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Students demonstrate and define basic modern dance vocabulary. Identify and explore a range of stimuli to create a dance movement. Recognize and explain how the creative process in dance is influenced by personal movement styles.
Students develop dances. In this movement lesson, students play action and stillness games and learn motif writing symbols that communicate dance moves. Students use locomotor and non-locomotor movement to create their own movement phrases.
Learners explore two Native American legends. In this cultural traditions lesson, students read "The Legend of Blue Bonnet," and "The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush." Learners then study basic Native American dance movements prior to creating dances for the legends.
Teach and review elementary locomotor skills. Use "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis to get youngsters up and grooving to the beat! The dance steps are described in rich detail and you will have the class jumping, skipping, leaping, and hopping around in no time at all.
Students investigate how to move through space before designing dances that show feelings, ideas, and thoughts. Using motif notation, they record movement ideas while they explore a variety of movement concepts. Using scoring guidelines, they demonstrate non-locomotor and locomotor movement.
Students practice locomotor and axial movements. For this body awareness lesson, students discover freeze movement, axial movements, and locomotor movements. Students practice the movements as they maintain personal space.
Students experience dance and movement. In this kinesthetic lesson, students practice movement of their limbs and joints. They use a hula hoop to identify personal space.
Second graders examine various dance styles in this Performing Arts lesson for the 2nd grade. The lesson is #1 in a unit of four lessons that examines the History of Dance styles and the lifestyle of a dancer. Emphasis is placed on movement exercises.
Students are introduced to a social dance from Canada's Aboriginal peoples. Students warm up listening to the music and listening for the beat before trying the 'Stomp' step without a partner. After some practice, students choose partners and dance for the length of the song.
Pupils accurately demonstrate non-locomotor/axial movements such as bend, twist, stretch, swing. They accurately demonstrate eight basic locomotor movements.
Students discuss dance elements and create a dance map. They choose a dance theme and incorporate movement into their dance maps and choreography. They also experiment with different types of music.
First graders discover how to dance the Virginia Reel.  In this dance lesson plan, 1st graders work as partners to dance the Virginia Reel in front of an audience.  Students analyze how the audience may behave and the patterns within the dance.
Get youngsters moving by teaching them some basic dance moves. This dance can be done in a circle, a line, or scattered around the gym. There are four movement combinations that are taught to the song "Purple People Eater" by Sheb Wooley.  Steps are written out and of course you can adapt any of this to meet the needs of your class.
Here's a 32-count line dance to the song "Disturbia" by Rihanna. This dance introduces the triple-step. It's a quick right-left-right or a quick left-right-left step. It's not complicated. The really nice thing about this lesson is that there is a video that teaches this line dance sequence. First the instructors demonstrate the steps, then they walk the learners through some practice time, and finally do the entire dance to the music. 
Students create a dance about being blind. In this dance lesson plan, students read about creating a dance and then complete various activities where they take classes, complete an improve, and performing their dances.
Twelfth graders research the history of the jitterbug dance through an interactive group project. The goal of the activity is to get them to execute the dance steps independently with little outside help from the teacher. The steps are found in the research and demonstrated by the teacher.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Fifth graders complete a unit of lessons on the definition of dance. They view videos of various dances, compare/contrast the dances viewed, categorize a list of words about dance on a handout, write journal responses, and perform dance movements.
Combine the elements of dance with the actions in a poem. Learners review basic grammar, write an action-packed cinquain poem, and then choreograph a dance based on their cinquains. After the dances are done, they'll discuss the elements of writing, dance, and mood.
Learners demonstrate the Ceili folk dance. In this dance activity, students discuss the characteristics of a folk dance and identify the patterns in the Ceili dance. Learners demonstrate the dance steps with a partner and choreograph their own folk dance as a follow-up activity.

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