Dance Education & Choreography

Books

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Dance education books provide a unique resource to empower learning for students and teachers.

 

HOW TO DIRECT A DANCE / DRILL TEAM

PRACTICAL IDEAS AND RESOURCES FOR THE DANCE/DRILL TEAM DIRECTOR

Created for new and veteran instructors alike, this comprehensive handbook includes suggestions for developing an organizational philosophy, structuring the team, organizing performance activities, increasing your budget with fundraisers, and facilitating auditions.

The book is divided into two parts.  The first is a guide or your “instruction manual” for the role you fulfill.  The second part contains ready-to-use resources, such as a sample constitution, audition forms, score sheets, and dance production information. The book has been launched on amazon.com where it is available for purchase!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Drill Team, a unique phenomenon with strong Texan roots, is a vibrant piece of American culture.  This essential guide takes one through an entire season and offers advice and ideas for veteran and novice directors alike.”

 

– Cortney Davis, Dance/Drill Director, McMillen High School, Plano

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERICAN DANCE TEAM LEADER

THE NO. 1 AUDITION GUIDE FOR DANCE CAPTAINS, LEADERS, AND OFFICERS

This is our #1 Best Seller!  I have coached many officer hopefuls using these materials to guide them towards their leadership goals.  With so many resources all in one book, dance/drill team directors often use it to inform their school’s officer auditions and workshops.

This book is unique to the expectations of officers in Dance/Drill Team. Practical activities and information include the Leadership I.Q. Test, Answer Key, Interview Do’s and Don’ts, Fifty Practice Questions, Sample Dance and Interview Score Sheets, and a Teacher Evaluation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“The handbook is really informative. I am much more confident after taking the test and there were things I would never have known to do.”

 

– Lindsay, First Lieutenant, Rockwall High School Stingerettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PERFORMANCE DICTIONARY

A POWERHOUSE OF TERMINOLOGY FOR DANCERS AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

This book is a tremendous resource!  The vocabulary supports almost any unit of study to empower learning in the performing arts.  

Each category begins with an informative and often inspirational introduction from a respected professional.  The cast includes Chris Bay-Anderson, Susan Angell, Nikki Thompson Calder, Mitch Carr, Nika Carter, Michelle Davis, Deeann Driver, Chuck Faucett, Ruth Flynn, Michelle Hames, Craig Lowry, Donatelle Mascari, Cass Moore, Nikki Deshea Smith, Jan Spann, Justin Stanley, and Amanda Wages.

Terminology is grouped into the following categories: Ballet, Pom, Cheer, & Drill, Leaps, Jumps, & Turns, Stunts & Tricks, Dance/Drill Team, The High Kick, Acting, The Stage, The Play & Playwrighting, Music & Sound, Costumes, Makeup, Lights, Scenery & Props.

 

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“As someone who has taught and performed nationally and internationally at all levels of education for dance and theatre, I highly recommend this book, as a training tool and general resource for educators, professionals and students of: dance studios, K-12 school systems, dance/drill teams, college/university dance and theater departments, collegiate and pro-team dance/pom teams, artistic directors, etc. Everyone needs this book in their library repertoire as a staple for their professions!

 

— Elizabeth Gormly de Moraes, M.A., M.F.A.