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Seventh graders explore the traditional dances of various immigrants into the United States. While attending a cultural event from a specific immigrant group, 7th graders observe cultural dances. They interview members of the ethnic group and learn the dance. Pupils create a formal presentation to be given in class.
Ninth graders investigate, uncover, and analyze the connection between movement patterns found in work and in dance. Students create dance studies that reflect and extend work movement patterns and employ selected choreographic processes represented in previous dance making experiences.
Twelfth graders explore West African Ku Ku dance. As a class, learners discuss the influence African dances have on the United Sates of today, as well as the history of the dance. Students observe and participate in a dance demonstration. They practice movement patterns and write movement vocabulary in their journals.
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.
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. They then predict how social dance will evolve in the future.
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.
There are eight separate dances to learn in this dance unit. Here are a few that are on the list: the Macarena, the twist, the Electric Slide, and the Chicken Dance. The class is taught a variety of line dances in this unit, and then they select which dance they would like to perform as their unit test dance. Each day's activity has a warm-up activity and a closing activity. The steps are all written out for each dance that will be taught. This is a well written unit on dance. Check it out!
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. The lesson can use any two cultures but suggests the Hawaiian hula and Cambodian Aspara Dance. Note: The resource says Cambodian Aspara dance, most likely it is supposed to be the Cambodian Apsara dance.
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. Maybe even have your classes organize and put on a sock hop!