What does my child do in Movement class?
Movement is a non-competitive creative dance class that explores dance as a fine art. Students learn concepts of dance, improve fitness, work closely with classmates, perform for classmates, and practice audience behavior. They learn line dances, folk dances from the U.S. and other countries, and create their own dances, which they perform for their classes. In all grades, respectfulness and a non-judgmental attitude promote a safe environment where all students feel free to discover how they can express their ideas through movement.
“Dance literacy is the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate and analyze, using movement, spoken language, written materials, and symbolic means in varying contexts. Dance literacy involves a continuum of learning by enabling individuals to achieve their goals, develop their art, knowledge and potential, as well as participate fully in their community” (Curran 28).
Dance literacy skills are endorsed by the National Dance Education Organization and Idaho’s Dance Standards Revision Executive Committee, and align with the National Core Arts Standards.