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February 22, 2021

Pentz publishes new book 'DANCE Appreciation'

Submitted by Julie L. Pentz

In February, Julie L. Pentz, professor of dance in the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, co-authored and published a new book, "DANCE Appreciation," with Human Kinetics Publishing.

"DANCE Appreciation" meets the needs of dance students who are new to dance as well as those who are experienced in the art form. The text helps learners discover more about themselves, connect with dance and make it a relevant and vital part of their lives.

The book includes instructor ancillaries consisting of an instructor guide, test package and PowerPoint presentation package making the teaching experience both easier and more effective, whether teaching in face-to-face or online settings. Its "Human Kinetics Propel Access" supplies students with learning activities, individual and group projects, handouts, timelines, suggestions for further reading, video recommendations and more to facilitate the learning experience. "DANCE Appreciation" has five video segments that demonstrate the elements of dance and offer associated learning and movement activities, bringing the content to life for students. And finally, it has textbook elements such as learning objectives, key terms, enduring understanding statements, spotlight special elements and chapter discussion questions to help students navigate the chapters and retain the essential content.

"DANCE Appreciation" helps students to understand dance from the perspectives of dancers, choreographers and professionals in other careers related to dance. Students are introduced to a broad range of dance genres and learn to connect dance with other academic and artistic disciplines and with their own life experiences.