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Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): KG - Dance


Observe movement and describe it using simple dance terminology.

Unpacked Content

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?

Skills Examples

  • Identity recurring movements in an observed dance phrase (i.e., chaîne turns, step touch, marching, waving arms, and/or shoulder rolls). Demonstrate short and simple movement phrase that students can copy (i.e., step hop, step hop, chasse, chasse, step clap, step clap).
  • Perform simple social dance that students can copy (i.e., electric slide, chicken dance).
  • Perform simple dance movements and allow students to identify movements (i.e., plie, contraction, flexed foot, chasse, tendu).
  • Select a movement and explain what the movement may mean (i.e., jumping to show joy, slow walks to show exhaustion, hiding behind hands to show fear).


  • Recurring movement
  • Dance terminology
  • Movement choices

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.