Dancers Talking Dance: Critical Evaluation In The Choreography Class

Dancers Talking Dance: Critical Evaluation In The Choreography Class

Dancers Talking Dance: Critical Evaluation in the Choreography Class


Dancers Talking Dance describes how to teach students to formulate critical responses to the dances they see, create, and perform.

Written for teachers and dancers at all levels, the book outlines a five-step, systematic approach to critical evaluation. To bring the approach to life the author interweaves practical, how-to examples with explanations of the theories underlying each step. Readers will learn how to help students observe, describe, analyze, write, and talk more effectively about dances and other works of art. These skills will enhance students' choreography and improvisation experiences.

Dancers Talking Dance features many practical tools to help readers use the book to develop the critical process:

- Think on it ideas for writing and discussion
- Teaching/learning principles
- Teacher hints
- Chapter summaries
- Chapter objectives
- Sample assignments
- References

Part I provides an overview of philosophical and pedagogical issues and perspectives on critical evaluation and its role in dance education.

In Part II, the author outlines the ORDER approach to critical evaluation:
- Observation
- Reflection
- Discussion
- Evaluation
- Recommendations for revisions

He explains each step in the ORDER approach and...

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