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Experiencing Dance: From Student to Dance Artist, Second Edition, takes off where its previous edition—a best-selling high school text for students enrolled in dance classes—left off. Geared to students in dance II, III, and IV classes, this text places teachers in the role of facilitator and opens up a world of creativity and analytical thinking as students explore the art of dance.

Through Experiencing Dance, students will be able to do the following:

  • Encounter dance through creating, performing, responding to, analyzing, connecting with, and understanding dance through its 45-plus lessons.
  • Experience dance as performers, choreographers, and audience members.
  • Learn about dance in historical and cultural contexts, in community settings, and as career options.
  • Go through a complete and flexible high school curriculum that can be presented in one or more years of instruction.
  • Meet state and national standards in dance education and learn from a pedagogically sound scope and sequence that allow them to address 21st-century learning goals.
  • Use Spotlight and Did You Know? special elements that will enhance the learning experience and connect studio learning to the real world of dance.

Experiencing Dance will help students engage in movement experiences as they learn and apply dance concepts through written, oral, and media asgnments. These assignments help them gain a perspective of dance as an art form and provide the content for students to develop interactive da

nce portfolios.

The text contains 15 chapters in five units. Each chapter offers at least three lessons, each containing the following material:

  • Move It! introduces students, through a movement experience, to a lesson concept.
  • Vocabulary provides definitions of key terms.
  • Curtain Up offers background information to help students understand lesson topics and concepts.
  • Take the Stage presents dance-related assignments for students to produce and share.
  • Take a Bow engages students in response, evaluation, and revision activities to process their work and concepts presented in the chapter.

Each lesson includes Spotlight and Did You Know? special elements that help students extend their learning and deepen their understanding of historical and cultural facts and prominent dancers, dance companies, and professionals in careers related to dance.

Each chapter includes a chapter review quiz. Quizzes incorporate true-or-false, short-answer, and matching answer questions. Finally, each chapter ends with a capstone assignment.

Students will delve into major topics such as these:

  • Identifying your movement potential as a dancer
  • Understanding dance science and its application through studying basic anatomy and injury prevention in relation to dance training
  • Developing proper warm-ups and cool-downs and integrating fitness principles and nutrition information into healthy dancing practices
  • Expressing through various dance styles and forms the roles of the dancer, the historical and cultural heritage of the dance, and the dance’s connections to community and society
  • Developing and performing dance studies and choreography in a variety of styles and forms and then producing the dance using production elements for a variety of settings
  • Preparing for a future as a dancer, choreographer, or a career that is otherwise connected to dance
  • Advocating for dance in your community and beyond

The text is bolstered by web resources for both students and teachers. These resources enhance the students’ learning experience while enabling teachers to prepare for, conduct, and manage their classes.

The student web resource contains these features:

  • Journaling prompts
  • Extended learning activities
  • Web search suggestions for further research
  • Worksheets and assignments to either print out or complete online (via editable Word files)
  • Interactive chapter review quizzes (these are completed online and students get immediate feedback)
  • Video clips
  • Vocabulary terms with and without definitions to aid in self-quizzing and review

The teacher web resource contains everything that is on the student web resource, plus the following:

  • A printable full-color poster for the classroom
  • PowerPoint presentations for each chapter
  • Answer keys for worksheets and quizzes
  • A full electronic version of the student textbook

In addition, Experiencing Dance is available in both print and interactive iBooks versions. The iBook version has embedded chapter-opening and instructional video clips as well as interactive quizzes (in which students immediately receive feedback on their answers).

This updated text, with its solid instruction and comprehensive lessons, new resources, and extended learning experiences, will help students at levels II, III, and IV increase their understanding of, expertise in, and enjoyment of dance.