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This program explores two contrasting approaches to teaching dance:

  • At Lusher Alternative Elementary School, Kathy DeJean used an inquiry-based approach in which children create their own movement. She encourages students to use the dance elements of shape, space, and time to explore their feelings and ideas about a subject.
  • At P.S. 156, The Waverly School of the Arts, Scott Pivnik uses existing dances from many cultures. As children learn the traditional choreography and rhythms, they also explore the geography, history, and social context of the dances.

As you watch the program, consider the benefits of each approach:

  • In what circumstances would each be effective?
  • How would you incorporate each into an integrated curriculum unit?

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