The Way Modern Moves

Project Description

Modern Dance was born in America during the turn of the 20th century. Join SCGSAH Dance Instructor Elizabeth Wright as they explore a few of the pioneers and the contributions they made to "The Way Modern Moves." Then, in an activity designed by SCGSAH Dance Instructor Thomas Shoemaker use the included materials to guide your students through choreographing their own modern dance phrases in the style of these dancers.

What's Included

-Lesson Plan
-Student Guide
-Companion Video
-Modern Dance Movement Cards

Guiding Question

Who were the pioneers of modern dance? How can I use common modern dance movements to choreograph a unique phrase?

Artistic Process

Create, Perform, Connect

Standards Addressed

D.CR IL.1.1  I can make choices by combining and manipulating a variety of dance elements.
D.CR NM.2.1 I can create a movement sequence that has a beginning, middle, and end.
D.P NM.3 I can demonstrate movements using the dance elements.
D.C IM.6 I can research a specific culture and time period and present movement ideas and works.

This resource also aligns with the following from the Profile of the SC Graduate:

World Class Skills: Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Life and Career Characteristics: Self Direction, Global Perspective
Competencies: Use sources, design solutions

About the Project Creators

To learn more about Thomas Shoemaker, click here.

To learn more about Elizabeth Wright, click here.

Interested In This Resource? 

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