Close your eyes. Visualize a traditional dance pose or step from a specific culture. Open your eyes and show it to your classmates. Ask them to identify the country by your demonstration of the pose or step.
Create and Plan Presentations for Specific Settings
Create a dance phrase that would be appropriate for a performance at a senior citizens’ center. Create a dance phrase that would be appropriate for a kindergarten class to watch. Create a dance phrase appropriate for an audience at a juried dance festival.
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
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
Text for high school Dance II, III & IV courses.
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).
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:
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)
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: