content courses immerse participants in a specific area of application:
technique, composition, assessment, pedagogy, dance history, creative
movement, or improvisation using selected Movement Alphabet concepts.
Participants use the LOD Framework to develop lessons to implement.
These great experiences could be a one-hour taster or anywhere between a
3 hour to 4 day workshop.
education in the Language of Dance Approach is offered through three
stages of certification. Collectively, these courses sequentially and
substantively explore the full scope and depth of the Language of Dance
framework as presented in Your Move: The Language of Dance Approach to the Study of Movement and Dance
(Guest & Curran 2008). These experiential and inquiry-based courses
are taken in order. Stage 1: Language of Dance Fundamentals builds upon
the theory, principles, and application of the basic building blocks of
the Movement Alphabet presented in the pre-requisite Language of Dance
Foundations courses. Each stage of certification progresses in depth of
theory and application to creatively cultivate and pedagogically
integrate dance literacy into the teaching and learning of dance and
dance in education.
Stage 1: Language of Dance® Fundamentals
Stage 2: Develop Language of Dance® Principles
Stage 3: Language of Dance® Applications
are awarded certificates on the successful completion of each stage of
coursework. Those who complete the Stage 3 final project receive the
designation of Language of Dance®
Specialist. Certification courses must be taken sequentially.
Specialist Apprenticeships are arranged on a case-by-case basis for
Certified LOD Specialists who would like to teach at the certification
level. If you would like more information about LOD certification,
please email Rachel Wurman.
only events! These seven-day courses provide you with a playful
learning and creating experience to share new pedagogical developments
in the LOD Approach and also an opportunity for professional exchange,
dance literacy sharing, and exploring new ideas. The LOD approach has
evolved to include equal emphasis on theory, application, and pedagogy.
The result is the new Language of Dance Foundations courses emphasizing
multiple applications of the Movement Alphabet in dance education and
creative practices. The LOD Practioner Professional Development events
allow time for us to share the LOD approach with you and have you share
your LOD methods with us.