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Dance communicates ideas through movement and is an expressive art form. Students need to learn how to use their body in a safe and healthy way, whilst developing a wide-ranging movement vocabulary. The use of different dance techniques can be an effective way of building vocabulary and developing different kinds of skills and abilities. Technical dance skills can form the foundation on which to develop and enhance each individual's performance. As dance teachers, we may have a range of skills, but it isn't always possible to possess expertise in every type of dance style and technique. Having the knowledge and experience to teach African Dance forms, Jazz Dance or Hip Hop to students is a great way of introducing them to a variety of styles and can be a rich and rewarding process. However, many teachers in schools and colleges work within a Contemporary Dance style because it will have been the basis of their education and training. In this free course, Dance skills, it is also the main point of reference.
The learning outcomes for this unit are:
- Understanding and practical experience of creating opportunities for learners to develop dance skills;
- Awareness and understanding of safe dance practice;
- Awareness, understanding and practical experience of giving feedback;
- Promotion of discussion and debate about dance issues throughout the dance curriculum.
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- Learning Outcomes
- 1 Safe dance practice
- 2 Posture, alignment and balance
- 3 Dance combinations
- 4 Performance skills
- 5 Giving feedback
- 6 Conclusion
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The learning outcomes for this unit are:
Understanding and practical experience of creating opportunities for learners to develop dance skills;
Awareness and understanding of safe dance practice;
Awareness, understanding and practical experience of giving feedback;
Promotion of discussion and debate about dance issues throughout the dance curriculum.
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Originally published: Thursday, 21st July 2011
Last updated on: Tuesday, 9th December 2014
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