Fall 2019 - EDUC 330 E100

Movement Language Elements for Dance in Education (3)

Class Number: 5760

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Wed, 4:30–7:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    60 units including six units in EDUC courses.



In this experiential course students will develop an understanding of the movement concepts (action, space, time, force, relationship) which are the framework for making and teaching dance. This course will explore dance as a non-verbal expressive language, and will introduce students to a variety of aspects of dance within the curriculum. Previous dance training is not required.


This course explores the body, movement, and dance as a place for creativity, inquiry, and exploration for human expression. This is predominantly a studio class, which will develop movement vocabulary based on a variety of forms, including creative dance, contemporary dance and improvisation. It is designed for students with or without dance training, who want to teach dance in arts, PE, or classroom contexts as well as explore for an understanding of body pedagogy. This course will explore dance and movement concepts as a nonverbal and artistic language, and students will be introduced to the creative process involved when using and teaching dance as an expressive art form. Connections will be made between creating movement out of the material of daily life, along with integrating movement/dance in the various content areas of the curriculum. Opportunity will be given to utilize the art of improvisation as a way of discovering movement language. Students will explore a variety of ways of creating movement, as well as planning and presenting dance lessons. Class discussions will include questions such as ‘what is dance?’, ‘who is a dancer?’, ‘why dance at school?’ and ‘what are we trying to teach?’ In addition to discussion contributions and class participation, students will be encouraged to attend a dance performance. No dance experience necessary. Come prepared to move.


  • Movement Journal 20%
  • Body Narrative 20%
  • Create and Teach Group Dance Class 20%
  • Performance Piece 20%
  • Class Participation and Attendance 20%


This class focuses more on process than product so it is essential that you engage in the creative process throughout the semester rather than producing something at the end. I want to stress the relationship between creativity, learning, and the opportunities for the body to unleash the imagination and provoke thought.

It is assumed that the text will be read as well as any articles passed out. Response to reading will be integrated into your journal and in-class discussion. Marked on journal entry and continued class discussion and participation.

Outside Performances: You are encouraged to attend at least one dance performance over the semester.



Gilbert, Anne G. (2015). Creative dance for all ages: a conceptual approach, 2nd edition. Champagne, Il: Human Kinetics. (1st edition is acceptable)
ISBN: 9781450480949

Nachmanovitch, S. (1990). Free Play: power of improvisation in life and arts. NY: Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam.
ISBN: 9780874776317

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