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I Can Make a Water Dance
and The Dancing Light
This bundle contains the books
I Can Make a Water Dance and The Dancing Light. I Can
Make a Water
Dance What do mist, clouds, rain, snow, ice, lakes,
rivers and geysers all have in common? They are all
manifestations of the water cycle. By observing images of
water, expressing the movement of water in action words and
translating this movement into their own bodies, children begin
to make dance.
I Can Make a Water Dance provides new vocabulary, poetic
descriptions, and beautiful paintings to guide young dancers in
exploring dance movement. Author/illustrator and dancer Karen
Diaz Ensanian sees children developing "a greater understanding
of water, and of their own bodies, while internalizing a deep
love of the world they live in."
This book follows the path of the water cycle from evaporation,
condensation, precipitation and collection in puddles, streams,
rivers, lakes and the ocean. Throughout the book, dancer images
are paired with a question that sets readers on the path to
creating their own water dances.
Book, 38 pages.The Dancing LightThe
Dancing Light is the second in a series of books created to
facilitate dance making with children. The book exposes readers
to beautiful visual art, photos of diverse dancers
demonstrating science concepts through their movements, and
poetic verse and action words that help them understand light.
By embodying this information, students can make deep
connections within their body and mind and to the world around
them. Through internalizing the information and imagery,
students will gain a greater understanding of light. Throughout
the book there are questions that provide opportunities for
children to find their own unique ways of moving.
The book follows the path of light: light found in nature,
light that is man-made, the way light moves through reflection
and refraction, its importance for plant life, and finally what
happens when light is blocked. Each of the thirteen original
paintings by the author combined with the photos of dancers can
also be used as a tool for creating dance lessons in the
classroom that enrich the study of light. Paintings set the
stage for the creation of dances with different light concepts
such as sunlight, bioluminescence, shadows, electricity,
lightning, reflection, refraction, and more. The "Tips for
Parents and Teachers" section in the back of the book offers a
simple set of suggestions for structuring a dance.
Book, 38 pages.