This seminar course is designed to guide students as they imagine and design both their UMass Dance experience and craft their larger vision for careers in dance beyond university. Ideas and concepts that shape forms of expression are referenced and illuminated through writing, classroom viewings, listenings, readings as well as attendance performances. Students will research and discuss possibilities for futures in dance, and ask essential questions like: How do I view and write about dance from a critical perspective? What is the difference between academic and creative research? How do we research creative work -and- how do we demonstrate and language this research? How do I craft an artist statement, proposal or eventually a grant? These questions help to frame the larger picture of: What is possible in dance and what do I desire from it? And how might I set goals and develop a path toward them?
This course is an overview of the history, philosophy, and developmental curriculum of dance in education in the United States. Broader educational learning theories, such as Multiple Intelligence theory and Understanding by Design, and the development and implementation of national standards in dance will be covered. This course will also help the student develop skills in curriculum development in theory and practice, for elementary and secondary education, and stay current in dance education and advocacy work around the globe. Special topics such as working with learners with special needs, dance and social justice, perceptions of dance and dance education in terms of race, class and gender will be touched on.
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