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Dance Lessons via Interactive Television

Did you know that professional development can be achieved online by recording sessions that have occurred via interactive television? The following video clips show stages of learning choreography. Teachers in elementary and secondary schools were coached in person and via observation and questioning during a multipoint interactive television series in schools around New Jersey. The clips below can be used by you, the educator, to learn how to implement a choreographic routine.

Schools involved in this production are in Minnesota (sponsored by The Performance Lab) and in New Jersey. NJ schools are the Southern NJ Academy of Performing Arts (secondary) in Gloucester county, and the Paul Robeson Community Theme School for the Arts (elementary) in Middlesex county.

Transcript from Introduction


I'm Dale Schmid, Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the New Jersey State Department of Education's Office of Standards and Professional Development. What you are about to view is excerpted from a seminar on the use of interactive television as a teaching tool. As we move into the information age, interactive television provides us the opportunity to expand our horizons, and, at the same time, preserve an element of humanity, through the use of technology. Used wisely, interactive television can provide students the opportunity to communicate across great distances with other students, teachers and artists.

We have divided this presentation into four segments.:

  • The first is an example of a dance lesson for both a real and virtual audience led by me.
  • The second shows a student choreographer teaching skills that are embedded in choreography to the same group of elementary school students.
  • In the third sequence, students view and respond interactively to the dance performed by the student choreographer and her high school colleagues.
  • The final segment answers some of the frequently asked questions [a panel discussion] about the use of interactive television in a live discussion with teachers attending the seminar. You may view these segments in any order.

Simply click on the appropriate link on your computer screen [below]. You will need Quicktime 4.0 or later to view.

Video of Introduction

Dance Video

Choreography Video

Performance and Interactive Discussion

Video of Panel Discussion


See the QuickTime video clip with Dale below.

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