An Interview with Kellianne Floyd, a Member of the Transformational Teaching Cohort in South Carolina

An Interview with Kellianne Floyd, a Member of the Transformational Teaching Cohort in South Carolina

Blog: “An Interview with Kellianne Floyd, a Member of the Transformational Teaching Cohort in South Carolina” by Brenda Pugh McCutchen August 1, 2021     Context: A dozen South Carolina dance specialists are now half-way through their coursework in Transformative Teaching in Dance (TTD) which teaches the holistic approach to dance education known as the 6DC Model of Educational Dance,” which is also aligned with the national NCAS Standards. The faculty for TTD are seasoned dance education professors: Dr. Tina Curran and me (McCutchen). The cohort has now completed two intensive summer dance institutes immersed in transformative teaching in dance through the holistic 6DC Model of Educational Dance and also three years of applying its conceptual-based teaching methods in their classrooms–in both real and virtual settings. The textbook, Teaching Dance as Art in Education (McCutchen, 2006) anchors their study of theory and methods and three teaching toolkits of conceptual-based dance education resources that focus on teaching two artistic processes has been the emphasis:  Toolkit 1: Viewing Dance—Vocabularies for Critiquing; Toolkit 2: Creating Dance–Processes for Choreographing; Toolkit 3: Composing Dance—Structures for Choreography, as well as the K-5 version of Toolkit Two titled: Kids Koolkit:  Creating Dance K-5. In this series of teacher interviews, I ask different members of the cohort what changes they’ve made in their dance education teaching practice since the start of the institutes and what noticeable differences these methods have made with student outcomes during that time. My first interview is with Kellianne Floyd, a mid-career dance educator and full-time elementary-middle dance specialist for the artistically gifted and talented in Spartanburg School District 1, SC, USA.   BPMcC   Here...
To all the Dance Educators in the midst of the Coronavirus

To all the Dance Educators in the midst of the Coronavirus

We at Dance Curriculum Designs share your worry and frustration as we deal with this pandemic on so many levels. We know that your priority is your students and giving them the best instruction when you cannot even share a classroom. We know that your creative minds have been inventing lessons and activities to complete the requirements of the class and to keep them connected to dance.   We mourn with you the inability to present your final works and to showcase the talents and the growth of your students. We feel the sorrow at losing face to face contact with your students at the peak of their learning and of their connection with you. We know that our dance classes and our schools are communities and this disruption is tough.   But we also know the resilience of dancers, artists, and creatives. When dance is your art, it is your drive. When all of this is said and done, you will come back strong and determined.   For those of you still teaching, we would like to offer you a free 38 page book called America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures – the First 100 ($3 for S/H). This book was put together by the Dance Heritage Coalition and had the challenge to select 100 luminaries to feature from over 900 nominations. The Dance Treasures include stellar dancers, choreographers, dance styles, and other indelible influences in the world of dance.   We encourage you to use this book as a guide for lessons, as a catalyst for further research, or as inspiration to broaden your dance influence vocabulary.   Know...
“Dance Teacher as Artist Institute” Offered in SC Again in Summer 2019

“Dance Teacher as Artist Institute” Offered in SC Again in Summer 2019

“Dance Teacher as Artist Institute” Offered in SC Again in Summer 2019 May 28, 2019 By Brenda Pugh McCutchen   Dance Curriculum Designs is part of the team offering SC dance educators a special dance education “boot camp” this summer. The one-week intensive–2019 Dance Teacher as Artist Institute (DTAA)– provides abundant opportunities for growth, sharing, refreshing, reflecting, and recharging at the end of this school year when it is so needed.  The institute immerses a select group of 15 SC dance educators in significant aspects of dance literacy and dance artistry.     The June 2019 DTAA Institute takes place on the artistically invigorating campus of SC’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, located in the heart of Greenville, SC’s arts district and adjacent to the popular West End in downtown Greenville.  GSAH Campus is within easy walking distance of the vibrant downtown and the scenic Reedy River, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and the Suspension Bridge.   The DTAA Institute is sponsored by the SC State Department of Education.  It is a collaborative project between four state entities:  the SC State Department of Education, the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (ABC) which is partially funded by the SC Arts Commission, the College of Charleston, and the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities (GSAH).  The Governor’s School hosts the institute by providing lodging and all meals for participants who get a nice holiday from cooking.  3 hours graduate credit is offered through College of Charleston.  This course aligns with the ABC Project’s mission to increase the artistic presence of the dance specialist in the classroom.  To that...
Heartfelt Congratulations on Culminating The 2018-19 School Year!

Heartfelt Congratulations on Culminating The 2018-19 School Year!

“Heartfelt Congratulations on Culminating The 2018-19 School Year!” May 15, 2019 Guest Blog by Tressa Oswalt     Congratulations! Most of you are getting close to the close of another school term – hopefully, a successful one. We at Dance Curriculum Designs (DCD), know the feelings. Happy, but exhausted. Confident, but contemplative. Ready for the end, but already mapping out the next beginning. This is the time you look back on your year, your semester, or your quarter and congratulate yourself on your good teaching, student growth, and curricular goals met…..and contemplate what could be done better.   We, at DCD, feel you. It’s why we are here. Providing the materials and ensuring that dance is taught as ART is our lifeblood and our mission. Our quest is to make this easier and more effective for every dedicated teacher of dance. We believe in our arts education products and know that they make dance teaching easier and more focused, offering more ways to meet required dance standards. We are working to finalize more teaching kits for K-12 and post-secondary,  and are excited about upcoming products to be introduced in 2019. So as you conclude this term and look ahead to the next, look at our proven materials and consider using them to guide you in designing and teaching your dance curriculum. Please feel free to message us through the Contact page on this website or call to ask questions. We are here to serve you and your students as you move forward to the next term.     Tressa Oswalt is the graphic designer at Dance Curriculum Designs.  She is...
Take a Moment to Dance

Take a Moment to Dance

“Take a Moment to Dance”   By: Tressa P. Oswalt April 10, 2019   If you attended the 2017 NDEO Conference, you received, from Dance Curriculum Designs, a gift poster with a photo of a water splash that is frozen in time. We were searching a stock photography site and Brenda Pugh McCutchen found this image and was fascinated by it. There is so much movement in the parts of the splash, with beads and streams going in different directions. In the center of the splash, you can almost see a figure, like a dancer, and can imagine that the drops flying are the result of the movements from this dancer.   For me, the image evoked a strong sense of time. It is a captured, brief moment of beauty and emotion. I captioned the poster “Take a Moment to Dance,” hoping to convey the sense of time as well as the sense of movement.   Our lives are hectic and busy. Sometimes, as educators, we spend our time doing the nuts and bolts of our profession and guiding others in their creativity. We forget or push aside our need to be creative, leaving us wondering why the thing we love is not bringing us joy.   So, here is a reminder. Dance in the wind with the leaves on the trees. Dance to the rhythm of your heels on the sidewalk. Dance in the shower with the water spraying all around. Dance with the broom or the mop or the dust cloth. Dance because you finished your paperwork. Dance with joy. Dance with sorrow. Dance with a friend....
Creative Presence in the Art of Folding

Creative Presence in the Art of Folding

“Creative Presence in the Art of Folding”   Blog by Brenda Pugh McCutchen, M.F.A. Author of Teaching Dance as Art in Education, (Human Kinetics, 2006) and creative force behind DanceCurriculuomDesigns.com July 2, 2018   What I want to share with you is how the simplest of ideas can become profound when put into motion in one’s body-space and time.  All that is needed is an organic idea and the creative nudge to explore it in terms of movement and the self.   This creative idea—simply FOLDING—is an organic invitation to explore the wonders of the body instrument and to let it go where the body-mind finds to take it.  Folding can be explored for hours to deepen the connection to the self.  Folding can be experimented with for years to find the special kinds of artistic expression that are unique to your body.  You don’t have to be able-bodied to do so.  It can be a gentle exploration in place, through different levels in space, changing body parts and directions, changing the speed with which you feel like moving.  It can be a deepening of the self in harmony with the concept of folding which we began in the womb and continue to experience as a part of daily life without being conscious of it.  This is an invitation to bring a simple idea, like folding, to the conscious level in motion.   In addition to a gentle movement exploration, it can become a more extensive exploration in folding while experimenting being supported by different parts of the body, folding parts of one’s external space, traveling through space, involving...