1st Edition

Teaching Dance Studies

Edited By Judith Chazin-Bennahum Copyright 2005
    268 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Teaching Dance Studies is a practical guide, written by college professors and dancers/choreographers active in the field, introducing key issues in dance pedagogy. Many young people graduating from universities with degrees – either PhDs or MFAs – desire to teach dance, either in college settings or at local dance schools.

    This collection covers all areas of dance education, including improvisation/choreography; movement analysis; anthropology; theory; music for dance; dance on film; kinesiology/injury prevention; notation; history; archiving; and criticism.

    Among the contributors included in the volume are: Bill Evans, writing on movement analysis; Susan Foster on dance theory; Ilene Fox on notation; Linda Tomko addresses new approaches to teaching the history of all types of dance; and Elizabeth Aldrich writing on archiving.

    Contents Introduction Judith Chazin-Bennahum Chapter 1: Teaching Movement Analysis Bill Evans Chapter 2: Dance Theory? Susan Leigh Foster Chapter 3: From Improvisation to Choreography: The Critical Bridge Larry Lavender and Jennifer Predock-Linnell Chapter 4: Wild Speculation and Simple Thoughts: Teaching Music to Dancers Jeffrey Stolet Chapter 5: Teaching Dance on Film and Film Dance Beth Genné Chapter 6: Teaching Dance History: A Querying Stance as Millennial Lens Linda J. Tomko Chapter 7: On Teaching Dance Criticism Mindy Aloff Chapter 8: The Anthropology of Dance: Textural, Theoretical, and Experiential Ways of Knowing Jill D. Sweet Chapter 9: Standing Aside and Making Space: Mentoring Student Choreographers Larry Lavender and Jennifer Predock-Linnell Chapter 10: Kinesiology and Injury Prevention Mary Virginia Wilmerding Chapter 11: Labanotation Ilene Fox and Dawn Lille Chapter 12: Documentation, Preservation, and Access: Ensuring a Future for Dance's Legacy Elizabeth Aldrich Chapter 13: Reflections on Educating Dance Educators Susan W. Stinson Contributors Index


    Judith Chazin-Bennahum is Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. She is a past president of the Society of Dance History Scholars, and has authored and edited several books on dance history, including The Lure of Perfection (Routledge, 2004).

    'A thought-provoking yet easy-to-follow reference for all college dance educators.' – Dance Teacher