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Preparing for Class

Gayle Kassing

Gayle Kassing, PhD, taught beginning ballet through advanced ballet for more than 25 years at four universities. Kassing earned a BFA in ballet and theater, an MS in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts, and an MAT in K-12 curriculum integrated with technology. She was the 2010 National Dance Association (NDA) Artist Scholar. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She is the author of History of Dance and coauthor of Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Kassing is an acquisitions editor at Human Kinetics. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Ballet : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Preparing for ballet class can have several meanings. Ballet class dress requirements vary, as do classes. By putting on your dancewear, you create an outward transformation that helps you get into the frame of mind for dance class—your...

Introduction to Jazz Dance

James Robey

James Robey, MFA, is assistant professor of dance and department chair at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received the Messing Faculty Award in 2015. He was director of the prestigious Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for 10 years, during which he also created the Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Syllabus. He has taught as faculty or adjunct faculty at numerous universities, schools for the performing arts, and dance studios. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Jazz Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2016

Ebook Chapter

...If you peek through the door into a beginning jazz dance class, you will see smiling dancers grooving to rhythmic music, kicking their legs on the accent of the beat, spinning around, and jumping joyously. Jazz dancers revel in the pure...

Introduction to Musical Theatre Dance

Diana Dart Harris

Diana Dart Harris has more than 24 years of experience teaching dance to students of all ages. She is a professor and musical theatre choreographer at the University of New Haven. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance and has performed in musicals. Harris was artistic director of New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker and assistant director of a musical theatre organization. She is a board member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance. Harris earned a bachelor of arts degree in dance education from Goucher College and a master of science degree in exercise physiology from Southern Connecticut State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Musical Theatre Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2016

Ebook Chapter

...The stage manager calls, “Five minutes, please,” and from every dressing room comes the response, “Five minutes, thank you!” Final touches are put on costumes, makeup and hair are checked, and actors begin to make their way toward...

Preparing for Class

Lisa Lewis

Lisa Lewis, PhD, is an associate professor in the health and human performance department at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Lewis started her professional dance training under master teachers Mallory Graham and Danny Hoctor, and later she studied in New York City under the legendary jazz teacher Frank Hatchett and tap professional Maurice Hines at Hines-Hatchett studio (currently Broadway Dance Center). Dr. Lewis developed online tap dance components for beginners while instructing tap dance at Middle Tennessee State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Tap Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...In the Broadway musical A Chorus Line, the character Mike sings of his experiences as a child watching his sister tap dance. In the lyrics he sings, “I can do that.” Finally, one day he grabs his sister’s tap shoes and stuffs them...

Preparing for Class

Diana Dart Harris

Diana Dart Harris has more than 24 years of experience teaching dance to students of all ages. She is a professor and musical theatre choreographer at the University of New Haven. She is trained in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance and has performed in musicals. Harris was artistic director of New Haven Ballet’s Nutcracker and assistant director of a musical theatre organization. She is a board member of the Connecticut Dance Alliance. Harris earned a bachelor of arts degree in dance education from Goucher College and a master of science degree in exercise physiology from Southern Connecticut State University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Musical Theatre Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2016

Ebook Chapter

...Walking into a musical theatre dance class for the first time can be exciting, but it can also be overwhelming if you do not know what to expect or if you are unprepared. Being prepared means knowing what to wear for class and what to bring...

Preparing for Class

James Robey

James Robey, MFA, is assistant professor of dance and department chair at Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received the Messing Faculty Award in 2015. He was director of the prestigious Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance for 10 years, during which he also created the Robey Jazz Dance Technique and Syllabus. He has taught as faculty or adjunct faculty at numerous universities, schools for the performing arts, and dance studios. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Jazz Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2016

Ebook Chapter

...If you took a test without studying or preparing, you would expect to do poorly, perhaps even fail. Although taking a jazz dance class is much more enjoyable than taking a test, proper preparation carries just as much value in dance...

Preparing for Class

Miriam Giguere

Miriam Giguere, PhD, is the dance program director in the department of performing arts at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Giguere has been teaching modern dance in higher education for 22 years. Before teaching at the university level, Giguere danced professionally with three modern dance companies. As dance program director at Drexel, she created the curriculum for the dance major to include multiple styles of modern dance. Using her experience as a dance teacher in an academic setting, she developed 11 new courses and associated teaching materials. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Modern Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2014

Ebook Chapter

...Learning a new art form is an exciting time in your education. By taking a modern dance class, you have the opportunity to express yourself in a new way and explore a world of movement that connects you to some of the most innovative...

Introduction to Hip-Hop Dance

E. Moncell Durden

E. Moncell Durden is a dance educator and historian who specializes in the cultural and historical context of American Afro-Latin social dance. Durden is an assistant professor of practices for the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California and has been a senior lecturer of hip-hop at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He was also part of the adjunct faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Yale School of Drama in Connecticut, and the Eugene Lang New School in New York City. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Hip-Hop Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2019

Ebook Chapter

...Now one of the most popular forms of dance in the world, hip-hop arose in the Bronx in the early 1970s in the form of b-boying. It began to attract mainstream attention from both American and global audiences when it was featured...

Introduction to Ballet

Gayle Kassing

Gayle Kassing, PhD, taught beginning ballet through advanced ballet for more than 25 years at four universities. Kassing earned a BFA in ballet and theater, an MS in modern dance, a PhD in dance and related arts, and an MAT in K-12 curriculum integrated with technology. She was the 2010 National Dance Association (NDA) Artist Scholar. She is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). She is the author of History of Dance and coauthor of Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Kassing is an acquisitions editor at Human Kinetics. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Ballet : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2013

Ebook Chapter

...Ballet dancers glide, spin, and leap across the floor. Like all artists, ballet dancers learn technique that they refine into artistry through continuous study. In the studio, dancers perfect ballet exercises, steps, and combinations...

Preparing for Class

E. Moncell Durden

E. Moncell Durden is a dance educator and historian who specializes in the cultural and historical context of American Afro-Latin social dance. Durden is an assistant professor of practices for the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance at University of Southern California and has been a senior lecturer of hip-hop at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He was also part of the adjunct faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Wesleyan University in Connecticut, Yale School of Drama in Connecticut, and the Eugene Lang New School in New York City. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Beginning Hip-Hop Dance : Interactive Dance Series

Human Kinetics, 2019

Ebook Chapter

...Learning a new art form is an exciting part of your education. Learning hip-hop dance in particular gives you an opportunity to express yourself in a new way and to explore a world of movement that is fun, interactive, and easy to learn...