Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.56. Dance, Level I.

(a) General requirements.

Students may fulfill fine arts and elective requirements for graduation by successfully completing the following dance course: Dance I (one credit).

(b) Introduction.

(1) Four basic strands–perception, creative expression/performance, historical and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation–provide broad, unifying structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to acquire. Dance students develop perceptual thinking and moving abilities in daily life that promote understanding of themselves and others and allow them to interact effectively in the community. By mastering movement principles and skills, students develop self-discipline, and healthy bodies that move expressively, efficiently, and safely through space and time with controlled energy.

(2) Students recognize dance as a vehicle for understanding cultural and historical contexts, increasing awareness of their own and others’ heritage and traditions, thus helping them to participate in a diverse society. Evaluating and analyzing dance strengthen decision-making skills, develop critical and creative thinking, and enable students to make informed decisions about dance and the world around them.

(c) Knowledge and skills.

(1) Perception.

The student develops an awareness of the body’s movement, using sensory information while dancing.

The student is expected to:

(A) demonstrate basic kinesthetic and spatial awareness with others;

(B) develop sensitivity toward others when working in groups;

(C) express ideas and emotions through movement; and

(D) interpret images found in the environment through movement.

(2) Creative expression/performance.

The student applies body sciences and fitness principles to dance.

The student is expected to:

(A) communicate using appropriate anatomical terminology;

(B) demonstrate basic principles of proper skeletal alignment; and

(C) practice an effective warm-up and cool-down, using elements of proper conditioning.

(3) Creative expression/performance.

The student develops knowledge and skills of dance elements and of choreographic processes and forms in a variety of dance styles.

The student is expected to:

(A) perform memorized movement sequences with rhythmical accuracy in several dance styles, including classical ballet, tap, modern, and ethnic dance;

(B) identify the effective use of dance elements in practice and performance;

(C) improvise and demonstrate original movement; and

(D) perform basic compositional forms, using fundamental choreographic processes.

(4) Historical/cultural heritage.

The student demonstrates an understanding of cultural, historical, and artistic diversity.

The student is expected to:

(A) analyze the characteristics of dances from several diverse cultures;

(B) perform dance phrases or dances from several time periods with an understanding of historical and social contexts; and

(C) identify historical figures and their significance in dance history.

(5) Response/evaluation.

The student makes informed judgments about dance’s form, meaning, and role in society.

The student is expected to:

(A) incorporate appropriate movement vocabulary when identifying qualities and discussing meaning of performance and production in dance;

(B) demonstrate appropriate audience behavior and etiquette in the classroom and at performances;

(C) identify relationships between dance and other fine art subjects; and

(D) distinguish commonalities between dance and subject areas such as English, mathematics, science, and social studies.