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History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach provides an in-depth look at dance from the dawn of time through the 20th century. Using an investigative approach, this book presents the who, what, when, where, why, and how of dance history in relation to other arts and to historical, political, and social events. In so doing, this text provides a number of ways to create, perceive, and respond to the history of dance through integrated arts and technology. This study of dancers, dances, and dance works within an interactive arts, culture, and technology environment is supported by the National Standards in dance, arts education, social studies, and technology education.

History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach has four parts. Part I explains the tools used to capture dance from the past. Part II begins a chronological study of dance, beginning with its origins and moving through ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Part III covers dance from the 17th to the 20th century, including dance at court, dance from court to theater, romantic to classical ballet, and dance in the United States. Part IV focuses on 20th-century American dance, highlighting influences on American ballet and modern dance as it emerged, matured, and evolved during that century.

History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach includes the following features:

• Chapter outlines that present topics covered in each chapter
• Opening scenarios to set the scene and introduce each time period
• Explorations of dancers, choreographers, and other personalities
• Explorations of the dances and significant choreography and dance literature of each time period
• History Highlight boxes containing unusual facts, events, and details to bring history to life
• History Trivia, providing insights into how dance relates to the history, art, and society of the time period
• Web sites to encourage further exploration
• Developing a Deeper Perspective sections that encourage students to use visual or aesthetic scanning, learn and perform period dances, observe and write performance reports, develop research projects and WebQuests (Internet-based research projects), and participate in other learning activities
• Vocabulary terms at the end of each chapter

Each chapter in parts II through IV provides an overview of the time period, including a time capsule and a historical and societal overview. Each chapter focuses on major dancers, choreographers, and personalities; dances of the period, including dance forms, dance designs, accompaniment, costuming, and performing spaces; and significant dance works and dance literature.

The chapters also feature a series of eight experiential learning activities that help students dig deeper into the history of dance, dancers, and significant dance works and literature. These activities are presented as reproducible templates that include perceiving, creating, performing, writing, and presenting oral activities infused with technology. Teachers can use these activities as optional chapter assignments or as extended projects to help apply the information and to use technology and other integrated arts sources to make the history of dance more meaningful.

History of Dance is an indispensable text for dance students who want to learn the history of dance and its relationship to other arts of the times using today’s interactive technology.


How to Use This Book

Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1. Capturing Dance From the Past
Chapter 2. Tools for Capturing Dance From the Past

Part II Early Dance History
Chapter 3. Dance at the Dawn of Time
Chapter 4. Ancient Civilizations
Chapter 5. Middle Ages Through the Renaissance

Part III Modern History: Renaissance to the 20th Century
Chapter 6. Dance at Court: Late 16th and 17th Centuries
Chapter 7. Dance from Court to Theater: The 18th Century
hapter 8.Romantic to Classical Ballet: The 19th Century
Chapter 9. Dance in the United States: 17th Century Through the 19th Century

Part IV 20th-Century American Dance
Chapter 10. Imported Influences: 1900–1929
Chapter 11. Emerging American Dance: 1930–1944
Chapter 12. Maturing Classics: 1945–1959
Chapter 13. Chance and Change: 1960–1979
Chapter 14. New Directions: 1980–2000

Appendix A How to Do a WebQuest
Appendix B Significant Dance Works
Appendix C How to Write Your Research Paper
Appendix D Dance Reconstruction or Re-Creation Project
Appendix E Live or Videotaped Performance Report

About the Author


Text for dance majors and students taking general education dance history or introduction to dance courses. Reference for serious dance students and teachers at the college and high school levels.

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