Types, Benefits, Preparation
Social Dance emphasizes using dance as a way to
the joy of moving with others. These
types of dances exist within a cultural and historical context and
one of the ways people share, celebrate and experience life as a
Types of Social Dances
Mixers, Latin Dances, Children’s Dances, Line
Country Western Line Dances, Swing Dance, Party Dances, Ballroom Dance,
Dances from different decades, Square Dance.
Benefits for the Student
- Gain the social skills to cooperate
with and demonstrate respect for different partners and group
- Develop the ability to remember
sequences of movement.
- Develop the ability to accurately
reproduce movement patterns and complete dances.
- Increase coordination and fitness.
- Learn new movements and steps and can
identify the dance terms.
- Learn dances that can be applied in
social settings outside of the school environment.
- Gain an understanding of why people
engage in social dances such as, to remember or celebrate an important
historical or social event, meet new people, share an enjoyable
experience with others, express their feeling in response to music and
have fun moving their body to music with others.
Lesson Preparation Tips
- Select dances that are developmentally
appropriate and relevant to the students’ interest.
- Review the directions, movements,
formations and music before teaching.
- Choose an instructional strategy that
is effective and impacts learning.
- Prepare artifacts, background and
cultural information, materials, maps, DVD’s, videotapes, books,
pictures, props, clothing and other information that will be included
in presenting the dance.
- Contact students, parents, community
members who can teach or help you teach social dances.
Lesson Implementation Tips
- Present background information on the
dance using prepared materials.
- Introduce the music.
Play the music so students can hear the tempo, rhythm and
phases of the music.
- Teach dance using one or more of the
following instructional strategies; whole part, part whole, video, peer
teaching, station step or big screen.
- Teach dance movements in general space
before using specified formations.
- When the dance requires partners and
the class has an uneven number of students, the dance can be varied to
use a group of three or the teacher can partner with a student.
- Emphasize rhythm accuracy to help
students dance in unison.
- When using a circle formation, use
floor tape, spot markers or cones to mark a circle.
These markers help students maintain a safe spatial
relationship. Practice maintaining spatial relationships to keep the
space between dancers consistent and safe.
- When dance directions designate a male
and female as partners, you can use gender neutral dance positions. Use the words, leader, and follower, partner
one and partner two, or other relevant identification.
Students can also wear pinnies to designate roles.