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NA-D.9-12.1 IDENTIFYING AND DEMONSTRATING MOVEMENT ELEMENTS AND SKILLS IN PERFORMING DANCE
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students demonstrate appropriate skeletal alignment, body-part articulation, strength, flexibility, agility, and coordination in locomotor and nonlocomotor/axial movements
  • Students identify and demonstrate longer and more complex steps and patterns from two different dance styles/traditions
  • Students demonstrate rhythmic acuity
  • Students create and perform combinations and variations in a broad dynamic range
  • Students demonstrate projection while performing dance skills
  • Students demonstrate the ability to remember extended movement sequences
Achievement Standard, Advanced:
  • Students demonstrate a high level of consistency and reliability in performing technical skills
  • Students perform technical skills with artistic expression, demonstrating clarity, musicality, and stylistic nuance
  • Students refine technique through self-evaluation and correction
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NA-D.9-12.2 UNDERSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHIC PRINCIPLES, PROCESSES, AND STRUCTURES
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students use improvisation to generate movement for choreography
  • Students demonstrate understanding of structures or forms (such as palindrome, theme and variation, rondo, round, contemporary forms selected by the student) through brief dance studies
  • Students choreograph a duet demonstrating an understanding of choreographic principles, processes, and structures
Achievement Standard, Advanced:
  • Students demonstrate further development and refinement of the proficient skills to create a small group dance with coherence and aesthetic unity
  • Students accurately describe how a choreographer manipulated and developed the basic movement content in a dance
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NA-D.9-12.3 UNDERSTANDING DANCE AS A WAY TO CREATE AND COMMUNICATE MEANING
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students formulate and answer questions about how movement choices communicate abstract ideas in dance
  • Students demonstrate understanding of how personal experience influences the interpretation of a dance
  • Students create a dance that effectively communicates a contemporary social theme

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • Students examine ways that a dance creates and conveys meaning by considering the dance from a variety of perspectives
  • Students compare and contrast how meaning is communicated in two of their own choreographic works
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NA-D.9-12.4 APPLYING AND DEMONSTRATING CRITICAL AND CREATIVE THINKING SKILLS IN DANCE
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students create a dance and revise it over time, articulating the reasons for their artistic decisions and what was lost and gained by those decisions
  • Students establish a set of aesthetic criteria and apply it in evaluating their own work and that of others
  • Students formulate and answer their own aesthetic questions (such as, What is it that makes a particular dance that dance? How much can one change that dance before it becomes a different dance?)

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • Students discuss how skills developed in dance are applicable to a variety of careers
  • Students analyze the style of a choreographer or cultural form; then create a dance in that style (choreographers that could be analyzed include George Balanchine, Alvin Ailey, Laura Dean; cultural forms include bharata natyam, classical ballet)
  • Students analyze issues of ethnicity, gender, social/economic class, age and/or physical condition in relation to dance
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NA-D.9-12.5 DEMONSTRATING AND UNDERSTANDING DANCE IN VARIOUS CULTURES AND HISTORICAL PERIODS
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students perform and describe similarities and differences between two contemporary theatrical forms of dance
  • Students perform or discuss the traditions and technique of a classical dance form (e.g., Balinese, ballet)
  • Students create and answer twenty-five questions about dance and dancers prior to the twentieth century
  • Students analyze how dance and dancers are portrayed in contemporary media

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • Students create a time line illustrating important dance events in the twentieth century, placing them in their social/historical/cultural/political contexts
  • Students compare and contrast the role and significance of dance in two different social/historical/ cultural/political contexts
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NA-D.9-12.6 MAKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DANCE AND HEALTHFUL LIVING
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students reflect upon their own progress and personal growth during their study of dance
  • Students effectively communicate how lifestyle choices affect the dancer
  • Students analyze historical and cultural images of the body in dance and compare these to images of the body in contemporary media

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • Students discuss challenges facing professional performers in maintaining healthy lifestyles
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NA-D.9-12.7 MAKING CONNECTIONS BETWEEN DANCE AND OTHER DISCIPLINES
Achievement Standard, Proficient:
  • Students create an interdisciplinary project based on a theme identified by the student, including dance and two other disciplines
  • Students clearly identify commonalties and differences between dance and other disciplines with regard to fundamental concepts such as materials, elements, and ways of communicating meaning
  • Students demonstrate/discuss how technology can be used to reinforce, enhance, or alter the dance idea in an interdisciplinary project

Achievement Standard, Advanced:

  • Students compare one choreographic work to one other artwork from the same culture and time period in terms of how those works reflect the artistic/cultural/historical context
  • Students create an interdisciplinary project using media technologies (such as video, computer) that presents dance in a new or enhanced form (such as video dance, video/computer-aided live performance, or animation)
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