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If you are a professional dance educator, please let me know what you think about this web site.  I also welcome any suggestions as to how the web site can be made more useful to educators.  Please send me E-mail with your comments.


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Subject : Your Lesson Plan has been reviewed by TeacherNet
Date : Thu, 9 May 2002 07:28:00 -0700
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Your Lesson Plan with the following details has been reviewed by the TeacherNet

team: ID: 4288
Title: Raper’s Dance Corner
Publisher: H. Leon Raper

Summary: This site has a bit for everybody, from the total beginner to the dance specialist. It's an extremely user friendly and easily navigable site, one which should definitely be on your favourites list. The site offers a complete and comprehensive dance dictionary, which will put you at ease immediately. This can be used by students to further explore the depth of their work or just for ideas and clearer understanding of particular pieces. The table of contents allows you to access a wealth of information, from links to other related sites to instruction. This is complemented by the 'Dance Teachers Corner', where lesson plans and ideas for stimuli are readily available. The detail and depth of information available in the lesson plans is incredible, sometimes offering complete units of work lasting 6-8 weeks. In addition, at the end of the lesson plans you can find a 'Problems and Solutions' section where the dance is differentiated around possible difficult sections. The site offers you the opportunity to contact H. Leon Raper and discuss any problems or related dance issues, as well a chance to read articles published in professional dance journals. This resource will complement any dance work currently on offer in your school and can be easily used by students to study independently.

Key Stage: Keystage 3
Subject: Physical Education


Date: Thu, 13 Apr 2000 23:39:42 EDT
From: Addressed not included here to protect underage child
Subject: Swing Dancing..Help!
To: raper@raper.com

Hi, my name is Kristina and I am 14 years old and in 8th grade. I am doing a project on swing dancing that is for English. I have to write abouts its history and do a presentation. I cant find any information on its origins and other history stuff. I was just wondering if you could tell me a good resource for it so I would have enough info to do a three page report??

Thanx a lot!


Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2000 00:01:54 EDT
From: Addressed not included here to protect underage child
Subject: Re: Swing Dancing..Help!
To: hlr@raper.com

Thank you so much. Your site helped alot and it was very interesting learning more from you. Thank you again for taking the time to help me. It is people like you that make the world a better place!


Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 14:21:17 +0800
From: Geoff Tuke <rockabilly-wa@bigpond.com>
To: H Leon Raper <hlr@raper.com>
Subject: Student Problems

Dear Leon,

You have a great web site! I have printed out most of the information and study it daily to improve my knowledge of teaching. It is certainly helping me as I teach Rock'n'Roll, Rockabilly and Jive in Perth Western Australia and I find that many of the other teachers here are not fully aware of much of what you have written. When I have a problem, I need to refer to some one outside Western Australia. ....

Thank you in advance,

Geoff Tuke

PS Your suggestion of getting the lady to pivot 180 degrees down a straight line seems to be working for one student who had a balance problem when spinning. Thank you for that.

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 09:54:28 -0400
From: Georgianna Kiggins <gkiggins@webacademy.net >
To: <dance@dancecorner.com>
Subject: Direct Links to Raper's Dance Corner


Your website has been identified as an excellent tool for educators. We
would like permission to place a link to the following site(s):


and subsequent links on Cumberland County School's Webpages. These links
would be used for educational purposes. We respectfully request a response
to this email. Thank you, in advance, for creating such a valuable resource.

Georgianna Kiggins
Cumberland County Schools
Web Academy
Fayetteville, NC

Date: Fri, 21 Aug 1998 09:52:26 -0500
From: Lisa Frangipane <LFRANGIP@HOOVER.K12.AL.US>
To: hlr@raper.com
Subject: Dance Question

I am a physical education teacher and we teach social dances (waltz, cha cha, rumba, foxtrot, and the swing) to our classes. I was wondering if you knew how I can get a hold of some good music that would be good for middle school age. I was wanting to have the kids get really excited about dancing if we could get some music that they would at least somewhat likd? Do you have any music suggestions? Where to get it?

Also, do you suggest any teaching videos? Know of any good ones?

I liked your website. I will use some of that info. to teach my kids.

Thank you for any help you can give.

Lisa Frangipane
Berry Middle School
Birmingham, AL

Date: Sun, 07 Nov 1999 05:40:02 PST
From: "Shawn Trautman" <srtrautman@hotmail.com>
Subject: Dance Techniques
To: hlr@raper.com

Hello there. . .

My name is Shawn Trautman and the reason I'm writing to you lies in the
hopes that you'll be of some assistance to me. I am in the process of
setting up several large group classes and focussing primarily on the swing
dances (mainly WCS and ECS). I'm trying to encourage the dances 
themselves rather than any particular style of music or club(i.e. country/ballroom/latin). 

I started teaching approximately 7 1/2 years ago
and have just recently gotten back into the teaching end after I finished my
degree in Marketing. I am now working on my MBA from the University of
South Florida and started teaching again out of tremendous pressure from the
local dance community. I have gone through many websites, but found yours
to be of significant help. I wonder if you, personally, would be interested
in sharing some of your knowledge to help form or shape the classes I'd like
to teach. The teaching end itself is not the problem, rather, it's the
structure and how all the classes in the area are set up. If you could send
me any relevant information on what you call your "Teaching Philosophy for
Social Dances" or any of the lesson plans and how you structure your
classes, it would be of great help. I'm trying to promote the social end of
the dancing, as I have no interest whatsoever in doing competitions again. .
. there are those in the area who do so, but I choose not to. I am going to
develop my classes so that the participants will be able to leave with
information (in hand) as well as in their minds. This is where the
write-ups come in handy. Please, feel free to contact me if you have any
questions (727)799-0624. As I were to make any changes as to how I teach
here, I would send them back to see if they're of any assistance to you.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Shawn Trautman

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