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58 | #MattHenley

On our second episode of Dance History month, your co-hosts YeaJean and Reyna interview dance scholar, and the Arnhold Associate Professor of Dance Education at Teachers College Columbia, Dr. Matthew Henley. In this episode, we go behind the screen and talk about Matt’s career as a dance educator and researcher, teaching during the pandemic, how dance education shifted throughout history, his research on cognitive and social-emotional skills associated with dance education, transformational learning, conceptual knowledge, and teaching tools for online and face to face learning.


[0:28] YeaJean introduces Dr. Matthew Henley


[3:24] YeaJean asks: “What have you learned from the pandemic? What have you learned from the transition to working in the digital space?”

[10:42] Reyna asks: “How do you see education moving forward? Do you see a lot of classes staying online?”

[10:32] Reyna asks: “How do you see what’s happening with the social movements shift the history of dance moving forward?”

[18:52] YeaJean asks: “You have numerous experiences of teaching dance to diverse ages and institutions. How has dance education shifted throughout history?”

[23:00] Reyna asks: “Can you talk about your research on how cognitive and social-emotional skills are associated with dance education?”

[29:30] YeaJean asks: “How does your research change in the classroom?”

[31:32] YeaJean asks: “Your grading system, you call it, ‘concept-based approach’ can you explain about your grading system?”

[38:35] Reyna asks: “Is there anything else you want to talk about in regards to your research?”

[41:47] Reyna asks: “Why do you teach?”

[51:28] Reyna asks: “What advice would you give to the younger version of yourself?”

[52:10] Reyna asks: “How do you say NO to the BOX?”

[53:00] Reyna asks:

1- If you had to recommend a resource to our audience what would it be?

  • Wikipedia

  • Google Scholar

  • The Self - “In dance you are your own textbook, teacher, and laboratory” Margaret H'doubler

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • West Side Story “I was probably in a dance before I saw a dance”

3- Do you think social media has a positive influence on the dance world (yes or no)?

  • “Yes”

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Instagram I haven’t figured out how to use it yet, leaves me with Facebook

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