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Professional Development

The Humanities: A Content Course for Teachers

Neoclassicism and modern dance
Grade Levels:
90 minutes
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Elizabeth Jewell, KET Distance Learning humanities instructor, presents professional development seminars designed to deepen teachers’ own understanding of two topics in the humanities: the neoclassical era of the 1780s and the development of modern dance.

Length: 2 programs; 90 minutes each
Audience: arts and humanities teachers, all levels


  1. Milestones in Art: Neoclassicism—background information on the Enlightenment; the French Academy; Jacques-Louis David; the Salons at the Royal Academies of Paris and London vs. salons; musical developments; classical symphony (e.g., Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, 2nd Movement, 1788); a videotaped interview with George Zack, director of the Lexington Philharmonic, on classical music; links between classical music and classical architecture; and a photomontage of neoclassical detail from the Lexington Cemetery.

  2. Milestones in Modern Dance—background information on the requirements for professional dancers; purposes of dance; elements of dance: space, time, and force; bringing the elements together to create personal meaning; the history of dance in Western civilization; the emergence of modern dance; stylistic elements of modern dance; the process of choreography; and a comparison of ballet and modern dance.

Teaching Materials

http://www.ket.org/education/guides/pd/humanities_contentcourse. pdf
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(800) 432-0951
600 Cooper Drive
Lexington, KY 40502-2296

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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