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Kinesiology, Neuroscience, and Movement Analysis

 
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OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practices
OPDI-110: Dance Kinesiology and Applied Teaching Practices
This course provides an introduction to the field of dance kinesiology with an emphasis on applied teaching practices. The course will provide participants with a strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology to help maximize performance and minimize potential injuries in their students. Participants will learn how to create environments to promote healthy approaches in the training of dancers, including injury basics, developmentally safe practices, nutrition, and creation of a medical support network. The information provided in the course is based upon proven principles and methodologies gathered from current research. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 3 UNCG undergraduate credits. Professor: Robin Kish, MS Kinesiology
 
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OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance
OPDI-M10: Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling in Dance
Movement Behavior Analysis and Profiling (MBA/P) teaches dance educators, artists, choreographers, scholars, historians, and researchers how to observe and analyze movement in dance training and performance. In this course students will learn how to identify and chart their own movement behavior profile as well as that of others, identify inherited and learned capacities in movement that differentiate students engaged in the same movement activities, assess the kinetic options performers have in developing their talents in expressive movement, and integrate skills in observing and recording the dancer’s characteristic use of space, time, and force. MBA/P was developed by Drs. Valerie Hunt and Sally Fitt, and is one of the two movement analysis systems used in dance. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Dr. Thomas Hagood

 
Arts Integration
 
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OPDI-104: Creative Process for Dance Integration
OPDI-104: Creative Process for Dance Integration
This course teaches the creative process for developing movement and integrating dance with other subjects such as math, science and English. Participants follow a logical progression of movement activities increasing in complexity from inspiration and dance design to creation of an integrated project. This course was formerly known as Dance Integration - Using the Creative Process to Develop Integrated Projects. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 2 UNCG undergraduate credits. Professor: Martha Sprague, MFA
 

Assessments

 
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OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance
OPDI-103: Foundations for Assessments in Dance
This course helps teachers understand the functions and applications of assessments using formative, summative and authentic assessments. Participants’ study: What are assessments? What functions do assessments serve? What kinds of assessment tools are there? How can assessments measure student learning and growth? Students will use a wide variety of assessment techniques, tools, and instruments to support their learning process, build their own assessments in dance, and construct traditional educational testing instruments. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 3 UNCG graduate credits. Professor: Rima Faber, PhD

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OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance (4 weeks)
OPDI-M3: Rubrics and Portfolio Assessments in Dance (4 weeks)
This course is the process of gathering evidence that may be used to effectively measure student learning. Assessments may be used in any dance education environment: private school of dance, conservatory, recreation center, preK-12, or post-secondary education. We can both monitor students’ progress during the learning process (formative assessment) and at the end of a period of time (summative assessment), perhaps a semester, a season, or a year. This 1 unit course will give participants a basic understanding of assessment as it pertains to dance education and understand how to use rubrics and portfolios as tools for assessments. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols

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OPDI-M8: Designing Model Cornerstone Assessments (6 weeks)
OPDI-M8: Designing Model Cornerstone Assessments (6 weeks)
This course helps participants understand how to assess their students at benchmark grades of 2, 5, 8 and the three high school levels (proficient, accomplished, advanced) to demonstrate the type of standards-based evidence needed to show student achievement. This course follows OPDI-112 (Implementing the Standards). Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are a component of the new National Core Arts Standards. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols

Choreography

 
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OPDI: 106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953
OPDI: 106: Choreographic Explorations in Dance Since 1953
This course covers choreographers working in modern, ballet, hip hop, tap, and cultural forms since1953 and takes a thematic rather than chronological approach, allowing for close study of feeling, form, and historical context. Themes include: Non-narrative dance; Myth; Gender; Culturally Specific Explorations; Social and Political Commentary; Music. Do you want to better understand the values, ideas, social events, and cultural influences inspiring today’s concert dance choreographers? Do you want to integrate your work in dance with other disciplines such as literature, visual art, theatre, music, history, women’s studies, and African and Asian studies? Do you want to inspire your students with new ideas for dance projects? Emphasis is on viewing numerous works rather than extensive readings and on finding fresh applications to a wide variety of teaching situations. Artists covered include Martha Graham, Alwin Nikolais, Erick Hawkins, Meredith Monk, Alvin Ailey, Twyla Tharp, Trisha Brown, Christopher Wheeldon, George Balanchine, Bill T. Jones, Lucinda Childs, Doug Varone, Urban Bush Women, and many others. Previously known as Choreographic Explorations: What contemporary dance choreographers are creating today and why? 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 3 UNCG undergraduate credits. Professor: Naima Prevots, PhD

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OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing and Explorations – School, Studio, Personal
OPDI-M9: Choreographic Sharing and Explorations – School, Studio, Personal (6 weeks)
This course is designed to encourage participants to share and explore choreographic projects created by them and others with the goal of expanding their own ability to create new material, review choreography already produced, and envision new creative possibilities. In the process, students will understand more deeply how to look at the work of others, and how to best explore and review their own methods and results. The course is designed for dance teachers and artists who create choreography for their students in concerts and workshops, as well as for those who create original choreography independent of work environments. Through sharing and exploring work and process with peers and faculty, dance teachers and artists will have opportunities to make their choreography stronger and more meaningful, and enhance the power of dance for themselves and audiences. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Dr. Naima Prevots, PhD

History

 
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OPDI-102: Dance History 1800 to the Present
OPDI-102: Dance History 1800 to the Present
This course investigates the ways in which dance in Western Europe developed through various cultural influences from the romantic ballet scenario in the nineteenth century to American artistic compositions of the twenty-first century in the present day. It is intended to expand students’ understanding of dance as both an art form and as a social and cultural artifact. Study includes concert dance forms (ballet, modern, jazz/musical theatre) and numerous social and ballroom dances from 1800 to present. Particular attention focuses on developing students’ ability to become highly qualified dance educators and to assist them in developing their own students as informed and literate audience members for dance and related dance arts performances. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Doug Risner, PhD

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OPDI-111a&b: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations
OPDI-111a&b: Dance History: Global, Cultural and Historical Considerations
This course (offered in two parts) provides an overview of dance history in cultural and historical context, from its earliest documentation (pre-historic times) to current practices, including the emergence of new dance forms through transmigration (e.g. Kathak to Flamenco, Clogging to Tap, Gumboot to Stepping). Global in its perspective, the course equally emphasizes Western and Non-Western dance forms. Using context as its primary lens, the course covers theatrical, folk and social forms of dance in socio-economic, religious, and political environments. The effects of culture on what and how we dance and the corresponding influence of dance on its society will also be explored. Among other dance forms, participants will explore examples of dance influenced by politics (e.g. Kurt Jooss' Green Table, and the trajectory of Cambodian court dance), economics (social dances of the Depression and Swing eras), religion (e.g. Bharata Natyam, as performed by the devadasis, and Sufi "whirling dervishes"), and myths and legends (e.g. Graham's Errand into the Maze, or variations on Apollo from Louis XIV through Czarist Russia to Balanchine.) 3 NDEO CEUs (1.5 for each part). Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA, RDE

 

Leadership and Administration

 
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OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals (6 weeks)
OPDI-M5: Writing Successful Funding Proposals (6 weeks)
This is a course that takes the dance professional (OPDI student) on a journey that begins with understanding the basic sections required in a funding proposal, reflecting on one’s own institutional funding needs to develop the content in the funding proposal, and then articulating that content into the components of a full funding request. The course provides you a basic structure for writing proposals that is applicable to most private and public corporate and family foundations and state and federal grants. Writing any funding proposal is a learned skill and it improves with experience. Success builds success and, eventually, funders too learn who is a good investment, and who is not. It can take several years to earn this reputation; however, it is well worth the effort. Writing proposals is a delightful challenge and it can be a whole lot of fun!  Students are advised to bring samples of grant opportunities with them for direct application, if available. Otherwise, real-life grants will be used as samples and assignments. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Jane Bonbright, EdD
 

Pedagogy and Teaching Methods

 
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OPDI-107: Creative Dance in Early Childhood
OPDI-107: Creative Dance in Early Childhood
This course provides an in-depth study of the NDEO Standards for Dance in Early Childhood and gives participants an understanding of developmentally appropriate pedagogy for children ages birth to 5 years. Students will be immersed in the study of the concepts and content of creative dance/movement, cognitive and child development, standards/assessment, pedagogy and best practices. Through readings, research, interactive activities and assignments, students will gain an understanding of how to develop and implement a creative dance curriculum. Students will apply their knowledge and understanding in an actual classroom. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Lynn Monson

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OPDI-108: Introduction to Dance Education K-12: Theories and Practices
OPDI-108: Introduction to Dance Education K-12: Theories and Practices
This course provides an overview of dance in educational settings focusing on cognitive, affective/social, and psycho-motor development considerations; sequential curriculum, creative movement and cross-disciplinary arts integration; basic assessment of learning in performing, creating, and responding to dance; and essential dance knowledge and best practices in technique, choreography, and performance pedagogy. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Karen Bradley, MA

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OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy
OPDI-113: Foundations of Dance Pedagogy
This course provides a survey of educational foundations in dance pedagogy with particular emphasis on social and cultural aspects of pedagogical theory in multiple settings (K-12, private studio, higher education, and dance in community). Study includes the historical context of education and dance education, education theory, the art and science of teaching, the sociology of school organization and culture, and the ethical dimensions of teaching. Applied experiences include field observations in diverse dance teaching environments and social immersion projects. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Rima Faber, PhD

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OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities
OPDI-114: Teaching Dance to Students with Disabilities
This course provides an in-depth study of dance for students with disabilities as a means for them to express and communicate feelings and ideas, collaborate with others and learn new movement possibilities. All students need opportunities to learn, create, perform and respond to dance in all its forma. Through this course educators will learn instructional strategies that successfully include students with disabilities in the P-12 dance program. The course also addresses legislation related to students with disabilities, current issues for inclusion, people first language, characteristics of different disabilities, Individual Education Plans (IEP), Assessment and Goal development, accessible learning environments, and content and teaching modifications for learning in dance education. Educators who teach in the P-12 schools, private studios, higher education, and community dance programs will find this course can assist them with the knowledge and learning experiences to provide meaningful dance education programs for students with disabilities. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Theresa Purcell Cone

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OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy: Learning Styles and Theories (4 weeks)
OPDI-M1: Dance Pedagogy: Learning Styles and Theories (4 weeks)
This course explores some of the educational theories that dance educators adapt to the classroom and studio. A working knowledge of this material allows us to develop a tool kit of teaching approaches, which serves the educational needs of our students. Each theory is accompanied with specific applications, usable in all teaching environments. In succession, we will explore the work of Muska Mosston’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles, Bloom’s Taxonomy, Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick’s Habits of Mind, and Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Sue McGreevy-Nichols
 
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OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (4 weeks)
OPDI-M2: Elements of Dance (4 weeks)
This course explores the language we use to describe movement, and dance in particular. Through movement and discussion we will examine how the body moves in space, in time, and with energy (dynamics). A working knowledge of this material allows us to identify and describe movement with specificity and clarity, which serves both teachers and students. Ultimately, the goal of movement is to communicate meaning. We will explore the tools with which the body communicates. We call these tools the elements of movement. Our bodies are the instruments of communication.  We will examine what moves, where, how, and when it moves in space, and with certain qualities that enhance meaning. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA

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OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (4 weeks)
OPDI-M4: Developmental Domains in Dance (4 weeks)
This course explores the human development as it informs our teaching of students of all ages and abilities. Human development will be explored in several categories, called domains, which include physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. As dance educators, we need to be aware of our students’ development in each of these domains. Participants will utilize this information in observing and identifying behaviors in each of the domains, and in creating learning environments in which all students can succeed. 1 NDEO CEU. Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA

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OPDI-M6: Introduction to Creative Dance for Early Childhood (6 weeks)
OPDI-M6: Introduction to Creative Dance for Early Childhood (6 weeks)
This course explores the concepts and content essential for quality teaching and learning for creative dance for early childhood. Cognitive and child development, standards, assessment, pedagogy and the foundations of curriculum development will be investigated through readings, research, observation and interactive projects. The course will explore BrainDance, developed by Anne Green Gilbert, and its 8 patterns of movement (Breath, Tactile, Core-Distal, Head-Tail, Upper-Lower, Body Side, Cross Lateral, and Vestibular) to show how it addresses child development principles and current brain research. Participants will grapple with essential questions, and learn the skills to be able to develop and implement a creative dance curriculum outline for either 3-5 or 6-8 years of age. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Lynn Monson

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OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6 weeks)
OPDI-M7: Ballet Theory and Composition (6 weeks)
In order to master the art of teaching ballet, it is essential for educators to be well-versed in ballet theory. This course surveys historical origins of teaching ballet and Western codification systems, as well as equips the novice or master ballet teacher with a practical, step-by-step process of integrating theory into the classroom through design, notation, and implementation. Due to its visual nature, the course relies heavily on visual learning, video recording of classroom teaching, and instructor and peer guided feedback. The course is appropriate for new teachers, as well as, seasoned veterans looking for inspiration in revising their current ballet curriculum at their school. While there are no specific pre-requisites for this course, the student should have had at least 3 years of ballet technique training in order to know and understand the basic ballet terms and concepts. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Lori Provost, MA

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OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (6 weeks)
OPDI-M12: Jazz Dance Theory and Practice (6 weeks)
This course traces the continuum of jazz dance from its roots to its many manifestations today. Students will explore their own jazz dance identity through a process of examining historical jazz eras and styles (authentic, vernacular, theatrical, and contemporary) and by engaging in reflection, choreographic explorations, and dialogue with classmates. Additional course components include reading, video viewing and analysis, and writing assignments that allow students to focus their understanding of jazz dance. Whether you teach in a privately owned dance studio, in K-12, or in higher education, this course will also offer participants the opportunity to practice a historically-rooted approach for teaching jazz dance that is relevant today in contemporary jazz dance practices. By applying essential jazz dance characteristics that are derived from the origins of jazz but are often forgotten in dance studios today, participants will be able to integrate a rich understanding of jazz dance to classroom exercises that are already in your tool box. Feedback from classmates and instructor will open the doors to a dialogue where, as a community, one can share successes and challenges. In turn, participants will complete this course with a series of class exercises that can be explored and integrated into regular studio classes. Book required: Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches by Lindsay Guarino and Wendy Oliver. (2014). Gainseville, FL: University Press of Florida. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professor: Lindsay Guarino
 

Research

 
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OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
OPDI-105: Introduction to Dance Education Research
This course provides a survey of current research paradigms in dance education inquiry with particular emphasis on research design, methodology, and pedagogical implications for dance teaching and curriculum. The course provides an in-depth study of empirical and exploratory research drawn from historical, philosophical, ethnographic, case study, survey, action research, interpretive and critical approaches. The formulation of research question(s) and their methodologies figure prominently in the course outcomes. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs or 3 UNCG undergraduate credits. Professor: Rima Faber, PhD

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OPDI-109: NDEO Conference Research Study
OPDI-109: NDEO Conference Research Study
This course provides the student an opportunity to transform national conference into a laboratory for research. Under the advisement of the professor and several months before conference, the student develops a research question , does a review of literature, pre-selects conference sessions (presentations, panels, papers, and workshops) relevant to the research question and to be attended, and schedules interviews at conference with experts in the area of study. In the final research paper, the student synthesizes his/her understandings with the literature review, conference sessions, and interviews to develop one’s own conclusions and recommendations for future study. The completed research paper is due six weeks post-conference. Cost of course w/conference fee is $550. Offered as an Independent Study and can only be taken once. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Jane Bonbright, EdD

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OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi (6 weeks)
OPDI-M11: Exploring Dance Education History, Legacy, and Literacy through DELRdi (6 weeks)
This course is designed to help your dance education practice in many diverse ways. Importantly, it provides the participants with exciting and creative ideas and resources to build interesting class content. It introduces stimulating research and important dance topics, and provides the knowledge-base to debate the merits of a selected topic in light of previous studies. It enables participants to address important and relevant issues and policy in dance education. In addition, students will develop fluency using DELRdi (Dance Education Literature and Research descriptive index) and discover the vast range of information contained in the index. Students will share results of individual searches and discuss interpretations of what the literature tells us about dance education and research. Finally, participants will develop a new online DELRdi tutorial for first-time users, locate missing documents and prepare them for inclusion in the DELRdi, and create an independent project applying DELRdi to a particular population or area of interest. 1.5 NDEO CEUs. Professors: Anne Dunkin and Rachel K. Palermo

Standards / Portfolio

 
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OPDI-101: Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
OPDI-101: Introduction to the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts (PTSDA)
This course deepens the student's understanding of standards and provides them with the tools needed to apply standards in their daily teaching environment. The PTSDA provides eight industry standards for teaching dance that include: developing your own goals, objectives, and value systems for teaching dance (to any age in any environment); understanding the content of dance, students and needs; incorporating diverse resources into your program; addressing the need to grow as a professional and contribute to the profession; building your program in your community; and reflecting on your own teaching practice utilizing student and teacher assessments, program evaluation, and research. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA

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OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance
OPDI-112: Implementing the New National Core Arts Standards in Dance
This course will delve into the new standards that were launched in October 2014 as part of a collaborative effort with all the major art forms including dance, music, theater, visual arts and media arts. The new dance standards focus on the 4 artistic processes of creating, performing, responding and connecting. Participants will go in-depth with the standards and learn how to apply the standards in their own classrooms or studios. During this course participants will develop curriculum and lesson plans based on the new standards. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Susan McGreevy-Nichols

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OPDI-201: PTSDA ~ Professional Portfolio Development
OPDI-201: PTSDA ~ Professional Portfolio Development
This course guides participants through the essentials of developing a professional portfolio culminating in an organized, useful compilation of one's accomplishments, skills and pedagogical expertise. Each course module substantively references the Professional Teaching Standards for Dance Arts, providing solid evidence of one's deep understanding of the Standards manifested in statements of teaching philosophy, lesson plans and assessments for varied populations, videos of teaching moments, documented collaborations with colleagues, and one's place in the community as an advocate for dance in arts education. Professional portfolios are now also being used more and more as a tool for teacher evaluation and job promotion. Pre-requisites Intro to PTSDA or test-out. As with all Independent Studies, the student must develop a personal timeline for completing all course requirements. 3 NDEO CEUs. Eligible for 3 Mills CEUs. Professor: Patricia Cohen, MA