Experiencing Dance: From Student to Dance Artist, Second Edition, takes off where its previous edition—a best-selling high school text for students enrolled in dance classes—left off. Geared to students in dance II, III, and IV classes, this text places teachers in the role of facilitator and opens up a world of creativity and analytical thinking as students explore the art of dance.
Through Experiencing Dance, students will be able to do the following:
• Encounter dance through creating, performing, responding to, analyzing, connecting with, and understanding dance through its 45-plus lessons.
• Experience dance as performers, choreographers, and audience members.
• Learn about dance in historical and cultural contexts, in community settings, and as career options.
• Go through a complete and flexible high school curriculum that can be presented in one or more years of instruction.
• Meet state and national standards in dance education and learn from a pedagogically sound scope and sequence that allow them to address 21st-century learning goals.
• Use Spotlight and Did You Know? special elements that will enhance the learning experience and connect studio learning to the real world of dance.
Experiencing Dance will help students engage in movement experiences as they learn and apply dance concepts through written, oral, and media assignments. These assignments help them gain a perspective of dance as an art form and provide the content for students to develop interactive dance portfolios.
The text contains 15 chapters in five units. Each chapter offers at least three lessons, each containing the following material:
• Move It! introduces students, through a movement experience, to a lesson concept.
• Vocabulary provides definitions of key terms.
• Curtain Up offers background information to help students understand lesson topics and concepts.
• Take the Stage presents dance-related assignments for students to produce and share.
• Take a Bow engages students in response, evaluation, and revision activities to process their work and concepts presented in the chapter.
Each lesson includes Spotlight and Did You Know? special elements that help students extend their learning and deepen their understanding of historical and cultural facts and prominent dancers, dance companies, and professionals in careers related to dance.
Each chapter includes a chapter review quiz. Quizzes incorporate true-or-false, short-answer, and matching answer questions. Finally, each chapter ends with a capstone assignment.
Students will delve into major topics such as these:
• Identifying your movement potential as a dancer
• Understanding dance science and its application through studying basic anatomy and injury prevention in relation to dance training
• Developing proper warm-ups and cool-downs and integrating fitness principles and nutrition information into healthy dancing practices
• Expressing through various dance styles and forms the roles of the dancer, the historical and cultural heritage of the dance, andd the dance’s connections to community and society
• Developing and performing dance studies and choreography in a variety of styles and forms and then producing the dance using production elements for a variety of settings
• Preparing for a future as a dancer, choreographer, or a career that is otherwise connected to dance
• Advocating for dance in your community and beyond
The text is bolstered by web resources for both students and teachers. These resources enhance the students’ learning experience while enabling teachers to prepare for, conduct, and manage their classes.
The student web resource contains 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 the following:
• 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
In addition, Experiencing Dance is available in both print and interactive iBook versions. The iBook version has embedded chapter-opening and instructional video clips as well as interactive quizzes (in which students immediately receive feedback on their answers).
This updated text, with its solid instruction and comprehensive lessons, new resources, and extended learning experiences, will help students at levels II, III, and IV increase their understanding of, expertise in, and enjoyment of dance.
Text for high school Dance II, III & IV courses.
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
Body Mechanics: Matching Movement to Muscles and Bones
Create and Plan Presentations for Specific Settings
Experiencing Dance offers students and teachers an array of supporting materials at www.ExperiencingDance.org.
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