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Dance Skills

Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. This course introduces some key skills and suggestions for how to develop these skills with students. The learning outcomes for this course are: understanding and practical experience of creating opportunities for learners to develop dance skills; awareness and understanding of safe dance practice; awareness, understanding and practical experience of giving feedback;...

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Melinda Phillips
Melinda Phillips (Teacher (K-12))
20 weeks ago
This resource will be useful for a new teacher of dance who is learning how to structure the curriculum. I love that the course is downloadable, and in multiple formats. All of the information touched on is important to know for instructing those undertaking a study of dance beyond social engagements. There were some areas of the course that were incomplete (i.e. Dance Science section never finished addressing the bulleted points) and the link for Siobhan Davies Dance Company appear to no longer be active. I appreciate the author's acknowledgement that as dance teachers "it isn't always possible to possess expertise in every type of dance style and technique". Very true, but by utilizing the key skills and guide lines touched upon in this course, our students may still be exposed to many genres and vocabularies that will serve them well in their dance journeys or careers. Understanding and clearly instructing with sound scientific concepts will help to keep our students safe and encourage the development of healthy, strong dance artists. The documents included in the course are simple but contain important concepts. The feedback forms may be built upon to further the study of constructive criticism, and creative process, I recommend using the ORDER approach (Observation, Reflection, Discussion, Evaluation, Recommendations for revisions) outlined by Larry Lavendar, as a resource when beginning choreography with a group of dancers. Thank you for your contribution.