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Arts Education Standards


  • Content Standard 1 — Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Accurately demonstrate nonlocomotor/axial movements (such as bend, twist, stretch, swing)
    • Accurately demonstrate eight basic locomotor movements (such as walk, run, hop, jump, leap, gallop, slide, and skip), traveling forward, backward, sideward, diagonally, and turning
    • Demonstrate accuracy in moving to a musical beat and responding to changes in tempo
    • Create shapes at low, middle, and high levels
    • Demonstrate the ability to define and maintain personal space
    • Demonstrate movements in straight and curved pathways
  • Content Standard 2 — Understanding choreographic principles, processes, and structures
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Create a sequence with a beginning, middle, and end both with and without a rhythmic accompaniment
    • Use improvisation to discover and invent movement and to solve movement problems
    • Create a dance phrase, accurately repeat it, and then vary it (making change in the time, space, and/or force/energy)
  • Content Standard 5 — Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Perform folk dances from various cultures with competence and confidence


  • Content Standard 2 — Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
  • Achievement Standards for Grades K–4

    • Perform on pitch, in rhythm, with appropriate dynamics and timbre, and maintain a steady tempo

Source: National Standards for Arts Education, published by Music Educators National Conference (MENC). Copyright © 1994 by MENC. Used by permission. The complete National Arts Standards and additional materials relating to the standards are available from MENC, The National Association for Music Education, 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Reston, VA 20191, telephone: 800-336-3768.

Source, Dance Standards: This article/quote is reprinted from National Standards for Arts Education with permission of the National Dance Association, an association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The original source may be purchased from: National Dance Association, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1599;
or phone 703-476-3421.

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