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Designing and Shaping the Dance

Sandra Cerny Minton

Sandra Cerny Minton, PhD, is co-coordinator of the dance education master's degree program at the University of Northern Colorado. She has 26 years' experience running a dance program at the university level and has choreographed and directed numerous main stage concerts. She also taught for 10 years in public schools. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, where she studied under nationally renowned dance educator Alma Hawkins. Minton was a founding member of the National Dance Education Organization and has served as publications director for the National Dance Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Choreography : A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Human Kinetics, 2018

Ebook Chapter

...Choreographers use exploration and improvisation to find movement materials, but it is craft that enables them to shape the movements created into a dance. It is a process of discovering possibilities and putting the pieces of the puzzle...

Staging the Performance

Sandra Cerny Minton

Sandra Cerny Minton, PhD, is co-coordinator of the dance education master's degree program at the University of Northern Colorado. She has 26 years' experience running a dance program at the university level and has choreographed and directed numerous main stage concerts. She also taught for 10 years in public schools. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, where she studied under nationally renowned dance educator Alma Hawkins. Minton was a founding member of the National Dance Education Organization and has served as publications director for the National Dance Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Choreography : A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Human Kinetics, 2018

Ebook Chapter

...A dance exists only in the mind of the choreographer and as a rehearsal exercise until it is performed. The choreographic process is completed when a dance is brought to the stage and performed for an audience. However, bringing a dance...

Performing and Responding to Modern Dance

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

...Many dancers take dance classes because it is fun and challenging. Going to technique class is a rewarding activity in and of itself, but many dancers also take classes in the hopes of performing modern dance. You might have a chance to do...

Learning and Performing Tap Dance

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

...Learning and performing tap dance present physical and intellectual challenges; tap dance is a mind–body experience. You have to come to class physically and mentally ready to learn. You use your observation skills to see and hear...

From the Audition to the Stage

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

...You have spent your time in the studio learning new vocabulary, learning about the ways your body can move, practicing steps, and performing combinations over and over again. All your hard work and newly gained experience will be put...

Learning and Performing Ballet Technique

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

...Learning and performing ballet present physical and intellectual challenges; it is the ultimate mind–body experience. You have to come to class mentally and physically ready to learn with your mind open and your body ready. You use your...

Learning and Performing Jazz Dance Technique

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

...Although having the right instructor with the right material is important for success in jazz dance class, learning ultimately falls on the shoulders of the student. Just as teaching techniques can vary in effectiveness, techniques of being...

Identifying Choreographic Form

Sandra Cerny Minton

Sandra Cerny Minton, PhD, is co-coordinator of the dance education master's degree program at the University of Northern Colorado. She has 26 years' experience running a dance program at the university level and has choreographed and directed numerous main stage concerts. She also taught for 10 years in public schools. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, where she studied under nationally renowned dance educator Alma Hawkins. Minton was a founding member of the National Dance Education Organization and has served as publications director for the National Dance Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Choreography : A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Human Kinetics, 2018

Ebook Chapter

...Any creative work, dance included, exists within a form (the overall development of the piece) that is shaped from the inspiration or intent (motivation that stimulates movement) of the work. Giving form to your dance occurs after you have...

Learning and Performing 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

...In many ways, entering a dance studio is like traveling to a foreign country. The experience can be an adventure, but you will need to learn the languages of dance and theatre, develop the skills required for learning movement...

Exploring and Improvising Movement

Sandra Cerny Minton

Sandra Cerny Minton, PhD, is co-coordinator of the dance education master's degree program at the University of Northern Colorado. She has 26 years' experience running a dance program at the university level and has choreographed and directed numerous main stage concerts. She also taught for 10 years in public schools. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from UCLA, where she studied under nationally renowned dance educator Alma Hawkins. Minton was a founding member of the National Dance Education Organization and has served as publications director for the National Dance Association. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Choreography : A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

Human Kinetics, 2018

Ebook Chapter

...I have always found the creative process wonderful yet mystifying. It's wonderful because the dance, or final product, is an entity that can entertain, communicate, and inspire. It's mystifying because the choreographer (person creating...