History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach

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History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach provides an in-depth look at dance from the dawn of time through the 20th century. Using an investigative approach, this book presents the who, what, when, where, why, and how of dance history in relation to other arts and to historical, political, and social events. In so doing, this text provides a number of ways to create, perceive, and respond to the history of dance through integrated arts and technology. This study of dancers, dances, and dance works within an interactive arts, culture, and technology environment is supported by the National Standards in dance, arts education, social studies, and technology education.

History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach has four parts. Part I explains the tools used to capture dance from the past. Part II begins a chronological study of dance, beginning with its origins and moving through ancient civilizations and the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Part III covers dance from the 17th to the 20th century, including dance at court, dance from court to theater, romantic to classical ballet, and dance in the United States. Part IV focuses on 20th-century American dance, highlighting influences on American ballet and modern dance as it emerged, matured, and evolved during that century.

History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach includes the following features:

-Chapter outlines that present topics covered in each chapter
-Opening scenarios to set the scene and introduce each time period
-Explorations of dancers, choreographers, and other personalities
-Explorations of the dances and significant choreography and dance literature of each time period
-History Highlight boxes containing unusual facts, events, and details to bring history to life
-History Trivia, providing insights into how dance relates to the history, art, and society of the time period
-Web sites to encourage further exploration
-Developing a Deeper Perspective sections that encourage students to use visual or aesthetic scanning, learn and perform period dances, observe and write performance reports, develop research projects and WebQuests (Internet-based research projects), and participate in other learning activities
-Vocabulary terms at the end of each chapter

Each chapter in parts II through IV provides an overview of the time period, including a time capsule and a historical and societal overview. Each chapter focuses on major dancers, choreographers, and personalities; dances of the period, including dance forms, dance designs, accompaniment, costuming, and performing spaces; and significant dance works and dance literature.

The chapters also feature a series of eight experiential learning activities that help students dig deeper into the history of dance, dancers, and significant dance works and literature. These activities are presented as reproducible templates that include perceiving, creating, performing, writing, and presenting oral activities infused with technology. Teachers can use these activities as optional chapter assignments or as extended projects to help apply the information and to use technology and other integrated arts sources to make the history of dance more meaningful.

History of Dance is an indispensable text for dance students who want to learn the history of dance and its relationship to other arts of the times using today's interactive technology.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; Student Version edition (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736060359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736060356
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

History of Dance book

 on October 3, 2016
By Midori
This was purchased for my History of Dance college course. As someone who has no knowledge of dance history, I feel that this text book is a great introduction. The text is broken up into easy-to-read and understand sections. What I really don’t like about this text book is that it seems to heavily focus on ballet. Ballet isn’t the only style of dance, and I would have loved to see an even focus on other styles as well.

Very well organized; Excellent resource!

One person found this helpful.
 on October 3, 2013
By once wild woman
I am currently piloting a dance history class with 7th graders in our middle school magnet program. I chose this text after reading reviews and checking out the previews online, and it did not disapoint! It is well organized, easy to use, and has great information. I particularly love all the internet connections. Although the students do not have a copy of the text (we do not have the funding for textbooks at this time) I have been able to use this text as a guideline for my instruction and lectures. I have also used the websites and other suggestions provided in the book. My only “complaint” is that in looking ahead, it really only includes ballet and modern in the sections of 20th century dance. I will most likely seek out an additional text that covers jazz/musical theater/tap when we get to the 20th century. I just hope I can find a text that is as thorough and interactive as this one!

Five Stars

 on April 26, 2017
By Hongduc H. Nguyen
Great book for dance history! I love the layout.

Five Stars

 on March 7, 2016
By Carolyn W
Good book in good shape

Highly recommended!!

One person found this helpful.
 on February 12, 2014
By Amazon Customer
This book is amazing to have Gayle really opens up the history of dance for beginners to the subject and gives more for those who are well versed. All around a great book for class or general reading!

Purchased as a textbook for a dance history class. …

 on February 17, 2016
By Amazon Customer
Purchased as a textbook for a dance history class. A thorough guide to all dance from its earliest recorded times.

Perfect condition, looked almost brand new

 on May 2, 2016
By brandon
Perfect condition.

Excellent Reference

One person found this helpful.
 on April 25, 2013
By mp
Well planned, easy to follow, excellent reference book with lots of background information as well.. We found this book a valuable resource for our research.

Five Stars

 on February 1, 2016
By Amazon Customer
good condition

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