Dance Teacher Resources
From ballroom to disco, showcase the art of movement in your classroom. Waltz through all the different styles, while still leaving space for your dancers to twirl in creativity.
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Patterns in Dance and Math
Students analyze how repeated body movements and shapes can represent and extend patterns. In this pattern analysis lesson, students discuss patterns in dance, math, and everyday living. Students demonstrate a dance using a sequence of movements.
4th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 41 Views 54 Downloads
Day One Dance Workshop
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.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 16 Views 35 Downloads
Describing Mirror Dances
Second graders perform mirror dancing. In this dancing lesson, 2nd graders are led in a dance warm-up and brainstorm kinds of movements they have done in dance. Students are then led through a demonstration of a mirror dance.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 11 Downloads
Describing Shadow Dances
Fourth graders explore the language of dance and literacy. In this writing lesson plan students discover how writers use language and how dancers create dances. Students expand their vocabulary through generating dances and later writing about them.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 23 Downloads
Dance: Sharp and Smooth Energy Qualities
Students use different qualities of movement to express themselves. In this lesson on movement, students use different qualities of energy and then use their experience as an inspiration for writing poetry.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 4 Views 16 Downloads
Exploring and Using Shapes to Make a Dance
Second graders use their bodies to create various shapes to make a dance when given various music and beats. In this shapes and dance lesson plan, 2nd graders create lines, curves, twists, and angles with their bodies.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 10 Views 52 Downloads
Comparing Cultural Dances
All cultures express similar thoughts, feelings, and ideas. But, often times those things are expressed differently. Learners compare and contrast traditional dances from two cultures. They watch videos of each performance, stop to discuss body language and shape, and then reflect on what each dance is trying to convey.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts 13 Views 13 Downloads
James Wyeth: Capturing Dance
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.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 7 Downloads
Coordinating Music and Dance: A Classroom Activity
After introducing basic dance and music terminology, learners explore Balinese culture. They listen to Balinese music, view images or video of Balinese dancing, then choreograph a Balinese-style dance of their own. They rehearse and perform their dances in front of the class while beating a rhythm on percussion instruments.
K - 8th Visual & Performing Arts 25 Views 81 Downloads
Social Dances through Time
We're going way back to the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to discuss pop culture, entertainment, and social dance. Kids discuss the top headlines from those time periods and how music, culture, and dance influence each other and evolve over time.
9th Social Studies & History 16 Views 25 Downloads
Direction in Dance
Students discover the movements possible in their own body by performing dances in class. In this physical education lesson, students define several key terms related to dancing which will help them follow instructions. Students practice dance choreography then perform their dance solo in front of classmates.
K - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 23 Views 37 Downloads
Flip and Flop: An Adaptation Through Dancing Echoes with Shapes and Locomotor Movement
Dancers practice echoing through dance. They listen to a story "Flip and Flop" and then are put into pairs. One partner is Flip, while the other is Flop. Flip creates a shape by dancing, and Flop, the other student, echoes that shape by dancing it out in the same way.
K - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts 17 Views 29 Downloads
Groovy 60s Dances!
1960s dances: The Twist, The Jerk, The Swim, The Monkey, The Mashed Potato, The Watusi, The Hitchhiker, and The Boog-a-loo. Introduce your class to the dances of the 60s. Find Motown music, watch online videos that show the different dances, get your classes to experience the dances of the 60s.
6th - 12th Physical Education 22 Views 42 Downloads
What do writing and dance have in common? They both have a six-trait rubric for assessment. Just like a good story, a good dance must have a hook, beginning, middle, end, logical sequence, and a climax. Learners use a structured criterion to analyze a dance performance in detail.
5th Language Arts 8 Views 11 Downloads
Making Dances From Stories
After reading a short story, learners will create dances that show homophones and verbs. Their dance sequences involve three verbs and transition movements in between each verb. Tip: Have the class dance out the sequence of events from the story, instead of retell.
4th Language Arts 3 Views 12 Downloads
Poems That Dance
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.
5th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 20 Downloads
Dancing in 3's
This dance makes me want to just get up and start moving right now. This dance is done to the song "Footloose" by Kenny Loggins. The lesson includes not only step-by-dance step instructions but also a video. There is a lot of movement in this quick-paced dance.
4th - 9th Physical Education 10 Views 29 Downloads
Tinikling - Philippine Bamboo Dance
What is Tinikling? How is this word pronounced? Is it really a dance? Where did it originate? Is there a story about the origin of this dance? Begin this dance lesson by answering these questions. Then use the video to teach the three dance patterns: basic step, dancing step, and jumping step.
4th - 12th Physical Education 4 Views 13 Downloads