Pioneers of American Dance

This Pioneers of American Dance handout & reference also includes:

Isadora Duncan, Martha Graham, José Limón, Alvin Ailey, Bob Fosse, Gene Kelly. Famous dancers and some history of modern dance, what a packet! Although designed to prepare students to see a performance of the Connecticut Ballet, this 23-page packet is filled with information that can be used in many contexts.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Assign individuals one of the referenced dances and ask them to locate clips of the dancer performing
  • Put together a video with clips of performances by the dancers mentioned in the packet 
Pros
  • The packet includes background information on famous dancers, a timeline, a glossary of terms, pre- and post-performance activities, and a resource list
Cons
  • Video of the performance referenced in the packet by the Connecticut Ballet is not available