History of Dance Teacher Resources

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Lesson Plan
John F. Kennedy Center

Harriet Tubman: Retelling History Through Dance and Drama

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars listen to several pieces of music in preparation for a discussion about how instruments and lyrics convey emotions. With Harriet Tubman as the focus, small groups create an original song or dance. A reflection piece concludes...
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Instructional Video0:30
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Get Up And Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Zoe dances to stay healthy. She does ballet because when she dances she moves her whole body. Use this video to help incorporate a rhythmic movement through dancing into the daily routine of your primary learners.
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Instructional Video0:47
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Family Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
A kid raps and dances with his family. He dances with his dad, mom, and little sister. This is a great way to introduce the idea of family dancing to your littlest learners. Have them draw or write a song about their families or plan a...
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Instructional Video4:05
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Dance Theatre Of Harlem

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Exposing younger students to fine art enriches their learning experience and opens them up to a different mode of self-expression. Elmo and Zoe attend and narrate a ballet at the Dance Theater of Harlem. Show your class a similar ballet...
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Instructional Video6:32
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Irish Step Dancing School

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Murray visits an Irish step dancing school in this film. Learners will love talking about this interesting form of dancing. They can even give step dancing a try.
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Lesson Plan
John F. Kennedy Center

Baila! Latin Dance in the Spanish Classroom

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
One, two, three. One, two, three. Invite your language learners to practice the steps for researching and presenting information. Each small group has the task of explaining one Latin dance in full detail.
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Lesson Plan
PE Central

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Dance

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Erin go bragh! Enliven your St. Patrick's Day celebration by teaching your class members some of the combinations found in traditional Irish step dancing.
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Instructional Video
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Global Grover: Peacock Dance

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Grover shows how peacocks move. His friends from China dress and dance like peacocks. Have your little learners observe bird movements and create a dance of their own.
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Crash Course

All Night Demon Dance Party - Kathakali: Crash Course Theater #24

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What's more fun than an all night demon dance party? Kathakali, a type of Indian drama and dance, is the topic of an informational video. Viewers gain an understanding of the history behind the style, as well as witness examples of...
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Lesson Plan
Smithsonian Institution

Jamaican Song, Dance, and Play: Experiences with Jamaican Musical Traditions

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young musicians experience song, dance, and play of the Jamaican culture. Scholars listen for and recreate beats, they play tunes, make up original dances, and play a game that challenges pupils to pass stones to a specific beat.
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Instructional Video4:52
TED-Ed

The History of African-American Social Dance

For Students 7th - 12th
Just exactly what is social dancing? What does social dancing have to do with the African American community and African American history? The narrator of this short video explains how social dancing can support the culture of a...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Storytelling: Oral Traditions Learning Center

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students explore the oral traditions. In this storytelling lesson, students compare and contrast stories from the cultural traditions of Alaska and Hawaii.
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Handout
Ballet Austin

The History of Modern Dance

For Students 4th - 12th
The evolution of modern dance, and the dance history of many of the key figures in the development of this uniquely American form, are the focus of a 13-page packet that includes photos of revolutionaries.
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Lesson Plan
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Dancing Into History from Dance in America: Acts of Ardor: Two Dances by Paul Taylor

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Young scholars watch a video of a performance choreographed by Paul Taylor. They research the Great Depression and issues facing teenagers today. They create a dance that shows a historic period of the United States.
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Tinikling - Philippine Bamboo Dance

For Teachers 4th - 12th
What is Tinikling? How is this word pronounced? Is it really a dance? Where did it originate? Is there a story about the origin of this dance? Begin this dance lesson by answering these questions. Then use the video to teach the three...
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Lesson Plan
Hawaiʻi State Department of Education

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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Lesson Plan
Hawaiʻi State Department of Education

Dance in Hawai`i

For Teachers 4th
Nearly every people group has some type of dance, and those dances usually reflect history and culture. Little researchers write an essay on the cultural significance of the Hawaiian hula dance. They research the role of the hula dancer...
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Crash Course

Dances to Flute Music and Obscene Verse. It's Roman Theater, Everybody: Crash Course Theater #5

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Believe it or not, ancient Romans had a sense of humor—although it may have been a bit absurd. The fifth video in the Crash Course Theater series discusses the evolution of Roman drama, incorporating images and animations to help bring...
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Instructional Video1:49
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The Nutcracker Mash

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Jamie Foxx and Elmo sing and dance to the music of the Nutcracker in this snazzy film. The original music has been updated to an appealing jam. It is a fun film to show during the holiday season.
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Lesson Plan
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A Family History

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers investigate their family history through pictures and writing. In this family history lesson plan, students research family, culture, food, music, religion, and clothing. High schoolers gather pictures of their family and...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Swing your Partner: The Basics of Square Dancing

For Teachers Pre-K - 6th
Students perform square dancing steps. For this square dancing lesson, students view a video to learn the basic steps.  Students discuss the history of the dance and perform with partners. 
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La Raspa, Mexican Hat Dance, and Cinco De Mayo Celebration

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Learn two dances that your class can perform at a Cinco De Mayo school celebration. This is really an outline and would be better used if there were plans for how to teach the dance steps. The idea is good to teach the cultural...
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Instructional Video2:24
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Dance Myself To Sleep

For Teachers Pre-K - K
Different people fall asleep different ways. Michael (Mr. Noodles) dances himself to sleep. He sings and dances himself to sleep with help from the boogy-woogy sheep. How do you fall asleep? Have children draw a picture and write a...
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History: An African American Cultural Celebration

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students prepare and organize a cultural celebration of African migration and immigration. Working in groups or individually, they research topics and present the information, including dance demonstrations, instrumental or vocal...