Secondary Dance - Grades 7 and 8
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Core Standards of the Course
Strand: CREATE (7-8.D.CR.)
Students will conceptualize, generate, develop and organize artistic ideas and work. They will complete and refine dance works (Standards 7–8.D.CR.1–7).
Demonstrate openness, willingness, persistence, and respect in trying new ideas, methods and approaches in creating dance.
Generate movements from a variety of stimuli to develop content for an original dance study or composition.
Use accurate dance terminology to articulate and justify movement choices.
Collaborate to select and apply a variety of choreographic devices and dance structures to compose an original piece with clear artistic intent.
Define and apply artistic criteria to choreograph a dance that communicates personal or cultural meaning.
Revise choreography collaboratively or independently based on artistic criteria, self-reflection, and the feedback of others; justify choices and revisions.
Experiment with aspects of a recognized system to document a section of a dance by using words, symbols, and/or media technologies.
Strand: PERFORM (7-8.D.P.)
Students will analyze, interpret and select artistic work for performance. They will develop techniques and concepts to refine artistic work and express meaning through the presentation of dance works (Standards 7–8.D.P.1–9).
Sculpt the body in space, and design body shapes in relation to other dancers, objects and environment; use complex floor and air patterns with direct and indirect pathways.
Analyze and select metric, kinetic, and breath phrasing, and apply appropriately to dance phrases that employ various timings.
Direct energy and dynamics in technique exercises and dance performance in such a way that movement is textured and enhanced.
Evaluate personal healthful practices in dance activities and everyday life, including nutrition and injury prevention.
Apply body-mind principles to technical dance skills when performing works in a variety of dance genres and styles.
Collaborate with peers to achieve performance accuracy, clarity, and expressiveness; discuss the choices made, the effects experienced, and methods for improvement.
Articulate personal performance goals, practice to reach goals, and document personal improvement over time.
Use appropriate etiquette practices during class, rehearsal, and performance; accept and apply feedback.
Generate production elements that would intensify and heighten the artistic intent of a dance performance; explain reasons for choices using production terminology.
Strand: RESPOND (7-8.D.R.)
Students will perceive and analyze artistic work and process. They will interpret intent and meaning and apply criteria to evaluate artistic work and process (Standards 7–8.D.R.1–4).
Describe and discuss the artistic intent of a dance.
Explain how the elements of dance are used in a variety of genres, styles, or cultural movement practices.
Select a dance and explain how artistic expression is achieved through using elements of dance and justify your response.
Use artistic criteria to determine what makes an effective performance, considering content, context, genre, style, and/or cultural movement practice.
Strand: CONNECT (7-8.D.CO.)
Students will synthesize and relate knowledge from personal and collaborative experience to make and receive art. They will relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding (Standards 7–8.D.CO.1–3).
Compare different dances and discuss connections to personal perspectives.
Investigate topics using a variety of research methods to create representative movement phrases; discuss how the research informed the choreographic process and deepened understanding of the topics.
Analyze and discuss how dances from a variety of cultures, societies, historical periods, or communities reveal the ideas and perspectives of the people.
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