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Swoop, Lift, and Leap to the Lore

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Title:

Swoop, Lift, and Leap to the Lore

URL:

https://www.kennedy-center.org/education/resources-for-educators/classroom-resources/lessons-and-activities/lessons/6-8/swoop-lift--leap-to-the-lore/

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The Kennedy Center
Type: Lesson/Unit Plan

Overview:

In this lesson, students will identify how animals and elements of nature are represented by dancers. They will read poetry by Indigenous and Native Peoples of North America.  Using basic locomotor movement, students will choreograph and perform a dance from a poem.    

Content Standard(s):
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 6
Dance
15) Determine meaning or artistic intent from the patterns of movement in a dance work.

Example: Rippling or back and forth actions in body parts and spatial design in Alvin Ailey's Wade in the Water.

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Responding
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Process Components: Analyze
Essential Questions:
EU: Perceive and analyze artistic work.
EQ: How is dance understood?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • artistic intent
  • genre-specific terminology
  • cultural movement practices
  • artistic expression
  • elements of dance
Skill Examples:
  • Read the artistic statement from a professional dance work before viewing. After viewing, discuss as a class what recurring movements were performed and how it contributed to the artistic intent.
  • Observe and reflect on the Rippling back and forth actions in the body parts and spatial design in Alvin Ailey's Wade in the Water.
  • Identify the elements of dance in a specific dance style or culture movement practice.
  • Document in writing a phrase of choreography and underline the elements of dance.
  • Discuss how the elements of dance help to communicate intent.
  • Create a short movement phrase that tells a story using the elements of dance.
  • Identify characteristics in ballet, tap and jazz dance styles and discuss how the qualities contribute to the artistic intent.
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 7
Dance
17) Explain how the artistic expression of various dances is achieved through the elements of dance technique, context, and production elements.

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Responding
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Process Components: Interpret
Essential Questions:
EU: Dance is interpreted by considering intent, meaning, and artistic expression as communicated through the use of body, elements of dance, dance technique, dance structure, and context.
EQ: How is dance interpreted?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Compare movement patterns' relationships to dance.
  • Genre-specific terminology
  • Cultural movement practices
  • Dance Technique
  • Production elements
  • Context Cues
  • artistic criteria
  • Artistic Intent
  • Genre
Skill Examples:
  • Compare the minimalism and repetition used in Laura Dean's Infinity in relation to Petipa's Entrance of the Shades in La Bayadere.
  • Use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the elements of dance in two different dance styles or genres.
  • Brainstorm props, lighting design and costuming for a dance.
  • Discuss what style of dance would be best suited for a dance about war.
  • Collaborate to create a rubric to identify the elements of dance used to create intent.
  • Articulate the differences between works by different choreographers by referencing their historical or cultural contexts.
Arts Education
ARTS (2017)
Grade: 8
Dance
17) Observe a dance and explain how artistic expression is achieved through relationships among the elements of dance, use of body, dance technique, and context, and provide evidence to support your interpretation using genre-specific dance terminology.

Example: Observe Alwin Nikolais' Noumenon and discuss how the movement, costuming, lighting, and sound score create intent for the choreography.

Unpacked Content
Artistic Process: Responding
Anchor Standards:
Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
Process Components: Interpret
Essential Questions:
EU: Dance is interpreted by considering intent, meaning, and artistic expression as communicated through the use of body, elements of dance, dance technique, dance structure, and context.
EQ: How is dance interpreted?
Concepts & Vocabulary:
  • Describe and perform recurring patterns of movement.
  • genre-specific terminology
  • elements of dance
  • genres
  • styles
  • culture movement practice
  • artistic expression relationships
  • Evaluate choreography using artistic criteria.
Skill Examples:
  • Improvise a short dance phrase that can be repeated and describe how it is related to the context of a dance and artistic intent.
  • Sustain the developpe in an adagio to extend the classical line.
  • Utilize plie to perform a hip hop skill.
  • Observe Alwin Nikolais's Noumenon and discuss how the movement, costuming, lighting, and sound score created intent for the choreography.
  • Write a critique on an observed dance work using an established outline of topics to cover.
  • Consider the use of musical form as patterns to express ideas, such as canon to express a fear that finds some relief but just keeps returning, or motif and development to express a nagging feeling that won't go away, and each time it comes back it gets worse. Patterns of movement by nature may represent ideas for the artistic intent.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 6
3. Explain how authors use setting, plot, characters, theme, conflict, dialogue, and point of view to contribute to the meaning and purpose of prose and poetry, using textual evidence from the writing.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 7
3. Explain how the author's choice of setting, plot, characters, theme, conflict, dialogue, and point of view contribute to and/or enhance the meaning and purpose of prose and poetry, using textual evidence from the writing.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 8
3. Analyze how authors use key literary elements, including setting, plot, theme, characters, internal and external conflict, dialogue, and point of view, to contribute to the meaning and purpose of a text, using text evidence as support.
Tags: choreograph, Indigenous, locomotor, Native American, Native Peoples, Native Pride Dancers, North America, poetry
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