A Sense of Dance - 2nd Edition: Exploring Your Movement Potential / Edition 2

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A Sense of Dance: Exploring Your Movement Potential, Second Edition, is written for true beginners—students who are exploring the art form for the first time and are not likely to describe themselves as dancers. Through this text, students discover that dance is an accessible art form that can bring greater self-awareness and self-confidence. It helps new dancers learn how to express themselves through dance.

This second edition, based on an already-successful textbook, features three new chapters that add even more depth to the topics covered. The chapters address the power of dance through time and place, culture, and community; a sense of style; and patterns of coordination.

Like the first edition, this empowering text uses an interactive approach to invite students to learn about dance through everyday experiences, personal observations, and guided experiences.

The following are some of the special elements in the text:
- “Inside Insights” encourage students to reflect on interesting observations that may affect their movement and expression.

-“Try This Experiment” exercises are guided physical explorations of concepts in the text that help students become more kinesthetically aware of their movements and discover new ways of moving.

-“Think About It” sections require students to reflect on how they can apply the information presented. These considerations provide good material for journal entries.

-“Your Turn to Dance” provides two opportunities per chapter for students to work in small groups to discover movement possibilities, solve problems, and hone their observation and evaluation skills. These become springboards for choreography that reinforces the concepts in the chapter—and provide another adventure of exploring movement potential.
The author uses a basic movement vocabulary that you can use to describe and evaluate movement possibilities, improve sensitivity when working in groups, develop critical-thinking skills, and express ideas and emotions through movement.

The book also contains these features designed to help students personalize and interact with the content:
-Short quizzes

-Highlight boxes

-Self-assessment exercises

-Updated, easy-reference index
Whatever your students' level of artistic awareness, this engaging text will inspire innovation and help you guide students in the discovery of their own creativity and sense of dance.

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Editorial Reviews

An introduction to dance which focuses on movement as a path to creative self-expression. Schrader (dance, U. of North Carolina, Asheville) uses non-studio dance examples and experiences as a foundation for teaching the art of dance, as well as creative thinking and reasoning skills. She introduces the basic concepts of time, space, body intelligence, perceptions, and composition; emphasizing self-awareness and confidence for the beginning dance student, rather than any "how-to" dance prescription. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736051897
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/26/2004
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 780,994
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Constance Schrader, MA, is an independent artist and a lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where she founded and directs the dance program. She received her master's degree in dance from Mills College in Oakland, California, in 1979. Schrader is a member of the North Carolina Dance Alliance and Alternate ROOTS, a national organization of performing artists

Throughout her dance career Schrader has been awarded many grants and scholarships, including consecutive scholarships to attend the American Dance Festival. She has toured internationally with Meredith Monk/The House and has presented her own choreography nationally and internationally. She has worked as an associate director of a dance company and is affiliated with a regional movement theater company. Schrader is also a certified Pilates instructor.

In addition to being a teacher, choreographer, and a national and international performing artist for more than 30 years, Schrader has a rich variety of real-life experiences that have helped her make dance an art form that is accessible to a wide range of people. In fact, her greatest sense of accomplishment doesn't come from diplomas or awards, but from teaching 3,000 Japanese people to clap a rhythm at a festival in Togamura and coaxing U.S. executives to loosen their ties, kick off their shoes, and leap and laugh.

Schrader lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Clayton, and their children, where she pursues her other passion, gardening.

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Table of Contents


Part I An Invitation to the Dance
Chapter 1
What Is Dance?
You Are Always Moving
To Dance Is Phenomenal
Talking About Dancing
Why Study Dance?
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 2 The Power of Dance
Why Dance?
Different Reasons Make Different Dances
Social Dances: Definitions and History
Ballet: Definitions and History
Modern Dance: Definitions and History
Jazz and Its Cousins, Tap and Musical Theater: Definitions and History
World Dance
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 3 How Do You Learn to Dance?
Learning to Dance and Learning About Dance
Fundamental Movement Experiences
What Does It Mean?
Training, Exploring, and Forming Your Own Style
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 4 Your Moving Body
The Body Is an Instrument
Moving Through Space
Space, Place, and Body Holds
Realizing the Potential of Your Instrument
Basic Anatomy
Accepting and Training Your Body
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Part II The Laws of (Loco) Motion
Chapter 5
The Elements of Dance
Dance Elements in Daily Life
Applying Elements to Dance Training and Choreography
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 6 Time
The Basics of Time
Using Time As a Choreographic Tool
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 7 Space
Developing Interpersonal Spatial Awareness
Applying Spatial Awareness to Dance
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 8 Effort
Finding the Inner Impulse
There Is Effort in Every Human Movement
Forces That Affect Movement
Effort That Reflects These Forces
Integrating Inner and Outer Forces
Your Best Effort
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Part III The Sense of Movement
Chapter 9
Body Intelligence
Examining Intelligence
Body Intelligence
Development of Body Intelligence
Body Intelligence and Dance
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 10 Your Sense of Style
Patterns Make Sense
What Are We Looking at Here?
What's in a Name?
Toward a New Vocabulary of Style
Eastern Versus Western Style
Body–Mind Comes West
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 11 Patterns of Coordination and Style
Style and Cultural Code
Coordination Patterns Help Us Discuss Style
What's Your Home Base?
Patterns of Coordination Integrate Body With Mind
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Part IV The Politics of Dancing
Chapter 12
Making a Statement Through Dance
“Movement Resources I Have Known”
“Composition Strategies I Have Known”
Getting Started
Six Stages of the Creative Process
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 13 Composition
Arranger or Composer?
The Discovery of Form
Principles of Composition
How to Make a Dance
Think About It
Your Turn to Dance

Chapter 14 Is This Dance Good?
The Creative Act
Words of Criticism
Recognizing, Interpreting, and Creating Relevance
What Does This Dance Have to Do With Me?
A Reporter's Evaluation
Is This a Good Dance?
Think About It
Your Turn...to Talk!

Photo Credits
About the Author

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