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Rhythmic Forms

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Benita Brown

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    Cognella Active Learning title

    Rhythmic Forms is a complete online course that provides students with multicultural and diversified approaches for teaching dance. The digital readings and engaging videos provide timely and critical insight into teaching K-12 modalities.

    Recognizing that we are immersed in a unique era where online teaching is the norm, the course provides various ways to learn about dance history through integrated arts and technology. Students are introduced to the study of arts, history, and the political, educational, and social-cultural apparatus. Those new to the arts gain a better understanding and appreciation for dance, drama, and music as they are related to literature, history, social activities, politics, and performance studies. The course leverages technology to present students with a collection of engaging, entertaining, and compelling videos that showcase young dancers and teach them about movement and creativity through dance.

    The course features six modules. The opening module explains how arts education can contribute positively to early childhood literacy. It demonstrates the power of the language of dance, which includes vocabulary, form, structure, choreography, style, function, and notation. Additional modules explore the value of movement, embodiment, and creativity in early childhood education, dance in elementary education, dance compositions, African music and dance, and women in dance in higher education. Quizzes throughout the course ensure student retention and engagement.

    Featuring an innovative and interactive approach, Rhythmic Forms is an ideal course for future and current dance instructors who teach at the K-12 level.

    The full Active Learning course includes:

    8 compelling and scholarly readings
    -29 videos that demonstrate the language of dance and encourage youths to dance along or learn choreography
    -7 quizzes, one for each learning module

    Benita Brown is a professor and coordinator of dance, as well as the director of Virginia State University's Sankofa Dance Theatre. She holds an Ed.D. and a master's degree in dance from the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. She also holds a Sloane-C Certification in online/distance education. Brown has experience teaching courses including the history of dance and the Black experience, African and Caribbean dance, dance repertory, rhythmic forms, and yoga and meditation. She has traveled abroad to Morocco, Ghana, the Bahamas, Senegal, Gambia, London, England, and Wales in the United Kingdom to conduct dance, folklore, and culture-related research.

    She is the recipient of several fellowships, including the Future Faculty Fellowship, Dissertation Fellowship, Choreographer's Fellowship, Frederick Douglas Fellowship, University of Puerto Rico Research Fellowship, Research Initiation Grant Fellowship, and the Virginia Historical Society Fellowship. She was also elected by her peers as a Fulbright Scholar.
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