Creative Dance for Learning: The Kinesthetic Link is a comprehensive teaching guide that addresses the “what”, “why” and “how” of creative dance. It provides theoretical and practical guidance on teaching creative dance, particularly in educational settings. The authors’ approach is heavily influenced by Barbara Mettler, Margaret H’Doubler, and Rudolph Laban, all legendary figures in the field of creative dance. Their theories are combined with the authors’ insights from thirty years of dance teaching experience to:
* validate dance as art education, adaptable to all ages and abilities
* explain a conceptual framework for teaching dance in common language
* highlight the kinesthetic sense as a guide for creating dance forms
* provide methods of linking movement across the curriculum
* address cultural material through creative dance
* outline teaching progressions that develop student skill and understanding
* guide readers into building and presenting lessons of their own
* provide models for assessing student learning
* relate creative dance instruction to achievement standards in dance and other disciplines
* offer over 25 well-tested lesson plans and 40 adaptations that extend the lesson material.
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Mary Ann Brehm has a Ph.D. in Dance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has taught dance at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the University of Vermont. Currently she travels throughout the United States to teach the course “Creative Movement: Kinesthetic Learning Across the Curriculum” for Lesley University’s Integrated Teaching Through the Arts Master’s Program. She is a former member of the Barbara Mettler Dance Company and is on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Creative Dance.
Dr. Brehm has been a dance teaching artist for nearly 30 years, using dance in relationship to school curricula in several nationally recognized, award-winning arts education programs, including the Tucson Unified School District’s Opening Minds through the Arts Program; Arts Genesis, Inc. (Tucson); the Shaftsbury (VT) Elementary School Arts and Basics Program; and the University of Arizona’s Project DISCOVER. All these programs integrate the arts into the ongoing classroom curriculum in communities with high rates of poverty.
Dr. Brehm is the author of several publications that explore the use of dance for a variety of educational purposes, such as building community, supporting curricular learning, fostering the development of multiple intelligences, and promoting individual growth. She was one of three artists nominated for the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award in 2005.
Lynne McNett has a B.A in Dance from Western Washington University and 30 years teaching experience. She studied Children’s Creative Dance with Virginia Tanner in Salt Lake City and Creative Dance Improvisation with Barbara Mettler in Tuscon. For two decades she has been teaching dance in educational settings from pre-school to college, developing dance curricula to align with state standards and presenting her work at dance and art conferences nationwide. She has taught as adjunct faculty at Western Washington University.
Currently Ms. McNett works as a professional development consultant for the Allied Arts Education Project in Bellingham, WA, training and mentoring dance art educators and classroom teachers in methods of dance instruction in schools. She is on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Creative Dance.
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