What are the elements of dance?

In What Is Modern Dance?, we develop concepts that are  applicable to all types of dance, whether they are highly technical concert forms like Ballet or Modern, cultural dances developed in a vernacular setting, or social dances like the Waltz or 2-Step. Incorporating imagination, language, music, and movement, students learn to use their own bodies in a creative way and how to pick out details of others' movement, so that they develop an understanding and appreciation of dance.

Concepts & Projects


Shape of the Body in Space
Bases of Support
Pathways Through Space
Positive & Negative Space
Locomotor Movements
Movement Sequencing


Workshop Details

For: Students age 5-11, up to 20 students per class

Time Required: Classes range from 30 minutes to 1 hour

Instruction: Babs Case and one assistant instructor

Requires: An open space for moving, Boom Box or system for playing music.

Organizations who have presented this curriculum: Journeys School of the Teton Science School, pARTners (Teton County School District), PALS (Fremont County School District), Pinedale Fine Arts Council (Sublette County School District), Big Piney Library, Choose Dance (Campbell County School District)