Learning Resource Type

Learning Activity

Keith Haring Dance Phrase Activity

Subject Area

Arts Education




In this activity, students will collaborate in groups to create a dance phrase using their Keith Haring Dancing Drawings as a picture map. 

This activity is to follow Keith Haring Dancing Drawings.

Students will assign a sequence to their Keith Haring Dancing Drawings for their choreography. They will give each of their drawings four counts before moving to the next pose. 

This activity was created as a result of the Arts COS Resource Development Summit.

    Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 3 - Dance


    Illustrate directions or spatial pathways in a dance phrase by drawing a picture map or using a symbol.

    Unpacked Content



    • prompts
    • use elements of dance
    • movement problem
    • choreographic devices
    • structure
    • dance phrase
    • concept and inspirations for choreography
    • feedback and revision
    • dance study
    • notation
    • dance phrase

    Essential Questions

    EU: Choreographers analyze, evaluate, refine, and document their work to communicate meaning.
    EQ: How do choreographers use self-reflection, feedback from others, and documentation to improve the quality of their work?

    Skills Examples

    • Use a variety of prompts for inspiration (i.e., music/ sound, text, objects, images, notation, observed dance experiences).
    • Find a way to travel across the floor only using a low level.
    • Select a choreographic device and create a dance phrase (i.e., retrograde, scramble/ deconstruct, transposition, inversion, or fragment).
    • Create a short movement phrase and perform with "sad" emotion then "happy" emotion. Discuss how the movement changed.
    • Discuss and use peer feedback or instructor feedback.
    • Create a floor map, using different colors for different levels of movement.

    Anchor Standards

    Anchor Standard 3: Refine and complete artistic work.


    Learning Objectives

    Learning Objectives

    Students will develop a picture map for a dance phrase by assigning a sequence to their Keith Haring Dancing Drawing.

    Students will perform their dance phrase giving each pose from the drawings in their picture map four counts.

    Students will repeat their dance phrase twice during their choreography performance.

    Activity Details

    (Following the Keith Haring Dancing Drawing Activity)

    Students will work in small groups to create a picture map of their choreography. They will assign a sequence to the images to create a dance phrase. To review the meaning of a dance phrase, please view the video from Arts Connection linked below in the notes section. Students will allow four counts for each picture pose. Students will be allowed time to practice with their groups before performing for their classmates. 

    Students will perform the dance phrase they created with their picture map. Students can add two eight counts of their own choreography. However, their performance must begin with their dance phrase and repeat their dance phrase at least once during their performance.

    Recommended Music: Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling

    Assessment Strategies

    Assessment Strategies






    Not Attempted

    Student created a dance phrase using a picture map.




    Student performed their dance phrase.




    Students gave each pose of their dance phrase 4 counts.




    Student’s performance repeated the dance phrase in their choreography.




    Variation Tips

    Dance groups could rotate to read and follow the picture maps created by other classmates.

    Background and Preparation

    Background / Preparation

    The class should have completed Keith Haring Dancing Drawing Activity.

    Select music to use for student choreography. You can select your own music or use the recommended song Can't Stop the Felling by Justin Timberlake.

    Materials Need:
    Students' Keith Haring Dancing Drawings

    Digital Tools / Resources