North Carolina Arts in Action uses dance, an art form embodied by every society, as an enjoyable way for young children to develop discipline, self-esteem and desire to excel. When children are able to express feelings and ideas through artistic movement, they gain self-awareness and often self acceptance and discovering new talents. The program becomes an incentive for students to achieve in the classroom, learn to work as a team and develop respect for one another.
A trained lead dance teacher/choreographer, an assistant dance teacher and a music accompanist teach classes. Each Arts in Action class runs 50-60 minutes per fourth grade classroom. As fundamental movements are mastered, the teaching shifts to focusing on the annual theme, which is used to exemplify connections between dance and concepts in our curricular areas. Our theme in 2014 - 2015 is "Storytelling Around the World." This theme is interpreted to support the NC Curriculum Standards. Through dance, students learn about the importance of storytelling as the most basic form of communication, the main steps toward developing a good story and, in the process, build cultural awareness using dance and folktales from around the world.
This curriculum has been created for Grade 4 students with curriculum integration based on the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the North Carolina Common Core State Standards.
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