Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

§117.59. Dance, Level IV.

(a) General requirements.

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

(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 refined kinesthetic and spatial awareness, using self-evaluation, insights, movement inflection, and interpretation;

(B) lead peers with understanding and respect;

(C) communicate nonverbally using dance movements; and

(D) apply designs and images found in natural and constructed environments to dance.

(2) Creative expression/performance.

The student applies body sciences and fitness principles to dance.

The student is expected to:

(A) communicate using anatomical and dance terminology correctly;

(B) create an effective personal conditioning program; and

(C) demonstrate a knowledge of injury prevention rules and other health-related principles 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) demonstrate consistency in performing advanced technical dance skills in traditional concert dance styles;

(B) perform dance movements with a refined sense of rhythm and musicality and with clarity, expressiveness, and a wide range of spatial qualities;

(C) create original dances, using improvisation and other choreographic processes; and

(D) create a solo and/or group dance using thematic development, variation, and resolution to successfully communicate an idea.

(4) Historical/cultural heritage.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) analyze choreography in dances from various cultures; and

(B) research and create a project illustrating an understanding of significant dance events or historical figures in appropriate social, historical, and cultural contexts.

(5) Response/evaluation.

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

The student is expected to:

(A) evaluate personal work and the work of others, using a valid rationale and demonstrating sensitivity toward others;

(B) analyze the role of dance and other fine arts in society; and

(C) analyze technology’s effects on the professions of dance and other fine arts.