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The Physics of the "Hardest Move" in Ballet

For Students 7th - 12th
"It's not magic. It's physics!" Here is a short video that explores the physics behind the fouetté—the most difficult move in ballet.
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Ballet and Classical Music

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders explore ballet. In this dance and music humanities lesson, 4th graders practice ballet positions and play a card game using French ballet vocabulary. Students count beats in rhythm patterns and listen to classical music...
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The Language of Ballet

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Here's a very well organized lesson plan on learning the terminology of ballet. Learn the names of some basic positions, and how to perform them. Learn the names, which happen to be in French, of basic movements in ballet. Not only are...
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The Origins of Ballet

For Students 7th - 10th
The role of Louis XIV, the Royal Academy of Dance and the Paris Opera Ballet, the five main positions of the body are are featured in a short video that traces the history of Ballet, the little dance.
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Appreciating the Men of Ballet from Dance in America: Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of the American Ballet Theatre

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students examine the role of men in the American Ballet Theatre. In this ballet lesson, students watch segments of the Great Performances video "Dance in America: Born to be Wild: The Leading Men of the American Ballet Theatre." Students...
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The Ballet that Incited a Riot

For Students 10th - Higher Ed
Imagine a ballet starting a riot! Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" did just that. Find out why the audience was so outraged by the score, choreography, costuming, and sets in this tradition-breaking ballet.
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El Ballet Folklorico de Mexico

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Pupils conduct Internet research on the Ballet Folklorico de Mexico. They complete a worksheet answering questions about the Ballet Folklorico, and create an award and write a speech to present to the class.
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Grade 9 ELA Module 1: Unit 3, Lesson 12

For Teachers 9th Standards
Marc Chagall's painting Romeo and Juliet and Baz Lurhmann’s film of the same scene in Romeo + Juliet provide class members an opportunity to analyze how artists consider the same subject in different media.
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The Nutcracker

For Teachers K - 12th
The Nutcracker, composed by Peter Tchaikovsky, has become a staple of the Christmas season. A unit plan centered around the famous ballet is packed with a variety of activities that are sure to excite learners of all ages.
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"Infernal Dance" From The Firebird, by Igor Stravinsky

For Students 3rd - 5th
This worksheet about Stravinsky's ballet, The Firebird, provides information about the composer, the ballet, and the "Infernal Dance." It also includes questions about the music, as well as extension activities such as a puppet show.
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The Nutcracker Teacher Resource Guide

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Clara becomes Marie, The Mouse King becomes a rat, and the Shadyside section of Pittsburgh becomes the setting for a modern interpretation of Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Intended as a resource guide for a 2012 performance, the...
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Nureyev: After Petipa

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Incorporating the arts into regular classroom practices isn't an easy task. Learners will research background information regarding Russian culture, history, and conflict then see how those things have applied to the rigors of Russian...
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Evaluating the Format of Informational Text

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
Make your learners aware of the advantages and disadvantages of using different media in presentations. This straightforward resource evaluates media formations such as print, digital text, and videos. Although the subject of ballet is...
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For Teachers 1st
First graders identify word families and demonstrate a variety of ballet moves. They listen to the book "Angelina on Stage," and observe and demonstrate three ballet moves. Students then match a family word with other rhyming words,...
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Ballet, Modern, and Jazz Dance: Basic Positions

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students compare and contrast the basic vocabulary of ballet, modern, and jazz dance through observation and experience. This lesson correlates with the DanceSense Enhanced DVD.
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Lesson Plan for The Nutcracker Ballet

For Teachers 1st - 4th
Students discuss the Nutcracker Ballet. They listen as the teacher reads "The Tale of the Nutcracker and the History of the Ballet," (included with the lesson). Students discuss dreams they have had. They listen to a portion of The Waltz...
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For Teachers 6th - 12th
'Tis the holiday season and the Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Nutcracker Prince come alive with a teaching and study guide for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet. Background information, activities, games and puzzles are all included in...
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Nureyev: The Unconquerable Will

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students consider the development of dance across cultures. In this dance genre lesson, students study the history of Russia and the Mongol Tatars. Students research how classical ballet made its way to Russia and create collaborative...
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Lesson: Younger Than Jesus: Is a Young Generation's Multimedia Work Art?

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How has art changed? Are young people artists? What is art? These questions are up for discussion as critical thinkers examine several works of art expressed through multimedia. There are five different sessions outlined, complete with...
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Journeys Into Arts & Culture

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders analyze the profession of a ballet dancer and complete related activities. In this ballet lesson, 2nd graders view images of ballet danders and discuss the performance of a Chinese version of Cinderella. Students listen to...
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Retell A Story Through Dance

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Young scholars tell stories through dance. In this ballet activity, students learn pantomime dance skills and examine "The Nutcracker" ballet performances as they examine ballet as storytelling.
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The Only Boy in the Ballet Class

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students discuss kindness and how to treat others. In this kindness lesson, students listen to the story The Only Boy in the Ballet Class by Denise Gruska. The teacher draws the main character and every time that he receives a put down...
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Time Frequency - "How Often ...?"

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
How often do you ride a bike? Time frequency words are featured in a lesson designed for ESL/ELD classrooms. 
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Prepositional Relationship Dance

For Teachers K
Students learn the meaning of prepositions through movement. In this dance lesson, students choreograph a piece showing that they understand the meaning of various prepositions. 

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