The word Dancing at the centre of the dance butterfly underscores the active, participatory nature of dance education, and acts as a cue to the following ideas:
As increasingly artistic, capable, passionate and confident dancers, students will begin a journey toward becoming creative, artistically literate adults, the kinds of citizens who will be able to participate in society with sensitivity, imagination, inspiration, and creativity.
As one looks from the centre of the dance butterfly to the wings, a new set of relationships emerge. Each wing represents one of the essential learning areas into which the general and specific dance learning outcomes are organized. While the body of the butterfly evokes the active, holistic experience of the young dancer, the wings articulate a range of learning outcomes that collectively support a path to comprehensive, balanced and developmentally appropriate learning in dance.
The essential learning areas are:
Although each essential learning area presents a distinct set of learning outcomes, their achievement is not intended to be realized in isolation. Just as real wings work synchronously with each other, the essential learning areas are intended to function in an integrated way. Rich thematic dance experiences will invariably integrate learning outcomes from two, three or all four essential learning areas.
The organization of outcomes into distinct, interrelated learning areas, or wings, is intended to give a clear outline of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes students will be expected to demonstrate at various grades. Each of the four essential learning areas contains the following componenets:
Connections to Key Concepts charts are provided for some SOLs. These connections offer background in the form of developmentally appropriate content related to the SLOs.