Beginning Musical Theatre Dance introduces students to basic musical theatre dance techniques from a variety of genres, forms, and styles and explains how to put them into practice for performance on stage. Part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series, the text and web resource offer students what they need to know about auditions, rehearsals, performing, and caring for themselves so they can have a successful experience in a musical theatre dance course.
Designed for students enrolled in introductory musical theatre dance courses, the text contains photos and descriptions of basic warm-up exercises, center work, steps from a variety of dance genres used in musical theatre dance, partnering, and lifts. For those new to dance, the text provides an orientation to the structure of a musical theatre dance class and includes information on meeting class expectations, dressing appropriately, preparing mentally and physically, maintaining proper nutrition and hydration, and avoiding injury.
The accompanying web resource presents more than 60 instructional video clips to help students practice and review musical theatre dance forms, techniques, and adaptations. A glossary builds students’ fluency in the vocabulary of musical theatre dance terminology, adaptations of steps, and styles. Each chapter contains learning features to support students’ knowledge, including experiences, e-journal assignments, web links, and interactive quizzes.
To dance on the musical theatre stage, students need to know how the world of musical theatre works; the expectations they must meet; and how to audition, rehearse, perform, and care for themselves. Beginning Musical Theatre Dance will arm them with the practical information as well as the historical background they need for success.
Beginning Musical Theatre Dance is part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series incudes resources for ballet, tap, modern dance, and jazz that support introductory technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments.
Each student-friendly text includes a web resource offering video clips of dance instruction, learning aids, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a guide to learning, performing, and viewing dance.
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Chapter 1 Introduction to Musical Theatre Dance
Defining Musical Theatre Dance
Unique Features of Musical Theatre Dance
Types of Musical Theatre
Benefits of Studying Musical Theatre Dance
Basics of Musical Theatre Dance Class
Expectations for Students
Structure of Musical Theatre Dance Class
Chapter 2 Preparing for Class
Dressing for Class
Shoes for Musical Theatre Dance
Foot Care and Personal Hygiene
Carrying Dance Gear
Preparing Yourself Physically and Mentally
Chapter 3 Safety and Health
Treating Common Dance Injuries
Training Versus Fitness
Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest
Chapter 4 Learning and Performing Musical Theatre Dance
Language of Musical Theatre Dance
Learning Steps, Phrases, and Dances
Understanding Artistry and Artistic Development
Chapter 5 Basics of Musical Theatre Dance Technique
Foot Positions on the Floor
Port de Bras and Arm Positions
Partnering and Lifting
Chapter 6 From the Audition to the Stage
The Audition Process
Theatre Protocols, Etiquette, and Safety
Theatre Staff and Hierarchy
Preparing to Take the Stage
Chapter 7 History of Musical Theatre Dance
Origins of Musical Theatre Dance
Dance Director Era
Integration Musical Era
Concept Musicals and Director–Choreographers
Tap Musicals, Revivals, and Dance Musicals
Musical Theatre in the 21st Century
References and Resources
About the Author
A textbook for college and university general education and dance students. Also applicable for high schools offering beginning musical theatre dance courses.