Summer 2023 - EDUC 430 E100

Designs for Learning: Dance (4)

Class Number: 4414

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

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

  • Prerequisites:

    EDUC 401/402 or corequisite EDUC 403.



For students and teachers with some movement and dance experience who are planning to teach dance in school or recreational settings. Students will continue experiential and theoretical explorations of movement language framework concepts with increasing emphasis on expressive, formal and critical aspects of dance and movement education.


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. Teaching Concepts. In class discussion. Willingness to take risks and share/support all group members. Exit slips. 40%
  • Readings/ 10 Canvas Discussion Posts 12%
  • Dance Performance Review 12%
  • In Class Main Ideas Written Quiz July 20 12%
  • Dance Unit Plan* due July 27 12%
  • Final Small Group Dance Presentation 12%


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 in. All assignments must be completed to achieve a final grade in this course.



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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