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ERIC Number: EJ915867
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1935-7125
The Essentials of Working Together: It Takes More than Two to Tango
Culan, Donna
School-University Partnerships, v3 n2 p7-18 Fall 2009
While "Dancing With the Stars" often shares the background of the dancers and shows some of the preparation that goes into the dances, it does not always give viewers the background of the dances being danced. Many people are never knowledgeable about where dances came from or how they began. In this article, the author provides some background for the tango and connects this to the dance professional development schools (PDSs) do, the PDS tango. On "Dancing With the Stars," people are led to focus on those dancing the tango. But aren't there more than just two stakeholders involved in the dance? What about choreographers, musicians, costumers, and lighting crews? And isn't this true for the work done in PDSs? There are many stakeholders involved, and it takes more than two to dance the PDS tango. In 2007, the nine essentials of a PDS were developed. The essentials were agreed upon by a diverse group of stakeholders, or choreographers. This group's purpose was not to set the dance but rather provide some basic steps--steps such as those in the tango that lead to beautiful collaboration among partners for success in the dance. In this article, the author looks at each essential through the eyes of one dance partner: the system representative. (Contains 10 figures.)
National Association for Professional Development Schools. College of Education University of South Carolina, Wardlaw 252, Columbia, SC 29208. Tel: 803-777-1515; Fax: 803-777-3035; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland