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Section 5: Preparation Resources
Dance 6–12 (279)

The resources listed below may help you prepare for the TExES exam in this field. These preparation resources have been identified by content experts in the field to provide up-to-date information that relates to the field in general. You may wish to use current issues or editions to obtain information on specific topics for study and review.


  1. Dance Education in Practice, National Dance Education Organization.
  2. Journal of Dance Education, National Dance Education Organization.
  3. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, Society of Health and Physical Educators.

Other Resources

  1. Au, S., and Rutter, J. (2012). Ballet and Modern Dance. London: Thames and Hudson.

  2. Berardi, G. (2005). Finding Balance: Fitness Training for a Lifetime in Dance, Second Edition. New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

  3. Buckwalter, M. (2011). Composing while Dancing: An Improviser's Companion. Madison, Wis.: University of Wisconsin Press.

  4. Burridge, S., and Nielsen, C. S. (2015). Dance Education around the World: Perspectives on Dance, Young People and Change. New York, N.Y.: Routledge.

  5. Calais-Germain, B. (2007). Anatomy of Movement, Revised Edition. Seattle, Wash.: Eastland Press.

  6. Chapman, A. E. (2008). Biomechanical Analysis of Fundamental Human Movements. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  7. Clippinger, K. S. (2007). Dance Anatomy and Kinesiology. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  8. Clouser, J., and Flores, E. (2011). Looking at Dance. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

  9. Cohen, S. J., and Dance Perspectives Foundation. (2004). International Encyclopedia of Dance: A Project of Dance Perspectives Foundation, Inc. New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press.

  10. Cohen, S. J., and Matheson, K. (1992). Dance as a Theatre Art: Source Readings in Dance History from 1581 to the Present. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton Book Company.

  11. Ellfeldt, L. (1988). A Primer for Choreographers, Revised Edition. Prospect Heights, Ill.: Waveland Press.

  12. Foster, R. (2010). Ballet Pedagogy: The Art of Teaching. Gainesville, Fl.: University Press of Florida.

  13. Franklin, E. N. (2014). Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  14. Franklin, E. N. (2004). Conditioning for Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  15. Fuhrer, M., and Alicia Graf Mack. (2014). American Dance: The Complete Illustrated History. Minneapolis, Minn.: Voyageur Press.

  16. Giguere, M. (2014). Beginning Modern Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  17. Gilbert, A. G. (2015). Creative Dance for all Ages: A Conceptual Approach. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  18. Gilbert, A. G. (2006). Brain Compatible Dance Education. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  19. Grant, G. (1982). Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, Third Edition. New York, N.Y.: Dover Publications.

  20. Grossman, G. (2015). Dance Science: Anatomy, Movement Analysis, and Conditioning. Hightstown, N.J.: Princeton Book Company.

  21. Guarino, L., and Oliver, W. (2014). Jazz Dance: A History of the Roots and Branches. Gainesville, Fla.: University Press of Florida.

  22. Haas, J. G. (2010). Dance Anatomy. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  23. Hammond, S. N. (2003). Ballet Basics. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill.

  24. Harris, D. D. (2016). Beginning Musical Theatre Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  25. Holland, N. N. (2013). Music Fundamentals for Dance. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

  26. Homans, J. (2011). Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet. New York, N.Y.: Random House.

  27. Hopgood, J. (2016). Dance Production: Design and Technology. New York, N.Y.: Focal Press.

  28. Humphrey, D. and Pollack, B. (1997). The Art of Making Dances. London: Dance Books.

  29. Kapit, W. and Elson, L. M. (2013). The Anatomy Coloring Book, Fourth Edition. San Francisco, Calif.: Benjamin Cummings.

  30. Kassing, G. (2014). Discovering Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  31. Kassing, G. (2013). Beginning Ballet. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  32. Kassing, G. (2007). History of Dance: An Interactive Arts Approach. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  33. Kassing, G., and Jay, D. M. (2003). Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design: Comprehensive K–12 Dance Education. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  34. Kassing, G., and Jay, D. M. (1998). Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  35. Kaufmann, K. A., and Dehline, J. (2014). Dance Integration: 36 Dance Lesson Plans for Science and Mathematics. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  36. Kent, R., and Bray, J. (2013). Writing the Dance: Workbook and Journal for Dancers. Berkeley, Calif.: Writing Athletes and National Writing Project.

  37. Krasnow, D., and Wilmerding, V. (2015). Motor Learning and Control for Dance: Principles and Practices for Performers and Teachers. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  38. Laubin, R., and Laubin, G. (1977). Indian Dances of North America: Their Importance to Indian Life. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press.

  39. LeFevre, C. (2012). The Dance Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Dancers. Hauppauge, N.Y.: Barron's.

  40. Legg, J. (2011). Introduction to Modern Dance Techniques. Hightstown, N.J.: Princeton Book Company.

  41. Lewis, L. (2013). Beginning Tap Dance. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

  42. Lozana, S. and Canamar, K. (2016). Mexican Folkloric Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  43. McCutchen, B. P. (2010). Teaching Dance as Art in Education. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  44. Moore, C.-L., and Yamamoto, K. (2012). Beyond Words: Movement Observation and Analysis. London: Routledge.

  45. Nettl-Fiol, R., and Vanier, L. (2011). Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link. Urbana, Ill.: University of Illinois Press.

  46. Oliver, W. R. (2010). Writing About Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  47. Olsen, A., and McHose, C. (2014). The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press.

  48. Penrod, J., and Plastino, J. G. (2005). The Dancer Prepares: Modern Dance for Beginners, Fifth Edition. Boston, Mass.: McGraw-Hill.

  49. Pittman, A. M., Waller, M. S., and Dark, C. L. (2009). Dance a While: Handbook for Folk, Square, Contra and Social Dance, Tenth Edition. San Francisco, Calif.: Pearson/Benjamin Cummings.

  50. Quin, E., Rafferty, S., and Tomlinson, C. (2015). Safe Dance Practice. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  51. Robey, J. (2015). Beginning Jazz Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  52. Scheff, H., Sprague, M. and McGreevy-Nichols, S. (2014). Experiencing Dance: From Student to Dance Artist, Second Edition. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  53. Scheff, H., Sprague, M., and McGreevy-Nichols, S. (2010). Exploring Dance Forms and Styles: A Guide to Concert, World, Social and Historical Dance. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  54. Schrader, C. A. (2005). A Sense of Dance: Exploring Your Movement Potential, Second Edition. Champaign, Ill.: Human Kinetics.

  55. Seibert, B. (2015). What the Eye Hears: A History of Tap Dancing. New York, N.Y.: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

  56. Simmel, L., and Michael, J. (2014). Dance Medicine in Practice: Anatomy, Injury Prevention, Training. London: Routledge.

  57. Smith-Autard, J. M. (2010). Dance Composition: A Practical Guide to Creative Success in Dance Making. London: Methuen.

  58. Sofras, P. A. (2006). Dance Composition Basics: Capturing the Choreographer's Craft. Champaign, Ill., Human Kinetics.

  59. Trommer-Beardslee, H. (2013). Dance Production and Management. Hightstown, N.J.: Princeton Book Company.

  60. Vissicaro, P. (2004). Studying Dance Cultures Around the World: An Introduction to Multicultural Dance Education. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

  61. West, C. N. (2011). Tap Dance Fundamentals for Higher Education. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt.

  62. Wright, J. (2013). Social Dance: Steps to Success, Third Edition. Champaign, Ill: Human Kinetics.

Online Resources

  1. Alvin Ailey: American Dance Theater —
  2. American Ballet Theatre —
  3. Ballet Hispanico —
  4. (dance art, articles and interviews) —
  5. (sponsored links for dance schools) —
  6. Houston Metropolitan Dance Company —
  7. National Dance Education Organization —
  8. New York City Ballet —
  9. Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance —
  10. Texas Dance Educators Association —

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