Dance Genres Teacher Resources
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Learners participate in a unit in which they learn 11 different dances. They choreograph their own dance or find an dance on the Internet to perform for the culminating activity.
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by teaching your class how to do an Irish jig. This type of dance is very fast. Break it all down and teach each section of the dance thoroughly. There are plenty of hops, kicks, toe touches, and stomps in this jig, so it will take some time to learn. History about St. Patrick's Day and Irish dances is included to enhance the lesson. Don't be afraid to tackle teaching this cultural dance because there is a video that leads the way!
Students draw portraits of a dancer. In this visual-arts lesson, students study the work of James Wyeth online. They then watch a dance performance and sketch 10 - 15 pieces depicting dancers. Five of these sketches will be selected for exhibition.
Fourth graders explore the love of dance in Texas and examine a variety of well-known dances performed in Texas. In this we can dance lesson plan, 4th graders research the background of different cultural dances in Texas and work with a partner to practice some of the dance steps that first arrived in Texas. Students are then introduced to other dance terms and make connections about their origins as it relates to Texas. Students then research a type of dance and present it to the class.
Students go through the experience of creating a dance. They use the correct vocabulary when creating the dance in writing. Students choreograph the steps needed to perform the dance in sequence. Then they perform the dance for final assessment.
In this comprehension worksheet, students read a passage about styles of dance and answer multiple choice questions about it. Students complete 5 questions total.
In this sport worksheet, students complete a set of 8 questions about sports. Answers are included on page 2. A reference web site is given for additional activities.
Watch five girls from Kuwait practice a traditional folk dance. They go to the studio and then practice dancing after school. Have your class conduct a simple research project on the types of dance common to their ancestry. Have them draw pictures of it and perhaps learn a few dance moves to share with the class.
Nearly every people group has some type of dance, and those dances usually reflect history and culture. Little researchers write an essay on the cultural significance of the Hawaiian hula dance. They research the role of the hula dancer as it has changed throughout time. Tip: Have small groups each perform a hula dance from a specific time period.
They say art often imitates life. Learners research and write an expository paper on modern dance choreographer, Alvin Ailey. They focus on describing how his life and background has influenced his dance creations. This is a great way to incorporate an appreciation for the art of dance while fostering good research and writing skills.
Elementary schoolers explore states of matter by concentrating on the ways in which water moves between its solid, liquid, and gaseous states in a variety of Earth environments. Learners interpret these movements through dance. The combination of movement and Earth science is most-unique! Five excellent website resources are embedded in the plan.
Skater's Glide, Reindeer Stomps, Skiers, and Snow Shoe Marches are the four types of dance steps in this activity. Find the Crazy Frog version of "Jingle Bells" and teach these dance moves. There is a video included so take a look at it and learn the steps before teaching, or use the video to teach the dance steps to your class.
Fifth graders investigate performance arts by practicing dances. In this physical education instructional activity, 5th graders discover rhombus shadowing, a type of dance based on 90 degree turns and square formations. Students practice using their vocabulary by describing movements involved in the different dances.
Students share dance moves that reflect their personalities or depict how they are feeling, explore popularity of recreational and competitive social dancing by reading and discussing the article "Follow the Flying Feet," present examples of social dancing, research dance forms performed in class, and reflect on which dance styles they like best.
Eighth graders explore the workout that is provided by pole dancing. In this lesson, 8th graders read an article then complete several activities that check their comprehension of the article, such as answering questions that can be on paper or in a class discussion, vocabulary, participating in a debate or a fill-in-the blank worksheet.
Learners explore the various rhythmic combinations in jazz and blues music. They watch a video segment, apply a mathematical formula to calculate the number of possible rhythmic combinations, and perform a combination of notes and rhythm on a keyboard.
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre lesson, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Students research how classical ballet made its way to Russia and create collaborative projects to share their findings.
Learners explore and experience jazz as a social dance form. They study how jazz was an important piece of African-American culture and how it developed.
Young scholars perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Students observe that there are myriad combinations of rhythms to choose from when improvising jazz and blues music, and recognize that while the variations seem infinite, they are in fact finite. They notate a 12 bar blues progression using a different combination of notes and rhythms for each of the 12 bars, and then perform it on a keyboard or virtual piano online.