DANCE LITERACY TOOLKIT 1: VIEWING DANCE–Vocabularies for Critiquing (Advanced level)


The advanced level of Viewing Dance emphasizes what is most important about the artistic process, “responding.” Consistent use is shown to change the way viewers approach dance masterworks.  Toolkit 1’s materials provide the tangible, analytical skills that build confidence in critiquing. Dance literacy is fast-tracked through the use of these artistically-driven tools: Anchor charts instill the analytical process and solidify core concepts while the creative catalysts instill the process and vocabularies for critique.  Viewing Dance’s Ideabook offers the insights to maximize astute viewing experiences for learners. This MS and HS kit spans beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels with enough catalysts to build new skills year after year. See the materials in the slide-show below. 




For more information on Toolkit 1 see our video titled: “Unpacking the Green Kit



Advanced Kit: 156 items.  MS, HS; serving beginner to advanced levels



1. Viewing Dance Ideabook — instructional booklet that explains each resource, how to use them, and ways to extend learning.
2. Four-Step Critique poster set — one cover poster with all 4 steps; + 4 double-sided focus charts to guide each step of dance analysis for maximum effectiveness.
3. Principles of Design Posters — 4 posters of the affinities between certain principles which cluster in support of each other. This context increases understanding and skill.
4. Principles of Design Charts — 10 focus charts. a detailed explanation of each principle and its specific role in choreographing and in critiquing choreography.
5. Decoding Dance Works cards (Set 1) — 45 strips with 90 different comments to put words and ideas in front of students to help them view dances.
6. Decoding Dance Works (Set 2) — 45 additional strips with 90 new comments to prompt more discussion and greater detail.* 
7. Critiquing Cards — 45 cards ask 90 different critique/evaluation questions to generate thought and discussion about the effectiveness of choreographic works across all styles.

*Item in green is added to the basic level to increase challenge.  The advanced toolkit provides 156 individual items. ISBN-978-0-9799419-0-0