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World Dance

(Discover Art or Discover the World)
By Kerry Cordy

Otter: Do 4 requirements including the 2 starred
_____ 1.* Learn a dance from another country or culture. A few examples include:
A maypole dance from England
The Hula from Hawaii & the Polynesian Islands
The Cha Cha, Rumba, Tango, or Merengue from Latin America
A Bollywood dance from India
A Native American Powwow dance
The Flamenco from Spain
The Hora from Israel
The Kazatzka from Russia
The Viennese Waltz from Austria

_____ 2.* Watch performances of at least 3 different dance types you have never seen before.

_____ 3. Celebrate World Dance Day on April 21 by watching a dance performance, hosting a dance
party, or learning a new dance. Find your own creative ways to celebrate this day.

_____ 4. Without music, there is no rhythm to dance to. Listen to music from around the world and
move your body to the rhythm. How does each piece of music make you feel? How does your body want
to move?

_____ 5. Find pictures of different dance costumes from around the world and make a collage.

_____ 6. Create a piece of artwork inspired by a dance from another country. It can include dancers,
musical instruments, or even just patterns inspired by floor patterns or “figures” such as in ballroom
dancing.

_____ 7. Participate in a performance that features a dance from another country.

Dolphin: Do 5 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2, but learn 2 dance types and watch performances of 5 different
dances.

_____ 2.* Dance has always been more than just performance art, it has been an integral part of each
country's culture. Make a list of different events or festivals that incorporates dance. For example
weddings, story telling, or prayer.

_____ 3. Celebrate World Dance Day on April 21 by watching a dance performance, hosting a dance
party, or learning a new dance. Find your own creative ways to celebrate this day.

_____ 4. Without music, there is no rhythm to dance to. Listen to music from around the world and
move your body to the rhythm. How does each piece of music make you feel? How does your body want
to move?

_____ 5. Find pictures of different dance costumes from around the world and make a collage.

_____ 6. Create a piece of artwork inspired by a dance from another country. It can include dancers,
musical instruments, or even just patterns inspired by floor patterns or “figures” such as in ballroom
dancing.

_____ 7. Host a dance party where you play music from other countries. If you learned your dances well
enough from requirement #1, try teaching them to your guests.

_____ 8. Create a timeline of dances from around the world. What is the most ancient dance you can
find? What about the most recent?

_____ 9. . Learn about a famous choreographer. What type of dances do/did they design? What dance
or performance made them famous?

_____ 10. Participate in a performance that features a dance from another country.

Butterfly: Do 6 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 &2 except learn 3 different dances.

_____ 2.* Create a timeline of dances from around the world. What is the most ancient dance you can
find? What about the most recent?

_____ 3. Celebrate World Dance Day on April 21 by watching a dance performance, hosting a dance
party, or learning a new dance. Find your own creative ways to celebrate this day.

_____ 4. Without music, there is no rhythm to dance to. Listen to music from around the world and
move your body to the rhythm. How does each piece of music make you feel? How does your body want
to move?

_____ 5. Find pictures of different dance costumes from around the world and make a collage.

_____ 6. Create a piece of artwork inspired by a dance from another country. It can include dancers,
musical instruments, or even just patterns inspired by floor patterns or “figures” such as in ballroom
dancing.

_____ 7. Host a dance party where you play music from other countries. If you learned your dances well
enough from requirement #1, try teaching them to your guests.

_____ 8. Learn about a famous choreographer. What type of dances do/did they design? What dance or
performance made them famous?

_____ 9. Research careers that require dance. These may include dancers, choreographers, artistic
director, or dance notator.

_____ 10. Participate in a performance that features a dance from another country.

_____ 11. Choreograph your own dance to a piece of instrumental music.

Eagle: Do 7 requirements including the 2 starred

_____ 1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 &2 except learn 4 different dances.

_____ 2.* Research the history of dance and write an essay, create a booklet, or create some type of
display to share with others what you have learned.

_____ 3. Celebrate World Dance Day on April 21 by watching a dance performance, hosting a dance
party, or learning a new dance. Find your own creative ways to celebrate this day.

_____ 4. Without music, there is no rhythm to dance to. Listen to music from around the world and
move your body to the rhythm. How does each piece of music make you feel? How does your body want
to move?

_____ 5. Find pictures of different dance costumes from around the world and make a collage.

_____ 6. Create a piece of artwork inspired by a dance from another country. It can include dancers,
musical instruments, or even just patterns inspired by floor patterns or “figures” such as in ballroom
dancing.

_____ 7. Host a dance party where you play music from other countries. If you learned your dances well
enough from requirement #1, try teaching them to your guests.

_____ 8. Learn about a famous choreographer. What type of dances do/did they design? What dance or
performance made them famous?

_____ 9. Research careers that require dance. These may include dancers, choreographers, artistic
director, or dance notator.

_____ 10. Participate in a performance that features a dance from another country.

_____ 11. Choreograph your own dance to a piece of instrumental music.