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ERIC Number: EJ852239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Teaching Modern Technique through Experiential Anatomy
Salk, Jennifer
Journal of Dance Education, v5 n3 p97-102 2005
````````Incorporation of an experiential anatomy component into the modern technique class educates students about the body in a way that permanently and positively impacts how they move. It is our responsibility as dance educators, whether at the elementary, secondary, or college level, to teach students how to care for their bodies and make informed choices about how to move with efficiency. By exploring a different body part each week, students gain a deep understanding of their individual differences and how their body works best. Their dynamic range expands and they learn to self-correct. This methodology also provides teachers with new avenues for expanding their own movement vocabulary. Teachers and students who have never taught or taken anatomy will appreciate the non-threatening approach to the subject. For those who have studied anatomy or kinesiology, this approach offers tools to teach and experiment with the information in a new way. This article outlines how teachers can integrate this methodology into their classes and presents results achieved after teaching it to multiple populations for the past six years.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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