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Creative Dance for All Ages 2nd Edition eBook With Web Resource

Creative Dance for All Ages 2nd Edition eBook With Web Resource

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    Creative Dance for All Ages demystifies expectations when teaching creative dance and provides the theory, methods, and lesson ideas for success in a variety of settings and with students of all ages. This one-stop resource offers dance teachers everything they need, including a sequential curriculum, lesson plans, instructional strategies, assessment, and other forms. It’s like having a seasoned dance teacher at your side offering inspiration and guidance all year long.

    Internationally recognized master teacher and author Anne Green Gilbert presents creative dance for everyone and tips on meeting the challenges of teaching it. She offers a complete package for teaching creative dance that includes the theory, methodology, and lesson plans for various age groups that can be used in a variety of settings. Gilbert also offers an entire dance curriculum for sequential teaching and learning. The second edition of her classic text has been revised, reorganized, and updated to meet all the needs of dance teachers.

    The second edition of Creative Dance for All Ages includes these new features:
    • An easy-to-navigate format to help you quickly access the material and find lesson planning and assessment tools.
    • Content to put you on the cutting edge and reflect changes in the field.
    • Forty age-appropriate and brain-compatible lesson plans that are accessible through the web resource, which saves prep time and helps ensure compliance with the latest standards.
    • Five downloadable video clips that demonstrate the lesson plans and teaching strategies and how to put them to work in the classroom.
    • Suggestions for modifying lessons to help you include students of all abilities.
    • Eight assessment forms and curriculum planning templates that are adaptable to your needs.
    If you’re a novice teacher, the book also contains these features to ensure effective instruction:
    • The same conceptual approach to teaching dance that was used in the first edition.
    • A sequential dance curriculum to help you systematically cover a 10-week quarter or 16-week semester.
    • Class management tips to put you in control from the first day.
    Creative Dance for All Ages, Second Edition, is an unparalleled resource for dance educators who are looking for a conceptual creative dance curriculum that will support teaching to learners of all ages. Whether in a studio, company, recreational, or educational setting, you will discover a comprehensive and well-rounded approach to teaching dance, emphasizing the how as much as the why.


    Resource for dance educators in K-12 schools, studios, companies, and recreation settings. Undergraduate text for teaching methods courses.

    Table of Contents

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    Part I Fundamentals of Teaching Creative Dance
    Chapter 1 Introduction to Creative Dance
    Chapter 2 Planning and Teaching Your Creative Dance Class
    Chapter 3 Developing Your Teaching Skills
    Chapter 4 Warming Up, Teaching Concepts, and Cooling Down
    Chapter 5 Locomotor and Nonlocomotor Movements
    Part II Concepts and Sample Lesson Plans
    Chapter 6 Place
    Self-Space and General Space
    Chapter 7 Level
    High, Middle, Low
    Chapter 8 Size
    Big, Medium, Little, Far Reach, Mid-Reach, Near Reach
    Chapter 9 Direction
    Forward, Backward, Right Side, Left Side, Up, Down
    Chapter 10 Pathway
    Straight, Curved, Zigzag
    Chapter 11 Focus
    Single Focus, Multi-Focus
    Chapter 12 Speed
    Slow, Medium, Fast
    Chapter 13 Rhythm
    Pulse, Breath, Pattern, Grouping
    Chapter 14 Energy
    Smooth (Sustained), Sharp (Sudden)
    Chapter 15 Weight
    Strong, Light
    Chapter 16 Flow
    Free, Bound
    Chapter 17 Body Parts
    Head, Arms, Hand, Pelvis, Spine, Trunk, Legs, Feet
    Chapter 18 Body Shapes
    Curved, Straight, Angular, Twisted, Symmetrical, Asymmetrical
    Chapter 19 Relationships
    Over, Under, Around, Through
    Chapter 20 Balance
    On Balance, Off Balance
    Chapter 21 Specialized Lesson Plans
    Appendix A Teaching Academic Curriculum Using Kinesthetic Intelligence
    Appendix B Exploring Other Arts Through Dance
    Appendix C Props
    Appendix D Music Suggestions
    Appendix E Model of a Children’s Dance Company

    About the Author

    About the Author

    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 seven dancing grandchildren. She lives in Seattle with her husband.


    Ancillary materials for this text are available online at

    The book includes a web resource that presents five video clips of master teacher Anne Green Gilbert demonstrating teaching strategies and 40 printable lesson plans and other editable and reproducible forms.