6 - 8 Proficient Dance 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: DMSPFD.1a
Participates in dance technique based warm-up exercises that hone dance skills of one or more specific dance genres
Element: DMSPFD.1b
Demonstrates dance terminology and technique of specific dance genres
Element: DMSPFD.1c
Develops projection, focus, control, strength, and coordination in performing a combination of locomotor and axial movements
Element: DMSPFD.1d
Creates, performs, and refines movement phrases integrating the elements of dance (e.g., space, time, energy, and body)
Element: DMSPFD.1e
Demonstrates the ability to smoothly transfer weight, change direction, and maintain balance in a dynamic movement context
Element: DMSPFD.1f
Refines and corrects movements and movement executions based on constructive feedback (e.g., intrinsic, oral and written corrections, video)

Understands and models dance etiquette as a classroom participant, performer, and observer
Element: DMSPFD.2a
Demonstrates attentiveness, focus, concentration, initiative, and self-discipline when participating in the dance learning environment
Element: DMSPFD.2b
Demonstrates concentration, focus, and respects the focus of others in the performance of skills
Element: DMSPFD.2c
Exhibits self-initiative in modeling appropriate behaviors and skills as an audience member and dance observer

Recognizes concepts of anatomy and kinesiology in movement
Element: DMSPFD.3a
Relates functions of major muscles and bones to the fundamental injury prevention principles for dance
Element: DMSPFD.3b
Applies concepts of gravity, force, acceleration, and mass in specific movement contexts
Element: DMSPFD.3c
Applies the basic principles of alignment and placement to the dynamic contexts of dance technique
Element: DMSPFD.3d
Understands the importance of the appropriate warm-up and cool-down within a dance technique class

Understands and applies music concepts to dance
Element: DMSPFD.4a
Recognizes musical forms (e.g., ABA, fugue, canon) and their relation to dance
Element: DMSPFD.4b
Recognizes how different rhythm structures are utilizes by a variety of music idioms and cultures and how those rhythms influence dance styles (e.g., ballet, jazz, African)
Element: DMSPFD.4c
Demonstrates musicality while performing and creating dance phrases

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

Demonstrates an understanding of creative and choreographic principles, processes, and structures
Element: DMSPCR.1a
Explores and refines partnering skills
Element: DMSPCR.1b
Demonstrates a variety of structures, forms, and designs (e.g., AB, ABA, canon, call-response, narrative, complimentary/contrasting shapes, symmetry)
Element: DMSPCR.1c
Applies dance technique principles to the choreographic context
Element: DMSPCR.1d
Develops versatility through experimentation with various movement approaches
Element: DMSPCR.1e
Implements the use of props within the choreography

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
Element: DMSPCR.2a
Compares and contrasts abstract and literal movement
Element: DMSPCR.2b
Implements the use of props within the choreography
Element: DMSPCR.2c
Explores how theatrical elements, such as costuming and lighting, contribute to the meaning of the dance

Strand: Response - Reflection, analysis, and evaluation

Demonstrates critical and creative thinking in all aspects of dance
Element: DMSPRE.1a
Critiques movement qualities and choreography using the elements of dance (e.g., spatial design, variety, contrast, clear structure)
Element: DMSPRE.1b
Observes and critiques dance performances using specified criteria and appropriate dance terminology
Element: DMSPRE.1c
Develops and communicates personal interpretation of a choreographed work
Element: DMSPRE.1d
Discusses the experience of performing a choreographed work
Element: DMSPRE.1e
Describes the similarities and differences between observing live and recorded dance performance
Element: DMSPRE.1f
Engages in self-reflection as creator and performer
Element: DMSPRE.1g
Engages in self-assessment as creator and performer

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

Demonstrates and understands dance in various cultures and historical periods
Element: DMSPCO.1a
Performs folk and/or classical dances from various cultures; describes similarities and difference in steps and movement styles
Element: DMSPCO.1b
Performs folk, social, and/or theatrical dances from a broad spectrum of twentieth-century America
Element: DMSPCO.1c
Describes the role of dance in at least two different cultures or time periods
Element: DMSPCO.1d
Accesses and uses community resources (such as people, books, videos) to learn about a folk dance of a different culture or a social dance of a different time period and the cultural/historical context of that dance

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to wellness
Element: DMSPCO.2a
Demonstrates personal habits of health and nutrition to enhance dance ability
Element: DMSPCO.2b
Defines and practices the elements of personal safety in dance
Element: DMSPCO.2c
Demonstrates and practices respect for one's well being and the well being of others
Element: DMSPCO.2d
Demonstrates how dance builds physical and emotional well being (e.g., positive body image, physical goals, creative goals, focus/concentration)
Element: DMSPCO.2e
Models how time-management, listening, problem-solving, and team work skills are used with others in composing and rehearsing and performing
Element: DMSPCO.2f
Identifies careers in dance and dance related fields

Integrates the use of technology and new media
Element: DMSPCO.3a
Explores media and technology to learn about dance as an art form
Element: DMSPCO.3b
Explores an ability to use media and technology tools related to dance performance
Element: DMSPCO.3c
Explores personal interests and careers in media, technology and the arts

Demonstrates an understanding of dance as it relates to other areas of knowledge
Element: DMSPCO.4a
Compares and contrasts dance to other art forms
Element: DMSPCO.4b
Explores commonalities of essential concepts shared between dance and other subject areas
Element: DMSPCO.4c
Identifies career possibilities in dance and dance related fields

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