National Core Arts Standards: Dance — Grade 2

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Describe, create, and/or perform a dance that expresses personal meaning and explain how certain movements express this personal meaning.


Respond to a dance work using an inquiry-based set of questions (for example, See, Think, Wonder). Create movement using ideas from responses and explain how certain movements express a specific idea.


Observe a dance and relate the movement to the people or environment in which the dance was created and performed.


Explore movement inspired by a variety of stimuli (for example, music/sound, text, objects, images, symbols, observed dance, experiences) and suggest additional sources for movement ideas.


Combine a variety of movements while manipulating the elements of dance.


Improvise a dance phrase with a beginning, a middle that has a main idea, and a clear end.


Choose movements that express a main idea or emotion, or follow a musical phrase. Explain reasons for movement choices.


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


Depict the levels of movements in a variety of dance movements by drawing a picture or using symbols (for example, high, middle, low).


Demonstrate clear directionality and intent when performing locomotor and nonlocomotor movements that change body shapes, facings, and pathways in space. Identify symmetrical and asymmetrical body shapes and examine relationships between body parts. Differentiate between circling and turning as two separate ways of continuous directional change.


Identify the length of time a move or phrase takes (for example, whether it is long or short). Identify and move on the downbeat in duple and triple meter. Correlate metric phrasing with movement phrasing


Select and apply appropriate characteristics to movements (for example, selecting specific adverbs and adjectives and apply them to movements). Demonstrate kinesthetic awareness while dancing the movement characteristic


Demonstrate a range of locomotor and non-locomotor movements, body patterning, and dance sequences that require moving through space using a variety of pathways.


Move safely in a variety of spatial relationships and formations with other dancers, sharing and maintaining personal space.


Repeat movements, with an awareness of self and others in space. Self Adjust and modify movements or placement upon request.


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


Use limited production elements (for example, hand props, simple scenery, or media projections).


Find movements in a dance that develop a pattern.


Demonstrate and describe movements in dances from different genres or cultures.


Use context cues from movement to identify meaning and intent in a dance using simple dance terminology


Observe or demonstrate dances from a genre or culture. Discuss movements and other aspects of the dances that make the dances work well, and explain why they work. Use simple dance terminology.