List for Teachers


Recommendations from Ms. Linda of Unreasonable Joy


Teaching the Youngest Dancers (approx. Ages 3-6)

  • Evans, Gina.   The 1st Three Years of Dance: Teaching tips, monthly lesson plans, and syllabi for successful dance classes.   CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2013.
  • Landalf, Helen and Pamela Gerke.   Movement Stories for Young Children: Ages 3-6 (Young Actors Series).   Smith and Kraus, 1996.


 Creative Dance (All Ages) / “Whole Child” Dance / Dance-School Connection

  • Carline, Sally.   Lesson Plans for Creative Dance: Connecting with Literature, Arts, and Music.   Human Kinetics, 2011.
  • Gilbert, Anne Green.   Brain-Compatible Dance Education.   Human Kinetics, 2006.
  • ~~~~.   Creative Dance for All Ages.   Human Kinetics, 1992.
  • ~~~~.   Teaching the Three Rs Through Movement Experiences: A Handbook for Teachers. MacMillan, 1976.
  • Rooyackers, Paul.   101 Dance Games for Children: Fun and creativity with movement (SmartFun Activity Series).   Hunter House, 1996.


 Dance Teaching Aids – Any Genre or Multiple Genres

  •  Franklin, Eric.   Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance.   Human Kinetics, 2013.
  • ~~~~.   Dynamic Alignment Through Imagery.   Human Kinetics, 2012.
  • Gibbons, Elizabeth.   Teaching Dance: The Spectrum of Styles.   AuthorHouse, 2007.
  • Haas, Jacqui Greene.   Dance Anatomy (Sports Anatomy Series).   Human Kinetics, 2010.
  • Williams, Ann-Marie.   Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing & Promoting Your Moves.   Owlkids Books (Canada), 2011.


Genre Specific Dance Teaching Aids


  • Kassing, Gayle and Danielle M. Jay.   Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique.   Human Kinetics, 1998.
  • Kostrovitskaya, Vera S. and Oleg Briansky.   100 Lessons in Classical Ballet.   Limelight, 2004.
  • Royal Academy of Dancing.   Step-By-Step Ballet Class: The Official Illustrated Guide.   McGraw-Hill, 1993.
Ballet Coloring Books
  • Ballet Class.   Dover Fashion Coloring Book, 1997. by John Green and Caroline Denzler
  • Favorite Ballets Coloring Book.   Dover Fashion Coloring Book, 2004. by Brenda Sneathen Mattox
  • Nutcracker Ballet Coloring Book.   Dover Holiday Coloring Book, 2005. by Brenda Sneathen Mattox


Tap / Jazz / Theatrical Dance
  • Giorgano, Gus.   Jazz Dance Class: Beginner thru Advanced (Dance Horizons Series).   Princeton, 1992.


Modern / Contemporary Dance
  • Legg, Joshua.   Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques.   Princeton, 2011.
  • Perce, Marjorie and Ana Marie Forsythe and Cheryl Ball.   Dance Technique of Lester Horton.   Princeton, 1992.


Non-Dance Teaching and Child-Rearing Books

  •  Aron, Elaine.   The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them.   Harmony, 2002.
  • Cloud, Henry and John Townsend.   Boundaries with Kids: When to Say Yes, When to Say No, to Help Your Children Gain Control of Their Lives.   Zondervan, 2001.
  • Faber, Adele and Elaine Mazlish.   How to Talk So Kids Can Learn: At Home and in School.   Scribner, 1995.
  • ~~~~.   How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.   Scribner, 2012.





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