Students will identify elements of ballet and jazz dance and compare the two styles. The teacher may substitute two other dance styles to fit their curriculum, if needed or desired. The teacher may also choose to make the dance phrases shorter or longer to accommodate their class size and time frame.
After discussing specific dance steps, body positions, and spatial patterns of the two dance styles, partners will create two 16-count dance phrases for each style, which will be video recorded for evaluation purposes. The teacher may want to create a list of partners prior to the assessment. Note: teachers may choose to have students in grade 6 or grade 7 create shorter dance phrases and include only basic ballet and jazz steps while working with their partners. Teachers may adjust the rubric as they see fit.
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