Summer Reading Lists For Dance Teachers Pt 3

Dance Ed Tips | 07 July, 2020

            Summer Reading Lists For Dance Teachers Pt 3

By: Olivia Mode-Cater 


I think it’s safe to say.. a lot has happened so far this year. This summer is an opportunity for us reflect on our teaching and see where we can improve. 

I’ve put together a summer reading list with some suggestions that can help you feel prepared and culturally responsive in your teaching. 

Culturally Relevant & Responsive Books: 

Hammond, Z. (2015). Culturally responsive teaching and the brain: promoting authentic engagement and rigor among culturally and linguistically diverse students. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. 

Hooks, Bell. (1996). Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom. New York: Routledge. 

Ladson-Billings, G. (2009). The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, 2nd Edi. John Wiley & Sons. 

McCarthy-Brown, N., & Amin, T. N. (2017). Dance pedagogy for a diverse world: culturally relevant teaching in theory, research and practice. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. 

Tatum, B. (2017). Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: Revised Edition. Basic Books. 

Books to Help You Teach Black Dance Forms Responsibly:  

Durden, E. M. (2017).Beginning Hip-Hop Dance (Kindle ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. 

Guarino, L., & Oliver, W. (2015).Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida. 

Haskins, J. (1992).Black Dance in America: A History Through its People. New York, NY: Harpercollins Childrens Books. 

Hill, C. V. (2010).Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Knowles, M. (2002).Tap Roots: The Early History of Tap Dancing. Jefferson, NC: McFarland &. 

Stearns, M. W., & Stearns, J. (1994).Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance (2nd ed.). New York, NY: De Capo. 

Resources on Blended Learning and Online Learning:  

Anderson, J. D. (2012). Dance, Technology, and the Web Culture of Students. Journal of Dance Education, 12(1), 21-24. 

Blaschke, L. M. (2014). Using social media to engage and develop the online learner in self-determined learning: Association for learning technology journal. Research in Learning Technology, 22 

Costa, K. (2020).99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos: A Guide for Online Teachers and Flipped Classes (Kindle ed.). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing. 

Eaton, M. (2020).The Perfect Blend: A Practical Guide to Designing Student-Centered Learning Experiences. Portland, OR: International Society for Technology in Education. 

Risner, D. (2014). Hold on to This!: Strategies for Teacher Feedback in Online Dance Courses. Journal of Dance Education, 14(2), 52-58. 

The Clayton Christensen Institute. (2019, August 07). Retrieved July 07, 2020, from 

All my best, 


P.S. If you did not catch our past summer reading lists check out those blog posts by clicking below! 

2019 Summer Reading List 

2018 Summer Reading List