Dance Heritage Coalition Adds New Treasures to its Original List

Dance Heritage Coalition Adds New Treasures to its Original List

“Dance Heritage Coalition Adds New Treasures to its Original List” By Brenda Pugh McCutchen December 10, 2020 “To bring attention to the amazing people, places and things in the dance field….”   Kudos to the Dance Heritage Coalition for adding new dance “treasures” to expand its original list of 100 luminaries.*  DHC’s intent was always to continue to recognize more notables in the future after their original 100 was presented in 2000 in the publication, America’s Irreplaceable Dance Treasures—the First 100. That book –featuring significant people, places, and platforms– was well received by the dance field and continues to be an important and useful dance resource, especially in K-12.   A copy of the original booklet that features the first 100 U.S. “treasures” is a must-have dance resource for all public schools.  Its handy size and layout make it a useful source for dance teachers, students, dance studios,  and school libraries.  The informative write-up of each luminary makes a quick reference for teachers when planning lessons or identifying artists or institutions who exemplify excellence in the field.  By spotlighting the special people and places which made a lasting impact on American dance, this book’s contents can inform and inspire students to develop their own artistic voice and vision.  It may inspire some to further studies in choreography, performance, dance education, or world dance.   Teachers who broaden their students’ horizons by sharing the rich heritage of dance through its stellar artists, choreographers, and pioneers in varied dance styles, broaden their students’ worldview of dance. Such content is vital to increase their dance literacy.  Teachers who ensure that their students...
Message to Colleagues and Friends of Dance Curriculum Designs

Message to Colleagues and Friends of Dance Curriculum Designs

Message to Colleagues and Friends of Dance Curriculum Designs,   This is to let you know that the team from Dance Curriculum Designs is keeping things going from their home offices while I search for a place to relocate my home and our company.  Our temporary address is now 545 North Glassy Mountain Road, Landrum, SC 29356.  AT&T accidentally moved our phone service to the wrong location, so our phone at 803-754-7384 was interrupted for a while until we discovered the error and got it fixed.  Dance Curriculum Designs apologizes for any inconvenience this caused our customers. Should you need to contact us while we are in transition, please dial 803-754-7384 or email both brenda@dancecurriculumdesigns.com and cyndiDCD@outlook.com.  We look forward to serving you and to staying in touch.   Reminder:  All purchase orders from schools and school districts require submitting two forms together–   the completed form–Dance Curriculum Designs’ Purchase Order Form— which contains specificity needed to complete your order and the shipping rates to add to get the total amount due for the order. Find this form at the DCD website button named “Purchase Orders.”   Send it together with the the school/district’s official PO.   Both must match–the same products and the correct total.   DCD was unable to attend NDEO last year as planned to see many of you and to tell you about the upcoming teacher resources that are in the works for the upcoming school year.  All of our resources are designed for real dance education classroom settings but adapt well to virtual dance classrooms.    At the moment, two of my colleagues–Dr. Tina Curran (UT-Austin) and Professor Sybil Huskey (UNC-Charlotte)–are...
The Dance Teacher As Artist Institute Graduates a New Cohort  of Dance Education Professionals in SC

The Dance Teacher As Artist Institute Graduates a New Cohort of Dance Education Professionals in SC

As we wrap up an intensive, invigorating, and rewarding week in Greenville, SC at the Dance Teacher As Artist (DTAA) Institute, which was funded by the SC State Department of Education in conjunction with Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project, I am in awe of the dedication that our South Carolina dance specialists, certified to teach K-12 dance education, have to their students, their schools, and their communities. Many came to us last weekend having just finished their school years within the last two to three days.  To prepare for the Institute, participants completed preliminary reading and writing for an introduction to the groundbreaking twenty-first century model of educational dance (developed by Brenda Pugh McCutchen, MFA). That model is transforming the way that teachers across the US and abroad approach dance in public schools. Upon arrival, participants jumped in with both feet for an intensive study of the six defining characteristics (6DC) of educational dance, which ensure that the dance curriculum in public schools is comprehensive, substantive, sequential, artistically-driven, contextually coherent, and inquiry-based.  The dance student is not only a dancer and performer (though this continues to be an important cornerstone), but is guided by the dance specialist to become a choreographer (creating and composing dance), a dance historian/anthropologist (knowing dance history, culture, and context), and a dance critic (analyzing and critiquing dance). Students learn and embody the vocabularies of dance, leading to literacy and fluency, in a curriculum that is student-centered to holistically educate the whole child. That is done with attention to the cognitive-intellectual, kinesthetic-motor, psychological-social, and aesthetic-artistic development of each child. Dr. Tina Curran and Ms....
40 Startling Facts That Will Totally Transform How You Look At Ballet

40 Startling Facts That Will Totally Transform How You Look At Ballet

We are reposting this article to give wide exposure to it.  It is informative and well-written and full of information that would answer the 40 likely questions you might want to know about classical ballet.  So if you have wondered what it is like to perform the magical feats you see on the stage, here is your opportunity.  Enjoy. Brenda Pugh McCutchen, dba Dance Curriculum Designs, Columbia, SC   Ballet is a beloved art form that has been around for centuries and remained a popular part of culture. But there’s much about it that lots of people do not know. Here, then, we reveal some of the most surprising facts about the dance and the ballerinas that regularly perform it.   A lot of work goes into creating a tutu The tutus that ballerinas wear for their performances take a lot of time and energy to make. In fact, they each involve 300 feet of material, take around four days of work to produce and can cost as much as $2,000 to own. And the high prices all adds up because dancers get through up to 150 tutus in their careers.   Ballerinas get through two or three pairs of shoes each week One of the biggest costs in ballet is the shoes. Ballerinas typically go through pointe shoes at a rate of three a week. Sometimes, a pair won’t even last a night for a principal dancer in a production such as Swan Lake. The Ballet Theatre in Pittsburgh once revealed that it spends $100,000 each year on just shoes for its dancers.   No performance is ever the same Dancers...
CREATIVE PROMPTS FOR DIFFERENT ART FORMS

CREATIVE PROMPTS FOR DIFFERENT ART FORMS

When I was writing stanzas to abstract for choreography and other creative arts in these two books, I searched for a symbol that would capture the sense of motion and also of transformation.  I found such a symbol coincidentally when an iridescent dragonfly visited me on the terrace while I was writing the stanzas and kept returning insistently saying “Use me as the symbol!  Try ‘dragonfly diamantes’.”  This enchanting encounter turned out to be serendipity.   Afterward, I began to investigate dragonflies to determine if they were a fitting symbol to use for such inspiration, especially for choreographic stanzas that were to be transformed into non-literal movement. What follows is what I learned about this fitting symbol for creativity:  the dragonfly. SYMBOLISM OF THE DRAGONFLY   The dragonfly in most every part of the world symbolizes change –the kind that has its source in mental, emotional maturity and understanding the deeper meaning of life. …  The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. Power and Poise The dragonfly’s agile flight and ability to move in all six directions exude a sense of power and poise – something that comes with age and maturity. The dragonfly can move at an amazing 45 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter, fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up and down, and go to either side–all while flapping its wings only 30 times a minute while mosquitoes and houseflies flap their wings 600 and 1000 times a minute, respectively. The dragonfly accomplishes its objectives with utmost simplicity...
An NDEO Moment at the 2017 National Conference

An NDEO Moment at the 2017 National Conference

A NDEO Moment at the 2017 National Conference   By Cyndi Wellborn November 19, 2017 Although Brenda McCutchen was unable to attend the 2017 National Dance Education Organization conference in San Antonio Texas recently, that didn’t stop Dance Curriculum Designs from making an impact on the attendees. Dance Curriculum Designs supplied over 800 color copies of Brenda’s newly designed poster, “Take a Moment to Dance”, as part of attendees’ conference gift bags.  Tina Curran sent a photo of the conference bag and poster.   Kristina Walton (L) and Lisa Herlinger-Thompson (Rt) show off their posters with some serious movements after a fun day at the conference as they “take a moment to dance.”     Blogger: Cyndi Wellborn is the office manager of Dance Curriculum Designs, in Columbia, SC. She is the reason the posters arrived safely and in time to be put into the NDEO conference gift bags. She is also the reason that DCD products arrive in the hands of those who are awaiting their orders.   Brenda Pugh McCutchen Dance Curriculum Designs Columbia, SC ...