Dance Education: A Redefinition (Paperback)

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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.

About the Author

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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781350090354
ISBN-10: 1350090352
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date: January 14th, 2021
Pages: 216
Language: English