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Sense of Dance - 2nd Edition

Sense of Dance - 2nd Edition

Exploring Your Movement Potential

$58.95 CAD


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    A Sense of Dance: Exploring Your Movement Potential, Second Edition, is written for true beginners—students who are exploring the art form for the first time and are not likely to describe themselves as dancers. Through this text, students discover that dance is an accessible art form that can bring greater self-awareness and self-confidence. It helps new dancers learn how to express themselves through dance.

    This second edition, based on an already-successful textbook, features three new chapters that add even more depth to the topics covered. The chapters address the power of dance through time and place, culture, and community; a sense of style; and patterns of coordination.

    Like the first edition, this empowering text uses an interactive approach to invite students to learn about dance through everyday experiences, personal observations, and guided experiences.

    The following are some of the special elements in the text:
    - “Inside Insights” encourage students to reflect on interesting observations that may affect their movement and expression.

    -“Try This Experiment” exercises are guided physical explorations of concepts in the text that help students become more kinesthetically aware of their movements and discover new ways of moving.

    -“Think About It” sections require students to reflect on how they can apply the information presented. These considerations provide good material for journal entries.

    -“Your Turn to Dance” provides two opportunities per chapter for students to work in small groups to discover movement possibilities, solve problems, and hone their observation and evaluation skills. These become springboards for choreography that reinforces the concepts in the chapter—and provide another adventure of exploring movement potential.
    The author uses a basic movement vocabulary that you can use to describe and evaluate movement possibilities, improve sensitivity when working in groups, develop critical-thinking skills, and express ideas and emotions through movement.

    The book also contains these features designed to help students personalize and interact with the content:
    -Short quizzes

    -Highlight boxes

    -Self-assessment exercises

    -Updated, easy-reference index
    Whatever your students' level of artistic awareness, this engaging text will inspire innovation and help you guide students in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of dance.


    Textbook for beginning-level high school and college dance courses. Reference for middle school and high school dance specialists, physical education and adapted physical education teachers, dance educators, and arts education administrators and program directors.


    Part I An Invitation to the Dance
    Chapter 1 What Is Dance?
    You Are Always Moving
    To Dance Is Phenomenal
    Talking About Dancing
    Why Study Dance?
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 2 The Power of Dance
    Why Dance?
    Different Reasons Make Different Dances
    Social Dances: Definitions and History
    Ballet: Definitions and History
    Modern Dance: Definitions and History
    Jazz and Its Cousins, Tap and Musical Theater: Definitions and History
    World Dance
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 3 How Do You Learn to Dance?
    Learning to Dance and Learning About Dance
    Fundamental Movement Experiences
    What Does It Mean?
    Training, Exploring, and Forming Your Own Style
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 4 Your Moving Body
    The Body Is an Instrument
    Moving Through Space
    Space, Place, and Body Holds
    Realizing the Potential of Your Instrument
    Basic Anatomy
    Accepting and Training Your Body
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Part II The Laws of (Loco) Motion
    Chapter 5
    The Elements of Dance
    Dance Elements in Daily Life
    Applying Elements to Dance Training and Choreography
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 6 Time
    The Basics of Time
    Using Time As a Choreographic Tool
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 7 Space
    Developing Interpersonal Spatial Awareness
    Applying Spatial Awareness to Dance
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 8 Effort
    Finding the Inner Impulse
    There Is Effort in Every Human Movement
    Forces That Affect Movement
    Effort That Reflects These Forces
    Integrating Inner and Outer Forces
    Your Best Effort
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Part III The Sense of Movement
    Chapter 9
    Body Intelligence
    Examining Intelligence
    Body Intelligence
    Development of Body Intelligence
    Body Intelligence and Dance
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 10 Your Sense of Style
    Patterns Make Sense
    What Are We Looking at Here?
    What's in a Name?
    Toward a New Vocabulary of Style
    Eastern Versus Western Style
    Body–Mind Comes West
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 11 Patterns of Coordination and Style
    Style and Cultural Code
    Coordination Patterns Help Us Discuss Style
    What's Your Home Base?
    Patterns of Coordination Integrate Body With Mind
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Part IV The Politics of Dancing
    Chapter 12
    Making a Statement Through Dance
    “Movement Resources I Have Known”
    “Composition Strategies I Have Known”
    Getting Started
    Six Stages of the Creative Process
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 13 Composition
    Arranger or Composer?
    The Discovery of Form
    Principles of Composition
    How to Make a Dance
    Think About It
    Your Turn to Dance

    Chapter 14 Is This Dance Good?
    The Creative Act
    Words of Criticism
    Recognizing, Interpreting, and Creating Relevance
    What Does This Dance Have to Do With Me?
    A Reporter's Evaluation
    Is This a Good Dance?
    Think About It
    Your Talk!

    Photo Credits
    About the Author

    Constance Schrader, MA, is an independent artist and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she founded and directs the dance program. She received her master's degree in dance from Mills College in Oakland, California, in 1979. Schrader is a member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance and Alternate ROOTS, a national organization of performing artists

    Throughout her dance career Schrader has been awarded many grants and scholarships, including consecutive scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival. She has toured internationally with Meredith Monk/The House and has presented her own choreography nationally and internationally. She has worked as an associate director of a dance company and is affiliated with a regional movement theater company. Schrader is also a certified Pilates instructor.

    In addition to being a teacher, choreographer, and a national and international performing artist for more than 30 years, Schrader has a rich variety of real-life experiences that have helped her make dance an art form that is accessible to a wide range of people. In fact, her greatest sense of accomplishment doesn't come from diplomas or awards, but from teaching 3,000 Japanese people to clap a rhythm at a festival in Togamura and coaxing U.S. executives to loosen their ties, kick off their shoes, and leap and laugh.

    Schrader lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Clayton, and their children, where she pursues her other passion, gardening.

    A Sense of Dance Instructor Guide
    ISBN 9780736055062

    An instructor guide is available on CD-ROM. Each chapter contains an outline, summary, learning outcomes, key terms, test and review questions, ideas for facilitating “Your Turn to Dance” opportunities, and audiovisual references. The guide also includes an introduction, ideas for supporting writing and discussion, and 18 detailed improvisations and structures to use with your classes.