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Dance Resources

What’s the difference between troika and hula? How can dance tell stories and preserve histories? Discover dance and its impact on culture by exploring Ancient Egyptian rituals and Native American legends. Learn how dance tells stories and poems through a language of movement and music, and pick up a few moves yourself.

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Explore an art form with a language all its own and a rich history
Grades 9-12 Lesson
Learn about a variety of Latin dances through oral group presentations
Grades K-2 Lesson
Dance in the Chinese New Year with your K-2 students
Grades K-2 Lesson
Create an original dance that communicates the stages of the life cycle of the monarch butterfly
Grade 5 Lesson
Students will learn the Russian folk dance "Troika" and research Russian culture and history
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Examine the struggles of Tubman along the Underground Railroad
Grades 6-8 Lesson
In this lesson, students learn about Ancient Egyptian rituals and attitudes about death and the afterlife
Grades 3-4 Lesson
A hula dance tells a story through hand and arm gestures and rhythmic patterns
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music
Grades 6-8 Lesson
Students will read one of Tomie DePaola’s versions of two Native American legends
Grades 3-4 Lesson
The Kecak is a Balinese dance drama based on the Hindu epic Ramayana
Grade 5 Lesson
Students practice using their bodies to communicate through movement, improvisation, and pantomime games, then interpret a fairy tale
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Students will be introduced the history of square dancing, and learn some basic steps
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore the traditions of Irish dance through music, costumes, and poetry
Series
Using visuals enriches the presentation of a variety of historical topics
Article
Use these great ideas to get your students choreographing at your school
Article
Learn how to incorporate dance into your English classroom
Tipsheet
Dance helps students better understand the far-reaching impact of historical events on many areas of a nation’s life
Tipsheet
Channel your students’ love of movement with these easy social dances
Tipsheet
Use dance and movement in your classroom
Tipsheet
Some fun social dances to try with your upper-elementary-level students
Article
Help make community connections to bring dance to your child's classroom
KC Connection
Choreographer Kyle Abraham compares his choreography to gumbo, a Southern soup
Field Guide
Everything you need to know before you go to a dance performance
Master + Work
Learn how this all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater
Master + Work
Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance
Master + Work
Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language
Master + Work
Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology
Article
The story behind the ultimate 3-D dance
Article
A detailed description of the five elements of dance: body, action, space, time, and energy
Article
Fresh ideas unite and explore
Article
See how four choreographers (Alvin Ailey, Robert Battle, Larry Keigwin, and Mark Morris) use music in different ways
Article
Learn about traditional Indian Bharatanatyam dance from the Ragamala Dance company
Article
Early modern dancers were rebels who weren't afraid to redefine dance
Interactive
Gregory Hines is your guide to the history, people, and techniques of tap
Flash Interactive
Explore the life and works of Martha Graham from the perspective of a (fictional) member of her company
Video Series
Learn the history and basics of African dance and drumming
Video Series
Follow Venezuelan hip-hop dancers as they tour Philly, NYC and DC
Video Series
"The Human Jungle Gym" brings to life a world of imagination, beauty, muscle, and merriment
Video Series
Members of Full Circle Productions demonstrate different types of hip-hop dance and music
Video
What happens when Turkish hip-hop dancers travel to the United States on a modern dance exchange program?
Video
These Indonesian visitors are happy to share their country’s traditional Javanese dancing
Video Series
Meskwaki Tribe member Larry Yazzie and his son, Jessup, discuss and perform traditional Native American dances
Video Series
Learn the basics of four Latin dances: Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha Cha Cha
Video Series
Learn new moves for four Latin dances: the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha Cha
Video Series
Watch Native American dancers from the group Native Pride Dancers demonstrate the traditional eagle, fancy, grass and hoop dances
Video Series
Compare and contrast the music and movement of traditional Mexican dances
Video Series
Get on the dance floor and learn East Coast Swing, Charleston, and the Lindy Hop
This Day in the Arts
January 05, 1931: Alvin Ailey is born in Rogers, Texas
This Day in the Arts
February 16, 1979: Saturday Night Fever wins a Grammy for Album of the Year
This Day in the Arts
April 18, 1926: Martha Graham first performs on stage
This Day in the Arts
May 16, 1983: Michael Jackson moonwalks
This Day in the Arts
May 27, 1877: Isadora Duncan is born in San Francisco, California
This Day in the Arts
June 23, 1927: Bob Fosse is born in Chicago, Illinois
This Day in the Arts
July 28, 1934: Jacques d’Amboise is born in Dedham, Massachusetts
This Day in the Arts
August 23, 1912: Gene Kelly is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This Day in the Arts
September 08, 1971: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors
This Day in the Arts
September 18, 1905: Agnes de Mille is born in New York City
This Day in the Arts
September 19, 1960: “The Twist” tops the charts
This Day in the Arts
November 02, 1898: Johnny Campbell initiates cheerleading at the University of Minnesota
This Day in the Arts
November 29, 1895: Busby Berkeley is born in Los Angeles, California
This Day in the Arts
December 08, 1925: Sammy Davis, Jr. is born in New York City
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