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Dance Grade 4 

Grade Range:
 Strands emphasized:
Creating performing; responding, connecting
Course Description:
 This course is intended to meet state and national dance standards. In grade 4, students focus on identifying ideas for choreography, manipulating dance elements, modifying choreographic devices, and refining movement based on peer feedback and movement analysis. Students dance in an ensemble to coordinate timing and establish relationship with focus. Students work in collaborative teams, use improvisation and other techniques to create original dance pieces, participate in the rehearsal process, and revise and refine work. Students demonstrate fundamental dance technique to extend movement range, build strength, and develop endurance. Observation, reflection, and evaluation skills are more specifically taught, and students are asked to identify style and theme, decipher meaning in a dance, and discuss characteristics that make a dance artistic. Students identify how dance reflects culture and further investigate dance history. Special attention is paid to dance of the cultures and ethnic groups throughout the history of California. Students explore and experiment with production elements to heighten artistic intent and audience experience in informal and formal settings.

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