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History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach Hardcover – March 23, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0736060356 ISBN-10: 0736060359

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics (March 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736060359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736060356
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,896 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An excellent companion for high school and college dance history courses, this comprehensive textbook provides a broad overview of dance as it has evolved through the ages. Illustrations, timelines and quotes from famous performers enhance each chapter. Thoughtful questions and suggested activities are offered as aids for instructors to prompt discussion, and research topics are presented to encourage further study.

In a nutshell: Easy to read for the student and well-organized and thorough for the instructor. -- Jennifer Anderson Dance Teacher August 2007

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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 includes the following features:
* Chapter outlines that present topics covered in each chapter
* An opening scenario that sets 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 Highlights, providing unusual facts, events, and details to bring history to life
* History Trivia boxes containing 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

History of Dance is an indispensable text for dance students who want to learn the history of dance using today's interactive technology.


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Healthy Writer on June 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Writer Wellness: A Writer's Path to Health and Creativity Author and former college dance instructor, Gayle Kassing, has provided an exceptional book with History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach. I use this book in the university history of dance courses I teach and it presents a picture of the development of dance from pre-historic times to 20th century America in a concise and readable format. Students have no trouble grasping concepts and following the material because it is organized in a manner that makes sense. Kassing underscores each section with a history timeline and information about politics, society, etc. to encourage readers to view the history of dance as an important and natural outgrowth of human history from the beginning of time. My students never fail to have "aha" moments and to make connections about dance and life that helps them retain more information. The book is packed with information and includes several well considered appendixes that help students with research projects. Every chapter includes numerous dance and history websites where students can go for additional information, and the websites are generally intact (haven't disappeared in other words.) Kassing has "nailed the turn" with her book and I look forward to future work from her. Anybody interested in dance history, any library, homeschooling student looking for an interesting course, or teacher should give this book a close inspection. For schools that adopt the text, the publisher provides a wealth of printable teaching resources online for free!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mysterydancer on October 12, 2013
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The book's description sounds wonderful for any dance history class. However, it is so superficial in coverage of the time periods that it covers - spits out single sentence descriptions of various things that happened during a decade without any effort to connecting the events to what was going on in dance. It definitely leaves a lot up to the instructor of the course to help students make those important connections. I also found the organization awkward.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MEB796 on May 30, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this for a class for college and it was okay.

Has the most of the names that were a part of dance, plays, and who made them, up to 2006-7.

Not good for the history on other forms of dance.

Nice layout for quick studying.

If you looking for a book on ballet and how it got started, then this book is for you.
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By Jacqueline Boyea on February 12, 2014
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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!
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By Leah on February 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
This book was very easy to rent and it looks new! I will be a returning customer for a while!
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