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How to Create a
6 DC Educational Dance
Program

Brenda Pugh McCutchen
2/26/2014

Author, Teaching Dance as Art in Educatio...
The 6 DC model sets out to
improve how teachers teach
and how students experience
educational dance.

2/26/2014

http://da...
1. What defines this model?
TEACHING DANCE AS ART IN EDUCATION’s

6 DC Model of Educational Dance
=Its Defining Characteri...
2. Think of them as 6 parts of a whole.

2/26/2014

http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
3. Set out to accomplish all six.
Helpful hints.

Explain dance’s overarching ideas
concisely and clearly.
Emphasize what’...
4. Emphasize dance’s cornerstone disciplines.





Dancing/Performing
Creating/Composing
Analyzing/Critiquing
Hist...
5. Absorb the 6 DC Cornerstone Framework
in Teaching Dance as Art in Education

 Examine the K-12 frameworks for
each cor...
6. Divide the content into teachable units.
• Cluster cornerstone content into
cohesive units of study
• Integrate corners...
7. Master two vital teaching methods.
Creating contextual-coherence:
•
•

Make connections to other aspects of
dance or ot...
Now you know the basics.
The ROOTS
of the of 6DC Model:

2/26/2014

1. Six defining
characteristics
2. Four essential danc...
Next, let’s construct its
WINGS to help it fly.

2/26/2014

http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
8. Find examples that add impact to units.
• Find resources that focus on key concepts and skills.
• Integrate artistic, h...
9. Select great works that demonstrate unit concepts.
Choose works that broaden perspective on dance.
• Choreographers wor...
10. Display dance’s essential concepts.

• Build basic vocabulary.
– Dance Elements
– Choreographic Principles of Design
–...
11. Find 6DC resources that actuate all six
defining characteristics.
6DC resources
• integrate content and
methods
• acce...
12. Look for *6DC certified* resources

*
6DC Certified*

6DC resources integrate with each other.
Their concepts cross-po...
13. Add other good
resources.

High quality dance resources are found at
 NDEO Online Store
 Creative Dance Center, Seat...
14. Explore 6DC resources at
www.dancecurriculumdesigns.
*6DC Certified* dance
toolkits pinpoint key
concepts and processe...
15. Stay true to the 6DC characteristics
• Comprehensive • Artistically driven
• Substantive
• Contextually coherent
• Seq...
16. Rev up unit plans with
toolkits, posters, and other resources.
-Ignite student creativity and growth.
-Display posters...
17. Enjoy building wings so your 6DC model
program can fly.

If you need us find us on the web.

 www.dancecurriculumdesi...
Snapshot of cover of Toolkit One: Viewing Dance—
Vocabularies for Critiquing (2008)
What you can’t see are the 156 teachin...
ABOUT US

Brenda Pugh McCutchen introduced the 6 DC Model in
Teaching Dance as Art in Education (Human Kinetics, 2006).
It...
2/26/2014

http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
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How To Create an Effective Dance Literacy

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Keys to dance literacy are rooted in the 6 DC Model of Educational Dance. This model proposes that six defining characteristics (6 DC) be at the heart of dance content and instruction in K-12. These characteristic should also permeate dance education in higher education. Each of the six defining characteristics brings a significant aspect of the dance discipline to one’s education. Without all six fully functional, curriculum is incomplete and student learning is incomplete.

Dance Curriculum Designs™ focuses on all aspects of educational dance in Kindergarten through college level. Their passion is to create extraordinary resources for dance educators and students of all ages and stages of development. They offer teacher workshops, dance lesson plans, dance class review programs, and they can consult on a range of dance education topics.

You take the credit, we do the work!

Brenda Pugh McCutchen
Dance Curriculum Designs
Columbia, SC 29223
803-754-7384
http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com/

Published in: Education
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How To Create an Effective Dance Literacy

  1. 1. How to Create a 6 DC Educational Dance Program Brenda Pugh McCutchen 2/26/2014 Author, Teaching Dance as Art in Education
  2. 2. The 6 DC model sets out to improve how teachers teach and how students experience educational dance. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  3. 3. 1. What defines this model? TEACHING DANCE AS ART IN EDUCATION’s 6 DC Model of Educational Dance =Its Defining Characteristics= 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 2/26/2014 Comprehensive Substantive Sequential Artistically-Driven Contextually-Coherent Inquiry-Based =broad and diverse =rigorous and significant =incremental, progressive =expressive, sensitive, high quality =related and relevant =examined, engaged, involved http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  4. 4. 2. Think of them as 6 parts of a whole. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  5. 5. 3. Set out to accomplish all six. Helpful hints. Explain dance’s overarching ideas concisely and clearly. Emphasize what’s most important to know and do in dance. Ensure students grasp all aspects of dance. Create “dance literate" students. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  6. 6. 4. Emphasize dance’s cornerstone disciplines.     Dancing/Performing Creating/Composing Analyzing/Critiquing History/Context/Cultures Ensure they are all strong in your curriculum. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  7. 7. 5. Absorb the 6 DC Cornerstone Framework in Teaching Dance as Art in Education  Examine the K-12 frameworks for each cornerstone.  Put all four together to make a parallel, comprehensive curriculum.  Notice these frameworks are • substantive • sequential (K through 12) • artistically-driven 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  8. 8. 6. Divide the content into teachable units. • Cluster cornerstone content into cohesive units of study • Integrate cornerstone content. • Select the overarching theme for each unit • Add other concepts you feel are important Turn integrated units into meaningful contexts for learning. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  9. 9. 7. Master two vital teaching methods. Creating contextual-coherence: • • Make connections to other aspects of dance or other disciplines Relate new ideas to familiar ones Using inquiry-based methods: • Ask the “essential questions” • Emphasize critical thinking All six defining characteristics add educational value to your curriculum. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  10. 10. Now you know the basics. The ROOTS of the of 6DC Model: 2/26/2014 1. Six defining characteristics 2. Four essential dance cornerstones 3. Sequential frameworks for each cornerstone 4. Mastery of two teaching styles http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  11. 11. Next, let’s construct its WINGS to help it fly. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  12. 12. 8. Find examples that add impact to units. • Find resources that focus on key concepts and skills. • Integrate artistic, historic, and cultural aspects in a unit by featuring exemplary dance works. – Shift fluidly between the artistic processes to connect the dots between creating, performing, and responding – Choose from a variety of dance genres – Design lessons inspired by the dance work – Use the works as creative impetus 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  13. 13. 9. Select great works that demonstrate unit concepts. Choose works that broaden perspective on dance. • Choreographers worth knowing; artistic models • Make some works the focal point of the unit • Make other works examples to inspire Show how great choreographers convey ideas. • • • • • 2/26/2014 Analyze their work using the “Four-Step Critique” Analyze their use of principles of design Examine their creative process Examine technique and performance qualities Identify the impact of the work http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  14. 14. 10. Display dance’s essential concepts. • Build basic vocabulary. – Dance Elements – Choreographic Principles of Design – Choreographic Processes • Emphasize vital processes. – Choreographic processes and devices – Four-step critique 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  15. 15. 11. Find 6DC resources that actuate all six defining characteristics. 6DC resources • integrate content and methods • accentuates complexity • incorporates diversity • highlight core concepts • spark the imagination • feed the creative spirit 2/26/2014 They expand concepts and skills year by year • to grow with students as they advance • to support creative and critical skills http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  16. 16. 12. Look for *6DC certified* resources * 6DC Certified* 6DC resources integrate with each other. Their concepts cross-pollinate to exponentially increase dance literacy. This develops coherent thinking and skills. Resources are the 6DC Model’s WINGS. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  17. 17. 13. Add other good resources. High quality dance resources are found at  NDEO Online Store  Creative Dance Center, Seattle  Southeast Center for Education in the Arts 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  18. 18. 14. Explore 6DC resources at www.dancecurriculumdesigns. *6DC Certified* dance toolkits pinpoint key concepts and processes. Clever devices create lightning rods that pull students away from the computer to interact with each other, with ideas, using imagination and movement. 2/26/2014 *6DC Certified* dance literacy posters instruct and inspire. • Enduring Understanding Posters: Ingrain key concepts (like Dance Elements). • Essential Questions Posters: Inquire into diverse topics with guideddiscovery questions (like Quick Six or 5Ws). http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  19. 19. 15. Stay true to the 6DC characteristics • Comprehensive • Artistically driven • Substantive • Contextually coherent • Sequential • Inquiry based 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  20. 20. 16. Rev up unit plans with toolkits, posters, and other resources. -Ignite student creativity and growth. -Display posters so conceptual vocabulary jumps. Dance Curriculum Designs™ *6DC Certified* 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  21. 21. 17. Enjoy building wings so your 6DC model program can fly. If you need us find us on the web.  www.dancecurriculumdesigns.com creates the highest quality dance literacy resources which strategically impact education. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  22. 22. Snapshot of cover of Toolkit One: Viewing Dance— Vocabularies for Critiquing (2008) What you can’t see are the 156 teaching resources inside such as posters, focus charts, comment cards, critiquing questions, and all the tools to facilitate a “four-step critique” and teach the choreographic principles of design. Grade 4-college. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  23. 23. ABOUT US Brenda Pugh McCutchen introduced the 6 DC Model in Teaching Dance as Art in Education (Human Kinetics, 2006). It became the gold standard for dance education. Today, her 6 DC teacher resources offer the vital tools that enable educators to earn respect for dance as part of the core curriculum. These resources ensure depth and diversity of content, increase vocabulary and conceptual learning, boost creating, performing, and responding skills, sustain dance in education as an art, and always engage creative minds. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com
  24. 24. 2/26/2014 http://dancecurriculumdesigns.com

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