Illinois Learning Standards
Stage F - Fine Arts—Dance
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Describe dance compositions in terms of sensory elements
(time, space, force, flow).
- Identify aesthetic principles (contrast, repetition, transition,
variety, balance) and musical/ choreographic forms (AB,
canon, rondo, theme, variation).
- Discuss how and why dances are open to different interpretations
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Analyze how the artistic components (i.e., elements, principles,
expressive ideas; tools, processes, technologies; creative
processes) are combined within a work of art.
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Discuss how the body can gain strength, flexibility, and
endurance in a safe manner.
- Identify ways that accompaniment, sets, lighting, costumes,
and/or technology can influence live or videotaped dance
- Observe and discuss how processes (e.g., performing, improvising,
exploring, composing, and choreographing) affect the expressive
qualities of dance compositions.
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Combine and isolate 2-3 moving parts of the body in simple
- Practice and improve precision, clarity, and quality in
use of body parts, actions, and sensory elements when dancing.
- Explore, select, and refine actions, dynamic, spatial,
and relationship content in dance compositions.
- Remember, practice, and perform dances made over a period
- Perform with others in unison and canon and with spatial
- Demonstrate movement that reflects musical qualities,
form, and style.
- Structure phrases and sections of dance based on teacher's
- Discuss the processes that apply when choreographing dance
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Demonstrate good audience behavior and evaluate the behavior
of self and others.
- Describe how audience behavior changes a product or performance.
- Compare and contrast how the arts function in two different
types of ceremonies (e.g., parades, weddings, graduations,
- Give examples in which various arts are used to persuade
and promote ideas.
- List technology used in the arts (e.g., cameras, synthesizers,
computers, printing press).
- Categorize types of artists with their art and art related
products or performances (e.g., designers create packages,
composers write advertising jingles, architects design buildings.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Investigate how the arts reflect different cultures, times,
- Compare how different art forms express aspects of the
same culture, time, or place.
- Compare and contrast the contribution of individual artists
on movements, trends, or periods.
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