Fall 2022 - EDUC 330 E100

Movement Language Elements for Dance in Education (3)

Class Number: 6389

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 7 – Dec 6, 2022: Wed, 4:30–7:20 p.m.
    Location: TBA

  • 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. Predominantly a studio class, movement vocabulary will be explored based on the Elements of Dance primarily through creative dance, contemporary dance and improvisation. It is designed for students with or without dance training, who are interested in teaching dance in Arts, PE, or classroom contexts, in addition to developing 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 creative processes 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 within the various content areas of the school curriculum. Opportunity will be given to utilize the art of improvisation as a way of discovering movement language, then further explore how movement choices can then be developed into forms of artistic expression. Students will explore a variety of ways of creating movement, as well as experience the planning and presenting of dance and 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


At the completion of this course, students are expected to be able to:

- understand the broader scope of movement possibilities through the experience of exploring the Dance Elements

- come to a better understanding of dance as an art form and a means of expression

- develop skills in creative thinking as well as collaborative and co-operative learning

- be able to perceive, examine, evaluate and appreciate different points of view

- experience the cognitive, affective, physical, and social outcomes of dance experiences

- create and document developmentally appropriate lesson plans in dance

- successfully teach a dance lesson

- reflect on the value of the inclusion of dance within the school system, and as community practice

- reflect on their personal philosophy of dance


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


NOTE: 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.



(1st edition is acceptable)

1) Gilbert, Anne G. (2015). Creative dance for all ages: a conceptual approach, 2nd edition.

Champagne, Il: Human Kinetics. ISBN 978-14504-8094-9

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

2) Nachmanovitch, S. (1990). Free Play: power of improvisation in life and arts. NY: Jeremy Tarcher/Putnam. ISBN 978-0874776317


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