Title

Making Connections: Improving Movement Skills by Integrating Knowledge from Dance Disciplines

Department

Health Promotion & Physical Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-2010

Abstract

Dance specialist Rebecca Enghauser (2003) has emphasized that, in the dance class, motor learning begins when the student replicates the movements presented. Demonstration is usually a necessary accompaniment to verbal instructions, suggesting that dancers routinely engage in multiple learning styles, including visual, auditor/, and kinesthetic. Enghauser also addressed "random practice," where movement appears in different combinations that then produce better and longer-lasting skill learning. Therefore, relating similar movement from different disciplines should help produce long-term learning. The analysis required when processing these similar, although perhaps outwardly different, movements provides additional and more enduring learning opportunities. Enghauser also addressed "random practice," where movement appears in different combinations that then produce better and longer-lasting skill learning. [...] relating similar movement from different disciplines should help produce long-term learning.

The article explores making connections among several major disciplines, including some sports, this article suggests that certain exercises could be adapted from one technique to another in order to help dance students with the critical-thinking process regarding connections across disciplines.