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Episode 92 | Dance Curriculum in High School Public Education w/ Daniel Negrete & Devondria Douglas

On this episode, Dance Behind the Screen podcast co-hosts Azaria and Reyna interview Daniel Negrete and Devondria Douglas. They discuss their backgrounds in cultural and codified dance communities, the new innovative course they developed - Dance Appreciation: African American and Mexican Folkloric Studies, the process of getting approval by TEA for the entire state of Texas, and how social media is influencing the dance world. Enjoy this episode! (48:46)


[0:58] The Team says welcome back and introduces Daniel Negrete and Devondria Douglas. The team tells us about Daniel and Devondria and the dance appreciation-related topics discussed during this episode.


[4:24] Topic: Dance Beginnings

  • [4:24] Reyna asks: “Tell us about your dance education growing up. Did you see your culture reflected in your dance studies classes in high school?”

  • [8:29] Reyna asks: “How did you both meet?”

[9:33] Topic: Dance Appreciation with a Cultural Perspective

  • [9:33] Azaria asks: “Can you talk about how your group came together? Why did you decide to tackle dance appreciation from this cultural perspective?”

  • [13:46] Azaria asks: “Daniel can you talk about how you got involved in this process?”

  • [15:38] Azaria asks: “Can I get you to define TEKS for our listeners?”

  • [16:30] Reyna asks: “What did this mean to you? Being able to make this happen?”

  • [19:57] Azaria asks: “Are you hoping that other states will adopt this? How do you hope to inspire other states in their dance curriculum?”

  • [24:15] Azaria asks: “Have y’all had any push back when it comes to making this course?”

[26:49] Topic: Cultural Similarities and Differences

  • [26:49] Reyna asks: “How do you think this class affects your students? How have your African American students responded? Hispanic Students? White and Asian Students?”

  • [33:00] Azaria states her excitement on the correlation between Black and Latin dance cultures.

  • [34:19] Reyna asks: “If you could give any advice to the future educators what would it be? Who are trying to bridge the gap and create opportunities where diversity and inclusion are present in the dance classroom?”

[36:32] Topic: Social Media

  • [36:32] Azaria asks: “How has social media influences your teaching or how your students are perceiving dance today?”

  • [42:46] Azaria asks: “How do you say NO to the BOX?”

  • [44:07] Reyna asks: “Is there anything else you didn’t get to share?”

[39:50] Azaria asks:

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

  • Daniel: Jacob’s Pillow

  • Devondria: Jacob’s Pillow

  • Person to person communication

[40:16] Reyna asks:

2- What was the first dance you saw?

  • Daniel: Matachines or Alvin Ailey

  • Devondria: Praise dance liturgical or Black Academy of Arts and Letters

[41:10] Azaria asks:

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

  • Daniel: Yes

  • Devondria: No

[41:27] YeaJean asks:

4- What is your favorite social media platform?

  • Daniel: Facebook and Instagram

  • Devondria: Facebook

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