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Using social and emotional components to enhance jazz dance curriculum for musical theater majors in liberal arts colleges and universities

Project (M.A., Education (Curriculum and Instruction))--California State University, Sacramento, 2017.

Some liberal arts colleges and universities have a limited amount of jazz dance preparation classes for musical theatre majors. Theatre and Dance Departments face financial and political challenges when striving to offer enough dance classes to adequately prepare students to enter the professional dance and theater world. This project was created with those students in mind. Embedded within the project curriculum are social and emotional components which enhance the educator’s and student’s perspective on dance technique, history, and its cultural relevance. The author’s 30 plus years of experience as a dancer, dance educator, dance team director/coach, and group fitness professional has assisted in shaping the project’s design.

Some liberal arts colleges and universities have a limited amount of jazz dance preparation classes for musical theatre majors. Theatre and Dance Departments face financial and political challenges when striving to offer enough dance classes to adequately prepare students to enter the professional dance and theater world. This project was created with those students in mind. Embedded within the project curriculum are social and emotional components which enhance the educator’s and student’s perspective on dance technique, history, and its cultural relevance. The author’s 30 plus years of experience as a dancer, dance educator, dance team director/coach, and group fitness professional has assisted in shaping the project’s design.

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