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Dance Grade 3 

Grade Range:
 Strands emphasized:
Creating performing; responding, connecting
Course Description:
 This course is intended to meet state and national dance standards. At this level students experiment with a variety of self-identified stimuli and focus on creating choreography through improvisation, choreographic devices, and developing movement vocabulary. Students collaborate in teams, participating in a rehearsal process to devise a piece of dance that demonstrates understanding of the elements of dance and dance structure while conveying an idea. As dancers, students perform and apply specific characteristics to elevate the effect of their intent and focus. Opportunities to share and reflect occur at regular intervals. Students are able to make and articulate personal connections related to the dance and the creative process. Evaluation, critique, the audience’s and community’s role in dance, choreography, and dance history are also introduced. Special attention is paid to dance of the Native American culture. Students explore simple production elements for an audience in a performance space and use production terminology.

Basic Texts and Teaching Guides:
 SDUSD VAPA Core Learnings, 2005.