Dance education develops the students’ sensitivity and creative potential by having them draw on the principles and natural vocabulary of human movement. Students use movement as a means of self-expression and communication as they interpret, invent and appreciate dances. 


Dance Competencies - Elementary

Competency 3: To appreciate choreographic works, personal productions, and those of classmates

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 in-progress works, finished works at the close of a project or as projects are completed

Student Tools

Appreciating Dance (Venn Diagram) - Download

Artist's Statement (Dance) - Download

Professional Learning

MAD2 Facebook Group

A group for Quebec teachers in the Arts from the anglophone sector. Go to page 

Arts Connection

Online PD for Arts educators in Quebec, hosted by MAD2. A DEEN committee initiative. Online archive available Go to folder 

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 

Professional Organizations

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  


Artists in Schools

Having practicing artists and specialized art educators in your classroom enriches everyone's experience of the arts. Students deepen their practice and understanding of the Arts. Teachers expand their arts pedagogy know-how.

English-speaking artists and micro grants for English schools

Culture à l'école -
Quebec government program and database of artists as well as cultural events and outings.

Breaking down the QEP for artists (webinar done for ELAN)

MEES Program Information

Quebec Education Program

QEP Elementary Dance Download 

Progression of Learning

Elementary Dance Download 

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning - Elementary Dance Download 

Curated Dance Resources for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

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Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day. 


A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from your Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.