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Learning Resource Type

Classroom Resource

Group Disco Combinations

Subject Area

Arts Education

Grade(s)

K, 1, 2, 3

Overview

The students will review the previously learned disco steps.  Working in groups, they will choreograph a movement sequence that has a beginning, middle, and end with a pose. They will perform their dance for the class.  

    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance

    AE17.D.K.3

    Perform an improvisational dance that has a beginning, middle, and end.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.K.3

    Vocabulary

    • locomotor
    • non-locomotor
    • non-locomotor vs locomotor movements
    • elements of dance
    • choreography
    • improvisation
    • structure
    • concepts and inspiration for choreography
    • feedback and revision
    • notation

    Essential Questions

    EU: The elements of dance, dance structures, and choreographic devices serve as both a foundation and a departure point for choreographers.
    EQ: What influences choice-making in creating choreography?

    Skills Examples

    • Demonstrate locomotor and non-locomotor movements (i.e., running, skipping, twisting, falling).
    • Identify elements of movement that are personally difficult to perform and discuss how this impacts movement choice in choreography.
    • Identify how it feels to perform the same movement fast and slow.
    • Create a connected shape, improvise while disconnected, and finish back in original connected shape.
    • Perform improvised movement based on a famous painting.
    • Identify how the movement changes if an element is performed differently, such as taking the movement from a high level to a low level.
    • Create three movements and develop a symbol to go with each (such as ⟲ for turn).

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance

    AE17.D.K.13

    Dance for and with others in designated space.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.K.13

    Vocabulary

    • Elements of Dance
    • Space
    • Tempo/ Speed
    • Energy
    • Basic movement qualities
    • Embody
    • Body Pattern
    • Shape
    • Locomotor/ Non-locomotor
    • Same side vs cross body
    • Spatial Awareness
    • General Space
    • Personal Space
    • Safety Principles in movement
    • Space
    • Prop

    Essential Questions

    EU: Dance performance is an interaction between performer, production elements, and audience that heightens and amplifies artistic expression.
    EQ: How does a dancer heighten artistry in a public performance?

    Skills Examples

    • Explore shape examples: discuss what objects are straight. Show examples of said objects with the body (straight, curved, bent/ angled, size: big/ small).
    • Respond to music or other sound stimuli with free movement that matches varying tempo: fast, slow, moderate.
      • Engage in "freeze dance": respond to music or other sound stimuli through movement with varying tempo changes. When music/ stimuli pause, freeze in called out shape, size or level.
    • Observe and demonstrate movement qualities, such as hard/ heavy or soft/light, smooth or wavy, and slow or jerky.
      • Practice actions using varied movement qualities: stomp (hard), float (soft).
    • Demonstrate same side and cross-body locomotor and non-locomotor movements.
    • Display an awareness of physical space and apply principles of safety when sharing space with others in activities, formations and explorations.
      • Hold hands and form group shape formations.
      • Use locomotor movement (skip, hop, crawl, etc.) to travel in a group shape.
    • Discuss how we use space safely. Practice using safety principles discussed.
    • Demonstrate full body movement sequence through observation, demonstration, and repetition.
      • Practice learned sequence of heel, together right and left, and marching in place.
    • Practice and perform dance with others in the safety of classroom, gym or outside space.
    • Use a scarf to improvise flowing or staccato movement.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 1 - Dance

    AE17.D.1.15

    Identify a movement or movement phrase that repeats to make a pattern within a dance.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.1.15

    Vocabulary

    • Identify recurring movement.
    • Identify movements in culture dance or genre.
    • Utilize dance terminology to communicate.
    • Explain dance choices.

    Essential Questions

    EU: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
    EQ: How is dance understood?

    Skills Examples

    • View recorded or live dance phrases and identify patterns (i.e., Trisha Brown's Accumulation).
    • Observe an example of a simple canon.
    • Tap: flap, toe heel, shuffle, dig step
    • Ballet: plié, tendu, rond de jambe, chaîne
    • African Dance: hand waves, step touch, hops
    • View a recorded dance work and discuss what the dance may be about. Hypothesize the meaning of dance work (i.e., Alvin Ailey's Revelation, Martha Graham's Lamentation).
    • Improvise movement to specific music to evoke specific emotion
    • Explore and explain dance choices (i.e., Shaking hands to express frustration, holding heart to express love, pointing to ring finger to express marriage, saluting to express patriotism).

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 2 - Dance

    AE17.D.2.3

    Create a dance phrase with a main idea that has a clear beginning, middle, and end.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.2.3

    Vocabulary

    • prompts
    • elements of dance
    • locomotor
    • non-locomotor
    • dance phrase
    • structure
    • concept and inspirations
    • for choreography
    • dance phrase
    • improvisation
    • notation

    Essential Questions

    EU: The elements of dance, dance structures, and choreographic devices serve as both a foundation and a departure point for choreographers.
    EQ: What influences choice-making in creating choreography?

    Skills Examples

    • Execute a sequence of movements in different ways (i.e., different levels, timing, directions, body parts).
    • Create a dance based on a short story, with a beginning, middle and end.
    • Create a dance to a short poem and explain why movement expressed the idea.
    • Improvise movement to verbs and adjectives. Recall the movement and sequence to repeat.
    • Using basic stick figures to draw shapes used in a series of movements.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 2 - Dance

    AE17.D.2.13

    Perform a dance in a space where the audience and performers occupy different areas while focusing on projecting to the audience.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.2.13

    Vocabulary

    • Space
    • Shape
      • Symmetrical
      • Asymmetrical
    • Facing
    • Pathway
    • Time:
      • Accented beat
      • Downbeat
      • Duple meter
      • Triple meter
    • Utilize quality of movement
    • Embody
    • Locomotor
    • Non-locomotor
    • Personal space
    • General space
    • Spatial relationship
    • Body awareness
    • Space
    • Projection in performance
    • Production elements

    Essential Questions

    EU: Dance performance is an interaction between performer, production elements, and audience that heightens and amplifies artistic expression.
    EQ: How does a dancer heighten artistry in a public performance?

    Skills Examples

    • Identify symmetrical and asymmetrical body shapes and examine relationships between body parts.
    • Differentiate between circling and turning as two separate ways of continuous directional change.
    • Recall and practice given steps or sequencing with facing or level changes (what was up, make it down, face the back instead of the front).
    • Create body shapes that change level and facings.
    • Demonstrate locomotor movement on a straight pathway, circular pathway, zig zag pathway; making clear changes when called out.
    • Identify the beat in metered music and execute movement on the downbeat (the 1) of duple and triple meter.
    • Demonstrate an accented movement (clap, stomp, or jump) only on the downbeat of a piece of music. Practice with different tempos and 2/4, 4/4, and 3/4 music.
      • Other examples: Waltz, triplet, walking, or marching.
    • Review the terms adverb and adjective and make a list of descriptive words, choose several and execute a given movement or sequence with the word in mind or explore the word with their body in free movement.
    • (i.e., bouncy, jiggly, loose, strong, etc.).
      • Other examples: Bouncy leap or floppy fall.
    • Demonstrate movement and sequencing that utilizes a variety of pathways for personal space and group formations.
      • Skipping across the floor followed by skipping in place.
    • Identify modifications for spatial placement in a dance phrase.
    • Repeat movement or sequencing in a group formation or group dance using an awareness of his/her own body in space and make modifications to adjust placement as needed or requested.
    • Practice using production elements (i.e., multimedia equipment, scenery, costumes, lighting).

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 3 - Dance

    AE17.D.3.11

    Change levels, directions, and pathway designs safely in a dance phrase while coordinating with a partner or other dancers.

    Unpacked Content

    UP:AE17.D.3.11

    Vocabulary

    • Space
    • Positive and Negative space
    • Tempo/ Tempi
    • Rhythm
    • Energy
    • Using Intent
    • Embody
    • Alignment
    • Dance phrase
    • Stage directions
    • Performance Space
    • Production elements

    Essential Questions

    EU: Dancers use the mind-body connection and develop the body as an instrument for artistry and artistic expression.
    EQ: What must a dancer do to prepare the mind and body for artistic expression?

    Skills Examples

    • Observe, identify and explore the idea of positive and negative space with a partner, using still shape for partner 1, exploration (free movement) for partner 2.
    • Identify varied tempi and rhythms in music.
    • Explore moving with and against tempos and rhythms in music or sound stimuli.
      • Practice moving in slow motion during a fast song.
    • Identify and apply appropriate movement qualities to vary the intended effect from one movement to another.
      • Add force to a leap to communicate anger; change a reach by making it softer and slower to communicate gentleness.
    • Identify proper body alignment principles and apply them when practicing dance sequencing (i.e., Engaging the core, shoulders down and back, neck long, standing tall and grounded, energy pushing out through the floor).
    • Demonstrate movement that coordinates with a partner or group that changes level, direction or pathway design while maintaining safety and personal space (i.e., chasse in a circle holding hands).
    • Identify constructive feedback and apply corrections to the practice of group dance.
    • Discuss and revise constructive feedback phrases for peer feedback.
    • Demonstrate use of stage direction in locomotor and non-locomotor movement. Move from downstage right to upstage left.
    • Utilize costumes, props, music, scenery, lighting or media for a dance performed for an audience in a designated specific performance space.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.
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