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Dance Extension - Workshop (middle)

Last changed: 05/29/2019 10:42am
6 , 7 , 8 Dance Theatre Music Visual Art Phy. Education
Dance Social Studies
Both Grade Level and Arts/PE Program Alignment
1 60 min
1 60 min
Length of visit is usually 60 minutes and may be longer or shorter than 60 minutes based on school schedule or teacher’s request. Number of visits may vary depends on the format of the program. Both the Grade Level & Arts/PE programs may accommodate students for each classroom, multiple classrooms or for the entire grade.
In-School Workshop
All year
$10 0
$200 0
no In-Person , Phone , Email , Other
CD music, dance props, ethnic costumes, and special craft materials will be provided by the arts provider.
If a dance workshop is selected without a cultural craft activity, no materials from the school will be needed.

If a dance workshop is selected with a cultural craft activity, construction papers, scissors, staplers, glues, pencils, crayons will need to be provided by the school.

Open Space big enough for the number of students to have dance movements. A large table will be needed for the presenter to use for costumes display.

If a dance workshop with a cultural craft activity is selected, multiple large tables will be needed for the students (e.g. 6 to 8 students may stand around each table to do the crafts).
• I can retell details about the facts, history, geography and demographics of Chinese populations in China
• I can perform dance steps and movements specific to an ethnic group in China
• I can identify an authentic Chinese costume to a specific ethnic group in China
• I can align the dance I just learn with a specific ethnic group’s own traditions and customs
• I can create a Chinese cultural craft and dance with it as a dance prop
The Dance Extension In-School Workshop program offers students and teachers an opportunity to experience and explore Chinese dances packaged with history, geography, arts and culture of China. Each ethnic dance brings different and unique dance steps and styles among the 56 ethnic groups influenced by each group’s own traditions and customs.

Programs can be designed along with a teacher’s objective as an extension to learning in a subject area, Chinese festival celebrations, after school programs, or simply a celebration of diversity with the global language of dance.

Our program will provide necessary props associated with a particular dance. As an optional add-on arts feature if interested, students can create their own dance props (e.g. handkerchiefs, chopsticks, ribbons, jingle bracelets) as a hands-on cultural craft activity prior to learning a dance with their own hand-made props.

Dances available for selection include, but not limited to, Lion Dance, Ribbon Dance, Tibetan Dance, various styles of Fan Dances, Mongolian Chopstick Dance, Tribal Mountain Dance, and Miao Dance. Colorful and culturally rich costumes and the related historical, geographical, and cultural background will be presented along with the selected ethnic dances.

Students will learn more complex dance movements and concepts with an appreciation of innovation and tradition.

Students will listen and follow instructions to learn and perform the dance steps, patterns, and movements according to music and rhythm. Will have Q&A at the end of the program to stimulate ideas generation and validate learning of program objectives.
The Dance Extension In-School Workshop program offers students and teachers an opportunity to experience and explore Chinese dances packaged with history, geography, arts and culture of China. Each ethnic dance brings different and unique dance steps and styles among the 56 ethnic groups influenced by each group’s own traditions and customs.

Programs can be designed along with a teacher’s objective as an extension to learning in a subject area, Chinese festival celebrations, after school programs, or simply a celebration of diversity with the global language of dance.

Our program will provide necessary props associated with a particular dance. As an optional add-on arts feature if interested, students can create their own dance props (e.g. handkerchiefs, chopsticks, ribbons, jingle bracelets) as a hands-on cultural craft activity prior to learning a dance with their own hand-made props.

Dances available for selection include, but not limited to, Lion Dance, Ribbon Dance, Tibetan Dance, various styles of Fan Dances, Mongolian Chopstick Dance, Tribal Mountain Dance, and Miao Dance. Colorful and culturally rich costumes and the related historical, geographical, and cultural background will be presented along with the selected ethnic dances.

Students will learn more complex dance movements and concepts with an appreciation of innovation and tradition.

Students will listen and follow instructions to learn and perform the dance steps, patterns, and movements according to music and rhythm. Will have Q&A at the end of the program to stimulate ideas generation and validate learning of program objectives.
Will work closely with teachers to plan and select/design programs based on teachers’ objectives and requests. If interested, our program could be arranged with multiple visits to give students a more in-depth education on Chinese history, holiday celebrations, culture, customs, and a more extensive training of Chinese cultural dances.

Assessment steps we may use for the program:
•A recital at the end of the program will allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the dance element and skills they just learn.
•Q&A at the end of the program will allow students to express what they learn and explain why they like or dislike certain areas of the program.
•Encourage students to relate their learning of the program to what they know in their daily life (e.g. a student become aware of which part of China his/her Chinese friend comes from and the culture of that area).
•Ask students to write a few sentences of their experience and key concepts of the program
We always welcome volunteers to assist in our workshop and residency programs. 2 to 3 volunteers/helpers will be helpful.

Grade 6

Grade 6: Social Studies: Geography: Geographic Representations: Spatial Views of the World: 6–7.4 Analyze the cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from one another.
Grade 6: Physical Education: Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. S1.M1.6 Demonstrates correct rhythm and pattern for one of the following dance forms: folk, social, creative, line or world dance.
Grade 6: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation. a. Refine partner and ensemble skills in the ability to judge distance and spatial design. Establish diverse pathways, levels, and patterns in space. Maintain focus with partner or group in near and far space.
Grade 6: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation. a. Embody technical dance skills (for example, alignment, coordination, balance, core support, kinesthetic awareness, clarity of movement) to accurately execute changes of direction, levels, facings, pathways, elevations and landings, extensions of limbs, and movement transitions.

Grade 7

Grade 7: Social Studies: Geography: Geographic Representations: Spatial Views of the World: 6–7.4 Analyze the cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from one another
Grade 7: Physical Education: Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. S1.M1.7 Demonstrates correct rhythm and pattern for a different dance form from among folk, social, creative, line and world dance.
Grade 7: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation. a. Expand movement vocabulary of floor and air pattern designs. Incorporate and modify body designs from different dance genres and styles for the purpose of expanding movement vocabulary to include differently designed shapes and movements for interest and contrast.
Grade 7: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation. a.Apply body-use strategies to accommodate physical maturational development to technical dance skills (for example, functional alignment, coordination, balance, core support, kinesthetic awareness, clarity of movement, weight shifts, flexibility/range of motion).

Grade 8

Grade 8: Social Studies: Geography: Human-Environment Interaction: Places, Regions, and Culture: 8.2 Analyze the combinations of cultural and environmental characteristics that make places both similar to and different from other places.
Grade 8: Physical Education: Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. S1.M1.8 Exhibits command of rhythm and timing by creating a movement sequence to music as an individual or in a group.
Grade 8: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation. a. Sculpt the body in space and design body shapes in relation to other dancers, objects, and environment. Use focus of eyes during complex floor and air patterns or direct and indirect pathways.
Grade 8: Dance: Presenting: Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation. a. Embody technical dance skills (for example, functional alignment, coordination, balance, core support, clarity of movement, weight shifts, flexibility/range of motion) to replicate, recall, and execute spatial designs and musical or rhythmical dance phrases.