The Artist in Education: Integrating the Many Roles of the Future Dance Educator

By Rebecca Gose.

Published by The Arts Collection

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It is vital that future dance educators have experiences in the many areas that they will be required to fulfill as they enter the K12 dance arena. Their skill sets must range from the knowledge of classroom management, pedagogical principles, community building through dance, to understanding and application of artistic and aesthetic values and a deep embodiment and application of the creative process. However, there are many logistical obstacles to the successful achievement of these many and varied goals. This paper details a project that attempts to simultaneously and fluidly develop several of the necessary skills needed for the dance educator, to be implemented in a dance program at the college or university level. The project, entitled PACES (Performing Artists Creating, Experiencing and Servicing) involves a combination of community service, teaching, and performance training in a student-driven program, culminating in a community performance. The major components to this project that will be detailed include the following:

• A service learning project that actively engages pre-service teaching with K12 students
• Performance training for PACES students (pre-service teachers) that centers around master works
• Lessons that are created by the pre-service teachers and are derived from the content and choreographic structures of the master works
• A culminating performance in which all are participants

Keywords: Dance Education, Service Learning, Dance Training

The International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 2, Issue 4, pp.5-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 658.823KB).

Prof. Rebecca Gose

Assistant Professor, Dance, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA

Rebecca Gose Enghauser performed with Garth Fagan Dance from 1988-1993, touring the US and abroad, including many colleges and universities, the Spoleto Festival, Carlton Dance Festival (Brazil), and New Zealand Festival of the Arts, and the world premiere of Griot New York, with collaborators Wynton Marsalis and Martin Puryear at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She subsequently worked in arts education as a teaching artist and artistic design consultant for the Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning through the Arts in Nashville, TN, while also performing and producing her own choreography. Rebecca holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Georgia, where she primarily teaches modern technique and directs the teacher certification program. Currently, she continues to perform, both regionally and nationally, as well as write for scholarly publication in dance education, primarily in the areas of motor learning and somatics.


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