Beginning Modern Dance With Web Resource

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Human Kinetics, Dec 2, 2013 - Performing Arts - 176 pages

Provides a multilayered learning experience for undergraduate and high school students. Students can practice beginning modern dance technique using the book’s 50 photos. A web resource with 38 video clips and photos can be purchased separately. E-journal assignments, performance critiques, quizzes, and a glossary are also included in the web resource.


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Introduction to Modern Dance
Preparing for Class
Safety and Health
Basics of Modern Dance
Basics of Dance Composition
Performing and Responding to Modern Dance
History of Modern Dance
Five Major Styles of Modern Dance
References and Resources
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Miriam Giguere, PhD, is the dance program director in the department of performing arts at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Giguere has been teaching modern dance in higher education for 22 years. Before teaching at the university level, Giguere danced professionally with three modern dance companies. As dance program director at Drexel, she created the curriculum for the dance major to include multiple styles of modern dance. Using her experience as a dance teacher in an academic setting, she developed 11 new courses and associated teaching materials.

Giguere is a frequent presenter at national and international conferences on the topics of best practices in dance education and cognition during the creative process in dance. Her dissertation on the latter topic received the 2009 National Dissertation Award from the American Educational Research Association Arts and Learning Special Interest Group. She was the invited keynote speaker for Singapore's Dance Education Conference 2010. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania and a doctorate in dance from Temple University.

She is a member of the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and the Congress on Research in Dance. Giguere also is a peer reviewer for the Journal of Dance Education and the Journal of Emerging Dance Scholarship.

In her free time, Giguere enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Ralph, reside in Glenside, Pennsylvania.

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