Dance

Useful Websites for Lesson Plans, Organizations, and more

  • Folk Dance Fun
    • This book by Georgina Stewart features a variety of simple folk songs and dances from around the world in an easy-to-learn style.
  • Let’s Talk Creative Dance
    • This is a blog with several indexed dance lesson ideas.
  • Smithsonian Folkway
    • Smithsonian Folkways is committed to offering educational materials to complement the music on our site.  Tools for Teaching from Smithsonian Folkways provides ideas and resources for educators to inspire their use of Folkways music from around the world. Information about these sounds and the cultures that create them are a valuable resource to courses in history, geography, language arts, social studies, visual arts-and of course music and dance. Curricular experience, activities, streaming videos, liner notes, music samples, and other features are available for free.
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  • Art Works for Kids – Lesson Plan Tool
    • Search their library for arts integrated lesson plans in visual arts, dance, theater, music, media art, and literary art.
  • Brigham Young University (BYU) ARTS Partnership in the David O. McKay School of Education
    • Lesson Plans – This website offers a variety of lesson plans for K-6 classroom teachers and art specialists.
    • Basic Classroom Management Overview PD Video – In this series, Kim Babka, Educational Consultant, shares her suggestions and strategies for classroom management. As you try her suggested strategies in your classroom, some will work for you and others will need to be adapted to suit your style and personality.
    • Brain Dance and Brain Dance Videos
    • Getting Started as a BTSALP Specialist PD Video– Experienced specialists in each art form share their best tips and strategies for success in their classroom including setting up your classroom and planning your year.
  • PNC Grow Up Great®
    • PNC Grow Up Great® helps children from birth through age five develop a passion for learning that lasts a lifetime – and can help set them on a path to success.  PNC Grow Up Great® grant partners developed these free, printable, theme-based lessons in science and the arts to help add a spark of excitement to your classroom. They are designed to be used flexibly with existing curricula. We understand the importance of high quality. You can feel confident knowing that these resources were developed by highly regarded organizations and early childhood educators.
    • Lesson plans by preschool theme.
    • Sesame Street® Learning Resources – Developed in partnership with Sesame Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street®, these free bilingual resources help parents, caregivers and educators turn everyday moments into learning opportunities for young children.
  • The Kennedy Center ArtsEdge
  • TED-Ed Lessons and Clubs
    • TED-Ed’s commitment to creating lessons worth sharing is an extension of TED’s mission of spreading great ideas. Within TED-Ed’s growing library of lessons, you will find carefully curated educational videos, many of which represent collaborations between talented educators and animators nominated through the TED-Ed platform. This platform also allows users to take any useful educational video, not just TED’s, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Users can then distribute TED-Ed lessons, publicly or privately, and track their impact on the world, a class, or an individual student. This platform is also the home to TED-Ed Clubs – an exciting new program that aims to stimulate and celebrate the best ideas of students around the world.

 

 

Local Professional Development Organizations and Programs for Schools

  • Art Access
    • Art Access is a community-focused organization that strives to demonstrate that the arts are a universal vehicle for drawing out our similarities, celebrating our differences, and ultimately connecting us to each other. Through our philosophy of inclusion, we serve a diverse population of adults and children with and without disabilities, as well as the elderly, youth-at-risk, refugees, the homeless, veterans, and other disenfranchised peoples. Art Access offers a diverse collection of mission-driven programs, including gallery exhibitionsworkshopsartist residencies, literary arts activities, a mentorship program, and community outreach. We are an affiliate of VSA, which is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts through its Office of VSA & Accessibility. We are the only arts organization in Utah that focuses on serving individuals with disabilities. Art Access continues to play a significant role in helping to eliminate social barriers and create an inclusive world for everyone through art.
  • Ballet West – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Ballet West is committed to providing quality education programs that allow teachers and students of all ages to experience the joy and magic of live ballet regardless of financial or geographical barriers.  The Ballet West Educational and Outreach program has four main components: I CAN DO, Ballet West for Children, Ballet West In-Theatre Performances and First Look.
    • Student and Educator Tickets – Ballet West offers educators and full-time high school and college students the opportunity to purchase day-of Student/Educator Rush tickets for only $15 to select 2016-17 performances.  Availability of Student/Educator Rush tickets will be determined the week of performance. ELIGIBILITY: You must have a current school ID (including students in Jr. High, High School, and College; teachers; and staff members of any Utah school.) For further questions, call the Ballet West Ticket Office at 801-869-6900.
  • Repertory Dance Theatre – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Repertory Dance Theatre uses dance as a way to help people become more connected, compassionate, aware, inspired, original, focused, courageous, passionate, and human. RDT’s commitment to Arts-in-Education has created award winning activities: Matinee Performances, Lecture Demonstrations (in schools), Workshops, Classes, and Mentoring opportunities that inspire tens of thousands of students and teachers each year. Curriculum material relating to history, music, art and the environment help students make stimulating and valuable connections, enabling them to appreciate and understand the world.
    • Dance education resources for teachers
    • Lecture demonstrations, workshops, and classes for teachers and students
    • Matinee performances for students
  • Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company offers many workshops and matinee performances for teachers and students throughout the year.
    • Workshops for teachers and students
    • Kids in Motion Two-Week Residency – Open to all Utah school districts, grades K-12, this FREE residency program encourages students to experience, explore, create, perform, observe, critique, and gain aesthetic literacy.  Through the engagement of mind, body, and spirit, dance education encourages and celebrates individual differences as well as the importance of community.  These free residency programs include performances, teaching, support for teachers, a parent/child night, and a performance by the students for their peers. Participating schools attend the annual children’s matinee at the Capitol Theatre. Residencies are geographically limited to the Wasatch Front and require an application process.
    • Free Student Matinees for K-12 classes.
  • Tanner Dance at the University of Utah – Utah Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS)
    • Over the past several years, professional development has emerged as one of our most important areas of research and development and will continue to be so as we look to the future. Currently, a wide range of professional development activities encourage communication between educators and artists, provide new approaches and opportunities for teaching and learning, and strengthen the impact of our programs in each school. The Professional Development Program provides a framework for educators to engage in teaching and learning activities that support the needs of their students while implementing the Utah State Fine Arts Core Curriculum and prevailing state and federal mandates. In 2003, the Tanner Dance Program was awarded Utah’s Best of State Award in the Educational/Training Institution category for its contributions to teacher training. Open to any pre-K through grade twelve teacher, teaching artist, administrator, or curriculum developer, Tanner Dance Program workshops offer extraordinary opportunities to experience a unique approach to exploring learning in and through the arts. Participants will be eligible for re-licensure points and state in-service credit. Some workshops will be eligible for University credit. For inquiries regarding Tanner Dance professional development opportunities, contact tannerdance@utah.edu or call 801.581.7374.
    • Side-by-Side Dance Residency Program – The Side-by-Side (SBS) Dance Residency Program offers weekly dance classes for K-6 students in Utah elementary schools. These residencies occur during the school day with the classroom teacher and students actively participating. The weekly dance classes are held for 45 minutes to one hour and can be held in a year-long, semester, or trimester residency. Tanner Dance teaching artists and classroom teachers collaborate and work together to plan dance training that integrates classroom curriculum.
    • School Matinee Performances
    • Lecture Demonstrations
    • Professional Development Workshops
  • Utah Dance Education Organization
    • Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO) is dedicated to the art form of dance as an essential educational component of life-long learning. One goal of UDEO is to improve the quality and training of dance education in Utah by providing opportunities for creating, performing, and observing dance for all. The organization will address professional development, research and documentation, assessment and leadership.  UDEO will build and support a Utah dance community that focuses on the education of the whole person in and through dance as an art and as a cultural manifestation.
  • UtahPresents
    • UtahPresents offers professional development in the arts for teachers, through our Kennedy Center Partners in Education program with Salt Lake City School District and U of U Youth Theatre.
    • Student Matinees – We welcome students from public, private, parochial and home schools to our matinees. To register, go to the website, click on the matinee title, then click on the registration button.  Study guides are provided for all matinee performances.  For more information, or to be added to the email list about student matinees, please contact Robin at robin.wilks-dunn (at) utah.edu.

 

National and Utah Professional Arts Organizations

  • Arts Education Partnership
    • Current and emerging information about arts education policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
  • ArtsEdSearch
    • A collection and summarization of high quality research studies on the impacts of arts education and their implications for educational policy and practice.
  • Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program
    • Information on the program that Weber State University and school districts work with to provide arts integrated instruction to elementary students around the state of Utah.
  • Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
    • A method organizing thinking skills into six levels, from the most basic to the more complex levels of thinking.
  • National Dance Education Organization (NDEO)
    • Advocates to positively influence dance education, provides stimulating professional development opportunities, articles, and research information for educators.
  • Salt Lake City Arts Council
    • The mission of the Arts Council is to promote, present, and support artists, arts organizations, and arts activities in order to further the development of the arts community and to benefit the public by expanding awareness, access, and participation. The Salt Lake City Arts Council offers workshops to help artists manage their careers. Topics may include applying for exhibition or performance opportunities, developing written materials such as biographies or artist statements, managing budgets, or learning the legal terms and rights of working artists.
  • Utah Education Association (UEA)
    • For more than a century, the Utah Education Association has been dedicated to preserving and enhancing Utah public education. The UEA represents 18,000 active classroom teachers, retired educators, administrators, licensed educational support personnel and students in education programs at universities.  There typically is a UEA Convention & Education Exposition every year.
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  • Utah Education Network (UEN)
    • UEN connects all Utah school districts, schools, and higher education institutions to a robust network and quality educational resources. UEN is one of the nation’s premier education networks.
  • Utah State Board of Education: Fine Arts
    • Links to the USBE Fine Arts Core Standards, information about professional development events, and contacts for fine arts organizations.