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Integrating Dance into History Lessons

“Seeing” and “doing” dance is a key resource in teaching history

Using visuals that help define elements of historical time periods is a valuable way to clarify and enrich the presentation of a variety of history topics. “Virtual” history that reconstructs aspects of history in role-playing modes also is a valuable and enriching reinforcement. Including dance within these lesson frames adds yet another meaningful way to engage students in a study of the past.

Below are five suggested areas of history that can be illuminated and enriched through dance visuals and student dance performance.

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Using visuals that help define elements of historical time periods is a valuable way to clarify and enrich the presentation of a variety of history topics.
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Exploration of the role of dance within the framework of history enlightens the study of dominant social and political practices and issues.
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Regional dialects prevail within countries worldwide. Regional areas within countries worldwide also boast distinct dance styles.
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Dance helps students better understand the far-reaching impact of events of history on many areas of a nation’s life.
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A study of dance in areas of Europe and, especially America, reveals a pattern of increasingly rapid cultural change.

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