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Discovering Dance-2nd Edition

Author: Gayle Kassing

$170.95 CAD

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$170.95 CAD

ISBN: 9781718220836

©2025

Page Count: 360


Discovering Dance, Second Edition, is the premier introductory dance text for high school students. Whether they are new to dance or already have some experience, students will be able to grasp the foundational concepts of dance as they consider where dance movement comes from and why humans are compelled to move, and they will explore movement activities from the perspectives of a dancer, a choreographer, and an observer. The result is a well-rounded educational experience for students to build on, whether they want to further explore performance or choreography or otherwise factor dance into their college or career goals.

Specifically designed to meet national and state dance education standards, Discovering Dance offers a ready-to-implement dance curriculum that is foundational and flexible. It fosters students’ discovery of dance through creating, performing, analyzing, understanding, responding to, connecting to, and evaluating dance and dance forms.

The book is divided into four parts and 17 chapters. Part I focuses on the foundational concepts of dance and art processes, wellness, safety, dance elements, and composition. Part II delves into dance in society, including historical, social, traditional, and cultural dances. In part III, students explore dance on stage—including ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, tap, and hip-hop—and examine aspects of performance and production. Part IV rounds out the content by preparing students for dance in college or as a career and throughout life.

The chapter content helps students
  • discover dance genres;
  • explore each genre through its history, artists, vocabulary, and significant works;
  • apply dance concepts through movement and through written, oral, visual, technology, and multimedia assignments, thus deepening their knowledge and abilities;
  • enhance learning by completing a portfolio assignment and review quiz for each chapter; and
  • gain insight into dance artists, companies, and events through the Did You Know? and Spotlight elements.
Learning objectives, vocabulary terms, and an essential question open each chapter. Throughout the chapters are four types of activities: Discover, Explore, Journal, and Research. The activities and assignments meet the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners and help students explore dance through vocabulary, history, culture, creation, performance, and choreography. A comprehensive glossary further facilitates learning.

The personal discovery process is greatly aided by technology—including video clips that demonstrate dance genres, forms, styles, and techniques as well as learning experiences that require taking photos and creating time lines, graphs, drawings, diagrams, or soundscapes.

Audience

Textbook for high school Dance I courses.
Part I. Foundations of Dance
Chapter 1. Dance for All
Chapter 2. Safety, Health, and Wellness
Chapter 3. Elements of Dance
Chapter 4. Basics of Dance Composition

Part II. Dance in Society
Chapter 5. History of Dance
Chapter 6. Social Dance
Chapter 7. Traditional American Community Dance
Chapter 8. Cultural Dance

Part III. Dance on Stage
Chapter 9. Ballet
Chapter 10. Modern Dance
Chapter 11. Jazz Dance
Chapter 12. Tap Dance
Chapter 13. Hip-Hop Dance
Chapter 14. Dance as Entertainment
Chapter 15. Dance Performance and Production

Part IV. Dance for Life
Chapter 16. College and Career Preparation
Chapter 17. Dance in Your Life
Gayle Kassing, PhD, has performed professionally in ballet, modern dance, and musical theater. She has a BFA in ballet and theater, an MA in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman’s University, and an MAT in K-12 education with media. She has taught in universities in Nebraska, Illinois, and Florida as well as in public schools, dance studios, and regional ballet companies. She has authored or coauthored numerous books on dance and ballet methods and instruction.

Kassing has presented at state, national, and international conferences and has worked as a dance consultant, providing dance professional development workshops for K-12 and university dance educators. In 2010, she was named the National Dance Association Scholar/Artist, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the National Dance Society’s Dance Scholar Award.

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Teacher guide. Includes planner charts that link to all supplemental resources associated with each chapter, learning objectives, extended learning activities, assessment rubrics, printable posters, and additional teacher resources to enhance the learning process.

Test package. Contains questions in true-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions.

Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (9-10 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. 

Presentation package. Features PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class presentation or printed as handouts for students.

Instructors also receive access to the student web resource. For Discovering Dance, Second Edition, this includes handouts and assignments that students can complete and turn in, Explore More sections to introduce students to additional dance styles, chapter glossaries, video and audio clips for selected dance genres, and web links and search terms to enhance learning with additional resources.

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Gayle Kassing

Discovering Dance-2nd Edition

$170.95 CAD
Discovering Dance, Second Edition, is the premier introductory dance text for high school students. Whether they are new to dance or already have some experience, students will be able to grasp the foundational concepts of dance as they consider where dance movement comes from and why humans are compelled to move, and they will explore movement activities from the perspectives of a dancer, a choreographer, and an observer. The result is a well-rounded educational experience for students to build on, whether they want to further explore performance or choreography or otherwise factor dance into their college or career goals.

Specifically designed to meet national and state dance education standards, Discovering Dance offers a ready-to-implement dance curriculum that is foundational and flexible. It fosters students’ discovery of dance through creating, performing, analyzing, understanding, responding to, connecting to, and evaluating dance and dance forms.

The book is divided into four parts and 17 chapters. Part I focuses on the foundational concepts of dance and art processes, wellness, safety, dance elements, and composition. Part II delves into dance in society, including historical, social, traditional, and cultural dances. In part III, students explore dance on stage—including ballet, modern dance, jazz dance, tap, and hip-hop—and examine aspects of performance and production. Part IV rounds out the content by preparing students for dance in college or as a career and throughout life.

The chapter content helps students
  • discover dance genres;
  • explore each genre through its history, artists, vocabulary, and significant works;
  • apply dance concepts through movement and through written, oral, visual, technology, and multimedia assignments, thus deepening their knowledge and abilities;
  • enhance learning by completing a portfolio assignment and review quiz for each chapter; and
  • gain insight into dance artists, companies, and events through the Did You Know? and Spotlight elements.
Learning objectives, vocabulary terms, and an essential question open each chapter. Throughout the chapters are four types of activities: Discover, Explore, Journal, and Research. The activities and assignments meet the needs of visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners and help students explore dance through vocabulary, history, culture, creation, performance, and choreography. A comprehensive glossary further facilitates learning.

The personal discovery process is greatly aided by technology—including video clips that demonstrate dance genres, forms, styles, and techniques as well as learning experiences that require taking photos and creating time lines, graphs, drawings, diagrams, or soundscapes.

Audience

Textbook for high school Dance I courses.
Part I. Foundations of Dance
Chapter 1. Dance for All
Chapter 2. Safety, Health, and Wellness
Chapter 3. Elements of Dance
Chapter 4. Basics of Dance Composition

Part II. Dance in Society
Chapter 5. History of Dance
Chapter 6. Social Dance
Chapter 7. Traditional American Community Dance
Chapter 8. Cultural Dance

Part III. Dance on Stage
Chapter 9. Ballet
Chapter 10. Modern Dance
Chapter 11. Jazz Dance
Chapter 12. Tap Dance
Chapter 13. Hip-Hop Dance
Chapter 14. Dance as Entertainment
Chapter 15. Dance Performance and Production

Part IV. Dance for Life
Chapter 16. College and Career Preparation
Chapter 17. Dance in Your Life
Gayle Kassing, PhD, has performed professionally in ballet, modern dance, and musical theater. She has a BFA in ballet and theater, an MA in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts from Texas Woman’s University, and an MAT in K-12 education with media. She has taught in universities in Nebraska, Illinois, and Florida as well as in public schools, dance studios, and regional ballet companies. She has authored or coauthored numerous books on dance and ballet methods and instruction.

Kassing has presented at state, national, and international conferences and has worked as a dance consultant, providing dance professional development workshops for K-12 and university dance educators. In 2010, she was named the National Dance Association Scholar/Artist, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the National Dance Society’s Dance Scholar Award.

All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

Teacher guide. Includes planner charts that link to all supplemental resources associated with each chapter, learning objectives, extended learning activities, assessment rubrics, printable posters, and additional teacher resources to enhance the learning process.

Test package. Contains questions in true-false, fill-in-the-blank, essay and short-answer, and multiple-choice formats. The files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed for use as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions.

Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (9-10 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. 

Presentation package. Features PowerPoint slides of text, artwork, and tables from the book that can be used for class presentation or printed as handouts for students.

Instructors also receive access to the student web resource. For Discovering Dance, Second Edition, this includes handouts and assignments that students can complete and turn in, Explore More sections to introduce students to additional dance styles, chapter glossaries, video and audio clips for selected dance genres, and web links and search terms to enhance learning with additional resources.

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