Dance Partnering Basics: Practical Skills and Inclusive Pedagogy With HKPropel Access presents easy-to-implement, technique-based partnering instruction for dancers of all ages. The exercises and techniques, which are broken down into parts and presented in a skill progression, from beginner to advanced, can be applied to a variety of dance forms. The book offers a plethora of tools to help dance educators in providing expert partnering instruction:
18 illustrated exercises that teach techniques, mechanics, and individual partnered skills; each exercise includes additional variations and explorations
Tips for developing a partnering component and integrating it into an existing dance program or curriculum
Related online materials delivered via HKPropel, including over 40 video clips demonstrating partnering exercises, vocabulary, questions for discussion and reflection, and assessments and rubrics to help assess student progress
Inclusive, Nongendered Approach The text uses an inclusive, nongendered approach to dance partnering, as opposed to the traditional male and female roles. Instead of using man/woman labels in the instructions, author Brandon Whited uses terminology such as partner A/partner B,leader/follower, and supported partner/supportive partner. This approach gives a broad appeal to dance partnering.
Book Contents Dance Partnering Basics is organized around the foundational elements of dance—time, weight, energy and flow, and space. Chapter 1 provides a concise history and explanation of dance partnering forms and considers the broad implications for the practice as a vital component of dance education and training. Chapter 2 focuses on class planning, course development, foundational concepts, and teaching techniques. It also offers foundational skills and exercises. Chapter 3 delves into the body as an instrument, discussing biomechanics, safety, cross-training, nutrition, wellness, and self-care. It also offers more advanced skills, building off of those offered in the previous chapter. In chapter 4, readers explore the relationship between partnership and creativity, digging into tactics, exercises, and choreographic prompts that can help unlock creativity. It contains the exercises with the most advanced skills and partnership principles. And finally, chapter 5 outlines dance education philosophies, which include establishing a safe space, a supportive environment, and a community within the classroom and beyond.
Dance Partnering Basics is a highly practical resource for dance educators and teachers across all levels, from K-12 to higher education as well as private studios. It is an ideal text to teach partnering, regardless of the students’ ages, their skill level, or the dance genre. With its unique inclusive approach, this book is a welcome and much-needed addition to the dance field.
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Chapter 1. Introduction to Dance Partnering
Chapter 2. Time: Getting Started Exercise 1: Grasp and Clasp Exercise 2: Trust Building Exercise 3: Active and Passive Exercise 4: Weight Sharing Exercise 5: Counterbalance Exercise 6: Shelves and Ledges
Chapter 3. Weight: Digging Deeper Exercise 7: Draping Exercise 8: Airplanes Exercise 9: Redirection and Leverage Exercise 10: Under, Over, and Through Exercise 11: Falling and Rocking Exercise 12: Assisted Inversions
Chapter 4. Energy and Flow: Activating Creativity Exercise 13: Hip Rides Exercise 14: Promenade Exercise 15: Traditional Lifts Exercise 16: Initiation and Suggestion Exercise17: Rolling Points Exercise 18: Me Score
Chapter 5. Space: Fostering Community and Inclusive Pedagogy
Brandon Whited, MFA, is an associate professor of dance in the department of theater and dance at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is the artistic director of Santa Barbara Dance Theater, a resident professional company at UCSB. Earning a BFA from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and an MFA from The Ohio State University, Brandon has studied multiple genres, from social dance and classical ballet partnering to contact improvisation and contemporary dance partnering.
Professor Whited has presented his choreography throughout the United States (New York, North Carolina, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, and California) and internationally (Parma and Castiglione della Stiviere, Italy). He has danced professionally as a core member of Shen Wei Dance Arts (2009 to 2014) as well as with Steeledance, Randy James Dance Works, and Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, and he has been a specialized supernumerary with the Metropolitan Opera. Mr. Whited has also worked in musical theater as a performer and choreographer.