DANC 4600, Dance Pedagogy

(3.0 Credits)

Course Description
For students with an emphasis in dance and students interested in teaching dance at the secondary and college level.  This course introduces and analyzes the principles, methods, philosophies, and practice of teaching dance. Emphasis is placed on the theoretical and practical applications of teaching dance at the secondary and higher education level. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

Course Objectives

  1. Develop practical skills for teaching dance to students of varying level and ability.

  2. Understand the craft of developing movement material that is anatomically sound and aesthetically enhancing for participants in a given dance genre.

  3. Analyze content for a technique class and the qualities that contribute to a successful dance educator.

  4. Develop ability to create lesson plans congruent with Utah State Secondary Dance Core Curriculum and the National Dance Standards.

  5. Begin to develop a point of view regarding one’s teaching philosophy as pertains to dance education.