TAHPERD Philosophy
Statement on Dance

Dance is a performance art form. It is skilled, rhythmic movement that has been given conscious form and structure in order to express and inspire both the dancer and the viewer.

TAHPERD Dance Brochure
Making a Difference in
Dance in Texas

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Shining Star Recognition

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Heritage Award

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Texas Dance Performance Assessment
May 30, 2015
The TAHPERD Dance Division will host a one-day assessment for K-12 dance performances at Texas A&M University on May 30, 2015. Highly qualified adjudicators will provide assessments on dance performances.
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Dance TEKS Resource Guide
The Dance Division is developing a Dance TEKS Resource Guide similar to those for health and physical education. If you are interested in contributing an activity to the guide book, please go to the Dance Division web page for instructions or CLICK HERE.

Fundamentally cultural and aesthetic in nature, dance is a powerful non-verbal language. Students are actively involved in a universal, essential form of personal, social, cognitive, physical and artistic expression.

Dance education makes significant contributions to the understanding of culture while developing personal creativity and expressiveness through guided movement experiences. The Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance strongly affirms that dance is a comprehensive academic discipline which is essential to the total growth, development, and education of all children K-12.

TAHPERD agrees with the National Dance Association (NDA) and the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD) that a comprehensive, progressive curriculum for dance should be required throughout grades K-12. Movement is known to be a fundamental form of communication and a primary means of self-awareness. A variety of multi-cultural dance experiences provides students with a broad understanding of cultures through the study of traditional forms of artistic movement such as ballet, ballroom, folk/ethnic, jazz, modern, and tap. These dance forms are fundamental ways we come to know our world, our heritage, and others around us. Creative experiences enlarge the students' understanding of life. They engage the imagination in projects that encourage commitment and self-fulfillment.

Dance is approved by the Texas Education Agency as a certified teaching area. Whether dance is offered for physical education or fine arts credit, a certified dance teacher should be provided for grades 7-12. In grades K-6, an elementary movement education specialist, with a minimum of 12 credits in dance is essential.

Students of dance learn to perceive, to communicate, and appreciate the common and diverse features of a society. Students develop non-verbal as well as verbal skills and literacy through a process of making movement experiences personal and culturally meaningful. Carefully designed educational progressions for learning dance enables students to perceive, evaluate, and understand dance as a performing art, as a transmitter of culture, and as symbolic literature.

Co-curricular dance activities should complement the required dance curriculum. Dance organizations provide performance, choreographic, and production opportunities not generally available in the classroom. However, they should never take the place of, or be substituted for, the regular instructional program. Substitutions should not be permitted for student enrollment in marching band, ROTC, drill teams, cheerleading, team or individual sports, vocational subjects, or any other curriculum. Such substitutions deprive students of the educational benefits of a comprehensive dance education program.

Adequate facilities meeting safety guidelines are essential for all dance related activities. A designed classroom with a resilient, floating sub-floor and an appropriate surface will allow safe, free movement and full development of the body.

At each grade level, dance students should be involved in creative processes which increase their rhythmic ability, fitness level, and movement proficiency. Fitness, one valuable aspect of dance education, does not comprise the dance program in its entirety. Students' thinking and expressive capacities can be improved through opportunities to transfer skills and knowledge into efficient, accomplished movement. Understanding and appreciation of aesthetic, physical, cognitive, and emotional experiences are fostered as an effective way to know and function in the world. Comprehensive dance programs integrate and enrich the development of the total person.
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