Why Dance Education Matters

2020-06-10T21:04:50+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Benefits of Dance, Guest Blogger|

By Judith Lynne Hanna, Ph.D. Many arguments for dance education have been made. For example, certainly students in dance may acquire skill sets that serve them in myriad of ways, develop embodied knowledge and kinesthetic connections, and become gainfully employed. But the most important reason to offer dance education in schools and universities as well

CAHPERD: Cultural Trends

2020-06-10T21:13:35+00:00February 28th, 2019|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

  It was a joy to attend and speak in Anaheim at the 2019 CAHPERD(California Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance) Conference. Their educational foundation emphasized current cultural trends about the importance of body health. That provoked me to think about an LA Times article from August 19, 2018 that I read last summer which

How to DANCE

2020-06-10T21:14:19+00:00January 24th, 2019|Benefits of Dance, General/Personal|

How to DANCE? Go to a CDEA (California Dance Educators Association) conference to enjoy incredible expertise about ‘How to DA:NCE(you know Dance Awareness: no child exploited)’. In January I spoke at UC Fullerton for the 2019 State Conference and was welcomed by teachers who love dance and who love their students. From the opening with

Ebook Release: Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance

2020-06-10T21:19:35+00:00September 1st, 2018|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

              How can concerned parents or concerned adults know if their child’s dance studio teaches healthy, educational dance or unhealthy, sexualized dance? The answer to this practical question is clarified in a free ebook that I have written. ‘Healthy or Harmful Children’s Dance’ combines my last 4 DA:NCE blogs

How to Pick a Healthy Dance Studio

2020-06-10T21:20:52+00:00June 1st, 2018|Benefits of Dance, Choreography, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

Once a year most studios plan a dance recital to celebrate a year of student maturity, growth, and technique in their dance classes. It’s a lot of fun when children present the joy of what they have learned coupled with wonderful music, artistic costumes and age-appropriate choreography!  Woo-hoo! I just got back from Alabama where

Spiderman and IT Transformation

2020-06-10T21:22:31+00:00March 16th, 2018|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

     I really enjoyed attending the State CAHPERD Conference in Oakland. I flew up there on Thursday February 22 with my husband (he came as my helper; thanks Rich); of course, I had a passion for the subject matter I spoke on: Children's Dance: Educational or Sexualized (the topic on my website from DA:NCE-dance

CDEA 2018 Statewide Conference in Santa Clara: Moving Bodies/Changing Minds

2020-06-10T21:23:01+00:00February 14th, 2018|Benefits of Dance, Dance Awareness: No Child Exploited|

I left Redlands on Friday January 22 for the California Dance Educator's Association Conference(CDEA) feeling a bit apprehensive. On the other hand, I was rested and healthy. Moreover, the main thing was the main thing. Right? I was prepared to speak on ‘Children’s Dance: Educational or Sexualized’ and I had my hand-outs ready. So what

Be F.I.T. and dance into the New Year! Hola from Central and South America!

2020-06-10T21:23:26+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Benefits of Dance, General/Personal, Lifestyle Choreography|

Hola- Surprised to see the picture of me above in my new Panama hat? It’s hand-woven and very inexpensive. But what does that have to do with dance? Actually, it doesn’t have a thing to do with dance. It has to do with a trip I just took.  My husband and I celebrated 44 years

A Premise for Catching my Breath

2020-06-10T21:25:02+00:00October 18th, 2017|Benefits of Dance, Choreography, Dance Ministry, General/Personal, Lifestyle Choreography|

Every time I see people ‘dance/move’ in appropriate, God-honoring ways, it catches my breath because it’s worship. Of course, underlying that opinion is a premise I have. Everybody is a dancer because everybody moves in lifestyle choreography. That doesn’t discount the value of trained, technical dancers. It just means that the dance family is larger

Welcome to Scripture Choreography!

2020-06-10T21:25:35+00:00September 15th, 2017|Benefits of Dance, Choreography, Dance Ministry, General/Personal|

One of the easiest and most effective ways to combine movement & dance ministry with trained and untrained dancers is scripture choreography; it high-lights favorite scripture verses and then uses them as the foundation for choreography accompanied by words. Not only do we hear specific verses as they are read, but we SEE them come

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