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Building Dances, Second Edition



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Building Dances
A Guide to Putting Movements Together
By Susan McGreevy-Nichols, Helene Scheff, Marty Sprague
Book and Dance Cards

This second edition book takes you step by step through the process of making dances and puts you in the role of facilitator rather than demonstrator. Even if you've never taught or choreographed dance before, Building Dances, Second Edition, provides all the tools and blueprints you need to help students in grades K-12 put movements together to create dances. Over 245 teacher-tested ideas!


  • Sample lesson plans
  • Guidelines for teaching the skills involved
  • Age-appropriate forms and sample rubrics
  • Student assessment forms and sample rubrics
  • Cross-references to national standards for dance and for physical education
  • A glossary that explains important dance terms in everyday language

The book is accompanied by a unique deck of Deal a Dance cards that provide about 230 movement examples and ideas that students can try out right away. These cards are excellent hands-on tools for stimulating students' creativity and inventiveness in the dance-making process. You can use them for a single lesson, a unit or an entire semester of work.

Building Dances, Second Edition, will help you stimulate your students' imaginations so that they can experience the joy of building their own dances.

162 pages.

Chapter 1: Laying a Foundation: Basic Building Blocks
     What Makes a Dance?
     Relationship Between Creativity and Choreography
     Three Parts of a Lesson
     Safety Tips
     Three Sample Lesson Plans
     Three Parts of a Dance

Chapter 2: Identifying Building Supplies: Basic Materials for Building Dances
     Movement Skills
     Movement Elements
     Celebrating Cultural Diversity
     Historical and Social Perspectives
     Who, What, Where and When of Music
     Organizing Music

Chapter 3: Constructing the Frame and the Roof: Meaningful Organization of Materials
     Structure and Choreographic Form
     Characterization and Story Line
     Sounds and Music
     Set Pieces and Scenery
     Full Production

Chapter 4: Adding Architectural Details: Customizing Dances
     Accents, Gestures, Stylizing, Expressive Qualities

Chapter 5: Putting It All Together: The Choreographic Process
Step 1: Choose Subject Matter
     Step 2: Explore and Select Movements
     Step 4: Explore Possibilities
     Step 5: Refine and Memorize Choreography
     Step 6: Add Finishing Touches
     Step 7: Perform the Choreography

Chapter 6: Inspecting Your Creation: Observation to Assessment
     Student Assessment: Standards, Criteria and Rubrics  
     Outcomes for Dance: Six Areas of Assessment

Chapter 7: Building Dances from Blueprints: Implementing the Choreographic Process
     Deal a Dance
     Picture Dance
     Words, Sentences and Paragraphs
     Story Dance
     Write What I See
     Machine Dances
     Costume and Prop Dance
     Decode a Dance
     Create a Culture
     On the Move Dance
     Holiday Dance
     Out of This World
     Four Seasons
     Animal Kingdom
     It's All Around Us


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