Dance Genres Teacher Resources

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Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre instructional activity, 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.
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!
Learners draw portraits of a dancer. In this visual-arts lesson plan, 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.
Young scholars 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.
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, 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 learning exercise, students complete a set of 8 questions about sports. Answers are included on page 2. A reference web site is given for additional activities.
One of the best ways to explore other cultures is through experiencing their dances. That's exactly what happens in this sweet lesson plan on cultural dance. In it, learners dance to The Mexican Hat Dance, Skip to My Lou, and other classic dances from around the world. They also learn some basic square dance steps. This lesson plan is based on the Arthur episode: "Arthur and the Square Dance."
In this dance word search, students analyze 15 words in a word bank that are styles of dancing. Students find these in a word search puzzle.
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.
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.
Students 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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Students perform fundamental movement activities for flexibility and motor skills. In this movement lesson plan, students perform physical activity for all grade levels.
Learn about the music of Latin America! Four types of music are defined by their instruments, uses, and cultural impact or influences. Indigenous, Iberian, African influenced, and Urban music are all discussed. 
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.
Learners explore characterization in Little Women. In this literature lesson, students participate in written analysis and research in order to explore Alcott's characterization in the novel.