Imagine the fun you can have making fitness into a creative adventure
Fly aboard an imaginary airplane to the "exotic continent of musicality," exploring all the sensory-motor activities hidden in Danceland. Polka to an authentic Krakowiak or have kids choregraph their own movements to singer Laura Dart's Touch the Earth. Kids can croon karaoke-style to an uproarious re-make of the 60s hit Wild Thing or have a Kwanzaa party to Wisdom of Africa.
The travel guide, written by developmental dance specialists, contains safe and sound activites for all ages and abilities.
About the Author
Kristen Fitz Taylor is a physical therapist at The Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She has been a student and teacher of dance for more than 20 years, with a primary emphasis on ballet. Kristen has performed with the San Diego Ballet Company, University of California Davis Ballet Company, and the American Ballet Ensemble in San Diego. She is currently studying the technique of London's Royal Academy of Dance through the Colorado School of Ballet. Kristen received her BA in human development from the University of California at Davis and an MS in physical therapy from the University of the Pacific. In 1995 she completed a pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment course in Dallas, Texas.Cheryl McDonald is a physical therapist at The Children's Hospital in Denver, where she has been teaching developmental dance since 1993. She began dancing at age 4. Her dance experience includes ballet, modern, jazz, tap, ballroom, and country. She was a dance major at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL), where she performed with UNL's Dance Ensemble and Orchesis, a student dance organization. She is currently studying ballet at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio in Denver. Cheryl received her BS in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska. She completed her pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment course in 1990 in Denver and the Advanced Baby Course in Colorado Springs in 1996.Both Cheryl and Kristen wish to thank their professors, dance teachers, and instructors in neurodevelopmental treatment who have supported and encouraged them to grow in the areas of developmental dance and physical therapy.
In particular, Cheryl wishes to express her thanks to dance teachers Nancy O'Brien and Marta Barnard at the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance studio.