Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.57. Dance, Level II.

(a) General requirements.

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

(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 a developing kinesthetic and spatial awareness;

(B) demonstrate respect for others when working in groups;

(C) demonstrate effectively the connection between emotions and movement; and

(D) identify details in movement in natural and constructed environments.

(2) Creative expression/performance.

The student applies body sciences and fitness principles to dance.

The student is expected to:

(A) communicate using appropriate anatomical and dance terminology;

(B) perform with proper skeletal alignment;

(C) exhibit strength, flexibility, and endurance in dance training and performances; and

(D) incorporate proper conditioning and injury prevention practices.

(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 extended movement patterns with rhythmic accuracy in traditional concert dance styles;

(B) demonstrate the elements of dance effectively;

(C) improvise dance phrases, using the concept of abstraction; and

(D) incorporate choreographic processes such as retrograde and inversion in dance styles.

(4) Historical/cultural heritage.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) perform dances of various cultures;

(B) choreograph short dance phrases that exhibit an understanding of various historical periods; and

(C) perform dances in various mediums such as musical theatre, film, and video.

(5) Response/evaluation.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) identify characteristics of a variety of dances;

(B) analyze qualities of performance and production in dance;

(C) identify similarities of form and expression in dance and other fine arts; and

(D) identify and apply dance and dance-related skills such as creative problem-solving, cooperation, and self-discipline to various work experience.