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- Kristina C., Special Education Teacher
- Covina, CA
Ethnic Dance Teacher Resources
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Young scholars explore traditional dances. In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts. Young scholars draw inferences about the vital role that dance played in their identified country and compare and contrast their findings with other countries researched.
Students observe global cultures by listening to music and watching videos. In this Latin American dance lesson, students define merengue, salsa and other dances from the Hispanic culture while listening to Latin rhythm music. Students view educational DVD's which discuss reggae as well as the tango.
Students read about West African dance and the importance of music to African culture. In this African art lesson, students read about Dr. Zak Diouf and Naomi Gedo Washington and their West African dance company. Students learn about West African music and dance as creative an cultural expressions. Students learn about traditional dance and music within their own community.
Learners brainstorm a list of stereotypes associated with the Hispanic or Latin culture. In groups, they use the internet to research issues of importance to the Puerto Rican community. They focus on the cultures that speak Spanish and how ethnicity applies to various groups within the United States. To end the lesson plan, they read a poem and write their reflections.
Students learn about the a dance company with disabled dancers as well as the field of integrated dance. In this integrated dance lesson, students read passages about the AXIS Dance Company, an integrated dance company of able and disabled dancers. Students complete research about the history of integrated dance and theatre, give a presentation of their research, and complete exercises using the approach of integrated dance.