Dance Grade 3 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: D3FD.1a
Executes and combines a wide range of locomotor movements and movement combinations (e.g., walk, run, hop, jump, gallop, and skip) and foundational technical dance steps (e.g., chasse, grapevine, step-hop) with appropriate energy and coordination, in a variety of pathways, directions, and qualities
Element: D3FD.1b
Executes a range and sequence of axial movements comprised of space, force, body shapes and qualities (e.g., levels, sharp/smooth, curved/straight, heavy/light, swing/float)
Element: D3FD.1c
Demonstrates clear weight transfer and directional and facing changes in both axial and locomotor combining movements
Element: D3FD.1d
Demonstrates the ability to perform a sequence of movements in response to oral instruction and improvise from a sequence of general prompts

Understands and models dance etiquette as a classroom participant, performer, and observer
Element: D3FD.2a
Demonstrates attentiveness, full participation and cooperation with others in the dance learning environment
Element: D3FD.2b
Demonstrates focus and concentration in the performance of skills
Element: D3FD.2c
Applies knowledge of appropriate behaviors and skills as an audience member and dance observer

Recognizes concepts of anatomy and kinesiology in movement
Element: D3FD.3a
Applies knowledge of healthy practices for dance, such as proper warm up and cool down
Element: D3FD.3b
Describes the concept of alignment
Element: D3FD.3c
Explores and sequences movement options and applies knowledge and coordination of a range of body parts in a creative movement context

Understands and applies music concepts to dance
Element: D3FD.4a
Creates and sequences movements in association with simple rhythmic patterns
Element: D3FD.4b
Adapts to changes in speeds and tempos within instructed and improvisational dance
Element: D3FD.4c
Demonstrates how music or sound can influence movement quality

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

Demonstrates an understanding of creative and choreographic principles, processes, and structures
Element: D3CR.1a
Explores working collaboratively with others
Element: D3CR.1b
Utilizes dance elements and technique to create more complex dance compositions
Element: D3CR.1c
Creates movement based on their own ideas, feelings, concepts, and kinesthetic awareness
Element: D3CR.1d
Explores problem solving skills through movement
Element: D3CR.1e
Responds through movement to a variety of stimuli (e.g., literature, visual art, props)
Element: D3CR.1f
Implements various approaches to solving a compositional question
Element: D3CR.1g
Uses improvisation to discover and invent movement and to solve movement problems

Demonstrates an understanding of danace as a way to communicate meaning
Element: D3CR.2a
Uses a combination of improvisation and choreographic tools to create movement based on one's own ideas, feelings, concepts, and kinesthetic awareness
Element: D3CR.2b
Recognizes and accurately describes movement and movement elements
Element: D3CR.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: D3RE.1a
Explains basic features that distinguish one kind of dance from another (speed, force/energy use, costume, setting, music)
Element: D3RE.1b
Develops the ability to describe one's own dance as well as another's dance
Element: D3RE.1c
Describes, compares, and contrasts movement elements of dance
Element: D3RE.1d
Demonstrates an understanding of dance as a means of communication, expression, and interaction
Element: D3RE.1e
Responds to criteria for evaluating simple composition

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

Demonstrates and understands dance in various cultures and historical periods
Element: D3CO.1a
Explores dances from a personal, community or regional heritage
Element: D3CO.1b
Understands the role of dance in various cultures
Element: D3CO.1c
Identifies a correlation between historical periods and styles of dance
Element: D3CO.1d
Recognizes the reason for dance in other cultures (e.g., Why we dance?)
Element: D3CO.1e
Compares and contrasts various dance styles (e.g., ballet, jazz, tap, folk)

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to wellness
Element: D3CO.2a
Explains how health and nutrition enhance dance ability
Element: D3CO.2b
Develops and practices habits of safe moving
Element: D3CO.2c
Explores life skills as they apply to dance

Integrates the use of technology and new media
Element: D3CO.3a
Explores a personal definition of dance as an art form through the use of media and technology

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to other areas of knowledge
Element: D3CO.4a
Compares and contrasts dance to other art forms
Element: D3CO.4b
Explores commonalities of essential concepts shared between dance and other subject areas
Element: D3CO.4c
Relates and transfers meanings, ideas, and experiences from other disciplines and areas of knowledge to dance

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