Core Curriculum Content Standards

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Visual and Performing Arts Learning Progressions

1.1 The Creative Process All students will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles that govern the creation of works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
A. Dance
NOTE: By the end of grade 2, all students progress toward BASIC LITERACY in the following content knowledge and skills in DANCE. NOTE: By the end of grade 5, all students demonstrate BASIC LITERACY in the following content knowledge and skills in DANCE. NOTE: By the end of grade 8, those students choosing DANCE as their required area of specialization demonstrate COMPETENCY in the following content knowledge and skills. NOTE: By the end of grade 12, those students choosing DANCE as their required area of specialization demonstrate PROFICIENCY in the following content knowledge and skills.
Content: Original choreography and improvisation of movement sequences begins with basic understanding of the elements of dance.

1.1.2.A.1Identify the elements of dance in planned and improvised dance sequences.
Content: Basic choreographed structures employ the elements of dance.

1.1.5.A.1Analyze both formal and expressive aspects of time, shape, space, and energy, and differentiate basic choreographic structures in various dance works.
Content: Numerous formal choreographic structures can be used to develop the elements of dance in the creation of dance works.

1.1.8.A.1Interpret the choreographic structures of contrast and transition, the process of reordering and chance, and the structures of AB, ABA, canon, call and response, and narrative.
Content: Creating master works in dance requires ability to comprehend, articulate, and manipulate time, space, and energy across and within a broad spectrum of choreographic structures and through the use of many choreographic devices.

1.1.12.A.1Articulate understanding of choreographic structures or forms (e.g., palindrome, theme and variation, rondo, retrograde, inversion, narrative, and accumulation) in master works of dance.
Content: Original movement is generated through improvisational skills and techniques.

1.1.2.A.2Use improvisation to discover new movement to fulfill the intent of the choreography.
Content: Movement is developed and generated through improvisation. Form and structure are important when interpreting original choreography.

1.1.5.A.2Analyze the use of improvisation that fulfills the intent of and develops choreography in both its form and structure.
Content: Styles and techniques in dance are defined by the ways in which the elements of dance and choreographic principles are manipulated in the creation of dance compositions.

1.1.8.A.2Analyze dance techniques and styles to discern the compositional use of the elements of dance and choreographic principles relating to dynamics, as well as to discern spatial relationships.
Content: Acute kinesthetic awareness and mastery of composition are essential for creating and interpreting master works of art.

1.1.12.A.2Categorize the elements, principles, and choreographic structures of dance masterworks.
Content: There are distinct differences between pedestrian movements and formal training in dance.

1.1.2.A.3Demonstrate the difference between pantomime, pedestrian movement, abstract gesture, and dance movement.
Content: Musical and non-musical forms of sound can affect meaning in choreography and improvisation.

1.1.5.A.3Determine how accompaniment (such as sound, spoken text, or silence) can affect choreography and improvisation.
Content: Dance employs various themes and arts media to engage the viewer, develop meaning, and communicate emotions.

1.1.8.A.3Examine how dance compositions are influenced by various social themes and arts media (e.g., dance for camera, interactive, telematics).
Content: Interpretation of dance is heavily reliant on its context.

1.1.12.A.3Analyze issues of gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, politics, age, and physical conditioning in relation to dance performances.
Content: The coordination and isolation of different body parts is dependent on the dynamic alignment of the body while standing and moving.

1.1.2.A.4Apply and adapt isolated and coordinated body part articulations, body alignment, balance, and body patterning.
Content: Compositional works are distinguished by the use of various body movements and sources of initiation (i.e., central, peripheral, or transverse).

1.1.5.A.4Differentiate contrasting and complimentary shapes, shared weight centers, body parts, body patterning, balance, and range of motion in compositions and performances.
Content: The quality of integrated movement depends on body alignment and the synchronized use of major and minor muscle groups. Variety in body patterns, range of motion, application of the elements of dance, and skill level enhance dance compositions and performance.

1.1.8.A.4Integrate a variety of isolated and coordinated movements in dance compositions and performances, making use of all major muscle groups, proper body mechanics, body patterning, balance, and range of motion.
Content: Artistry in dance performance is accomplished through complete integration of anatomical principles and clear direction of intent and purpose.

1.1.12.A.4Synthesize knowledge of anatomical principles related to body alignment, body patterning, balance, strength, and coordination in compositions and performances.