Teaching Dance for EVERYbody

Making dance easy to teach for every teacher (6 PD hours)

We are excited about your interest in taking this online course from PE Central. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take six hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the six hours towards your teacher licensure re-certification. We know you will find this course valuable and enjoyable. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected].
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PE Central and Human Kinetics Professional Development

Offering dance to children in your physical education program not only allows them to develop rhythm but it is great for building coordination, strength and endurance and in some cases aerobic capacity. Dancing encourages children to express themselves with their entire body and helps them expand their overall movement skills.

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to introduce K-12 educators to the process of simple choreography and provide them the tools to create movement with music that is developmentally appropriate for their students. Creating movement to music does not have to be intimidating. Even if you “can’t dance,” you CAN create fun and meaningful movement sequences for your students that build their confidence, physical literacy, and fitness (and yours!). Educators will also identify choreography that can easily be modified for their students. This is a fun, interactive course that will leave learners feeling empowered and prepared to create movement with music ... for fitness and fun.

Course Goals
On completion of this course students will be able to:
  • identify songs that lend themselves to creative movement for K-12 students.
  • identify parts of songs (chorus, verse, bridge, intro, etc.)
  • count timing of different parts of songs.
  • create learnable and logical movement sequences to music.
  • identify locomotor, non-locomotor, and manipulative movements that pair well with selected music.
  • modify existing choreography for their own teaching environment.

This course addresses the following standards:

Standard 1. The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.

Standard 2. The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.

(SHAPE America (2014). National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education)


"I'm really enjoying this course...Especially now that I'm creating dances that I will use next year!!" - Jennifer

"I really enjoyed every assignment and took away that I don't always have to use "dance steps" but can incorporate things like fitness and jump rope skills to name a few! Using dance to review concepts taught makes it more fun while allowing for repetition! It was challenging and fun all the way." - Rodney B.

"This was such an enjoyable class. The instructor, Sandy, was very positive and willing to email and assist me when I had a question. I took th eclass over XMas break and she was on it!! She is really good at this ""online stuff"". I will be looking for her name in the near future! Thank you." - L Griffin

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