The Dancing Light

The Dancing Light

by Karen Diaz Ensanian
The Dancing Light

The Dancing Light

by Karen Diaz Ensanian


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The Dancing Light is the second in a series of books by dance educator Karen Diaz Ensanian, created to facilitate dance making with young children. The book exposes them to beautiful visual art, view photos of young dancers demonstrating science concepts through their movement, and hear poetic verse and action words that help them illustrate the nature of LIGHT. By embodying this information, the student makes deep connections in their body, mind, to the world, and to the nature of light. This is an opportunity to learn by way of movement. Internalizing the information and imagery, students will gain a greater understanding of light and possibilities for creativity. Throughout the book there are questions that provide opportunities for children to find their own unique ways of moving.

The journey of the book follows the path of light: light found in nature, light that is man-made, the way light moves through reflection and refraction, its importance for plant life, and finally what happens when light is blocked.

Each of the thirteen original paintings by the author combined with the photos of dancers can also be used as a tool for creating dance lessons in the classroom that enrich the study of LIGHT. Paintings set the stage for the creation of dances with different light concepts such as sunlight, bioluminescence, shadows, electricity, lightning, reflection, refraction, and more. 'Tips for Parents and Teachers' in the back of the book offer a simple set of suggestions for structuring a dance.

Everyone can find inspiration in the dance of light

The author's first book, I Can Make a Water Dance, uses a similar format to connect the water cycle with dance. It is successfully being used by Pre-K -5 to enrich the study of the water cycle.

Here is what some dance education leaders have said about The Dancing Light:

The Dancing Light takes the reader on an enchanting journey filled with colorful landscapes and whimsical images of the natural world! The book is brimming with movement vocabulary brought to life by dancing children! This is a perfect resource for Pre/K-5 dance educators interested in integrating dance and science into student dance making.

Ann Biddle, Director, Dance Education Laboratory (DEL) Institute

"The Dancing Light is both a beautifully designed book for children as well as an inspiring lesson planning tool for teachers. The action words, visuals, and poetry on each page provide rich imagery for children to dance along with the book. Karen has found a way to connect academic content with dance concepts in a seamless and profound way. This is a great book for families, caregivers, teachers and dancers to inspire dance making about the many aspects of LIGHT!"

Deborah Damast, Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Dance Education, NYU Steinhardt

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996391948
Publisher: Equus Potentia Publishing
Publication date: 04/14/2022
Pages: 38
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 4 - 12 Years

About the Author

Karen started her early career in New York City as a dancer with several choreographers, including dancing as a founding member with the Alvin Ailey Repertory Company. She later received her M.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University and then taught for nineteen years as Director of Creative Movement at The Episcopal School in The City of New York. Karen also enjoys leading guest workshops at colleges and various organizations. In recent years Karen facilitated Dance Education Laboratory professional development workshops for teachers with the Department of Education in New York City. At the same time, she began teaching herself to paint as a foundation for illustrating a children's dance education book. Karen's debut book I Can Make a Water Dance was published in 2021 and has inspired countless young dancers and educators to incorporate dance with the study of natural sciences. The Dancing Light is her second book, integrating the art of making dance with the science of light. Karen currently lives with her husband in NYC where she raised two children.
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