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Dance Education

by: Courtney Schmitz

Dance Education ESS 104

Courtney Schmitz
UW - L
GPA 3.2

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These notes cover what we learned on the different types of dances each grade learns in schools today.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Courtney Schmitz on Wednesday May 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to ESS 104 at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse taught by Kathy Gorman in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Dance Appreciation in EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE at University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.

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Date Created: 05/04/16
Dance Education  History of Dance Education in America  Difference in attitude towards dance education between the Northern and th Southern colonies of U.S in the 17 century  Dance began to be taught in American schools in the early 19 century  By the late 19 century, 3 types of dance taught in American Schools o Delsartian system of exercise (Francois Delsarte) o Aesthetic Dance o Gymanastic Dance  By the early 20 century: o only aesthetic and gymnastic dance taught in American schools o 1933: Modern dance first taught in American Schools  by Gertrude Colby in the NYC School District.  “Natural Dance”  Creative Dance o UW Madison was the first U.S university to offer a Dance Major Program **Look at the sheet on D2L—fill in the blank on exam** Elementary School Dance Taught Today  3 types of dance taught in most American elementary schools for the 1 – 3 st rd grade 1. Fundamental locomotors movement classes a. Difference between run and walk, etc. 2. Rhythm Games and Activities 3. Folk Dance  3 types of dance taught in most American elementary schools for 4 – 6 th th grade 1. Folk Dance 2. Square Dance 3. Rhythm Games and Activities  The type of dance that is lacking and is needed the most is creative movement  The main reason there are not better dance programs in our elementary schools is because the P.E. teacher is in charge of teaching it  One solution is to have “magnet schools” in the arts o Specialized elementary school that will emphasize a certain subjects (more theatre, more language, more science, etc.) Secondary School Dance today 3 types of dance taught in most American high schools: 1. Folk dance 2. Square dance 3. Social dance 3 programs to help improve dance education in high schools: 1. High school of performing arts 2. Work with local university dance programs 3. Urban arts ***The 4 steps that need to be taken is dance is to be used to its fullest as a significant educational experience*** 1. Strengthen dance in the already established school curriculum 2. Improve the quality of dance instruction 3. Get more boys involved in dance 4. Develop community awareness and support of dance Dance in Higher Education  Up until the late 1960’s, if a dancer wanted to pursue a career in performance dance, they usually did not go to college first. There were 2 reasons for this: 1. The dance profession is meant for the young 2. University dance programs are not focusing on the performing dancer  This trend changed in the 1970s because the university dance programs changed their emphasis Dance Careers 1 What are the 6 possible dance careers? 1 Performance 2 Education- private dance studios (problem is that anyone can say they are a dance teacher) 3 Choreographer- makes dances for dance accompanies or theatre 4 Dance therapist- work with the mentally ill 5 Dance research/criticism- injury prevention 6 Dance management- running a dance related studio


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