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BrainDance and Brain-Compatible Dance Education featuring Terry Goetz at Hofstra University

Sat Feb 24th, 2018 - 09:30AM

BrainDance at Hofstra University
Two-Day Intensive for Dance Educators
in Schools, Therapy Centers, Recreation Centers, and Studios,
and Educators Interested in Incorporating Movement into Their Teaching
Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25, 2018
9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Terry Goetz, Director, Creative Dance Center, Seattle, Washington

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Anne Green Gilbert’s BrainDance and conceptual brain-based approach to teaching dance comes to life with Terry Goetz, director of the Creative Dance  Center (CDC) in Seattle, WA. Through dance and discussion, Goetz takes participants through Gilbert’s successful, five-part lesson plan and the BrainDance. BrainDance is a profoundly flexible movement tool that is sequential and holistic. Students of all ages and abilities experience balance in body and mind while having fun exploring, creating, and responding within the framework of brain-compatible teaching. The lesson plans shared support improvisational problem solving, skill development, cognitive growth, and social and emotional connections, and nurture creativity. This versatile methodology can be used to teach modern, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and more – it’s more than  just creative dance! 
Leading, following, and compromise are skills that can be refined through the balance of repetition and novelty, which BrainDance provides. This Level 2 workshop provides participants with BrainDance variations done with partners, trios, and small groups. Participants then discover how the dance concepts explored through structured improvisations develop social-emotional intelligence and provide a scaffold for connections to curriculum. Finally, Goetz teaches choreographic forms, providing clear structures as inspiration for choreography. Participants generate movement that is connected to curriculum using choreographic prompts from language arts, science, social studies,  and visual arts. 

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