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Dance Education: A Redefinition by Dr Susan R. Koff (Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dance Education Program at NYUSteinhardt, Steinhardt School, New York University, USA)

Winner of the 2021 Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award Dance Education redefines the nature of dance pedagogy today, setting it within a holistic and encompassing framework, and argues for an approach to dance education from a soci-cultural and philosophical perspective. In the past, dance education has focused on the learning of dance, limited to Western-based societies, with little attention to how dance is learned and applied globally. This book seeks to re-frame the way dance education is defined, approached and taught by looking beyond the privileged Western dance forms to compare education from different cultures. Structured into three parts, this book examines the following essential questions: - What is dance? What defines dance as an art form? - How and where is dance performed and for what purpose? - How do social contexts shape the making and interpretation of dance? The first part covers the history of dance education and its definition. The second part discusses current contexts and applications, including global contexts and the ability to apply and comprehend dance education in a variety of contexts. This book opens up definitions, rather than categorising, so that dance is not presented in a hierarchical form. The third part continues to define dance education in ways that have not been discussed in the past: informal contexts. The book then returns to the original definition of dance education as a way of knowing oneself and the world around us, ending on the philosophical application of this self-knowledge as a way to be in the world and to engage with others, regardless of background. This textbook is a refreshing and much-needed contribution to the field of dance studies by one of the most eminent voices in the field.

Dance Education Reviews

[T]his is a much-needed book, which will form a very useful addition to the virtual or real bookshelves of dance studies departments, dance pedagogy lecturers, and students in tertiary education, as well as practicing teachers motivated to understand where their pedagogical practices come from and why those practices might be problematic. The book is accessible... [and] leaves a powerful impression of the influences that have impacted the development of dance education in different settings across the world. * Dance Education *
If you are a dance educator interested in reflecting on why you teach the way you do, this book is an excellent resource ... I highly recommend it for all dance teachers. * Journal of Dance Education *

About Dr Susan R. Koff (Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dance Education Program at NYUSteinhardt, Steinhardt School, New York University, USA)

Susan R. Koff is Clinical Professor in the Dance Education Program at NYU/ Steinhardt. She has also served on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, Penn State University, The University of Denver, Louisiana State University and the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance (Israel). A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Dr. Koff assisted with the development of Dance Education Curriculum at the National School for Contemporary Dance, Copenhagen, Denmark. Her entire academic career has focused on making dance available and accessible world-wide, celebrating the power of expression. She has published and presented through many organizations supporting dance education worldwide, and is currently Chair of daCi, Dance and the Child International of dance.

Table of Contents

Introduction Section One: Dance Education, A Definition of Our Lives Introduction Chapter 1: Essential Questions: Viewing Dance, Understanding Dance, and Reflecting Upon Dance Chapter 2: History of Dance Education (Formal Educational Settings) Chapter 3: Defining Dance Education: Whose definition? Chapter 4: Pedagogy and Philosophy of Pedagogy Section Two: Dance in Educational and Life Settings Introduction Chapter 5: Global Dance Education: A Research Summary By Ann Kipling Brown Chapter 6: Formal Dance Education Chapter 7: Non-Formal Dance Education: Dance in Studios and Other Settings Chapter 8: Informal Dance Education Chapter 9: The Formation of a Dancer By John-Mario Sevilla Section Three: Dance in our Lives Introduction Chapter 10: Ethnorelativism in dance education by Alfdaniels Mabingo and Susan Koff Chapter 11: Giving Thanks to the Land By William S. Huntington Chapter 12: Dance as an Aspect of Everyday Living Index References Appendix

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Dance Education: A Redefinition by Dr Susan R. Koff (Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Dance Education Program at NYUSteinhardt, Steinhardt School, New York University, USA)
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Winner of NDEO Ruth Lovell Murray Book Award 2021 (United States)
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