Dance is an important art form for adolescents, growing into their bodies and vision of the world. By emphasizing the poetic and symbolic aspects of the body, dance encourages students to explore reality through their senses. It also provides them with an opportunity to express their emotions, ideas, aspirations, dreams and personal world-view as they create, perform and appreciate dances.
Dance Competencies - Secondary
Competency 2: Appreciates dances
The act of appreciation is one of examining and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work seen outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:
- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while
- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex
|Keep it simple Ideas||Do it often Ideas|
|Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board||Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a project|
|Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet||Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal|
|Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations.||Build in appreciation of finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed|
Spotlight on the Arts
An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page
CODE - Council of Ontario Drama and Dance Educators
Although their resources are not directly linked to the QEP, this Ontario educators association has a very robust website and an annual conference. Go to site
AQEDÉ - Association québecoise des enseignants de la danse à l'école
A French-language organisation from UQAM with lots of Quebec-specific information Go to site
30 DAYS OF ART
Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day.
CHOOSE A SMART CAREER
A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from you Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.