Dance Curriculum Ideas

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Jump If You Feel Like It: Students are introduced to the decade of the 1960s as a distinctive social, political and artistic period.

A Closer Look: Students learn to find “dance” in everyday life by observing an ordinary scene at their school (i.e.-people working at a desk, studying, or eating lunch) looking for the elements of design, dynamics, spatial elements, and music.

Give Into Chance: This workshop exposes students to chance choreographic procedures that came out of the Postmodern movement. Students use Merce Cunningham’s chance method of rolling a dice to reorder a dance phrase and to find multiple variations.

Just Pass it: In this lesson the students are introduced to choreographer Yvonne Rainer, a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater.

Life Is a Game: This workshop’s focus is to familiarize students with the Postmodern choreographic methods of creating dances from sports and game structures. Students investigate customary movements associated with sports such as baseball and basketball (swing, toss, and pass), as well as explore inventive ways to abstract sports movement.

Speak Out: Students learn about Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A, which was considered a dance of the people. Students then continue working on their struggle dances (began in the previous lesson).

Anytime, Anywhere, Anything: This lesson focuses on environmental dances and specifically the Happenings of the 1960’s. Through the participation in a Happening, students experience the 1960’s concept that dance which can happen anywhere,anytime, and include any movement.

Planet Dance: Students continue their exploration in alternative spaces for dance. In this lesson students create an outdoor site-specific work. The class discusses Anna Halprin’s philosophies on nature and dance and perform one of Anna Halprin’s Planet Dances.

Resources for Further Dance Activities

PE Central

Lesson Planet: you must register as a member, free for limited access

PBS: Free To Dance

Arts Toolkit

Interviews with Lar | Choreographic Devices | Creating Dances | Enjoying the Show | Careers in Dance | Modern Dance History
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