Dancing With the Creative Process:
How to incorporate standards-based dance and movement
activities in classroom learning and assessment

John Morris, Dancer, Educator, Teaching Artist


Workshop Details 

This experiential workshop will guide arts teachers and teaching artists through a series of powerful yet simple creative movement and dance making explorations that are standards-based, and well suited to integrate with any content area. You will learn basic movement tools and a dance making activity that you can implement – no dance background needed - to help your students explore classroom content and engage in creative problem solving together. Teachers of all arts disciplines are welcome. Grades PK-12 All Educators 


Presenter Bio

John Morris is a dancer, educator and teaching artist. Additionally, he has a background in large-scale arts assessment and creativity research. Born and raised in Maine, John has recently returned after living in New York City for many years, as well as spending four years in the Shetland Islands in the UK. When not focused on dance, John works as a personal development coach.


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Outline & linked resources



• Creative dance movement

• Your background, my background

The creative process

The Elements of Dance


Warm-up – Movement Circle

• Breathe/shake/sound

• Name shape, copy

• Copy a shape and pass a new one

• Pass high, middle, low shapes


Walking Exploration of Dance Elements


Discuss/review Dance Elements handout – ways to integrate


Dance Making Activity

Dance Making Tools

The dance activity

   o Create opening shape

   o Explore stimulus focusing on three of the elements

   o Transformation

   o End in new shape


Show and Discuss

• Show 2 times

• Viewers comment/dancers describe


Assessment Issues

• Dance related

• The standards Q & A