National Core Arts Standards: Dance — Grade 1

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Find an experience expressed or portrayed in a dance that relates to a familiar experience. Identify the movements that communicate this experience.


Observe illustrations from a story. Discuss observations and identify ideas for dance movement and demonstrate the big ideas of the story.


Watch and/or perform a dance from a different culture and discuss or demonstrate the types of movement danced.


Respond in movement to a variety of stimuli (for example, music/sound, text, objects, images, symbols, observed dance).


Explore different ways to do basic locomotor and nonlocomotor movements by changing at least one of the elements of dance.


Improvise dance that has a beginning, middle, and end.


Express an idea, feeling, or image, through improvised movement moving alone or with a partner.


Explore suggestions to change movement from guided improvisation and/or short remembered sequences.


Depict several different types of movements of a dance by drawing a picture or using a symbol (for example, jump, turn, slide, bend, reach).


Demonstrate locomotor and nonlocomotor movements that change body shapes, levels, and facings. Move in straight, curved, and zigzagged pathways. Find and return to place in space. Move with others to form straight lines and circles.


Relate quick, moderate and slow movements to duration in time. Recognize steady beat and move to varying tempi of steady beat.


Demonstrate movement characteristics along with movement vocabulary (for example, use adverbs and adjectives that apply to movement such as a bouncy leap, a floppy fall, a jolly jump, and joyful spin).


Demonstrate a range of locomotor and non-locomotor movements, body patterning, body shapes, and directionality.


Move safely in general space through a range of activities and group formations while maintaining personal space


Modify movements and spatial arrangements upon request.


Dance for others in a space where audience and performers occupy different areas.


Explore the use of simple props to enhance performance.


Find a movement that repeats in a dance to make a pattern.


Demonstrate and describe observed or performed dance movements from a specific genre or culture


Select movements from a dance that suggest ideas and explain how the movement captures the idea using simple dance terminology.


Identify and demonstrate several movements in a dance that attracted attention. Describe the characteristics that make the movements interesting and talk about why they were chosen.