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Dance: Telling a Story Through Dance
Subject: Art
Grade span: 5 to 12
Duration: Three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Thinking and Talking About Works of Art


In this lesson students learn how a dancer acts out the story with movement instead of words, through watching a video of the ballet Swan Lake. Students are amazed at how the dancer is able to convey her feeling with her body. Explain that dance can tell a story and that, like Odette, they can tell a story with their bodies as well. They have the opportunity to tell a short story of their own through pantomime and movement.

Learning Goals:



What to Do:

Session One: Warm Up Session Two: Swan Lake Session Three: Students Tell Their Own Stories

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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