Core Curriculum Content Standards

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Visual and Performing Arts Learning Progressions

1.3 Performance All students will synthesize those skills, media, methods, and technologies appropriate to creating, performing, and/or presenting works of art in dance, music, theatre, and visual art.
A. Dance
NOTE: By the end of preschool, all students attain foundational skills that progress toward BASIC LITERACY in CREATIVE MOVEMENT AND 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: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.1Move the body in a variety of ways, with and without music.
Content: The elements of dance are time, space, and energy. Improvisational structures facilitate movement invention. Musical or non-musical accompaniment is a choice. Dance can communicate meaning around a variety of themes.

1.3.2.A.1Create and perform planned and improvised movement sequences using the elements of dance, with and without musical accompaniment, to communicate meaning around a variety of themes.
Content: Fundamental movement structures include a defined beginning, middle, and ending. Planned choreographic and improvised movement sequences manipulate time, space, and energy. Kinesthetic transference of rhythm comes from auditory and visual stimuli.

1.3.5.A.1Perform planned and improvised sequences with a distinct beginning, middle, and end that manipulate time, space, and energy, and accurately transfer rhythmic patterns from the auditory to the kinesthetic.
Content: Movement dynamics and qualities emphasize time, space, and energy. Movement affinities and effort actions impact dynamic tension and spatial relationships.

1.3.8.A.1Incorporate a broad range of dynamics and movement qualities in planned and improvised solo and group works by manipulating aspects of time, space, and energy.
Content: Creating highly integrated improvisational movement sequences develops personal style for solo and ensemble work. Characteristics of style vary broadly across dance genres.

1.3.12.A.1Integrate and recombine movement vocabulary drawn from a variety of dance genres, using improvisation as a choreographic tool to create solo and ensemble compositions.
Content: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.2Respond to changes in tempo and a variety of musical rhythms through body movement.
Content: The creation of an original dance composition often begins with improvisation. Movement sequences change when applying the elements of dance.

1.3.2.A.2Create and perform planned and improvised movement sequences, alone and in small groups, with variations in tempo, meter, rhythm, spatial level (i.e., low, middle, and high), and spatial pathway.
Content: The creation of an original dance composition is often reliant on improvisation as a choreographic tool. The essence/character of a movement sequence is also transformed when performed at varying spatial levels (i.e., low, middle, and high), at different tempos, along different spatial pathways, or with different movement qualities.

1.3.5.A.2Use improvisation as a tool to create and perform movement sequences incorporating various spatial levels (i.e., low, middle, and high), tempos, and spatial pathways.
Content: Dance may be used as a symbolic language to communicate universal themes and varied points of view about social, political, or historical issues in given eras.

1.3.8.A.2Choreograph and perform cohesive dance works that reflect social, historical, and/or political themes.
Content: Aesthetic quality results from conceptual coherence and from understanding and application of the principle unity of form and content.

1.3.12.A.2Create theme-based solo and ensemble dances that have unity of form and content, conceptual coherence, and aesthetic unity.
Content: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.3Participate in simple sequences of movements.
Content: The integrity of choreographed sequences is maintained by personal and group spatial relationships. Dance movement skills also require concentration and the intentional direction of focus during performance.

1.3.2.A.3Define and maintain personal space, concentrate, and appropriately direct focus while performing movement skills.
Content: Works of art, props, and other creative stimuli can be used to inform the thematic content of dances.

1.3.5.A.3Create and perform dances alone and in small groups that communicate meaning on a variety of themes, using props or artwork as creative stimuli.
Content: Foundational understanding of anatomical and kinesthetic principles is a contributing factor to dance artistry. Artistry in dance requires rhythmic acuity.

1.3.8.A.3Choreograph and perform movement sequences that demonstrate artistic application of anatomical and kinesthetic principles as well as rhythmic acuity.
Content: Dance artistry is achieved through refined technique, musicality, clarity of choreographic intent, stylistic nuance, and application of proper body mechanics.

1.3.12.A.3Demonstrate dance artistry with technical proficiency, musicality, stylistic nuance, clarity of choreographic intent, and efficiency of movement through the application of proper body mechanics.
Content: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.4Define and maintain personal space, concentration, and focus during creative movement/dance performances.
Content: Locomotor and non-locomotor movements may contribute equally to the thematic content of solo and ensemble dances.

1.3.2.A.4Create and perform original movement sequences alone and with a partner using locomotor and non-locomotor movements at various levels in space.
Content: Dance requires a fundamental understanding of body alignment and applied kinesthetic principles. Age-appropriate conditioning of the body enhances flexibility, balance, strength, focus, concentration, and performance technique.

1.3.5.A.4Demonstrate developmentally appropriate kinesthetic awareness of basic anatomical principles, using flexibility, balance, strength, focus, concentration, and coordination.
Content: Technology and media arts are often catalysts for creating original choreographic compositions.

1.3.8.A.4Use media arts and technology in the creation and performance of short, original choreographic compositions.
Content: Dance production is collaborative and requires choreographic, technological, design, and performance skill.

1.3.12.A.4Collaborate in the design and production of dances that use choreographic structures and incorporate various media and/or technologies.
Content: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.5Participate in or observe a variety of dance and movement activities accompanied by music and/or props from different cultures and genres.
  Content: Various dance styles, traditions, and techniques adhere to basic principles of alignment, balance, focus, and initiation of movement.

1.3.5.A.5Perform basic sequences of movement from different styles or traditions accurately, demonstrating proper alignment, balance, initiation of movement, and direction of focus.
   
Content: Creative movement/dance is a means of self-expression.

1.3.P.A.6Use movement/dance to convey meaning around a theme or to show feelings.