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


Toolkit One (advanced) reveals what is most important about the artistic process, “responding.” With consistent use, it changed the way viewers see dance. Its materials give viewers tangible, analytical skills and it supports learning in a way that builds confident viewers.  They progress faster with interrelated, artistically-driven materials than without them. Teaching posters guide the analytical process, clarify the core concepts, and ground the activities generated by the teaching catalysts. Teachers will find the Ideabook (pictured) provides the insights to maximize astute viewing experiences. This MS and HS kit spans beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels to grow with students as they progress.

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

1. Teacher’s Ideabook — the instructional booklet that explains the resources, how to use them, and ways to extend learning.
2. Four-Step Critique — 1 poster with all 4 steps; + 4 double-sided focus charts to guide each step dance analysis for maximum effectiveness.
3. Principles of Design Posters — 4 poster representations of all ten principles which are clustered to build contextual learning through interactive groups.
4. Principles of Design Charts — 10 focus charts to target each principle and its specific role whether choreographing or 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 all aspects of a choreographic work.

*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


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