Folk and Traditional Dance Teacher Resources

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Language of Place: Hopi Place Names, Poetry, Traditional Dance and Song

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
For Native Americans, the connection between themselves and the land on which they live runs deep and is apparent throughout their different cultures. During a series of three lessons, young scholars explore the culture of the Hopi...
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Day 4: Folk Dance

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Day four of this dance lesson teaches the steps to a Mexican folk dance. It uses chunking and dance to aid them in memorizing the steps. Note: This lesson appears incomplete.
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Mayim, Mayim - Israeli Folk Dance

For Teachers 3rd - 11th
Mayim, Mayim is an Israeli folk dance done to celebrate the discovery of water. The dance is done in a circle with everyone moving the same way at the same time. If your dancers are shy and do not want to hold hands then perhaps use...
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Discovering Russian Folk Dance

For Teachers 1st
First graders explore the art of Russian folk dancing. In this cultural traditions lesson, 1st graders research the Troika and incorporate attributes of the Russion folk dance into their own renditions.
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Folk Dances of Eastern Europe

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th
Students explore the cultural heritage of Eastern Europe. For this folk dance lesson, students take note of the provided dance steps for the Gypsy dance. Students practice performing the dance.
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Folk Dances of Eastern Europe

For Teachers 1st - 9th
Students experience folk dance as a form of expressive art, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of Eastern Europe.
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Hopi Traditional Dance and Song

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Very few outsiders get to see the Hopi "Butterfly Dance." However, using approved footage from the tribe, class members consider the importance of symbols in Hopi culture by watching the dance and analyzing lyrics from its songs....
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Folk Dance Explorations in the Choreographic Work of Modern Dance

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders participate in a lesson guided by an essential question: in what ways does choreographer, Mark Morris' work, "The Office," reflect Eastern-European traditional folk dance? During the lesson's first sessions, students...
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Is it Folk Dance?

For Students 8th - 9th
For this folk dance worksheet, students determine the characteristics of folk dancing and the dances that would fit that definition. They learn the actual dance concepts behind folk dancing.
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Folk Dances of Eastern Europe

For Teachers K - 12th
Students discover the rich cultural heritage of Eastern Europe by experiencing folk dance as a form of expressive art.
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Love a Culture:Dance to Its Music!

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore traditional dances.  In this multicultural humanities lesson, students investigate a specific country, examining its history, geography, climate, government, economics and arts.  Students draw inferences about the vital...
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Cultural and Historical Meaning: Little Johnny Brown

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students perform a folk dance and discuss its cultural and historical meanings. They review the dance and perform it, beginning with four individuals who dance with confidence right from the start.
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Seven Jumps

For Teachers K - 5th
Your young poets will jump at the chance to demonstrate their understanding of stanzas. Cue up “Seven Jumps,” a track on Michael Herman’s CD, International Folk Dances. Class members move to the music of each stanza and freeze when a...
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Folk Dances from Spanish Speaking Countries

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners explore dance activities from three different Spanish speaking countries.
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My Animal Symbol

For Teachers K - 5th
Here is an art activity that combines visual arts and language arts into one very nice package. In it, youngsters study a fascinating painting called Painting of Bear and Sun Dances. They begin to understand the importance of traditional...
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Zoom-In: Virginia Reel

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study American folk dances. In this dance lesson, 4th graders listen to and watch how to do the dance the Virginia Reel. This lesson includes web links to music, video, images, and printable pages describing the steps...
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Folk Dancing Fun

For Teachers 1st
First graders discuss different kinds of music they have heard. They listen to a short selection of folk music and discuss where they think it is from. Using a globe, the teacher shows students where the music is from. They spread out on...
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Appalachia

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students investigate the benefits of dance and participate in dances. In this dance lesson plan, students investigate a number of dances such as square dancing and clogging that are native to Appalachia. They use math concepts to...
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Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance)

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Oh, what a fun dance to learn! In this version of the Jarabe Tapatio (Mexican Hat Dance) which comes from Missouri State University, there are a lot of steps to learn along with finger snapping and hand clapping. While this is not the...
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Comparing Cultural Dances

For Teachers 2nd
All cultures express similar thoughts, feelings, and ideas. But, often times those things are expressed differently. Learners compare and contrast traditional dances from two cultures. They watch videos of each performance, stop to...
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Creating a Landscape Through Art, Music, Dance, and Poetry

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
A brightly-colored David Hockney landscape painting inspires poetry, dance, music, and paper sculpture in this multi-faceted activity. After brainstorming words inspired by the painting, the whole class collaborates on a cinquain poem,...
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The Indian Dance

For Teachers 7th
Kids build an appreciation for the similarities and differences found in world dance genres. They watch both a Bollywood dance and a South African dance to describe and compare styles, purposes, costumes, and music in each dance. Note:...
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Maori Dance, Songs and Meetings

For Teachers 5th - 8th
A great way to become acquainted with any culture is to experience their performing arts and examine their crafts. Immerse young explorers in the rich cultural traditions of the Maori of New Zealand with a resource packed with videos of...
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Flamenco: A Cross-Cultural Art Form

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Notes of pride and persecution, exclusion and isolation resonate in flamenco. Introduce this musical art form to your social studies or Spanish language classes with a resource that follows a young flamenco guitarist as he practices his...

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