Dance Appreciation is a lower division, general education course that fulfills the arts and humanities requirement [for transfer to, admission to, or graduation from four-year colleges and universities]. It surveys the elements of dance as a performing art through examples, including world, social, and Western concert dance forms. Interactive media objects make this an exciting, essential, and personal study of dance as an art form.
Course modules are designed to be extremely flexible, allowing instructors to modify or reorder the curriculum as necessary. Includes a special focus on dance literacy and developing observation skills from the audience perspective.
- Learning to recognize various dance styles and genres / identify significant contributions to dance styles made by choreographers and dancers
- Exploring the origins of various dance forms and the related roles of choreographers, dancers, and audience members
- Become acquainted with noted examples of dance theater/performance and view the functions of dance in various cultures
- Develop a vocabulary for discussing types of movement/ learn to articulate, through writing and discussion, what we see, feel, and perceive in dance performances
Each of the lessons includes a number of interactive games and practice activities that engage students, reinforce learning, and the lesson ends with a quiz.
The subset of Labanotation that Beth Megill and Dave Massey were using is known as Language of Dance and its accompanying Movement Alphabet and was developed by Ann Hutchinson Guest (a student of Laban and still active at age 95). Beth was in touch with the folks who head up the LODC in London as well as the U.S. branch based in New York, and Beth herself has some kind of certification to teach and choreograph using LoD.
The recommended textbook for this course is NAME OF BOOK by Beth Megill.
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