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Beginning Tap Dance Ebook With HKPropel Access

Beginning Tap Dance Ebook With HKPropel Access

$32.00 USD


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    Beginning Tap Dance With HKPropel Access introduces students to tap dance techniques and cultivates an appreciation of tap dance as a performing art. Focusing on novice dancers, experienced tap dancer and dance instructor Lisa Lewis offers step-by-step instruction to help beginning tap dancers match the beat of their enthusiasm to the rhythm of their feet!

    Designed for students enrolled in introductory tap dance courses, Beginning Tap Dance contains concise descriptions of exercises, steps, and techniques. Related online tools delivered via HKPropel feature more than 70 video clips of tap steps with verbal cues to help students review content from class or learn other beginning steps. It also contains learning features to support and extend students’ knowledge of tap dance, including assignments, e-journaling prompts, tests of tap dance terminology, a glossary, and links to further study.

    The book introduces the dance form by detailing its physical and mental benefits. Students learn about etiquette, proper attire, class expectations, health, and injury prevention for dancers. After basic dance steps are introduced, tap steps are presented in groups with one, two, three, and four or more sounds. Chapters also introduce students to the history, major works, artists, styles, and aesthetics of tap dance as a performing art. 

    Beginning Tap Dance is ideal to support both academic and kinesthetic learning. Instructions, photos, and video clips of techniques help students practice outside of class. The text and online learning tools complement studio teaching by providing historical, artistic, and practical knowledge of tap dance plus activities, assessments, and support in skill acquisition. With Beginning Tap Dance, students can learn and enjoy performing tap dance as they gain an appreciation of the dance form. 

    Beginning Tap Dance is a part of Human Kinetics’ Interactive Dance Series. The series includes resources for ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and hip-hop dance that support introductory dance technique courses taught through dance, physical education, and fine arts departments. Each student-friendly text has related online learning tools including video clips of dance instruction, assignments, and activities. The Interactive Dance Series offers students a collection of guides to learning, performing, and viewing dance. 

    A code for accessing HKPropel is included with this ebook.



    Audiences: Textbook for beginning tap dance students in dance, fine arts, physical education, and general education courses in colleges or universities, as well as K-12 magnet arts schools and advanced high school dance programs.
    Chapter 1. Introduction to Tap Dance
    Defining Tap Dance
    Benefits of Studying Tap Dance
    Basics of Tap Class
    Expectations and Etiquette for Students
    Structure of Tap Class
    The Learning Process 
    Appreciating Tap Dance as a Performing Art 

    Chapter 2. Preparing for Class
    Dressing for Class
    Foot Care and Personal Hygiene 
    Carrying Dance Gear 
    Selecting Tap Shoes
    Preparing Yourself Mentally and Physically

    Chapter 3. Safety and Health
    Studio Safety
    Personal Safety 
    Basic Anatomy
    Basic Kinesiology 
    Preventing and Treating Common Dance Injuries Maintaining Good Posture
    Understanding Fitness
    Getting Proper Nutrition, Hydration, and Rest

    Chapter 4. Learning and Performing Tap Dance
    Languages of Tap 
    Learning Tap Steps 
    Learning Tap Technique
    Understanding Musicality
    Understanding Artistry 
    Applying Aesthetic Principles to Tap Dance 
    Preparing for Class Performance Testing

    Chapter 5. Tap Dance Steps
    Understanding Movement
    Foot Positions and Symbols
    Locomotor Movements With Even Rhythms 
    Locomotor Movements With Uneven Rhythms
    Basic Dance Steps
    Tap Steps With One Sound 
    Tap Steps With Two Sounds
    Tap Steps With Three Sounds
    Tap Steps With Four or More Sounds

    Chapter 6. Developing Tap Technique
    At the Barre
    Across the Floor
    Centre Floor

    Chapter 7. History of Tap Dance
    Irish Dance
    English Step Dance
    African Dance
    Native American Dance
    Minstrel Shows
    Motion Pictures
    Artists in Tap Dance
    Styles and Aesthetics in Tap Dance
    Lisa Lewis, PhD, is an associate professor in the health and human performance department at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee. Originally from North Carolina, Dr. Lewis started her professional dance training under master teachers Mallory Graham and Danny Hoctor, and later she studied in New York City under the legendary jazz teacher Frank Hatchett and tap professional Maurice Hines at Hines-Hatchett studio (currently Broadway Dance Center). Dr. Lewis developed online tap dance components for beginners while instructing tap dance at Middle Tennessee State University.

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