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Experiencing Dance 2nd Edition eBook With Web Resources

Experiencing Dance 2nd Edition eBook With Web Resources

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    Experiencing Dance: From Student to Dance Artist, Second Edition, presents a complete dance education curriculum for high school students who have more than an introductory experience in dance. The text, with more than 45 lessons, will help students create, perform, respond to, analyze, connect, and understand dance in various styles and settings.

    The lessons focus on all aspects of dance, including understanding movement potential, dance science, dance forms, historical and cultural aspects of dance, and future career directions. The first edition of Experiencing Dance was a best-selling text for high school dance courses—and this edition, with its updated lesson plans, full-color design, and student and teacher web resources, promises to be just as popular, if not more so.

    Experiencing Dance: From Student to Dance Artist, Second Edition, will help students in these ways:

    • Experience dance through creating, performing, responding to, analyzing, connecting with, and understanding dance
    • Understand dance in historical and cultural contexts, its role in community settings, and its potential in career options
    • Learn from a flexible curriculum that can cover one or more years of instruction and that is designed for dancers with more than an introductory experience
    • Engage in a course that meets state and national standards in dance education and addresses 21st-century learning goals
    • Develop a dance portfolio and connect class learning with the real world of dance

    Experiencing Dance provides everything teachers need in order to teach dance to students. This curriculum includes these features:

    • 15 chapters with more than 45lessons that help students create, perform, respond to, connect with, analyze, and understand dance
    • Lessons that focus on all aspects of dance, including understanding movement potential, dance science, dance forms, historical and cultural aspects of dance, and future career directions
    • Material that is targeted to students who are coming in with previous dance experience
    • Content that meets state and national standards in dance education and connects to 21st-century skills for the workforce
    • Web resources that will help students make the connection between classroom learning and real-world dancing
    • An iBooks interactive version with assignments, video clips, and interactive quizzes


    Text for high school Dance II, III & IV courses.

    Table of Contents

    How to Use the Book and Web Resources

    Unit I. Recognizing Your Movement Potential

    Chapter 1. Surveying Your Body at Work
    Lesson 1.1 Stand on Your Own Two Feet
    Lesson 1.2 Body Mechanics: Matching Movement to Muscles and Bones
    Lesson 1.3 Dancing at the Joint
    Lesson 1.4 Personal Physical Survey
    Chapter 2. Warming Up and Cooling Down
    Lesson 2.1 Your Personal Warm-Up
    Lesson 2.2 Dance Class Basics
    Lesson 2.3 Stretch What You Strengthen and Cool Down
    Chapter 3. Choosing a Dance Form That Suits You
    Lesson 3.1 Determine Your Movement Preferences
    Lesson 3.2 Recognize Your Physical Traits and Abilities
    Lesson 3.3 Connect Your Physical Traits and Abilities With Movement Preferences
    Chapter 4. Learning More Than Steps
    Lesson 4.1 Develop Thinking Skills Through the Study of Dance
    Lesson 4.2 Apply Dance Learning Strategies to Other Life Situations
    Lesson 4.3 Explore Careers Beyond Performing

    Unit II. Becoming a Dancer

    Chapter 5. Diversifying Your Dance Training
    Lesson 5.1 Apply Basic Techniques to All Dance Forms
    Lesson 5.2 Experience Different Styles of Dance
    Lesson 5.3 Hone Your Rehearsal and Performing Strategies
    Chapter 6. Improving Your Skills
    Lesson 6.1 Find Classes and Teachers That Meet Your Needs
    Lesson 6.2 Share Your Knowledge
    Lesson 6.3 Practice Makes Permanent

    Unit III. Making Connections Through Dance

    Chapter 7. Expressing Ideas and Emotions
    Lesson 7.1 Dance as Nonverbal Communication
    Lesson 7.2 Dance as a Report or Essay Without Words
    Lesson 7.3 Dance as Social Commentary
    Chapter 8. Exploring Dance as an Art Form
    Lesson 8.1 Differences Between Everyday Movement and Dance
    Lesson 8.2 Theatrical Dance
    Lesson 8.3 Your Aesthetic Preferences
    Chapter 9. Connecting to Community and Tradition
    Lesson 9.1 Cultural Dance
    Lesson 9.2 Historical Dance
    Lesson 9.3 Social Dance

    Unit IV. Becoming a Choreographer

    Chapter 10. Creating Dances
    Lesson 10.1 Choreographic Elements
    Lesson 10.2 Choreographic Processes
    Lesson 10.3 Choreographic Structures
    Chapter 11. A Seven-Step Method for Choreography
    Lesson 11.1 Choose Subject Matter and Explore Movement
    Lesson 11.2 Coordinate Music and Movement, Explore Possibilities, Refine, and Memorize
    Lesson 11.3 Add Finishing Touches and Perform
    Chapter 12. Showcasing Your Work
    Lesson 12.1 Costumes and Props
    Lesson 12.2 Lighting, Scenery, and Sound
    Lesson 12.3 Production Information and Time Line

    Unit V. Refining Yourself as a Dance Artist

    Chapter 13. Learning From the Works of Others
    Lesson 13.1 View, Analyze, and Critique Others’ Works
    Lesson 13.2 Learn From the Choreography of Others
    Lesson 13.3 Improve Your Performance by Watching Others
    Chapter 14. Sharing Your Art Form
    Lesson 14.1 Create and Plan Presentations for Specific Settings
    Lesson 14.2 Find Places to Share Your Presentation
    Lesson 14.3 Give Back to Your Community
    Chapter 15. Developing Your Portfolio, Résumé and Audition Skills
    Lesson 15.1 Build Your Portfolio
    Lesson 15.2 Create Your Résumé
    Lesson 15.3 Prepare for Auditions

    References and Resources

    About the Author

    Helene Scheff is a registered dance educator who has been teaching dance in the private and public sectors since 1960. She has coauthored five other books aimed at dance educators, focusing on helping educators incorporate dance forms in their classes. She believes that every child should have a chance to dance; to that end, in 1986 she began Chance to Dance, an in-school dance program for children in grades 4 through 8.

    Scheff is a founding member and current meeting planner for the National Dance Education Organization. A graduate of the famed New York City High School of Performing Arts, she is a former dancer with the Joffrey Ballet. She is a founding member and former president of the Dance Alliance of Rhode Island and has served as vice president of Dance for the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She serves as treasurer for UNITY. Scheff is also a member of the National Dance Association and Dance and the Child International.

     Scheff has received numerous awards as an educator, including the Outstanding Registered Dance Educator Award and the Meritorious Service Award by Rhode Island Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (RIAHPERD). She was named the RIAHPERD Dance Teacher of the Year in 1996 and was honored as an EDA Outstanding Professional in 1996. She received the RIAHPERD President’s Honor Award in 1997 and an NDA Presidential Citation in 1998. She was awarded the Dance Alliance of Rhode Island Dance Legacy Award in 2002. 

    Marty Sprague is a dance educator with over 30 years of experience. She has taught all levels, from early childhood through higher education. Sprague teaches dance at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex High School in Providence, Rhode Island, and has been an associate professor at Brown University and an associate professor and clinical supervisor for Roger Williams University education department.

    Sprague has been involved in program and curriculum development, professional development, policy development, and advocacy support for arts education in Rhode Island. Marty holds an MA in dance education from the Teachers College of Columbia University and a BFA in dance from Boston Conservatory. She was the founding artistic director of the Chance to Dance program. She has written and reviewed dance standards at the district, state, and national levels. Marty has been honored by Dance Teacher magazine as 2004 Dance Teacher of the Year, K-12 and by National Dance Education Organization as the 2005 Dance Educator of the Year, K-12. Marty is currently serving on the executive editorial board for NDEO’s Journal of Dance Education and for the Arts Education Policy Review.

    She is coauthor, with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, of Building More Dances, the second edition of Building Dances, Experiencing Dance, Dance About Anything, and Exploring Dance Forms and Styles.

    Susan McGreevy-Nichols is the executive director of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She taught at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1974 to 2002. She was the founder and director of the inner-city school's nationally recognized dance program in which more than 300 of the school's 900 students elected to participate. The program treated dance as a core subject; emphasized the creating, performing, and responding processes; and integrated the arts and other core subjects. She developed a cutting-edge reading comprehension program using text as inspiration for original choreography created by children. After retiring, she moved to California where she taught part-time at California State University/Dominguez Hills and Loyola Marymount University and was a teaching artist in schools in Los Angeles and Alameda Counties.

    She is a founding member of the NDEO and a former treasurer and board member; she served as president before becoming the executive director. She also has served as president of the National Dance Association (NDA).

    Susan has received numerous NDA presidential citations and an Eastern District Association (EDA) of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, and Dance (AAHPERD) Merit Award in Dance. In 1994 she was named Rhode Island's Dance Teacher of the Year, and in 1995 she was honored both as the NDA National Dance Teacher of the Year and as an EDA Outstanding Professional. She received AAHPERD's Honor Award in 2000.

    Susan is the coauthor of five books: Building Dances (1995), Building More Dances (2001), Experiencing Dance (2004), Dance About Anything (2006), and Dance Forms and Styles (2010).


    All ancillary materials for this text are FREE to course adopters and available online at

    Experiencing Dance offers students and teachers an array of supporting materials at

    In addition, Experiencing Dance, Second Edition, is available in digital as well as print formats. Students and teachers can use e-books in a variety of platforms, in combination with the student and teacher web resources, to interact with the material. The Experiencing Dance iBooks Interactive Version is also available for students.

    The student web resources contain these features:

    • Journaling prompts
    • Extended learning activities
    • Web search suggestions for further research
    • Worksheets and assignments to either print out or complete online (via editable Word files)
    • Interactive chapter review quizzes (these are completed online and students get immediate feedback)
    • Video clips
    • Vocabulary terms with and without definitions to aid in self-quizzing and review

    The teacher web resource contains everything that is on the student web resource, plus these features:

    • A printable full-color poster for the classroom
    • PowerPoint presentations for each chapter
    • Answer keys for worksheets and quizzes
    • A full electronic version of the student textbook