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Beginning Modern Dance With HKPropel Access

Beginning Modern Dance With HKPropel Access

$40.57 CAD $57.95 CAD


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    Beginning Modern Dance With HKPropel Access introduces undergraduate and high school students to modern dance as a performing art through participation, appreciation, and academic study in a dance technique course.

    In the book, 50 photos with concise descriptions support students in learning beginning modern dance technique and in creating short choreographic or improvisational studies. For those new to modern dance, the book provides a friendly orientation on the structure of a modern dance technique class and includes information regarding class expectations, etiquette, and appropriate attire. Students also learn how to prepare mentally and physically for class, maintain proper nutrition and hydration, and avoid injury.

    Beginning Modern Dance supports students in understanding modern dance as a performing art and as a medium for artistic expression. The text presents the styles of modern dance artists Martha Graham, Doris Humphrey and José Limón, Katherine Dunham, Lester Horton, and Merce Cunningham along with an introduction to eclectic modern dance style. Chapters help students begin to identify elements of modern dance as they learn, view, and respond to dance choreography and performance. 

    Related materials delivered online via HKPropel include 38 interactive video clips and photos of dance technique to support learning and practice. In addition, e-journal and self-reflection assignments, performance critiques, and quizzes help students develop their knowledge of modern dance as both performers and viewers. 

    Through modern dance, students learn new movement vocabularies and explore their unique and personal artistry in response to their world. Beginning Modern Dance supports your students in their experience of this unique and dynamic genre of dance. 

    Beginning Modern Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theater, and hip-hop dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text has related online learning materials including video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a collection of guides to learning, performing, and viewing dance.

    Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


    Textbook for undergraduate students taking beginning modern dance courses in dance, dance and theater, fine arts, physical education, and general education programs. Textbook for magnet arts schools and advanced high school dance programs.

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Modern Dance

    Defining Modern Dance

    Benefits of Studying Modern Dance

    Basics of Modern Dance Class

    Expectations and Etiquette for Students

    Structure of Modern Dance Class

    Unique Features of Modern Dance

    Appreciating Modern Dance As a Performing Art


    Chapter 2. Preparing for Class

    Dressing for Class

    Carrying Dance Gear

    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically


    Chapter 3. Safety and Health

    Studio Safety

    Personal Safety

    Basic Anatomy

    Basic Kinesiology

    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries

    Flexibility and Stretching

    Achieving Optimal Fitness

    Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest


    Chapter 4. Modern Dance Basics

    Elements of Dance

    Movement Preferences in Modern Dance

    Basic Positions

    Stage Directions

    Basic Movements


    Chapter 5. Dance Composition Basics

    Creative Process in Dance

    Aesthetic Principles

    Meaning Making

    Choreographic Techniques

    Choreographic Structures

    Choreographic Forms


    Chapter 6. Performing and Responding to Modern Dance

    Learning Movement for Performance

    Viewing and Responding to Modern Dance Performances


    Chapter 7. History of Modern Dance

    Origins of Modern Dance

    Evolution of Modern Dance

    Dance in Higher Education

    Relevance of Modern Dance Today


    Chapter 8. Five Major Styles of Modern Dance


    Martha Graham

    Merce Cunningham

    Lester Horton

    Katherine Dunham

    Eclectic Approach

    Somatic Practices

    Identifying Your Instructor’s Approach


    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.