The BCPS Dance Pre-K-12 Curriculum recognizes that all students have the right to an arts education (dance, theatre, music, and visual arts) as a fundamental part of basic education. The goals and indicators of the curriculum are arranged sequentially, Pre-K-12, to include creative work, dance forms and techniques, dance history, performance and production, aesthetics, and criticism. Infused in the study of dance is the recognition and realization that dance contributes to a healthy lifestyle, as well as the development of individual and social skills. The dance curriculum also provides unique opportunities for cross-curricular connections, an inherent benefit of studying dance.
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Elementary Dance Integration Program Overview
Office of Music and Dance Education

Children are natural movers and are inherently creative.  The Elementary Dance Integration programs offered in Baltimore County Public Schools provide a structured environment for students to explore movement and develop their creative potential in conjunction with other subject areas.  During a typical Dance Integration lesson, the students will be actively involved in creative thinking and problem solving that explores concepts in science, math, history, and social studies as experienced through movement.   The program is aligned with both the Maryland State Standards for Dance Education and the National Core Arts Standards which focus on the artistic processes of creating, performing, connecting, and responding in dance.  The program is delivered by a qualified arts educator who is able to guide the students through each step of the learning process and support the students in their thinking, learning, and dancing.  The program is designed to develop the student’s understanding of fine arts dance as well as the student’s understanding of how dance connects to other subject areas.  As evident in current brain research, activating both the brain and the body during instruction has numerous benefits for cognitive development and deeper learning. 


Level School Name Contact Person Phone Number
Elementary Schools: The Chatsworth School Kelly Alt 443-809-1103
  Johnnycake Elementary (Intervention Program) Sara Hampt 443-809-0823
  West Towson Elementary Karen Campbell-Kuebler 443-809-3869


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