Whether you're an experienced arts educator, or a teacher looking for ways to bring life to your curriculum through visual arts, music, drama and dance, this group will provide a place to meet, share, and imagine!

Dance, anyone?

Karen Bradley Professor of dance at University of Maryland, arts ed researcher/writer

Despite the great Sir Ken Robinson's pointing the fact out, in his popular TED talk of a few years ago, dance is still the most marginalized of disciplines in schools, and it is not even listed as a subject area on this website.

The name of this group is Art/Music/Drama.

The denial of the role of the moving body in learning is pretty complete and not only here. However, the good news is there is much to understand and value about how dance helps children (and adults for that matter!) understand their worlds, communicate with others, and discover their own expressive personalities.

If there is any interest here in discussing the ways in which dance is a powerful tool for transformative learning, write away!

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Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Gentle Movement

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Hi Allen!

Wow that sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us. I think it would be terrific to introduce our students to tai chi. I love the way you describe it as a slow dance. I will certainly look into this. I have always admired folks doing tai chi. What a peaceful art form to bring to children.

Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer

EdWeek Article on how dance is being used to teach academic subj

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Hi everyone,

I came across this article in Smartbrief and thought it was very applicable to what this discussion is talking about.

Article on EdWeek: Schools Integrate Dance Into Core Academics

I'm excited to see more attention to dance and the arts in media.


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Aurora Dance: for the Holiday Season...

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Thank you Karen Bradley:

Dear Dancers and Arts Educators,

This is one of the best gifts I can share with you all
for the Holiday Season Vacation Time
and your Students and Families and Friends...

It is the link from the "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (APOD) the evening before Thanksgiving: Nova-Ember: Star & Fire: 24, 2010...


(You may have to "buffer" this high definition video
before playing it, if you do not have a High Performance video card...)

I check-in daily at this website because it helps me remember where we all came from...long ago... but not forgotten...


The "Flowing Auroras: Time-Lapse Photographs Over Norway"
by Tor Even Mathisen
is an HD video with quiet music and whispered song...

It tells you why the "Ancients" and the "Native Cultures"
knew that Nature is alive and holy...
I can't make this stuff up; this is our Sky speaking...

Presented courtesy of our government: nasa.gov

No drugs needed; show this to your students if you wish...
Giving thanks to you all here at Edutopia.org

This is why I have to dance...

Allen Berg
Kepler's Apprentice

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A Contemporary Vitruvian Man: Tony Orrico

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Dear Colleagues,

I often run up against the artificial division of Arts & Sciences:
"Should I post this video link in our Arts group or our STEM group?"
etc. So I vary my choices, but our Arts group is my Home Group, my
Primal Group, so this "1 Circle Proto" Dance/Arts Performance by Tony
Orrico is going to join our "Dance, anyone?" Discussion for now...


As you will see, he is a contemporary "Vitruvian Man" with a precedent going back to Leonardo Da Vinci's famous drawing of the same name.

A viewer's prefatory note: This is an 18 minute repetitive performance piece by a very physically strong disciplined dancer...that can be challenging to one's observational perserverence (as it is physically challenging to the performer as well), so one may abridge your viewing experience if you so wish by simply 'skipping ahead' through portions of the video, to reach the conclusion drawing and performer's strenuous exit.

"Dance, anyone?"...This one is not for the weak at heart...
This dude is courageous, even lying down...
He earned his "Da Vinci" moniker...

Geometer Allen

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Turf Dancing from Oakland, California

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Dear Colleagues,

I'm a dancer, I gotta move...
and a teacher, so I gotta learn...and share...

I came across this youtube video from searching something else...
that's how life is sometimes... :-)

I used to live and teach around the SF Bay Area, so this video "hit home"...even though now I am on the "other coast"...
Neighborhood and 'hood are in my Urban-Z Zone, my Turf DNA...

So here is some Moves from the raw re-al-i-ties...

(The tv news commentary I'll not comment on; the Moves are here
4 U 2 C...)



Dance for P.E. Credit

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At my school they can have dance in place of P.E. It works out great! Evidently in my area, it is difficult to find teachers who are qualified in both dance and other subjects to fill up a day. It is a shame that schools don't take professional experience into consideration, only degrees. Luckily I have a triple degree in musical theater and music education with a minor in dance. I also like to make them choreograph in groups as their final vocabulary test for each dance style we study. They have to use the vocab. in a group dance. The kinesthetic learners remember the steps because they have to USE them, not in a sentence, but in a DANCE they never forget!


Business Director at Merge Education

Kinesthetic Learning

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Great idea for another group - and i don't think it should be limited to the arts at all.

Founder of The Kids for Coltrane Project in Education

Dance Credit

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Ann, how wonderful to learn that your district gives P.E. credit for dance classes. I am certain your students benefit from your lessons in many ways. I use dance with my students during my classroom instruction. I connect the arts to literacy, social studies, math, science and character education. In my school they also bring in fabulous teaching artists who offer dance, but unfortunately the program is only offered to one grade a year. I feel your frustration.
I remember when I was in high school, I had the option of taking tap and jazz classes for P.E. and I can report to you that both classes had a powerful impact me.
Congratulations on the work that you are doing. You are an asset to your school!

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