Dance 470

DNCE 470: Methods of Teaching Dance

Prerequisites: DNCE 370

Credit Hours: (2-3) Three hours lecture

Principles and techniques dance with emphasis on students in grades 6-12. Theory and field experience combine to provide pedagogical knowledge and skills. Students devise and implement learning experiences in dance which are appropriate and meaningful for middle and secondary students.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

1. Brief overview of the place of dance in education
2. Theories and principles of learning
3. Techniques of teaching


        a. Educational objectives
        b. Teaching materials
        c. Methods of presentation
        d. Methods of evaluation


4. Application of teaching techniques to the teaching of dance


        a. Ballet
        b. Modern dance
        c. Social, folk, and square dance
        d. Tap dance
        e. Jazz dance


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Material may be presented through lecture, class discussion, studio observation (students watching both other students and teachers), and practical application (students teaching in a studio). Students may be required to keep a log to document observations of their own and others' learning processes.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

At the conclusion of the course the student should:


1. Be familiar with general theories of learning.
2. Have an awareness of general teaching strategies.
3. Be able to apply learning and teaching principles to the teaching of dance technique.


Assessment Measures

Evaluation may be administered through written and oral exams, direct observation of the student in a teaching situation, paper and reports, learning logs, student/teacher conferences, participation in class discussion, and class attendance.


Other Course Information

Whenever feasible, this course should include a component of practical experience in teaching dance technique. The student's teaching should be observed by the course instructor and/or other competent supervisor and later discussed with the student.

Last Date of Revision: October, 1991


Review and Approval
March 24, 1998 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair
September 12, 2001 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair
July 15, 2005 Review Margaret Devaney, Chair

June 20, 2015