The art of dance uses movement to communicate meaning about the human experience. It is far more than exercise or entertainment. It is a powerful medium to express one’s values, thoughts and aspirations about the lives we live and the world in which we live.
Education in the art of dance develops the knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as a means of artistic communication. A comprehensive education includes improvisation, technique, choreography, performance, observation and analysis. Exposure to dance history and cultures, kinesiology and anatomy, and movement theories further enriches the dance educational experience.
Source: Advancing Dance Education in the Arts
National Dance Standards (pdf opens in a new window)
ArtsEdge – The Kennedy Centre in Washington has a bank of lesson plans and full learning situations with accompanying resource materials which could be adapted to fit the QEP. Many are transdisciplinary. The bank is searchable by arts subject, other subjects and grade level.
- Most lessons are trans-disciplinary such as Dancing Through Poetry.
Dancing on the Edge details the rise of the Louis Lester Band, a black jazz band in 1930s London led by Louis Lester. Managed by the compassionate yet short-tempered Wesley Holt, the band lands a gig at the Imperial Hotel thanks to the cunning journalist Stanley Mitchell. They prove to be a hit, and their star begins to rise. From acclaimed writer and director Stephen Poliakoff (“The Lost Prince”), all episodes of this ensemble mystery are available for viewing at the PBS link.
National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to advancing dance education centered in the arts.