3rd Grade Dance Overview

Instructor:  Ashley Dashputre


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Third Grade

The Dance Program at Woodlawn is an integrated curriculum that couples key academic concepts learned in the student’s classroom with the elements of dance, principles of choreography and dance vocabulary through creative movement and improvisation.


The goal of the integration projects help students better understand the academic concepts in the classroom.  A specific example for third grade is the extension of their migration study. In dance class, we learn about Martha Graham and her creative process of creating Appalachian Spring. We watch the full length ballet and create our own movement inspired from her historical work.    


Emphasis is also put on proper warm-up techniques, safety and classroom etiquette in the dance classroom and on stage.


Dance history is explored throughout the year specifically in the genres of Modern dance, Ballet, Tap and Cultural Dance. 


Students participate in two performances each school year. Students learn about aspects of production through these performances. Aspects include: developing a theme for the performance, aid in selecting music and movement choices, memorizing movement for the performance and understanding stage expectations, rendering costume possibilities, understanding the importance of marketing/advertising of the performance and finally reflecting on their experience through discussion and written explanation.