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Defining Dance Education

This is an excerpt from Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design 2nd Edition With HKPropel Access by Gayle Kassing & Danielle Jay-Kirschenbaum.

Defining Dance and Dance Education

Dance as a profession and as a discipline are internally joined. Dance becomes the nucleus that supports dance education as an artistic and educational medium. Dance education is defined as educating the learner through the media of dancing, dance making, and dance appreciation. On the surface, this definition seems simple, but in its simplicity lies also its complexity. Dance education is not as simple as putting dance and education together.

Dance means different things to different peoples and cultures. Often it is difficult to separate the dancer from the dance. Defining dance provides a basis on which to build an understanding of dance education.