The Language of Dance® Center offers motivating and meaningful coursework, approved and authorized Motif Notation products, beneficial membership programs, fun community events, coaching services, and more! Developed by Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, the Language of Dance Approach links movement exploration with Motif symbols to build an explicit foundation of movement knowledge.
Our Mission, at the Language of Dance® Center,is to empower educators, artists, researchers, and other professionals in their study and use of Motif Notation. We make dance experiences available to people of all ages, genders, cultural background, and abilities through the use of the inclusive Language of Dance Approach.
The Language of Dance Approach to Dance Pedagogy introduces literacy as an integral part of dance teaching and learning. Using the LOD Movement Alphabet and corresponding Motif symbols links the physical experience of moving with cognitive and affective understanding.
The LOD Literacy Processes (Sensing, Observing, Reflecting, Identifying, Interpreting, Notating, and Creating) embedded in this pedagogy make possible the entire practice of exploring cognitive, social-emotional, and physical experiences of dancing in a concept-based teaching approach. The Literacy Processes support learning and applying the Language of Dance Approach to dance technique; composition; history, culture, and context; and analysis. This process of weaving movement exploration, meaning making, concept investigation, and notation with learners leads to engagement with language learning that is geared to serve every dancers' needs.
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