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ERIC Number: EJ868130
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Standing down Straight: Jump Rhythm Technique's Rhythm-Driven, Community-Directed Approach to Dance Education
Siegenfeld, Billy
Journal of Dance Education, v9 n4 p110-119 2009
"Standing down straight" means to stand on two feet with both stability and relaxation. Using standing down straight as the foundation of class work, Jump Rhythm Technique offers a fresh alternative to conventional systems of dance study. It bases its pedagogy on three behaviors: grounding the body so that it can move with power and efficiency, singing as well as dancing the rhythms of movement, and using rhythm-driven group and partner dancing to build community. The behavior-based practices and the pedagogy of how standing down straight strengthens rhythmic and dynamic expressiveness and the way students relate to self and community are described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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