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Lesson Plan

Dance: The 'language of dance'
Subject: Art
Grade span: 4 to 12
Duration: Three 45-minute sessions
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Building Skills in the Arts


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Building Skills in the Arts. In this activity, students will learn how music and dance can communicate meaning. They will also prepare a song map, and choreograph their own dance.

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