Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation

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Whatever your dance background or choreographic interest, this book shows you how to solve common choreography problems, design and shape movements into a dance, organize a dance concert, and observe a finished dance. The book features 63 movement exploration exercises and takes you from dance making to preparing for a performance. More than 56 photographs highlight and clarify important concepts. This second edition also includes these helpful features that will guide you through the entire choreographic process: movement exploration and improvisation exercises; ideas for organizing rehearsal schedules; suggestions for blocking, costuming, and lighting; sources for music and equipment; tips for selecting accompaniment; additional information on choreography and dance production; and forms and checklists. Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation also addresses three of the seven National Dance Content Standards: understanding choreographic principles, creating and communicating meaning, and using critical and creative thinking skills. You'll develop your skills in these areas and learn how to put the standards into practice.

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Solve common problems in choreography, design and shape movements into a dance, and organize a concert with Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation.

Each chapter offers movement exploration exercises, review and reflection questions, and application challenges to help you understand the choreographic process from concept to stage performance. This updated edition also includes examples of how today's multimedia technology can be used to enhance choreography with special lighting effects, slide and PowerPoint projections, virtual dance performances, video conferencing, and motion capture.

Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation will help you to

  • use improvisation and explore movements representative of an idea, concept, or dance style;
  • vary movements based on the understanding of space, time, energy, and shape;
  • integrate choreographic form and structure to shape a dance for meaning or intent; and
  • plan a dance performance, from auditions and rehearsals to technical support and final production

Whether you are a dancer, choreographer, or instructor, Choreography: A Basic Approach Using Improvisation is an invaluable resource for enriching your choreographic experiences and creating memorable stage productions.

About the Author:

Sandra Cerny Minton coordinates the dance program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley. She has taught and choreographed dance for more than 25 years and directed numerous concerts.

Minton has been an active member of both the Colorado Dance Alliance and the National Dance Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, for which she was publications director for two years. She also has devoted her energy to scholarship and to grant writing at UNC.

Minton earned her master’s degree in dance education from the University of California at Los Angeles and earned her PhD in dance and related arts from the Texas Woman’s University. She has written numerous articles, a book chapter, and other books on dance choreography and has presented at conferences across North America.

Minton also enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and friends.

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