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ERIC Number: EJ851714
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Building a Dance Composition Course: An Act of Creativity
Davenport, Donna
Journal of Dance Education, v6 n1 p25-32 2006
In many dance composition courses, creative production is the objective; movement invention and novelty are praised. Yet often this valuing of creativity is not reflected in the course design. Historically, the basic methodology for dance composition is a show-and-tell model: present the movement study, then critique it. If creativity is truly paramount to the development of artistry and choreographic skill, that pedagogical value should be reflected in the unifying structure of the course--the way time is used, assignments given, in teaching behaviors, and modes of assessment. Using the acronym C.R.E.A.T.E. to identify six pedagogical targets, Davenport proposes an approach for designing a composition course. The pedagogical principles--Critical reflection, Reason for dance making, Exploration and experimentation, Aesthetic agenda, Thematic integrity, and Expression and experience--are proposed as guides.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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