Arts Education (2017) Grade(s): 4 - Dance


Coordinate performance timing with other dancers by utilizing cues from each other and responding to production elements.

COS Examples

Examples: Enter stage after eight counts of music, or wait until lights go up for bow.

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

  • Perform elevated shapes by jumping in a tucked position (positive space) vs. jumping in a jumping jack formation (large negative spaces).
  • Create a sculpture by filling in the negative space created by a partner.
  • Respond to even and uneven rhythms using a variety of percussive instruments and sounds.
  • Use adjectives and adverbs to describe a movement phrase and identify movement quality. Revise the phrase with energy changes and discuss how/ what changed.
  • Demonstrate alignment, coordination, balance, core support, and kinesthetic awareness while executing movement.
  • Discuss and practice body conditioning for the dancer.
  • Enter stage after eight counts of music, or wait until lights go up for bow.
  • Plan out a performance in a different setting such as a gym, studio, or park.
  • View a dance under different lighting and select the most effective lighting design.


  • Static and Dynamic Shapes
  • Negative Space
  • Rhythms
  • Qualities of Movement
  • Use of Energy
  • Dynamics
  • alignment
  • kinesthetic awareness
  • importance of conditioning
  • performance space
  • explore
  • production elements
  • artistic intent

Anchor Standards

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