How Dancers and Choreographers Work Together
Grades: 3 - 5

Video Description: Dancer Ariana Russ talks about how dancers and choreographers work together to create a dance performance.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: DDance-62**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Use the video to help students understand how dancers and choreographers work together. What is student reaction to Ms. Russ’s description of how that relationship works?
  • Have students listen for the use of the term “phrase” as it is applied in dance. After viewing the video, check for student understanding about the term.
  • View only the dance excerpts in the video and have students react to what they see. What did they like? Dislike? Why? What looked easy? Difficult? Use the excerpts to inspire student creation of their own dance to perform with the class.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.