Travel Around the World Through Dance

Travel Around the World Through Dance
Kathy Kampa-Vilina

Students learn how to analyze cultural dances through elements of dance.

Grade Three students are exploring cultural dances from around the world. By learning various dances, students can compare their similarities and differences. They can then start to form big ideas about what makes a dance special to a country and what many countries may find important.

What elements are students looking at?

Formations: What is the shape that the dance is performed in?

            Circle? Double circle? Spokes? Double line?

Relationships:  How do the dancers work together?

Steps:  Which steps are important in this dance?

Style: How do we capture the cultural style of the dance?

Music: What’s characteristic of the music—instruments, meter, tempo?

Props: What materials are needed to express the dance?

Theme: What idea or celebration does this dance express?

If you have a dance from your country that you'd like to share, please let me know.

This dance is called "Te Ve Orez" (Tea and Rice) from Israel.

This dance is called "Yesh Lanu Tayish." It's also from Israel, but uses many different elements.

This "Bon O-dori" comes from Hokkaido. Students learned many bon dances in the autumn.

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