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Partnering Dance and Education.

Partnering Dance and Education by Judith Lynne Hanna. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 1999. 255 pages paper. $30. ISBN: 0-88011-511-4.

Who should read Partnering Dance and Education? The author, a Dance Magazine contributor, perhaps best describes her intended audience as individuals who are "interested in better understanding the potential of dance." Whether your interest in dance is as a K-12 dance educator, higher education faculty member, private studio owner, dancer, choreographer, community leader or a lover of dance, this book provides a good way to recognize the value of dance in and with education.

The first of two sections defines the depth and breadth of dance as a distinct body of knowledge by analyzing the cognitive, emotional and expressive aspects of the discipline. Here Hanna surveys options for providing dance education and gives a review of the types of programs available, notes research findings and addresses the benefits of dance. She discusses the role of dance education within the educational reform effort and talks frankly about who should teach dance in K-12 and in higher education.

In the second section of the book, Hanna describes how dance can support other learning, discusses the role of cultural diversity in dance education and focuses on other key issues challenging the field today. She examines dance as a career, describing what makes a good teacher and listing options for training and teacher preparation. It is a clear statement about the power and value of dance in education and provides a context for its evolution as a field.

Some material is difficult to sift through, but a reader may pick and choose what suits his or her needs. Hanna, for example, has done the legwork for the reader, providing a source of countless quotes that can support advocacy efforts. The appendix section alone is worth the price of the book. It contains information such as an outline of the National Dance Standards, a list of resources including organizations, institutions and agencies that support dance education and a comprehensive list of references and suggested readings.

Subtitled Intelligent Moves for Changing Times, this text offers examples of practical, experiential models for a positive future.

Susan McGreevy Nichols is director of a model public school program in dance in Providence, Rhode Island.
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Nichols, Susan McGreevy
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Nov 1, 2000
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