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The Performing Arts

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Lesson Themes/Ideas:

ballerina-silhouette-3Define & Overview ~ Offer a brief overview of various performing art forms to give a broad understanding of the definition. Popular forms of performing art include:

  • dance
  • song
  • instrumental music
  • theater
  • readings
  • illusion & magic tricks
  • improvisational comedy
  • mime
  • puppet show

Performing vs. Visual Art:

Explain the difference between performing art and visual art. Performing art is a style/form of art where the body or voice is used to perform or express art whereas visual art expresses art through the use of objects, such as paint, canvas, sculpture, photography, etc.

In Dance:

  • Non-verbal expression/how you use your body (clap, stomp, hop, sway, twirl, whistle, step, hip movement, etc)
  • Different styles: cultural or ceremonial dance, performance & technique based (ballet, ballroom, acrobatics), step dance, folk dance, sport/competitive style (dance team, figure skating, martial arts), street or club dance, etc.
  • What does a choreographer do?

In Song:

  • Songwriting/lyrics
  • Singing
  • Singer/band/harmony/a capella (without music)
  • Concert/opera/musical/choir

Instrumental Music:

  • Instrument Families
  • Musicians
  • Orchestra/Conductor
  • Marching Band
  • Concert Hall
  • Classical Music/Composer

In Theater:

  • Plays and pantomime
  • Stage, actors, performers, audience, setting, costume, make-up, props, dialogue/script, etc.

Readings:

  • Poetry reading, spoken word performance, storytelling, etc.

Holiday Related:

  • Caroling
  • Readings (‘Twas the Night Before Christmas)
  • The Nutcracker Ballet

Action & Teaching Songs:

  • Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
  • If You’re Happy And You Know It
  • Hokey Pokey
  • Whistle While You Work (Snow White)
  • Do Re Mi (Sound of Music)
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