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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About the author (1992)

Anne Green Gilbert founded the Creative Dance Center and Kaleidoscope Dance Company in Seattle, Washington, in 1981 and the Summer Dance Institute for Teachers in 1994. Anne has had a varied teaching career. She started as an elementary school teacher, moved on to dance and pedagogy classes at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Washington, then taught children’s dance classes at Cornish College and Bill Evans/Dance Theatre Seattle. She has been an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University for many years and taught for Lesley University’s Outreach master’s program for 10 years. For the past three decades, Anne has taught toddlers through adults at Creative Dance Center, trained teachers through her Summer Dance Institute, and conducted hundreds of workshops and residencies across the United States and abroad. Anne developed the BrainDance, a focusing warm-up exercise, in 2000. The BrainDance is used in many schools, studios, and homes around the world. Anne is internationally recognized for her work with young artists and her creative process. She has choreographed dances for university dance companies as well as Northwest dance companies and Kaleidoscope.

Anne is the author of Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement, Creative Dance for All Ages, Brain-Compatible Dance Education, Teaching Creative Dance (DVD), and BrainDance (DVD), and numerous articles. She is an active member of the National Dance Association, National Dance Education Organization, and Dance and the Child International (daCi). Anne served on the daCi board for 12 years. She is founder and past president of the Dance Educators Association of Washington, an organization promoting quality dance education in all Washington State K-12 schools. As a member of the Arts Education Standards project, she helped write the Washington State Dance Standards and Learning Goals. Anne is the recipient of several awards, including the NDA Scholar/Artist award in 2005, the National Dance Education Organization Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011, and the Lawrence Tenney Stevens American Dance Award for her work with boys and men in dance in 2014.

Anne is the mother of three Kaleidoscope alums and grandmother of six dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

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