Dance Education provides a vehicle through which educators may broaden the knowledge and experience of students. In a well-planned and sequenced program, students have the opportunity to experience elements of dance content; (dance elements, techniques, choreography, and skills) production, cultural context and dance history, healthful living, audience/performer behavior and technology so that the goals of the dance arts can be realized. A comprehensive dance arts program provides students with the ability to develop thinking skills and draw upon core academic areas to solve problems of creation, design, and execution. Through participation in the dance arts, students develop individual expression and the ability to work collaboratively to achieve common artistic goals. All students are expected to do work that reflects development artistically, disciplined training, creative exploration, and self-discovery. As students gain control of technical and critical thinking skills through middle school dance classes, emphasis is placed on the quality of their work.
In Dance, the goals for grade spans are related and parallel. The goals, content, instruction, student's outcomes and evaluation methods increase in sophistication and complexity at each ensuing grade level.
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