Grade 5-8 Dance Standard 1

Content Standard

Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance

Achievement Standard

  • Students demonstrate the following movement skills and explain the underlying principles: alignment, balance, initiation of movement, articulation of isolated body parts, weight shift, elevation and landing, fall and recovery
  • Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions (e.g., ballet, square, Ghanasian, Middle Eastern, modern)
  • Students accurately transfer a spatial pattern from the visual to the kinesthetic
  • Students accurately transfer a rhythmic pattern from the aural to the kinesthetic
  • Students identify and clearly demonstrate a range of dynamics / movement qualities
  • Students demonstrate increasing kinesthetic awareness, concentration, and focus in performing movement skills
  • Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
  • Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary

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National Core Arts Standards

National Core Arts Standards

The Standards found on this site reference the 1994 voluntary national arts standards. Arts learning standards were recently revised and published as the National Core Arts Standards (http://nationalartsstandards.org). The new standards outline a conceptual framework for arts learning for K-12 students in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. ARTSEDGE is working to include the new standards along with existing standards during the transition period.


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