Courses of Study

Arts Education, Grade 4, Dance, 2006

1.) Create movement that reflects musical qualities.

Examples: sharp movement as staccato, slow movement as legato

2.) Duplicate combinations of movement sequences without assistance.

Example: performing dance steps in line dances, square dances, classical ballet, and modern dance in correct sequence as demonstrated by an instructor

3.) Demonstrate proper body alignment while performing movement skills.

Examples: jumping, leaping, hopping

4.) Demonstrate contrasting elements of effort, including focus, time, and weight.


- focus--moving directly to a designated spot in a room, moving indirectly as if blown by the wind;

- time--moving quickly in one direction, moving as slowly as possible;

- weight--moving strongly creating a stomp, moving lightly on tiptoe

5.) Create a dance using production elements, including simple props, costumes, and appropriate music.

6.) Solve a variety of movement problems.

Examples: creating a sad dance using a fast tempo, creating a happy dance using a strong force

•  Improvising shapes and movements that require partial and mutual support
7.) Explain ways in which silence, sound, music, or words affect the meaning of a dance.

8.) Identify ways in which technology is used to preserve dance.

Examples: DVD, photography, 8-millimeter film, dance notation software

9.) Analyze a dance work to determine meaning, message, or ideas conveyed.

Example: identifying conflict and resolution in Swan Lake

10.) Utilize safe practices when participating in movement activities.

Examples: remaining aware of other dancers' positions and movements, coordinating movements with other dancers, maintaining control of movement

11.) Identify stage directions, including upstage right, downstage left, and center stage.

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•  Demonstrating movements that use stage directions
12.) Summarize the role dance has played throughout the history of Alabama.

•  Explaining the importance of dance in Native American cultures
Example: performing the Eagle Dance as representative of the soaring flight of the eagle in Native American communities

13.) Explain possible connections between dance concepts and concepts from other content areas.

Example: explaining how student-created artwork in visual arts, music, and theatre may be translated to dance

•  Demonstrating the difference between pantomime and dance
14.) Describe the importance of proper personal hygiene for a dancer.