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Scholars Day 2008, Wednesday, April 9

Silence is Golden

This paper seeks to address updated pedogogical approaches for deaf dance students. What are those methods? Three pedogogical approaches to teaching deaf dancers are: varying degrees of communication, visual cues and kinesthetic. However, most of the literature is outdated causing a break in the investigation. Since then, there has been a need to further this investigation but in a different manner by observing dance rehearsals and discussing varying teaching methods with professors at a local college that houses a deaf dance company. This paper seeks to find answers to both of the following questions: Can the methods used to educate hearing dancers also be applied to deaf dancers? And, can reading a musical score aid deaf dancers in learning choreography? If so, how?

Presenter: Kirstin Howard (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: Hartwell Dance Theater
Time: 9 am (Session I)