Dance Grade K Version: 2010-2011

Scholastic Area that Course Is Active In: Dance

Strand: Foundations - Fundamental concepts, principles, and skills

Identifies and demonstrates movement elements, skills, and terminology in dance
Element: DKFD.1a
Recognizes basic terminology of creative movement elements (e.g., space, time, force, body)
Element: DKFD.1b
Recognizes, recalls, and executes basic locomotor movements (e.g., walk, run, hop, jump, gallop)
Element: DKFD.1c
Recognizes, recalls, and executes opposite and contrasting axial movements comprised of space, force, body shapes, and qualities (e.g., levels, sharp/smooth, curved/straight, heavy/light, swing, shake, float)
Element: DKFD.1d
Demonstrates body awareness through body parts isolations and connections (e.g., upper-lower, body half, cross-lateral)
Element: DKFD.1e
Demonstrates the difference between personal and general space
Element: DKFD.1f
Demonstrates the ability to perform simple movements in response to oral instruction

Understands and models dance etiquette as a classroom participant, performer, and observer
Element: DKFD.2a
Demonstrates attentiveness and full participation and awareness of others in the dance learning environment
Element: DKFD.2b
Demonstrates focus and concentration in the performance of skills
Element: DKFD.2c
Understands the difference between appropriate behaviors in a dance class and those of an audience member and dance observer

Understands and applies dance science to movement and dance technique
Element: DKFD.3a
Identifies general aspects of the human body applied to dance: "What is a muscle? What is a bone?"
Element: DKFD.3b
Identifies and/or isolates eight to ten body parts (e.g., head, arms, legs, hips, elbows, knees, neck, waist, ankles, hands, feet, fingers, toes
Element: DKFD.3c
Identifies the importance of healthy practices for dance

Understands and applies music concepts to dance
Element: DKFD.4a
Explores moving to music and responding to changes in tempo and qualities
Element: DKFD.4b
Explores stopping, starting, and changing in response to music and sound

Strand: Creating - Expression of ideas, experiences, feelings, and images

Demonstrates an understanding of creative and choreographic principles, processes, and structures
Element: DKCR.1a
Explores working collaboratively with others
Element: DKCR.1b
Identifies and then creates a dance sequence with a beginning, middle, and end
Element: DKCR.1c
Engages in creative exploration of dance elements through structured improvisation and play (e.g., body, space, time, energy)
Element: DKCR.1d
Explores problem solving skills through movement
Element: DKCR.1e
Responds through movement to a variety of stimuli (e.g., scarves, songs, streamers, images)

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
Element: DKCR.2a
Improvises movement based on own ideas, feelings, concepts, and kinesthetic awareness
Element: DKCR.2b
Recognizes and accurately describes movement and dance elements
Element: DKCR.2c
Moves expressively to music or other accompaniment (e.g., sound, text)

Strand: Response - Reflection, analysis, and evaluation

Demonstrates critical and creative thinking in all aspects of dance
Element: DKRE.1a
Explains basic features that distinguish one kind of dance from another (speed, force/energy use, costume, setting, music)
Element: DKRE.1b
Develops the ability to describe and reflect upon one's own dance as well as another's dance
Element: DKRE.1c
Describes, compares, and contrasts movement elements of dance

Strand: Connections - Exchanging and relating ideas, experiences, and meanings

Demonstrates and understands dance in various cultures and historical periods
Element: DKCO.1a
Explores the role of dance in various cultures
Element: DKCO.1b
Explores "Why we dance"

Recognizes connections between dance and wellness
Element: DKCO.2a
Explores the principles of a healthy body (e.g., nutrition)
Element: DKCO.2b
Explores safe moving concepts
Element: DKCO.2c
Explores essential concepts for individual and group movement

Integrates the use of technology and new media
Element: DKCO.3a
Explores dance as an art form through the use of media and technology

Demonstrates and understands dance as it relates to other areas of knowledge
Element: DKCO.4a
Compares and contrasts dance to other art forms
Element: DKCO.4b
Explores commonalities of essential concepts between dance and other subject areas

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