Re: Educational programs for dance

Lisa Marie Naugle (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 10:02:48 -0700 (PDT)


I recently initiated the development of a dance specific course which was
later co-authored with a faculty member at Simon Fraser University. We
used Virtual-U, a server based multimedia software system that enables
customized design and delivery of courses over the World Wide Web. While
Lifeforms software was used for many of the assignments (50% of the grade),
we also designed into the course a collection of readings (criticism,
aesthetics, technology, etc.) to initiate discourse "which revlects the
interaction of dance and technology with postmodern theory" ((30% of the

I was hired on a contract basis by Simon Fraser Univesity, Center For
Distance Education to develop the course for The School for the
Contemporary Arts, Dance Program.

I am now available to collaborate with other dance educators on developing
online courses using the Virtual-U structuring tool. Please feel free to
pass my name and address along to dance educators and studio owners who
may be interested. I began storyboarding a dance history course a few
months ago, and would be more than happy to find a way to continue the
project, work collaboratively, and implement the course in a dance

Lisa Naugle

t. I've been listening, assessing, and feel it is time to
>address some specific needs that have been voiced to me recently.
>I receive messages, from dance educators k-12, hi ed, and studio owners,
>requesting a complete listing of dance education software. We already
>have a listing of Poser, Life Forms, A.D.A.M., etc. software. What we
>are seeking is software which teachs dance-specific subjects, databases
>on dance history, etc. We already have a Nutrition CD ROM by Mila
>Parrish, the _Shadow project_ by Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt (by the way I
>need her email - the one I have gets bounced), and the Ballet CD ROM
>series I'm awaiting Susan Gillis' (married name, unknown) early modern
>dance software to be released on CD ROM. Lazer disc format is also
>Educators are awaiting the software for dance history, dance medicine,
>aesthetics, criticism, and dance technique instruction in various
>types/forms/styles of dance. I know there was a project to videotape the
>Hawkins technique, but don't know if it every made it's way to ROM. At
>this point I have over ten requests for this information.
>I thank you in advance since I have found the contributors on this list
>to be very generous.
>Input on recent conversations -
>Regarding permission to forward information - When I feel a particular
>person has offered a message that is relevant to the NDA membership I
>contact that person and request permission. This not only affords me
>the pleasure of personal contact, but the ability to save the message
>granting me permission. If I am ever questioned, I have the message.
>I also have no difficulty with a hardcopy or archive of conversations by
>date. Although persons may enter the discussion at various stages, and
>be unaware of previous messages by others, it does refelect the
>ethnology of email/listserve communications. I also save the
>converstations as a resource. Occasionally I revisit topics, especially
>when they become relevant to my work. Contacting the author with a
>copy/paste version of the message usually aids in discussion.
>Hold copyright to internet conversations? No. It's not the nature of
>the beast unless you have an article posted to an online publication,
>and don't be naive regarding any copoyright posting.
>Responsible for your comments? Ethics. Yes.
>Citations of comments? Ethics. Yes.
>Why would anyone want to misrepresent information when others are
>chronicling who said what/when.Reputations have been distroyed for less.

Lisa Naugle, Ph.D Candidate
New York University
Music and Performing Arts Professions
Dance Program
New York:(212)604-4163
Canada: (604) 731-8385
Fax: (604) 731-0128
Researching at Simon Fraser University
School of Contemporary Arts