Instructional Dance Overview
The benefits of including dance in your curriculum are many. Some dance forms teach social skills and etiquette, while others focus on learning about different cultures. Social and ballroom dance teaches skills that are useful in real life "events" such as weddings, birthdays, and other social gatherings. The complexity of the movements involved in dance, coupled with the potential for moderate to high intensity cardio makes this an exceptionally well suited activity for growing brain cells and improving learning and academic performance (for more information check out SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey). In addition, dance is fun and a part of national and states' standards for physical education. After students have learned a dance, it can easily be used as a warm-up. Some can even be an enjoyable alternative to running laps for cardiovascular endurance.
Instructional Dance Videos and Resources
- BallroomDancers.com: This website has instructional videos, examples of music, and various information on many ballroom dances.
- BSD Brainboost: Dances for 2nd through 5th grade.
- Dance 4 All (MacKenzie Mushel Ellis): A blog site that dedicated to dance resources.
- Dance Education (PHE Canada): Homepage for their organization's dance resources.
- Example Dance Lessons (Ophea): Example lessons and strategies for elementary and secondary dance units.
- Explore Dance (SHAPE America): Homepage for their organization's dance resources.
- Jump Band Cards (AHA): Task cards for Jump Bands.
- Learning the 5 Steps of Tinikling: Instructional video on this unique style of dance.
- Mr. Sickler's Tinikling page: Videos and resources on Tinikling.
- PECentral (1): Search their archives for great dance ideas and videos.
- PECentral (2): Dance lessons and videos.
- Poetry (PHE Canada): Examples of poems you can use with students in creative dance lessons.
- Square Dance: This website has animations for square dancing.
- Square Dancing 101: This website has animations for square dancing.
- Teaching Dance for Understanding: Dance for Understanding is a learner-centered approach that helps educators draw from students' knowledge, creativity and personal interests, while delivering a purposeful curriculum that develops physical literacy and fundamental movement skills.
- TeachPhysed: A variety of dance videos categorized by intensity level.
- TheElementsOfDance.org: Teachers and Teaching Artists are welcome to use this online resource in their classes. You'll find downloadable tools, assignments and discussion prompts throughout the pages.
- Videos and Visual Aids (PHE Canada): Videos of various dances from different genres.
- Youtube Playlists: See our page with links to Youtube dance playlists.
Articles on Dance
Research Articles on Dance
- Using Dance Dance Revolution in Physical Education. Trout, J. & Zamora, K. (2005). Teaching Elementary Physical Education, 16(5), 22-25.
- #PhysEd Playlists: A crowd sourced Excel document with lists of songs for a variety of genres.
- 7 Tips for Making Music Playlists That Kids Will Love: Article with guidelines on creating music playlists for your students.
- Kids Songs and Nursery Rhymes: A video that includes over an hour's worth of kids songs.
- Move to Learn Songs: A playlist of active cross-disciplinary songs that can be used when creating dances.