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


Change levels, directions, and pathway designs safely in a dance phrase while coordinating with a partner or other dancers.

Unpacked Content

Essential Questions

EU: Dancers use the mind-body connection and develop the body as an instrument for artistry and artistic expression.
EQ: What must a dancer do to prepare the mind and body for artistic expression?

Skills Examples

  • Observe, identify and explore the idea of positive and negative space with a partner, using still shape for partner 1, exploration (free movement) for partner 2.
  • Identify varied tempi and rhythms in music.
  • Explore moving with and against tempos and rhythms in music or sound stimuli.
    • Practice moving in slow motion during a fast song.
  • Identify and apply appropriate movement qualities to vary the intended effect from one movement to another.
    • Add force to a leap to communicate anger; change a reach by making it softer and slower to communicate gentleness.
  • Identify proper body alignment principles and apply them when practicing dance sequencing (i.e., Engaging the core, shoulders down and back, neck long, standing tall and grounded, energy pushing out through the floor).
  • Demonstrate movement that coordinates with a partner or group that changes level, direction or pathway design while maintaining safety and personal space (i.e., chasse in a circle holding hands).
  • Identify constructive feedback and apply corrections to the practice of group dance.
  • Discuss and revise constructive feedback phrases for peer feedback.
  • Demonstrate use of stage direction in locomotor and non-locomotor movement. Move from downstage right to upstage left.
  • Utilize costumes, props, music, scenery, lighting or media for a dance performed for an audience in a designated specific performance space.


  • Space
  • Positive and Negative space
  • Tempo/ Tempi
  • Rhythm
  • Energy
  • Using Intent
  • Embody
  • Alignment
  • Dance phrase
  • Stage directions
  • Performance Space
  • Production elements

Anchor Standards

Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.