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


Select and deomonstrate a movement in a dance and explain why it was chosen.

COS Examples

Example: Select a movement and explain what the movement may mean.

Unpacked Content

Essential Questions

EU: Criteria for evaluating dance vary across genres, styles, and cultures.
EQ: What criteria are used to evaluate dance?

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 9: Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.