Elementary Dance Education: Nature-Themed Creative Movement and Collaborative Learning (Paperback)

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Children love to observe, explore, learn, and create.

Elementary Dance Education helps them do all four. And it does so in a unique way, shaping its movement activities around nature themes. In fact, all of the learning experiences are based on different aspects of nature, as the text intertwines children’s innate curiosity and observation skills with the processes of scientific inquiry and artistic creation.

Elementary Dance Education helps teachers develop the instructional skills they need to incorporate dance into their curricula, providing over 70 movement activities and exercises for students in grades K-6. The activities, which stimulate children’s minds and bodies through the process of collaborative dance creation, include variations for younger and older students. Ideas are offered for partner or small-group explorations, making the activities more inclusive and appropriate for each age group.

Another unique feature of this book is the original music accompanying it. Teachers have access to 90 minutes of dynamic sounds, rhythmic percussion, captivating electro-acoustic compositions, and gentle atmospheric selections, delivered through HKPropel, to accompany the learning experiences. The compositions support students’ movement explorations, conveying a range of images and emotions and inspiring a variety of responses.

In addition, Elementary Dance Education offers the following:
  • Discussion questions for each exercise, prompting in-class discussion and student exploration; the questions come with sample answers or ideas to encourage student responses and spur a fruitful discussion
  • 75 photos and several diagrams to illustrate positions and poses and stimulate ideas for the movement exercises
  • Journal prompts, tailored for older and younger children, to give students the opportunity to respond and reflect on the learning experiences
  • Video links (provided in HKPropel) to help illustrate concepts and exercises, offer examples, or encourage students to watch for something specific in an activity
The book’s first chapter introduces the basic elements of dance; the remaining seven chapters offer movement exercises in various areas of nature: plants, animals, water, earth, sky, people, and other wonders.

This book is a rich and easy-to-implement resource not only for elementary dance educators and physical educators but for classroom teachers as well. The exercises in this book use a template for movement discovery in which students will observe, explore, create, and share. This template “can be applied to all areas of the curriculum,” says author Janice Pomer. “It’s an invaluable tool for student engagement, satisfying children’s capacity to watch, wonder, move, interact, discover, and share.”

Elementary Dance Education will promote children’s creativity and curiosity, engage and challenge their minds and bodies, and help them learn to appreciate and support each other as they work together exploring, creating, and sharing their ideas and insights about the natural world through dance.

Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.

About the Author

Janice Pomer has been teaching, performing, and creating in the fields of dance, music, and theatre in Canada since 1976. Based in Toronto (Tkaronto), Ontario, Janice offers dance and creative movement experiences for learners of all ages and abilities in urban, rural, northern, and First Nations communities by visiting schools, postsecondary institutes, dance studios, and cultural centers.

Pomer is the author of two previous Human Kinetics titles: Perpetual Motion: Creative Movement Exercises for Dance & Dramatic Arts (2002) and Dance Composition: An Interrelated Arts Approach (2009). She creates study guides for boards of education, provides dance resources for dance companies and festivals, and designs interactive school tours and programs for art galleries and museums that incorporate creative movement as the catalyst for deepening students’ understanding and appreciation of the exhibits.

Barry Prophet is a composer, sound artist, installation artist, sculptor, and educator whose music has appeared in galleries and theatres in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Creating unique sounds since 1979, he has been praised for his innovativeness: “Prophet gently blows the doors off our settled notions of timbre and tonality” (Robert Everett-Green in Globe and Mail). He performs traditional and experimental percussion (including his microtonally tuned glass percussion performance sculptures), electro-acoustic compositions, and environmental sound art.

Barry’s outdoor interactive sound sculptures include “Synthecycletron,” commissioned by New Adventures in Sound Art as a seasonally permanent attraction on Toronto Island (2007-2018), and “Sound Booth,” which was part of W.K.P. Kennedy Gallery’s Ice Follies 2010 exhibition and was later featured in the book Mobitecture: Architecture on the Move (Phaidon, 2017).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781718202955
ISBN-10: 1718202954
Publisher: Human Kinetics
Publication Date: November 10th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English