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Discovering Dance opens up a world of opportunities for high school students who have little or no dance experience. The text, available in print and electronic forms, helps students understand the fundamentals of creating, performing, analyzing, understanding, responding to, connecting with, and evaluating dance in its various genres. It meets national and state dance education standards and addresses 21st-century learning goals. As such, it offers a complete introductory dance curriculum with the flexibility of being used for one or more years of instruction.

Discovering Dance is the ideal text to use in introducing the fundamentals of dance to students with little or no dance experience. Through this text, students can do the following:

Meet national and state standards in dance education and learn from a pedagogically sound scope and sequence that allow them to address 21st-century learning goals.
Discover dance through creating, performing, analyzing, understanding, responding to, connecting with, and evaluating dance and dance genres.
Experience dance as performers, choreographers, and audience members as they learn about dance through societal, cultural, historical, art, and entertainment contexts.
Step into a flexible dance curriculum that is appropriate for one or more years of instruction.
Build on their dance experience, whether they want to further explore dance or choreography or otherwise factor dance into college or career goals
Use student web resources to enhance their learning.
Discover that dance provides fun ways of staying fit and being socially active.
Acquire knowledge through the technology-infused student learning activities in the chapters.
Enhance learning by completing chapter portfolio assignments over the term.

Discovering Dance has many distinctive features that help students connect with the material and help teachers facilitate the students’ exploration and mastery of dance fundamentals:

Sixteen chapters help students understand their movement potential; science and nutrition; genres; introductory composition; performance and production; historical, social, folk, and cultural dance; dance on stage; and dance in college, in careers, and throughout life.
Content helps students create, perform, analyze, understand, respond to, connect with, and evaluate dance and dance forms.
Text is keyed to the language of dance standards.
Spotlight and Did You Know elements appear in each chapter to connect class learning to dance in the real world.
The curriculum meets state and national standards in dance education and offers enhanced technology and media connections, including both teacher and student web resources.
The four-color book is available in print, e-book, and enhanced interactive iBook formats to facilitate hands-on learning and bring the content to life.
Explore More sections lead students to learn more about selected social, folk, cultural, and contemporary dance styles.


How to Use the Web Resources

Part I. Foundations of Dance
Chapter 1. Dance for All
Chapter 2. Safety, Health, and Wellness
Chapter 3. Elements of Dance
Chapter 4. Basics of Dance Composition

Part II. Dance in Society
Chapter 5. History of Dance
Chapter 6. Social Dance
Chapter 7. Folk Dance
Chapter 8. Cultural Dance

Part III. Dance on Stage
Chapter 9. Ballet
Chapter 10. Modern Dance
Chapter 11. Jazz Dance
Chapter 12. Tap Dance
Chapter 13. Dance as Entertainment
Chapter 14. Performance and Production

Part IV. Dance for Life
Chapter 15. College and Career Preparation
Chapter 16. Dance in Your Life



Textbook for high school Dance I courses. Textbook for middle school and other introductory dance courses in universities.

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