Fall 2021 - EDUC 330 E100

Movement Language Elements for Dance in Education (3)

Class Number: 5244

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    We 4:30 PM – 7:20 PM
    EDB 8620.1, Burnaby

  • 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. Students will learn how to incorporate elements of dance (action, space, time, effort, relationship) into the classroom. It is designed for students with or without dance training, who are interested in teaching dance in the school system in Arts, PE, or classroom contexts at large as well as developing an understanding of body pedagogy.

This is predominantly a studio class, which will develop movement vocabulary based on creative dance, contemporary dance, improvisation, among other techniques. Students will be introduced to the creative process involved when teaching dance and when using it as an expressive art form to deepen the understanding of the body. Connections will be made between creating movement along with integrating movement/dance in the various content areas of the curriculum.

Attendance and active participation is a requirement of this course. Students should come to class dressed comfortably in clothing that allows them to move. We will explore a variety of ways of creating movement and learn how to plan and deliver dance lessons.

Class discussions will include a strong focus on strategies to plan dance lessons that are inclusive and accessible for all bodies. We will discuss 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.


Students are expected to demonstrate an ongoing and clear understanding of the movement elements in their developing work. One objective of this course is to explore creative ways of integrating literature, writing, science, math and art with dance. This course seeks to encourage integration of movement into all curricular areas in exciting and innovative ways.


  • Dance Performance Review 10%
  • Reflective Movement Journal 25%
  • Final Performance Piece 25%
  • Create and Teach Group Dance 40%


Reading of Text and Articles: 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.

There is no final exam for this course.


Class Participation including attendance at performance is required (absences from class unless it is a very legitimate reason can affect your grade)



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

The textbook is available online as an e-textbook purchase.
ISBN: 9781450480949


Other reading will be made available in pdf

Registrar Notes:


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