Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade K, Dance, 2006

1.) Demonstrate basic locomotor skills, including galloping, sliding, running, and walking.

•  Demonstrating basic nonlocomotor skills, including bending and stretching
2.) Describe feelings, ideas, or images found in dance movements.

Example: recognizing emotions in Baloo's dances in the movie The Jungle Book

•  Creating movements reflecting emotions
Example: creating a dance depicting happiness or anger

3.) Identify the basic elements of movement, including time, space, and energy.


- time--recognizing a steady beat,

- space--recognizing personal space,

- energy--recognizing strong and light movements

4.) Identify dance, music, theatre, and visual arts as the four arts disciplines.

5.) Demonstrate the ability to stop, go, freeze, and move safely on cue.

•  Moving in self space and general space

- self space--reaching in all directions without touching other persons or objects,

- general space--moving across the floor without touching other persons

•  Performing simple movements with varying degrees of energy
Examples: punching lightly, punching strongly

•  Demonstrating movement using a steady beat
Example: moving to the regular beat of a drum

•  Performing at varying tempos
Examples: moving slowly, moving quickly

6.) Identify purposes for which people dance.

Examples: celebrations, rituals, performances, social gatherings

7.) Identify elements of movement that relate to other subject areas.

Examples: identifying geometric shapes made with the body, including squares, circles, and triangles; identifying relative locations in dance using positional terms such as over, under, around, above, and through

8.) Identify healthy food choices for a dancer.

9.) Utilize design software to illustrate elements of space.

Example: drawing floor patterns, shapes, and relative location using a paint program