History of Dance Teacher Resources

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Harriet Tubman: Retelling History Through Dance and Drama

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
New ReviewScholars listen to several pieces of music in preparation for a discussion about how instruments and lyrics convey emotions. With Harriet Tubman as the focus, small groups create an original song or dance. A reflection piece concludes...
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Get Up And Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Zoe dances to stay healthy. She does ballet because when she dances she moves her whole body. Use this video to help incorporate a rhythmic movement through dancing into the daily routine of your primary learners.
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Family Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A kid raps and dances with his family. He dances with his dad, mom, and little sister. This is a great way to introduce the idea of family dancing to your littlest learners. Have them draw or write a song about their families or plan a...
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Dance Theatre Of Harlem

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Exposing younger students to fine art enriches their learning experience and opens them up to a different mode of self-expression. Elmo and Zoe attend and narrate a ballet at the Dance Theater of Harlem. Show your class a similar ballet...
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Irish Step Dancing School

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Murray visits an Irish step dancing school in this film. Learners will love talking about this interesting form of dancing. They can even give step dancing a try.
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History of Dance

For Teachers 10th - 11th
Study the dances of many cultures with this technology-based history unit. After reviewing technology tools in-depth, class members gather information online and make a presentation of the steps of their chosen dance, including slides on...
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History of African-American Music

For Teachers K - 8th
Students are introduced to African-American music history through this lesson. They begin their study by taking a look at the slave work song and work their way through to modern rap and hip-hop. Students also take a closer look at...
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Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One, two, three. One, two, three. Invite your language learners to practice the steps for researching and presenting information. Each small group has the task of explaining one Latin dance in full detail.
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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Dance

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Erin go bragh! Enliven your St. Patrick's Day celebration by teaching your class members some of the combinations found in traditional Irish step dancing.
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Global Grover: Peacock Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Grover shows how peacocks move. His friends from China dress and dance like peacocks. Have your little learners observe bird movements and create a dance of their own.
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Dance Studies (for Middle School P.E.)

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students are introduced to the basic details of dancing as an exercise in this concise slightly outdated PowerPoint. This presentation contains the talking points as to why dance is healthy and fun. The 5 slides introduce 4 research...
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All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali: Crash Course Theater #24

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What's more fun than an all night demon dance party? Kathakali, a type of Indian drama and dance, is the topic of an informational video. Viewers gain an understanding of the history behind the style, as well as witness examples of...
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Jamaican Song, Dance, and Play: Experiences with Jamaican Musical Traditions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
New ReviewYoung musicians experience song, dance, and play of the Jamaican culture. Scholars listen for and recreate beats, they play tunes, make up original dances, and play a game that challenges pupils to pass stones to a specific beat.
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Shall We Dance?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
This four to five day mini dance unit has many components. Discussion on what makes a good dance partner, research on famous dancing pairs, as well as learning a choreographed piece in class. The class learns a short dance sequence and...
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The History of African-American Social Dance

For Students 7th - 12th
Just exactly what is social dancing? What does social dancing have to do with the African American community and African American history? The narrator of this short video explains how social dancing can support the culture of a...
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Storytelling: Oral Traditions Learning Center

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the oral traditions. In this storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast stories from the cultural traditions of Alaska and Hawaii.
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The History of Modern Dance

For Students 4th - 12th
The evolution of modern dance, and the dance history of many of the key figures in the development of this uniquely American form, are the focus of a 13-page packet that includes photos of revolutionaries.
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Dancing Into History from Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars watch a video of a performance choreographed by Paul Taylor. They research the Great Depression and issues facing teenagers today. They create a dance that shows a historic period of the United States.
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Looking At Art, Grade 1 "The Dancing Class"

For Students 1st
This art history worksheet provides an image of the painting, "The Dancing Class" by Edgar Degas, as well as 8 questions that invite reflection on the painting. One prompt asks young art scholars to write a story about the painting.
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Tinikling - Philippine Bamboo Dance

For Teachers 4th - 12th
What is Tinikling? How is this word pronounced? Is it really a dance? Where did it originate? Is there a story about the origin of this dance? Begin this dance activity by answering these questions. Then use the video to teach the three...
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Comparing Cultural Dances

For Teachers 2nd
All cultures express similar thoughts, feelings, and ideas. But, often times those things are expressed differently. Learners compare and contrast traditional dances from two cultures. They watch videos of each performance, stop to...
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Dance in Hawai`i

For Teachers 4th
Nearly every people group has some type of dance, and those dances usually reflect history and culture. Little researchers write an essay on the cultural significance of the Hawaiian hula dance. They research the role of the hula dancer...
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Maori Dance, Songs and Meetings

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A great way to become acquainted with any culture is to experience their performing arts and examine their crafts. Immerse young explorers in the rich cultural traditions of the Maori of New Zealand with a resource packed with videos of...
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Arts and Culture: Dance - Historical Background of Dances

For Teachers 6th
Throughout history, dance has had a spiritual or ritual significance depending on the context it's performed in. Critical thinkers research and create a multi-media presentation describing the use of dance and music in wedding rituals...