Understanding Dance
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Grades: 3 - 5

Focus Area Description:  Explore the world of dance as dancers and choreographers share performances, describe their careers and techniques, and explain what it means to dance.

Our current library of 23 videos in this Focus Area are available in the “Related” column to the right; to view them click a thumbnail and become a member of Educate.Today. 

To see sample videos in this area of the collection, click any of the titles below:
New June 2022! Stomp from “The Little Dancer”
Other Samples:
Meet Choreographer Jennifer Archibald
How Dancers and Choreographers Work Together

Quick Ideas for Using our Understanding Dance Videos:

  • Foster an appreciation for dance by learning from dancers and choreographers directly.
  • Give students a “behind the scenes” look at what goes into creating a dance by going “inside the head” of choreographers and dancers.
  • Give students a real-world perspective on the research, logistic, and artistic processes that are part of being a choreographer and dancer.
  • Have students learn about different styles of dance.
  • Have students include insights gained through the videos as part of their projects, papers, and presentations on a dance-related subject by:
    • interpreting and/or summarizing what they saw and learned in the video.
    • citing quotations from the expert in the video.