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Brain-Compatible Dance Education



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Brain-Compatible Dance Education
By Anne Green Gilbert
360 pages

Recent scientific research supports the important role movement plays in developing the brain. This highly anticipated text reviews this research and describes how to effectively present holistic lessons to engage all learners and help dancers "to think as well as to move." Explores innovative teaching methods for infants through seniors. Includes the "BrainDance." A must for all interested in creative dance - from the novice to the experienced dance educator!

This book approaches the subject of teaching dance through an understanding of the lesson plan. Besides making connections between "how students learn best and how best to teach," each chapter contains new ways to explore dance concepts so to develop technical, compositional and reflective skills. This is a great companion to Creative Dance for All Ages (item 805110), adding the more about BrainDance and brain information .


  • Chapter 1. Lesson Plan Section: Warming Up
  • Chapter 2. Lesson Plan Section: Exploring the Concept
  • Chapter 3. Lesson Plan Section: Developing Skills
  • Chapter 4. Lesson Plan Section: Creating
  • Chapter 5: Lesson Plan Section: Coolling Down
  • Appendix A: Neurological Development and Appropriate Dance Content
  • Appendix B: Assessment
  • Appendix C: Motif Notation and Language of Dance
  • Appendix D: Patterns of Coordination
  • Appendix E: Three Articles
  • Appendix F: Creative Dance Crib Sheet
  • Appendix G: Lesson Plans
  • Appendix H: Resources

Eric Chappelle's BrainDance Music CD (item 851895) and the Music for Creative Dance: Contrast & Continuum CD series (items 850219-850222) correlate with this book. 


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There are so many musical and creative ways to help your students kinesthetically connect with music and become comfortable with their bodies with creative movement. Anne Green Gilbert's books are always an A+ purchase!
Clarissa S on May 8, 2014

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