Week 3&4 2nd – 5th Grade Look What I Can Do! 4/27 – 5/1

TeacherBridget Horan
Subject AreaElementary Dance
Grade Level2-5
Week #3
Unit of InstructionChoreography
Standard(s) Taught

A2.1 Demonstrate an understanding of how the language of dance can clarify and highlight ideas, images, and characters from familiar stories

A2.2  Identify, using dance vocabulary, the elements of dance used in their own, and others’ dance pieces and explain how each communicate ideas and feelings.  

Learning Targets and Learning Criteria
Classroom Activities
  • Students will be able to create their own short dance using the 5 Elements of Dance
Assignments Due

Students can create their own dance using several of the 5 Elements of Dance.  Dancers should us at least 6 – 8  eight counts ( 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ) to create their own dance. Please feel free to do any style of dance you would like. Email me a video of your creation or you may send pictures of yourself dancing. This assignment is due by April 30th. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via email or Remind.  Below I have a guide of the 5 Elements of Dance if you need help remembering. 


Elements of Dance Guide 

· body:   body awareness, use of body parts, body shapes, locomotor and non-locomotor movements,body bases, symmetry versus asymmetry, geometric versus organic shape, angular versus curvedshape, isolation of body parts (e.g., moving just the shoulder when the rest of the body is still),weight transfer (e.g., lunge, leap, roll)

· space: levels, pathways, directions, positive versus negative space, proximity of dancers to one another,various group formations, performance space (e.g., confined, large)

· time: pause, freeze, with music, without music, duration, rhythm, tempo, acceleration/deceleration

· energy: effort, force, quality, inaction versus action, percussion, fluidity (e.g., wring, dab, mould,flow, bind)

· relationship: dancers to objects, opposition, groupings (e.g., large and small groups), meet/part,follow/lead, emotional connections between dancers, groupings

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