Great PerformancesIntegrating the arts into your curriculum is a way to engage students and expand their understanding of life’s interconnectedness.  The follow resources are inspired by WGBY’s July 26 / 9 p.m.premiere of Great Performances’ Dancing at Jacob’s Pillow: Never Stand Still — winner of Best Documentary at both the San Francisco Dance Film Festival and the Dance Camera West Festival.   Watch a preview:

Great Performances’ website offers classroom lessons.  Among the most recent, you’ll find:

You’ll also find 9 pages ! of classroom resources on “dance” at PBS LearningMedia with tools like discussion questions, teacher tips & more.   Here are just a few examples:

African/African-American Culture:  Plantation Dance/Ring Shout The Plantation Dance/Ring Shout represents a style of dance and music found in African slave communities on plantations in the southern United States, Caribbean Islands, and other locations.  (Video, Grade Levels: 5-12)

Dance:  Floor Paths In dance, a floor path – or pathway – is the “trail” left as dancer travels through the space. In this interactive, students follow a virtual dancer as she creates a floor path.  (Interactive, .Grade Levels: 3-12)

Renaissance Arts in the Rennaissance:  Upon a Summer’s Day  Instructor Jennifer Rose teaches students a Renaissance dance, Upon a Summer’s Day, from John Playford’s book The English Dancing Master. They perform the dance’s three figures and chorus.  (Video, Grade Levels: 9-12)

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