These are a few of our favorite… BOOKS!
We love how books can spark imagination during dance class and inspire creative lesson planning. Our list of favorite books narrows down the hundreds of titles out there. There are some books you can use in class to emphasize your lesson plan, while others can be read at home to gain a deeper understanding of your dancers. You can view the full list with links to purchase here.
Beloved Children’s Books
Using beloved children’s books as part of your lesson plans can help students learn concepts like Body Parts, Emotions and Locomotor Movement Skills. A few we enjoy incorporating into class include From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, The Way I Feel by Janan Cain and Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton!
Dance-inspired books are an excellent way to teach your students about diversity, overcoming challenges, reinforcing specific dance steps and igniting creativity, as well as preparing students for their first dance class and recitals. You can easily prepare a lesson plan based on any of these dance-inspired books and create a class your students will love! A few books we enjoy include Boys Dance by John Robert Allman, Bella Bunny by Nina Koch, Tallulah’s Tap Shoes by Marilyn Singer and Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreas & Guy Parker-Rees.
Books For You to Read
We believe the key to being a teaching artist is understanding the “why” behind the “what”. Learning and absorbing information are always our top priorities! A few of our favorite books that keep our wheels turning include Brain-Compatible Dance Education by Anne Green Gilbert, This is Your Brain on Music by Daniel J. Levitin, A Moving Child is a Learning Child by Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy and Anatomy of Movement by Blandine Calais-Germain.
As Dr. Suess says, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” We hope our favorite books inspire you to read, learn and ignitie creavitity within your students!
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Learn more about what makes Intellidance® unique
The foundation of the Intellidance® Method is the combination of dance and music concepts, identifying specific vocabulary in dance and music, and developing the understanding of both through the connection between concepts. These connected concepts provide opportunities for children to explore, discover, practice, and create using multiple senses and intelligences. This is what makes the Intellidance® Method so unique!
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