Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.58. Dance, Level III.

(a) General requirements.

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

(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 kinesthetic and spatial awareness;

(B) work respectfully with others;

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

(D) identify designs and images 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 using basic principles of skeletal alignment;

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

(D) incorporate injury prevention procedures when exercising, practicing, and performing.

(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 complex movement sequences with rhythmic accuracy in traditional concert dance styles;

(B) demonstrate a wide range of dynamics in quality movement;

(C) perform with projection, confidence, and expression when executing dance movements; and

(D) create dance studies, using original movement, based on theme, variation, and/or chance.

(4) Historical/cultural heritage.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) describe similarities and differences in steps, styles, and traditions in dances from various cultures and historical periods; and

(B) choreograph a dance based on a historical event or theme.

(5) Response/evaluation.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) compare characteristics and qualities of a variety of dances;

(B) analyze dance from a variety of perspectives such as those of dance critic, performer, choreographer, and audience member;

(C) compare and contrast the use of form and expression in dance with their use in art, music, theatre, and other subject areas; and

(D) identify opportunities in dance as a profession.