and have presented nationally on teaching methodologies. The two have coauthored one previous book, Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Dr. Kassing--a former publications director for the National Dance Association (NDA)--is the media author of Interactive Beginning Ballet Technique, an interactive multimedia CD-ROM for students. Both have received Outstanding Young Women of America awards from the Outstanding Young Women of America Program. Both authors hold PhDs in dance and related arts and belong to the NDA and National Dance Education Organization. Dr. Jay has served on the committee that selects the NDA Dance Educator of the Year award.

Dr. Kassing lives in Champaign, Illinois, where she is an acquisitions editor in Human Kinetics' division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. As a professional dancer, she performed ballet, modern dance, and musical theatre. Dr. Kassing has taught dance in university physical education and fine arts departments and elementary public magnet schools. She administered university dance and fine arts programs and was a Florida Artist in Residence for two terms. She has conducted dance workshops in public schools for state departments of education, in graduate programs, and for professional organizations. In her free time, Kassing enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, walking, reading, and traveling.

Dr. Jay is a professor of dance education at Northern Illinois University. A student of ballet since the age of three, she has studied with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller at Jacob's Pillow; with David McLain, David Blackburn, and Oleg Sabline at the University of Cincinnati; and with Grace Thomas, a soloist with the Radio City Ballet. Dr. Jay lives in Sycamore, Illinois; her favorite leisure-time activities include spending time with her relatives and close friends, reading, and choreographing.

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