Fine Arts

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Creating a Movement Sequence | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Adam Kirk, a dynamic fitness instructor, and Rayma Beale, dance instructor, teach elementary students a lesson focusing on the dance element of space. This segment is designed for teacher use, to demonstrate how to teach creative dance.

Dancing Stories | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Dance instructor Marianne McAdam teaches a lesson in which fourth-grade students create dances based on the book The Loon Spirit in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. This segment emphasizes the dance element of force and is intended for teacher use to demonstrate teaching creative dance.

West African Dance: Choreography | Dance Arts Toolkit

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A group of teachers learning a West African dance demonstrate how to choreograph a dance using four simple movements in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Salsa Performance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Cathya Beard and Prageeth Sasanka Hettiarachchi perform salsa in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

¡Arte y más! Lesson 9

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After a greeting and the “Hola” song, Susana and Sra. Alicia have a dialogue to model the numbers cuatro (four), cinco (five), and seis (six). A new movement activity is used to create a simple dance sequence: baila arriba, baila abajo, a la derecha, a la izquierda, da la vuelta (dance up, dance down, to the right, to the left, turn around.) Sra. Alicia reads the chant “El gato” (the cat) and invites students to participate. Students review numbers by counting flowers before the closing “Adiós” song.

Fine Arts and the Common Core

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Ideas and resources for teaching the Fine Arts aligned with Common Core State Standards.

About Stepping | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Tamisha Floyd, one of four captains of the Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., describes stepping in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.  She also describes how her team learns and practices its routines.

Performance: Stepping | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Step Team at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, Ky., performs a step routine in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Jacques d'Amboise: Creating the Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Iconic ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise works with young dancers at the Lexington Ballet Company to choreograph and prepare a work for performance in less than 24 hours in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

About Capoeira | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Joe Allred, leader of the Lexington, KY.-based Capoeira Narahari, discusses the basics of Capoeira and its origins in Brazil in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Capoeira Demonstration | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Lexington, Ky.-based group Capoeira Narahara demonstrate Capoeira, a collaborative game/dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. Capoeira grew out of the fusion of cultures of African slaves and native Indians in Brazil.

What Dance Means to Me | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Jeaunita and Adebola Olowe of Bi-Okoto Drum & Dance Theatre, talk about what dance means to them and their culture in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Liebestraume: Dance 2 (solo) | Dance Arts Toolkit

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The Louisville Ballet performs Liebestraume, a ballet choreographed by Alun Jones, who was the company’s artistic director in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series. The piece is performed to music by Franz Liszt. Segments in this collection show the full 30-minute performance as well as sections of the ballet.

About the Chinese Sword Dance | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Jingzian Zhang, a retired professor of Chinese opera, talks about the purpose and form of the Chinese Sword Dance in this video from the Dance Arts Toolkit series.

Dance | What's Good

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Harness the science of movement as you learn about the physics of rotation with break-dancers Tori Torsion, B-Girl Eren and B-Boy Evol; make time to dance, twirl, climb, run, jump, or slide with your kids, as these early experiences with forces and motion will ignite their curiosity and provide a foundation for future science study.

For use at home with your children, see our Science of Movement Lesson Plan!

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