Culture, Community, and the Classroom: Step Dance

Step dance is a dynamic, vital tradition that is widespread among African American fraternities and sororities. Many high schools have step teams. Other students may be unfamiliar with step dance, so learning about it—how to do basic steps—enriches all students.
Supplies
Screen, Audio Capabilities, Computer, Paper, Pencils
Acknowledgements

A Culture, Community, and the Classroom Lesson by teacher Amanda Shoemaker, with artist Akilah Briggs-Melvin

TITLE Step Dance

 AUTHOR and TEACHER Amanda Shoemaker

 ARTIST COLLABORATOR Akilah Briggs-Melvin

 SUBJECT AND GRADE LEVEL 5th-grade General Music

 LENGTH Two 40-minute class periods

GENERAL MUSIC STANDARDS

Create
Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Perform
Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Anchor Standard 5: Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Anchor Standard 6: Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Respond
Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work

Connect
Anchor Standard 11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding