National Standards-Based Hip Hop Dance Curriculum
The Everybody Dance Now! team recently worked with Curriculum Specialist and Executive Director of NDEO, Susan McGreevy, to develop a twelve-week National Standards-based hip hop dance curriculum. Our curriculum covers topics such as understanding basic dance vocabulary, hip hop dance history, embodying hip hop grooves, cultural dance classes, teamwork building exercises, and more. We imbue both our curriculum and teacher training in meeting the Social and Emotional Learning Standards so that our team may best transform our students through our dance programming.
To be literate in the arts, students need specific knowledge and and skills in a particular arts discipline to a degree that allows for fluency and deep understanding. In dance, this means discovering the expressive elements of dance; knowing the terminology that is used to comprehend dance; having a clear sense of embodying dance; and being able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to dance.
Four artistic processes organize the National Standards across the arts disciplines: Creating, Performing, Responding, and Connecting. Each artistic process includes a set of overarching anchor standards. The anchor standards are consistent among the arts disciplines represented in the National Core Arts Standards and demonstrate the breadth of the work.
Social and Emotional Learning Standards for Expanded Learning Programming
Everybody Dance Now! strives to meet the following programmatic goals:
• Safe and supportive environment - The program provides a safe and nurturing environment that supports the developmental, social-emotional, and physical needs of all students.
• Active and engaged learning - Program design and activities reflect active, meaningful, and engaging learning methods that promote collaboration and expand student horizons.
• Skill building - The program maintains high expectations for all students, intentionally links program goals and curricula with 21st-century skills, and provides activities to help students achieve mastery.
• Youth voice and leadership - The program provides and supports intentional opportunities for students to play a meaningful role in program design and implementation, and provides ongoing access to authentic leadership roles.
• Diversity, access, and equity - The program creates an environment in which students experience values that embrace diversity and equity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, income level, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression.
Everybody Dance Now! does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.
Everybody Dance Now! is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.