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Students compare and contrast the basic vocabulary of ballet, modern, and jazz dance through observation and experience. This lesson correlates with the DanceSense Enhanced DVD.
Students create a small group dance that addresses free-flowing techniques and transitions for in-class performance. This lesson meets state arts standards and includes rubric for assessment.
Watch this video to learn the line dance steps that are performed to the song "Rock This Party" by Bob Sinclair. The written directions are a little confusing but after watching the video it all makes sense. This is a 32-count dance that can be done in line form, or scattered around. It includes an abundance of arm movement; one is specifically called "monkey arms!" Have fun!
Students dance to the beat of instructions. In this early childhood math lesson plan, students play a dancing game to help them learn about left and right.
Students discuss the painting Shuffle Off to Buffalo and dance, dress up, and learn about Old Man Coyote. In this art lesson plan, students use the painting as a spring board in order to evoke emotion and use that to create movement.
Students explore Wes Wilson's poster, "Dance Like a Flame." In this visual arts instructional activity, students view the poster and discuss how the poster makes them feel. Students use movements or words to express their thoughts about the poster.
Pupils create a crayon resist painting after exercising. They participate in an exercise session of dance and movement, discuss how they feel after exercising, and create a painting using watercolor crayon resist techniques.
Students are introduced to the basic details of dancing as an exercise in this concise slightly outdated PowerPoint. This presentation contains the talking points as to why dance is healthy and fun. The 5 slides introduce 4 research questions for the students. The images used are mostly standard clipart.
Students dance to music and make shapes using sand and a funnel. In this shapes lesson plan, students name 3 colors and shapes in Hayagriva Sand Mandala, pass sand through a funnel, and dance to music in an uninhibited manner.
This dance activity focuses on lots of arm movements. Arm circles, raise-the-roof, swinging arms, and clapping are the main arm movements. There is movement stepping right and stepping left as well as steps forward and steps backward. It seems like a fun way to get the class to practice listening and moving.
There are only four different dance moves to teach in this activity. Each move is done for eight-counts. First is pushing the hands above the head, second is a combination of moving the arms and shrugging the shoulders. Third is doing a grapevine step right and then left. The forth fourth move is called "Hydrolics". Put these together and move to the music "Raise the Roof" by Luke.
Students identify how they themselves use movement and dance and the many ways that people move and dance in various contexts. They observe and imitate folk movement and dance while decoding their skills and kinesthetic abilities. Students also identify the importance of folk dance to cultural groups and that they understand the folk group is the folk dance.
This was written for ESOL students, but could work for any elementary class. Learners read about the American dance style known as Square Dancing. They explore its use in literature, write a friendly letter about it, and then use their listening skills as they do the dance. They'll promenade, do-si-do, and sachet to upbeat American folk music.
Students study Greek literature. In this Greek tragedies lesson, students explore the dance-dramas of Martha Graham. Students study the choreography that brings ancient Greek literature to life.
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 Native American weaving patterns and dance movements. In this Native Americans lesson, students view examples of weaving patterns on the Internet and compare the patterns to a Native American dance. Learners demonstrate the movement patterns in front of their classmates.
Learners explore Navajo legends. In this legend lesson, students read the legend of the Spider Woman. Learners read the legend and answer questions. Students watch videos about weaving and note the shapes in the weaving. Learners create and perform an interpretive dance.
Do the "Space Jam" dance! A dance that is made up of basketball skills movements, such as: dribbling, defending with hands up, pivoting, shooting, and slam dunks. The dance step descriptions are very well written out with cues for teaching. After teaching and practicing the moves, put the music on and jam away!
Students study the artwork of Keith Haring to identify his style and techniques used to represent movement of the human body. They observe each other's movements while dancing to lively music. Students represent each other's postures and movements in original artwork, using elements of Haring's style.
Students study introductory history and cultural purposes of selected Japanese dance forms. They analyze the philosophical beliefs, social systems, and movement norms that influence the function and role of Japanese dance in the lives of its people.