Illinois Learning Standards
Stage A - Fine Arts—Dance
Students who meet the standard understand the sensory
elements, organizational principles, and expressive qualities
of the arts.
- Identify body parts and basic locomotor and nonlocomotor
- Explore personal and shared space, directions, levels,
size of movement, and body shapes.
- Identify quick/slow, strong/light movements.
- Identify two parts in a dance or accompaniment (AB form).
- Identify starting and ending positions in personal or
- Suggest meanings that locomotor and nonlocomotor movements
can convey (e.g., light, quick skips suggest happiness).
Students who meet the standard understand the similarities,
distinctions, and connections in and among the arts.
- Name one way each art form is different from the others
(e.g., music and drama use voice; dance and visual arts
- Describe the theme, idea, feeling, or story within an
art work (e.g., mood in "Starry Night", Peer Gynt
Students who meet the standard understand processes,
traditional tools, and modern technologies used in the arts.
- Tell that the body is what dancers use for dance.
- Suggest movements that would be appropriate for response
to words, sounds, pictures, props, and/or stories.
- Explore one idea/element (e.g., level or body shape).
Students who meet the standard can apply skills
and knowledge necessary to create and perform in one or more
of the arts.
- Perform basic locomotor and nonlocomotor movements.
- Imitate body shapes (stretched, curled, angular, twisted).
- Explore factors of the spatial elements (personal and
shared space, levels, directions, size of movement) in response
to verbal cues.
- Explore time elements (fast/slow, tempos, beat & rhythms)
in response to verbal cues.
- Explore force/energy elements (strong/light) in response
to verbal cues.
- Perform singing games and folk dances representative of
a variety of cultures.
- Improvise dances in response to words, sounds, pictures,
props, and/or stories.
- Relate ideas and feelings perceived through exposure to
teacher-directed problem solving tasks.
Students who meet the standard can analyze how the
arts function in history, society and everyday life.
- Listen attentively to and observe performances and art
- Name one occupation associated with each art form (e.g.,
actor, painter, dancer, musician).
- Name the four fine arts.
- Identify ways arts are used in celebrations.
- Interpret movements, sounds, and visual images in art
works made by self and others.
- Tell about a personal experience in the arts.
Students who meet the standard understand how the
arts shape and reflect history, society and everyday life.
- Connect images and sounds from a work of art to stories
about people and everyday life.
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Assessments and Performance Descriptors