- Assists putting dance theory into action by building the theoretical
knowledge of the practical skills that a dancer needs
- Offers simple physical dance and viewing tasks, activities and
exercises to use with students
- Is intended for students of high school age but can be used with
younger age groups
- Provides student-friendly information and self-assessment sheets
- Is written in an accessible style that teachers can use verbally as they
Dance Theory in Practice for Teachers has two major sections.
The first, The Dancer in Training, brings in practical tasks that cover safe
studio practice, ideas for daily class warm-ups and cool-downs, simple
anatomy and physiology, dance basics (co-ordination, alignment,
flexibility, stamina), and photos or diagrams of the 'dancer in action'. The second, Dancers' Performance Skills, includes projection,
emphasis, range, memory/accuracy, group awareness, focus, and
involvement of the whole self. Strategies for rehearsal focus on the
choreographer's intent, style and approaches.