Welcome to The Value of Dance Education: Applying the Revised TEKS. We will examine the revised Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) that will guide middle and high school curriculum and instruction in dance for the State of Texas.
The TEKS are meant to serve as the backbone for all curriculum development in the fine arts. The TEKS describe what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade level.
Please take a moment to review the revised dance TEKS to see how they can be incorporated into middle and high school curriculum.
Dance offers unique experiences and empowers students. It engages and motivates all students through active learning, critical thinking, and innovative problem solving.
Dance develops cognitive functioning and increases academic achievement. Students develop higher‐order thinking, communication, and collaboration skills that are applicable to college readiness, career opportunities, workplace environments, and social skills. Creativity is essential to nurture and develop the whole child.
Through dance, students challenge their imaginations, foster critical thinking, collaborate with others, and build reflective skills. While exercising meaningful problem‐solving skills, students develop the lifelong ability to make informed judgments.
Students develop capabilities in all of the following areas:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Reflective skills
- Problem solving
- Making informed judgements
Dance concepts and principles function interdependently in the TEKS. Although certain concepts and skills are taught and learned in isolation, they are all integrated in performance. A solid understanding of how the elements of dance are related is crucial in creating artistic performance.