Multicultural—it’s today’s educational buzzword. And it’s not a passing fad. Due to the increasing ethnic diversity in our society, promoting cultural awareness is more important today than ever before. What better way to learn about and appreciate cultural differences than through dances from around the world?
Now, popular dance instructor Christy Lane combines the benefits of a multicultural program with the excitement of dance in the Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest. Featuring 18 authentic ethnic dances, this complete teaching resource consists of two volumes, each containing a DVD, a printed guide, and a CD. The DVDs show you how to teach the dances as they are taught by expert instructors. The guides complement the DVDs by offering dance directions, background information, and valuable teaching tips. And the music on the compact discs have been carefully selected and recorded specifically for the Treasure Chest.
Chosen from a nationwide survey, the featured dances are a collection of popular folk dances representing an optimal mix of cultural diversity. Ranging from easy to moderately difficult, the dances allow students to have fun while they learn about their own and others’ cultures. Plus, they help you meet the multicultural awareness component of NASPE’s national standards and the National Standards for Dance Education.
The Multicultural Folk Dance DVDs feature video presentations to help you learn the dances and teach them to others. Each dance is taught by a native of the country from which the dance originated or by an expert in that particular dance form. Wearing traditional costumes, these instructors show you step-by-step how to perform the dances. Then, a group of dancers demonstrates each dance in its entirety.
The Multicultural Folk Dance Guides offer indispensable information for teaching the dances and linking physical education with other subjects, such as geography, language arts, and social studies. For each dance, you’ll learn the following:
• The name of the dance and a guide to pronunciation
• The country or region of its origin
• The location of that country or region
• The language spoken there
• A description and picture of the appropriate flag
• The traditional costume of the dancers
• A brief history of the dance
• Difficulty level
• Appropriate music selections and time signatures
• Number of participants
• Directions for performing the dance (some include lyrics)
• Modifications for different skill levels or for adding variety
• Trivia tidbits about the dance and the country or region
The Multicultural Folk Dance Compact Discs contain music derived from original, authentic compositions of the popular songs. Featuring the songs heard on the DVDsvideos, the CDs boast superior quality recordings, allowing you to hear and appreciate the traditional instruments.
Help your students learn about, experience, and appreciate the uniqueness of other cultures with the Multicultural Folk Dance Treasure Chest.
Resources for K-12 physical education teachers, dance teachers and dance studio owners, YMCA program directors, park and recreation instructors, classroom and music teachers, and youth group and church group leaders.
Christy Lane is a highly acclaimed professional dance instructor, choreographer, educator, and performer. Her work has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Washington Post, American Fitness, USA Today, and Shape magazine. Lane has written five dance books, 28 instructional dance videos, and dozens of articles.
Labeled as one of America's most popular and respected dance instructors, Lane tours nationally, teaching at conventions and workshops. She is certified by the American Sport Education Program and the American Council on Exercise and is a member of the National Dance Association, National Wellness Association, National Speakers Association, and International Dance Exercise Association.
Lane is also an experienced private dance studio owner and artistic director for the Christy Lane Dance Company. She resides in Palm Springs, California.