Summer 2023 - EDUC 330 E100

Movement Language Elements for Dance in Education (3)

Class Number: 4398

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 8 – Aug 4, 2023: Thu, 5:30–9:20 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.


The movement concepts are introduced to Educ 330 students (Space, Time, Force, Body) and reviewed and taught by Educ 430 students. Each week will focus on current issues in dance education: inclusion, trauma-informed care, social justice, indigenous connections, race, and gender. Emphasis will be upon the integration of movement into all areas of the K – 12 curriculums. We will explore creative and inclusive ways of integrating literature, writing and art with dance. Dance is taught in this course as an expressive art form with the potential to educate in creative and innovative ways.


Students should be able to incorporate the movement elements into their developing and ongoing work and leave this course with a toolbox of ways to facilitate meaningful movement experiences for all ages. Students should leave with a deeper understanding of the connection between movement and brain development. Another goal of this course is to understand the connection between movement and learning and the significant role that movement can play in trauma-informed care. We will cover the Fundamental Movement Patterns and their significance to human learning and development as with Anne Green Gilbert's Brain Dance. Students will learn a variety of approaches to generating choreography and have opportunities to create, perform and critique their own small group dance compositions. They will study lesson and unit planning, assessment strategies and the Ministry of Education’s IRPs for dance.


  • Active participation. In class discussion. Willingness to take risks and share/support all group members. Exit slips. 40%
  • Readings/ 10 Canvas Discussion Posts 15%
  • Dance Performance Review 15%
  • In Class Main Ideas Written Quiz July 20 15%
  • Final Small Group Dance Presentation 15%


Class will meet for the first hour every class in Room 8620

There will be an in-class quiz on July 20 about the main ideas covered in class.


This is an experiential, movement-based course and active participation is required. Come to class in clothing that is comfortable to move



Creative Dance for All Ages by Anne Gilbert
ISBN: 978-1-45048094-9


Smart Moves by Carla Hannaford, Ph. D.
ISBN: 0-915556-27-8


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