Courses of Study


Arts Education, Grade 6 - 12, Dance:Level I, 2006

1.) Identify various tempos, rhythms, and meters.

•  Identifying changing meter signatures
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•  Creating dance sequences using rhythmic variations
Example: accenting counts 1, 3, and 5 in a six-count phrase or accenting 1 and 4 in the same six-count phrase

2.) Demonstrate the elements of space, including level, shape, size, direction, and pathways.

•  Identifying symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes and movement
•  Performing movement in relation to other dancers and props
Examples: near, far, over, under, around, between, through

3.) Create a group dance using a variety of compositional forms, including a beginning, middle, and end.

Example: creating AB and ABA forms, call and response, and canon

4.) Solve dance problems through improvisation and dance compositions.

Examples: improvising movement that illustrates a landscape, improvising movement that reflects texture in a painting

•  Demonstrating various levels of energy
5.) Identify the elements of time, space, and energy in improvisations.

6.) Analyze dance productions to determine how light is used to create a desired effect.

Examples: shadow to create mystery, spotlight to create focus

•  Explaining the use of colored lights to create mood
Examples: red light for danger, blue light for coolness

7.) Explain the importance of rehearsal to the safety of the dancer.

8.) Explain principles required for proper body alignment.

Examples: engaging core muscles to lengthen spine, keeping weight centered over the middle of the foot, turning out from the hip

9.) Describe the development of dance in various cultures.

Examples: tracing the origins of American dance forms, including break dancing and hip hop; tracing the origins of Scottish dance forms, including Highland Fling and Sword Dance

10.) Utilize dance to reflect concepts in other content areas.

Example: improvising sequences that relate to specific paintings, drawings, and sculptures

•  Improvising movement in response to a specific narrative
Example: creating four movements in response to a newspaper headline or short story

11.) Identify basic procedures for treating dance injuries.

Example: rest, ice, compression, elevation (RICE)

•  Describing methods of injury prevention
Examples: proper warm-up, balanced nutrition, appropriate rest, recognition of pain as signal for treatment

12.) Describe movable joints in the body.

•  Identifying actions possible at each joint in the body
Example: explaining how the knee is a hinge joint with possible actions of flexion and extension