Practical inclusion of ballet in third grade curriculum : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)

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Albrecht, Jessica S.
Lindberg, Laurie K.
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Honors College
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Due to the push to raise standardized test scores in elementary schools through the use of state standards, schools are no longer taking their students to see educational ballet performances. This is causing students to miss a part of swell-rounded education. However, through dance directors gaining an understanding of state standards and educators learning how a ballet performance fills state standard requirements, dance can once again be accepted as a valid part of school curriculum. To meet these needs, I have provided a brochure to explain state standards to dance directors with ideas on how to use state standards in an educational performance. In addition to the brochure I have also included lesson plans for a seven day unit on the fundamentals of a ballet performance. The theme of the unit is the ballet of Cinderella and it is for educators to use as a resource before taking students to a performance.