How and where do dancers or choreographers enter the creative process? This K-12 educator uses imagery and conversation to help her middle school dance students understand and explore this question.
Dance educator, Heather Vaughn Southard, encourages tests that go beyond pencil, paper, and even presentation as she outlines ways to assess program philosophy, performance goals, teaching methods, class achievement, and individual student growth.
Heather thinks ahead to how she’ll refuel in the New Year and during the summer so that she can best serve her students. Don’t worry, early planning of stay-home summer strategies can ensure better productivity through-out the current semester. Try it!
On August 17, the Ovation network will premiere a new reality/competition dance show from the producers of So You Think You Can Dance. Co-choreographer Billy Trivett and friend of the show, Allison Holker, offers some tips for those wanting “A Chance To Dance” as a professional. Catch these video clips, tune in, and let us know what you think of this new program!
When working with students on choreography it’s possible to get them thinking beyond steps to a more robust concept of creative process that encourages thoughtful choices about all areas of production. Heather demonstrated this with her previous article. This time, she goes a step further, showing you ways to connect these ideas with dance history to enrich students’ understanding.
The ways movement is inspired, how it is developed, edited, and finally presented is a process. Concert dance is all about the intent and the journey, which lead to the product. If this idea is new to you, here is a ten-step list of how to engage in a process from K-12 teacher, Heather Vaughan-Southard.