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Arts and Humanities


Understanding dance elements, styles, and history
Grade Levels:
15 minutes
Taping Rights:
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Web Site:
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Teaching Materials:
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This series explores why people dance, the elements of dance, dance styles, dance in a multicultural and historical context, and dance as an art form. It uses performances, archival photographs and footage, and interviews to capture dance’s emotion and energy and to stimulate students’ interest, understanding, and appreciation.

A chaptered DVD version of DanceSense includes bonus video segments and classroom resources and is available in the KET Dance Arts Toolkit.

Program of Studies
Dance: Structure in the Arts, Humanity in the Arts, Purposes for Creating the Arts, Processes in the Arts, Interrelationships Among the Arts

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2012/13 Program Schedule

101. Understanding Dance
Explores the reasons why people dance.
102. The Dance of Culture
Looks into the origins and functions of dance in various cultures.
103. Dance in America
Looks at how dance has developed in America, focusing particularly on the influences of Native American, African-American, and European dances.
104. The Elements of Dance
Examines the "language of dance": space, time, and energy.
105. The Moving Body
Explores how bodies move as well as how dancers train and maintain their bodies.
106. Making Dance
Shows how dances are created and what dance makers, or choreographers, are trying to communicate through their dances; explores the role of improvisation—performing or creating on the spur of the moment—in dance.
107. Ballet
Explores dance as a means of creative expression—focusing on the history, vocabulary, and style of ballet—as well as the viewer's role in responding to and appreciating a dance performance.
108. Modern Dance
Explores modern dance's origins and ever-changing approach to expression.
109. Jazz Dance
Explores jazz dance and the elements of improvisation and syncopation and looks at how dances are constantly evolving.
110. Tap and Percussive Dance
Looks at the classic tap form, its roots in jazz and blues, and other percussive dance forms such as flamenco and clogging.

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Kentucky Academic Expectations

This program relates to the following Kentucky Academic Expectations.

Kentucky schools may tape and retain programs according to the rights listed above. For further information, contact the KET Education Division.

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