Curriculum and Instruction

Standard 3 - Dance

Key idea: Students will express through written and oral language their understanding, interpretation, and evaluation of dances they see, do, and read about. Students will acquire the critical vocabulary to talk and write about a variety of dance forms.

Performance Indicators


Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of words and symbols (kinetic, visual, tactile, aural and olfactory) that describe movement (a)
  • express to others their understanding of specific dance performances, using appropriate language to describe what they have seen and heard (b)


Students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the technical language used in discussing dance performances (a)
  • demonstrate knowledge of choreographic principles and processes (b)
  • express to others their understanding of specific dance performances, including perceptions, descriptions, analyses, interpretations, and evaluations (c)


Students will:

  • make comparisons of the nature and principles of dance to other arts (a)
  • analyze and describe similarities and differences in different dance forms and
    styles (b)
  • describe and compare a variety of choreographic approaches used in the creation of dances (c)

Commencement Major Sequence

Students will:

  • express to others theories about the nature of dance and the underlying assumptions that people have about dance (a)
  • describe and analyze similarities and differences between individual performances, and between forms and styles of dance, past and present (b)
  • describe and defend an explanation of why people dance, based on experience in dance, witnessing others, and studying contexts (c)
Last Updated: October 7, 2015