Tap, Scat, Revolution

In this lesson, students will learn period dances by watching the instructional videos provided by Revolution Dance.  Students will listen to the musical selections of An Evening of Jazz (recorded performance) while practicing the dance movements.  Students will draw an image of their favorite movement and write one a response that describes their drawing.

  • Paper

  • Drawing utensils

Materials

  • Resilience: Rising to Renaissance (recorded performance)

Procedure & Variations (coming soon)

  • Social dance -  recreational and usually performed with a partner and in groups or as a community activity for fun and enjoyment

Vocabulary

Journaling: Having students carry a journal for occasional use in class is always helpful. Students can take the last five minutes of class during a topic to summarize what they have learned. Then, the students can turn this in for review, so you can assess whether the topic is being understood or not.

Participating in the Dance

  • 6RE Compare interpretations of the same piece of music as they occur through dance, drama and visual art. 

  • 2RE Reflect on a variety of live or recorded music performances. 

  • 3RE Communicate the importance of music in everyday life.

Students can take the last five minutes of class to summarize what they have learned through journaling. Then, the students can turn this in for review, so you can assess whether the topic is being understood or not. Also review their drawings as evidence of their understanding.

Assessment

Ohio Education Standards

Instructional Aides / Resources

Music and dance are closely related.  Immersive experience of practicing historical dances from the Harlem Renaissance era allows students to embody a different period and experience the joy and difficulty of this unique social past time.

Rationale