Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 1, Dance, 2006

1.) Demonstrate movement in various tempos, rhythms, and meters.

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•  Combining various tempos
Example: progressing from a slow swing to a fast swing

2.) Demonstrate the element of space through movement involving size, level, shape, direction, and pathways.


- size--creating a small shape;

- level--moving in a high, middle, and low level;

- shape--creating curved and straight lines;

- direction--performing forward movements;

- pathways--skipping in a circle

•  Demonstrating laterality
Example: distinguishing right side from left side

•  Demonstrating isolated movements of various body parts
Examples: leading with ear, circling with hip, jabbing with knee, flexing the foot

3.) Demonstrate movement that has a relationship to a person, place, or object.

Examples: skipping around a box, crawling under a partner, sliding near a wall, focusing on a general or specific object while moving

•  Demonstrating leading, following, mirroring, and sculpturing
4.) Create movement with varying degrees of energy.

•  Creating sequences with a beginning, middle, and end
•  Improvising movement based on concepts, ideas, and feelings
Examples: creating sly movements for the wolf in The Three Little Pigs, creating waddling movements for ducklings in Make Way for Ducklings

5.) Demonstrate proper body alignment for the head, shoulders, hips, and feet while standing.

6.) Demonstrate basic even and uneven locomotor movements.


- even movements--walking, running, leaping, hopping, jumping;

- uneven movements--skipping, galloping, sliding

7.) Describe movement that reflects contrasting elements of time, space, and energy.

•  Identifying beginning, middle, and end of movement sequences
•  Relating movement to concepts, ideas, and feelings
8.) Identify movement qualities in music.

Examples: lightness in George Frideric Handel's Water Music, heaviness in Edvard Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King

9.) Identify choreographic elements in a dance.

Example: dance with a clear beginning, middle, and end that can be repeated

10.) Demonstrate the ability to move safely through general space without touching others.

•  Demonstrating locomotor movements safely while holding hands with a partner
11.) Demonstrate traditional American dances in various cultures.

Examples: Virginia reel, heel-toe polka, Cotton-Eyed Joe

•  Describing the use of the Internet to discover traditional dances
12.) Explain how adequate rest, nutrition, and exercise affect dancers.

13.) Demonstrate concepts from other content areas through movement.

Examples: performing a dance relating to weather in science, creating a consonant and vowel dance relating to English language arts content, creating an addition dance relating to mathematics content, creating a dance using characters from a Jacob Lawrence painting relating to visual arts content