The Excellent Instructor and the Teaching of Dance Technique
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Dance educators have the responsibility to provide students with excellent and positive dance experiences.
The Excellent Instructor & the Teaching of Dance Technique provides practical, detailed information that covers multiple facets of dance pedagogy. Author Nora Ambrosio uses her experience as dance educator, as well as research on current pedagogical methods, to bridge the gap between knowledge and practice. She covers the fundamentals of teaching dance, how to best educate and instruct students, and discusses the qualities that define an excellent instructor. Tailored specifically to the needs of both established and budding dance educators, the publication examines the fundamentals of both what to teach and how to teach in order to have a positive and lasting impact on students' comprehension, learning, and love of dance.
Ambrosio’s The Excellent Instructor & the Teaching of Dance Technique:
- Features Discussion Questions and Creative Projects at the end of each chapter to promote critical thinking and hands-on application of chapter concepts.
- Provides numerous dramatic photos throughout to illustrate text information.
- Includes a variety of instructor resources: suggested readings; magazines, periodicals & newspapers; dance DVD and digital media distributors; dance floor information; dance on the internet; and workshops & dance organizations for dance educators.
Chapter One—An Introduction to Dance Pedagogy
The History of the Teaching of Dance
The Elements of Dance—Space, Time and Energy
Chapter Two—The Fundamentals of Teaching Dance Technique
The Necessary Fundamentals
The Components of a Dance Technique Class
Elements to Include in a Technique Class
Across-the-floor and Center Floor Combinations
Additional Fundamentals of Teaching Dance Technique
Developing the Class Lesson
Alignment and Body Posture
The Importance of the Aligned Pelvis
Stacking the Building Blocks
The Basic Movements
Hindrances that Affect Executing Correct Alignment
Imagery as a Teaching Tool
Types of Imagery
The Benefits of Using Imagery
Using Visual Imagery to Correct Alignment
Using Kinesthetic Imagery to Assist Students in Understanding Concepts
Using Direct Imagery to Enhance Performance Skills
Using Indirect Imagery to Create a Mood, Feeling or Environment
Using Tactile Imagery to lead Students to Relaxation
Chapter Five—Critical Thinking
What is Critical Thinking?
Specific Methods for the Dance Technique Class
Introducing the Concept of Critical Thinking in the Dance Technique Class
What is Assessment?
An Assessment Process for Dance
Assessment, Grading and Reporting
Evaluating the Instructors
Chapter Seven—The Excellent Instructor
Key Concepts for Excellent Teaching
Characteristics and Traits of the Excellent Instructor
What Instructors Can Expect From Students
Chapter Eight—Establishing Policies for Effective Teaching
Developing Important Policies
Answering “What if…?” Questions
Ballet: History and Criticism
Biographies and Autobiographies
Dance in World Cultures
Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre and Tap Dance
Modern Dance: History and Criticism
Philosophy and Aesthetics
Magazines, Periodicals and Newspapers
Dance Video and DVD Distributors
Dance on the World Wide Web
Workshops and Organizations for Dance Educators
Nora Ambrosio is a Professor in the Department of Dance at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 1988. Ms. Ambrosio has been instrumental in developing their highly acclaimed and nationally accredited dance program, and served as department chairperson from 1998–2011. Ms. Ambrosio currently teaches Dance in Contemporary Times, Dance Composition, Teaching of Dance, and Senior Capstone. She has also served as the Artistic Director of Slippery Rock University Dance Theatre. She is the author of Learning about Dance: Dance as an Art Form and Entertainment and The Excellent Instructor and the Teaching of Dance Technique, 3rd Edition, published by Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, 2018. She received her M.F.A. in Dance from Smith College in Massachusetts. Ms. Ambrosio is an active choreographer, working in the jazz dance, modern dance, and dance/theatre genres.