Students will view a video of a past dance concert or performance that includes several pieces of choreography or finished pieces. The teacher may choose to show a different performance with several dances, a recent assessment that was video recorded, or a different video of his/her choice. The video may be a performance of the students themselves, of professional dancers, or anything of the teacher’s choosing.
Before viewing the performance, students will randomly select a title of one of the dances in the video. While viewing the performances, the student will observe aesthetics, including skills of the performer(s), emotional impact of the performance, and visual impact of the performance.
Students will write a reflective analysis of the specific dance, using their notes and observations, and present their observations and reflection to the class, using the video for evidence and as a visual aid.
Note: Seventh-grade students may view a video with fewer pieces, giving the whole class a smaller range of pieces to analyze and compare, while sixth-grade students may view a video with only one or two pieces.
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