We live in an ever-changing world where cultural traditions and beliefs are constantly changing, and the people, places, and moments in our lives that we cherish greatly change with these changes.
Dance is a natural extension of this ever-expanding cultural heritage, and as such, it has the ability to become a symbol of a movement or a place.
This change can be a little confusing in a world dominated by technology and our modern conveniences, but it also is quite exciting for those who enjoy and value diverse, dynamic cultures because it can serve to highlight this aspect of our lives.
If you are an educator looking to create a social learning environment with a unique dance and performance concept, here are a few resources to consider.
Wanda Hallett’s popular Dance: How We Learn Through Dance is a beautiful and accessible book that allows you to explore and understand the world through dance, from the basics of a ballet class to the deeper levels of dance.
Dr. Amy Davis is a pioneer in dance technology. Her blog and a number of books, webcasts, and live workshops have all been helpful in creating the modern dance education movement.
How Does It Compare With Other Methods?
While there is not a one size fits all answer, there are several factors that can help you compare the various methods for engaging with dance, including the following:
The physical nature of dance The number of times you can perform The quality and content of the teacher The cost of the method The variety or range of teachers you choose for your dance group
With so many variables, the best way is to use the method you are most comfortable with. That way you will know of the benefits of each method and will make decisions based on their strengths and weaknesses.
“The American Dream is that everyone can make it. The American Dream is that everyone gets the American Dream.”
George Bernard Shaw
For those of you who are unaware, I am of Polish descent. It is interesting to note that during the Great Depression, Polish Americans played a significant role as a labor force, as I recall one of my professors talking up the idea of Polish American volunteers helping to fight fires and so on in order to aid American soldiers during WWII. This became a great way of expressing our desire (which some of us still believe) to belong in America. This is a dream many still dream to this day.
I also have a large number of Polish ancestors who are, in fact
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