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									                           7th & 8th GRADE DANCE UNIT
                                    PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Introduction:      Welcome to the 7th & 8th Grade Physical Education Dance Unit. This unit
                   will be an exciting exploration of music and movement from around the
                   world. Please do not write on this packet because you will turn it back in
                   at the end of the unit.

Dances:            This unit will introduce a variety of dances including:
                        1. Line/hip hop dances
                        2. Folk dances/Swing dances
                        3. Cultural dances
                        4. Create-a-dance

Goals:             *   To gain the ability to perform dances in an assessment environment
                   *   To develop a sense of tempo and rhythm with music
                   *   To gain an appreciation for creativity and different forms of dance
                   *   To gain an appreciation for working cooperatively with others
                   *   To learn the skills necessary to develop your own dance moves
                   *   To be able to use skills outside of the class in a social situation
Expectations:      *   Bring a positive attitude and willingness to learn each day
                   *   Pay attention and be a good listener. You will be confused if you don’t
                   *   Do the best you can and try to get better each day (it takes practice)
                   *   If you make a mistake (that’s ok), just stop and start again
                   *   Show respect to all students (including your body language)
                   *   Do not draw others off task with talking or behavioral distractions
                   *   If you are absent, it is your job to find out what you missed
Do role playing to show what is expected and also what is NOT acceptable
behaviors/expectations. Go through each expectation. Students need a visual, and a chance
to practice to internalize rules/expectations. This will also meet accommodations for any
students who have difficulty processing verbal instructions.
Consequences:      * If you can not be cooperative and follow the expectations you will not
                   participate (which makes it very hard to learn the dances!)
                   * Consequences may be given by any teacher
                   * Consequences may include:
                          (a) Removed from class
                          (b) Loss of activity and/or responsibility points
                          (c) Referral to the office
In order to get full buy-in from the students, open up discussion about what the kids think
                    would be appropriate consequences. The discussion can be steered to


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                    arrive at the consequences that you want. Students may have some that
                    you don’t even think of.
Summary:            This could be one of our most popular units during PE - if you come in each
                    class with a willingness to try and bring a good attitude each day then you
                    will enjoy this unit and be successful! Remember that it takes time and
                    everything will come with practice, repetition, and effort!


                                  GRADING RUBRICS
INDIVIDUAL DANCES:           Worth 5 points each using the following guidelines:
A = Know all the steps, no mistakes, keep tempo with the music, and must show “attitude”
B = Know the steps, a couple mistakes, keep tempo with music, but doesn’t show attitude
C = Know most of the steps, a few mistakes, mostly keep tempo with music
D = Know some of the steps, many mistakes, sometimes keeps tempo with music
F = Don’t know the steps, many mistakes, doesn’t keep tempo with music
Accommodations will be made for students who do not feel the music, and will not be help
accountable for “Keeps tempo with music”.
     GROUP
                            A                 B                C                   D                F*
 PERFORMANCES
TIME                      2:00           1:45-1:59        1:30-1:44           1:20-1:29         0:00-1:19
MOVES                      8+                7                6                   5                0-4
                         Definite                       Somewhat of                             No clear
CLEAR ENDING
                      clear ending                        an ending                              ending
                      Mostly your     A lot of your     Some of your         Few of your      No moves of
CREATIVITY
                       own moves       own moves         own moves            own moves         your own
                      Group always    Group mostly     Group together       Group barely        Group not
GROUP TOGETHER
                        together        together         sometimes             together         together
                      Many levels/    Some levels/      A few levels/         One level/       No levels/
VARIETY
                       formations      formations        formations           formation        formations
                      Don’t repeat     Repeat the        Repeat the         Repeat dance      Repeat dance
REPETITION
                        the dance      dance once      dance 2 times            3 times       over 3 times
                         Totally         Mostly          Sometimes              Barely         Not smooth
SMOOTH                 smooth and      smooth and        smooth and          smooth and        or with the
                       with music      with music        with music           with music          music
* Eliminate the 0-4 F points on the Group Performance. Students with disabilities tend to be
clumsy, many ADHD characteristics, with body in motion before brain, impulsivity, etc.
GROUP EVALUATION                 4                    3                      2                     1
                                              Worked well with      Sometimes worked       Didn’t really work
                          Worked well with
                                                 the group &        with the group but     with the group and
      Cooperation        the group & always
                                              usually listened to   didn’t always listen   rarely listened to
                         listened to others
                                                    others               to others               others
                            Always had a         Usually had a       Sometimes had a          Usually had a
        Attitude
                          positive attitude    positive attitude     positive attitude      negative attitude
                                                  2
                           towards the tasks    towards the tasks    towards the tasks    towards the tasks
                            Always tried to      Usually tried to     Sometimes tried       Rarely tried to
        Effort              work at his/her      work at his/her     to work at his/her    work at his/her
                              best ability          best ability         best ability        best ability
                                                 Usually on task     Sometimes on task
                           Always on task and                                             Rarely on task and
                                                  and focused on       and focused on
     Responsibility         focused on what                                                focused on what
                                                what needs to get    what needs to get
                           needs to get done                                              needs to get done
                                                       done                 done
                           Shared many ideas    Shared some ideas       Shared a few       Didn’t share any
     Shared Ideas           with the rest of    to the rest of the     ideas with the       ideas with the
                               the group               group         rest of the group    rest of the group
When showing new steps, always model the moves you want and make sure you are not doing
them in a mirror image. Have your back to the students, looking over one shoulder to maintain
control, so that your left is their left and your right is their right. You are making
accommodations for students who cannot process your verbal directions, or cannot read the
direction sheet. If they see you do it, and even are able to stand behind you and mimic your
model, they have a better chance of internalizing the steps. If it takes 4-5 times for the
general ed student to master the steps, it will take 20-25 practices for the student who needs
accommodations to master the step.
                                               RESPECT


   Nationality:       American Hip Hop Dance (Los Angeles)
   Formation:         Individual Line
   Type:              Two wall dance

   Part 1 – SLIDES
            1. Right slide and clap with shoulder dip (counts 1-2)
            2. Left slide and clap with shoulder dip (counts 3-4)
            3. Right slide and clap with shoulder dip (counts 5-6)
            4. Left slide and clap with shoulder dip (counts 7-8)



   Part 2 – TOE HEELS
            1. Right toe heel (counts 1-2)
            2. Left toe heel (counts 3-4)
            3. Right toe heel (counts 5-6)
            4. Left toe heel (counts 7-8)



   Part 3 – PIVOTS & JUMPS
            1. Right shoulder pivot ¼ turn (counts 1-2)
            2. Left shoulder pivot ½ turn (counts 3-4)

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         3. Three ¼ turn jumps clockwise to the right (counts 5-7)
         4. Clap (count 8)



START THE DANCE OVER (FACING THE OPPOSITE WALL)




                          ELECTRIC SLIDE (SLOW)

Nationality:    American Hip Hop Dance (San Francisco)
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Four wall dance

Part 1 – GRAPEVINES
         1. Grapevine right (step right to the side, step left behind, step right to the
            side, touch left and clap) (counts 1-4)
         2. Grapevine left (step left to the side, step right behind, step left to the side,
            touch right and clap hands) (counts 5-8)

Part 2 – MOVES BACK
         1. Right foot step back (count 1)
         2. Left foot step back (count 2)
         3. Right foot step back (count 3)
         4. Touch left beside right and clap hands (count 4)

Part 3 – ROCK FORWARD & BACK
         1. Left foot step forward (begin rocking motion forward) (count 5)
         2. Right foot touches in place behind left (count 6)
         3. Step back on right foot (begin rocking motion back) (count 7)
         4. Left foot touch beside right (but slightly forward) (count 8)

Part 4 – STEP, SCUFF, & TURN
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         1. Left foot step forward (count 1)
         2. Scuff your right foot forward as you make a ¼ turn to the left on your left
            foot (while lifting your right knee) (count 2)

START THE DANCE OVER (FACING A NEW WALL TO THE LEFT)


                          ELECTRIC SLIDE (FAST)

SUBSTITUTIONS:
       Part 1 – Use sideways runs (right & left) in place of the grapevines
       Part 2 – Use hip hop pivots backwards in place of steps back
       Part 3 – Can dip down and touch the floor with your hand on the forward rock




                         SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

Nationality:    American Disco Dance (New York)
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Four wall dance

Part 1 – MOVES BACK & FRONT
         1. Step back four steps (right, left, right, touch left and clap) (counts 1-4)
         2. Step forward four steps (left, right, left, touch right and clap) (counts 5-8)

Part 2 – ROLLS RIGHT & LEFT
         1. Three point turn to the right (counts 1-3)
         2. Touch left beside right and clap (count 4)
         3. Three point turn to the left (counts 5-7)
         4. Touch right beside left and clap (count 8)

Part 3 – DISCO POINTS
         1. Four Disco Points (each up and down is one Disco Point) (counts 1-8)

Part 4 – HOPS & CLICKS
         1. Hop forward for two counts with the right foot leading (counts 1-2)
         2. Hop backwards for two counts with the left foot leading (counts 3-4)
         3. Hop forward for one count with the right foot leading (count 5)
         4. Hop backwards for one count with the left foot leading (count 6)
         5. Two heel clicks (counts 7-8)
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Part 5 – TOUCHES & TURN
         1. Tap right foot in front twice (counts 1-2)
         2. Tap right foot behind twice (counts 3-4)
         3. Tap right in front (count 5)
         4. Tap right behind (count 6)
         5. Tap right to the side (count 7)
         6. Raise right knee and do ¼ turn to your left on your left foot (count 8)

START THE DANCE OVER (FACING A NEW WALL TO THE LEFT)




                                    PATA PATA

Nationality:    African Folk Dance (South Africa)
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Four wall dance

Part 1 – TOUCHES
         1. Touch right heel in front, then back together (counts 1-2)
         2. Touch left heel in front, then back together (counts 3-4)

Part 2 – TOES & HEELS
         1. TOES: Open toes, keeping heels together (count 5)
         2. HEELS: Keeping toes in open position, open heels (count 6)
         3. HEELS: Keeping toes in open position, bring heels together (count 7)
         4. TOES: Keeping heels together, bring toes together (count 8)

Part 3 – KNEES
         1. KNEE: Bring right knee up across body (count 1)
         2. TOUCH: Touch right foot beside left (count 2)
         3. KNEE: Bring right knee up across body (count 3)
         4. STEP: Step right foot beside your left (count 4)

Part 4 – STEPS & TURN
         1. Small kick with left leg in front (count 5)
         2. 3 step turn ¼ turn to your right (left, right, left)


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START THE DANCE OVER (FACING A NEW WALL TO THE RIGHT)


                                        HORA
Nationality:    Israeli Jewish Celebration Dance (Romania)
Formation:      Connected circle with hands on shoulders

STEPS – While traveling in a counter-clockwise circle to your right:
        1. Step right to the side (count 1)
        2. Step left behind right (count 2)
        3. Step right to the side (count 3)
        4. Kick left leg across in front of right (count 4)
        5. Step left (count 5)
        6. Kick right leg across in front of left (count 6)

START THE DANCE OVER
                                      Locomotion

Nationality:    American Dance Song Genre
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Four wall dance

Dancers form a circle or if the class is smaller move in a line formation

Part 1 – Forward Traveling Right
         1. Step R tap L with right locomotion arm (counts 1 and 2)
         2. Step R tap L with right locomotion arm (counts 3 and 4)

Part 2 – Forward Traveling Left
         1. Step L tap R with left locomotion arm (counts 1 and 2)
         2. Step L tap R with left locomotion arm (counts 3 and 4)

Part 3 – Forward Traveling Left and Right
         1. Step R tap L with both locomotion arms
         2. Step R tap L with both locomotion arms
         3. Step L tap R with both locomotion arms
         4. Step L tap R with both locomotion arms

Part 4 – Grapevines
         1. Grapevine right (step right to the side, step left behind, step right to the
            side, touch left and clap) (counts 1-4)
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         2. Grapevine left (step left to the side, step right behind, step left to the side,
            touch right and clap hands) (counts 5-8)

Part 5 – Walking
         1. Face center and walk forward starting with your right foot (counts 1-3)
         2. Tap with your left (count 4)
         3. Travel back starting with your left foot (counts 1-3)
         4. Tap with your right (count 4)

Part 6 – Shuffle Steps and Step Touches
         1. Join hands in circle and take two steps to the right (counts 1-4)
         2. Than take two steps to the left (counts 5-8)
         3. Step touch (counts 1-8)

Part 7 – Marching (sway) moving into the locomotion line formation (counts 1-8)
                               Start the Dance Over
                                  Old School Slide
    Music by Christy Lane’s Old School Slide or “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor

Nationality:    American
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Two wall dance

Part 1 - Grapevines
         1. Grapevine right (step right to the side, step left behind, step right to the
            side, touch left and clap) (counts 1-4)
         2. Grapevine left (step left to the side, step right behind, step left to the side,
            touch right and clap hands) (counts 5-8)

Part 2 – Walking
         1. Walk back starting with the right (counts 1-4)
         2. Walk forward starting with the left (counts 5-8)

Part 3 – Football Stance
         1. Step to the right sitting back in a squat with hands on knees (count 1-2)
         2. Step to the left sitting back in a squat with hands on knees (counts 3-4)
         3. Step to the right sitting back in a squat with hands on knees (count 5-6)
         4. Step to the left sitting back in a squat with hands on knees (count 7-8)

Part 4 – Steps and Turns
         1. Tap right heel twice (counts 1-2)
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         2. Bring right toe back (count 3)
         3. Lift right knee up and quarter turn left (count 4)
         4. Plant feet a bit wider than hip width and shake it (counts 1-4)

                                   Start Dance Over




                                  Cleveland Shuffle
                        Music: Billy Jean by Micheal Jackson

Nationality:    American
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Two wall dance

Part 1 – Hopping and Turning
         1. Hop forward right/left (count 1-2)
         2. Hop back right/left (count 3-4)
         3. Paddle turn around left foot/right foot starts turning at noon (counts 1-8)

Part 2 – Touches
         1. Standing touch out right bring your right foot back in (counts 1-2)
         2. Than touch out left bring your left foot back in (counts 3-4)
         3. Touch out right bring right back in (counts 5-6)
         4. Touch out left bring left back in (counts 7-8)

Part 3 – Pivots
         1. Half pivot turn right, half pivot turn back to the left (counts 1-8)
                a. “get on your horse, get off your horse”

Part 4 – Box Steps
         1. Step to your left with your right foot in a rocking motion (counts 1-2)
         2. click your heels (counts 3-4)
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         3. Step to your right with your left foot in a rocking motion (counts 1-2)
         4. click your heels (counts 3-4)

Part 5 – Kicks and Turns
         1. Quick kicks right/left/right quarter turn to the right (counts 1-4)
         2. Quick kicks left/right/left half turn to the left (counts 1-4)

                                   Start Dance Over




                                God Blessed Texas
                      Music: God Blessed Texas by Little Texas

Nationality:    American
Formation:      Individual Line
Type:           Two wall dance

Part 1 – Step Touches
         1. Step diagonally   forward to the right, touch with the left and Clap (count 1-2)
         2. Step diagonally   forward to the left, touch with the right and clap (count 2-4)
         3. Step diagonally   backwards to the right, touch with the left/clap (counts 5-6)
         4. Step diagonally   backwards to the left, touch with the right/clap (counts 7-8)

Part 2 – Stomps and Slaps
         1. Stomp left, stomp right (counts 1-2)
         2. Slap right thigh with right hand, slap left thigh with left hand (counts 3-4)
         3. Right knee roll out (counts 1-2)
         4. Left knee roll out (counts 3-4)

Part 3 - Grapevines
         1. Grapevine right (step right to the side, step left behind, step right to the
            side, touch left) (counts 1-4)
         2. Grapevine left (step left to the side, step right behind, step left to the side,
            touch right) (counts 5-8)


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   Part 4 – Kicks and Scoots
            1. Step forward right, continuous kicks with your left in a ½ turn to the right
               and than back kick, step forward left ( counts 1-4)
            2. Scoot forward with left foot twice (counts 1-4)

                                      Start Dance Over




                                     Western Swing

   Cues for the basic Step:
      • Guy’s hands palm up, girls palm down. Thumbs touch partner’s hands but don’t clamp
         down tight.
      • Both partners step with right foot toward the spot the others right foot was.
      • Elbows extend forward and backward but don’t lock out. Provide a little tension for
         each other on extension.

                                             Moves

Girl’s Turn
       • Guy leads with left hand. Girl turns counterclockwise (CCW).
       • Guy still takes a right step.

Guy’s Turn
      • Guy goes under his own left arm.
      • Girl still takes a right step.

Guy’s turn walk through
      • Guy walks through left arm and re-grabs girl’s hand as it comes around his back.
      • Finish this move with a girl’s turn.

Basket
     •   Girl’s turn without letting go of girl with right hand.
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      •   Girl walks backward, boy walk’s forward.
      •   Guy lets go with left hand, girl spins out with two turns clockwise (CW)
      •   Finish with a girl turn CCW

Basket to Basket
     • Put the girl in a basket
     • Unwind without letting go of either hand
     • Girl will be spinning CW
     • Girl will end up on guy’s left side in the basket
     • Spin the girl out CCW holding on with left hand

Two handed girl’s turn
     • Lead the girl CCW with both hands up
     • Guy has to do a turn after the girl completes her turn
     • Make sure to finish each part before starting another
     • Finish with a one handed girl’s turn to slow momentum

Basket Girl backs out
     • Put girl in the basket
     • While walking backward the girl bends forward and backs under guy’s right arm
     • Guy finishes like the two handed girl’s turn

Basket Guy backs out
     • Guy hangs on with both hands. Left right arm up and go under it wrapping yourself
        up in your own arm
     • Guy will be on the girl’s right side
     • While walking backward the guy bends forward and backs under the girl’s right arm
     • Guy finishes with a girl’s turn

All of these moves can be mixed up to make the whole dance look more complicated.

Here are some songs that are easy to dance to:

Sawyer Brown                                 Faith Hill
  Step that Step                               Let’s Go to Vegas
  The Race is On                               Dearly Beloved
  Putting the Dark Back Into the Night
  One Less Pony
  Shakin

Garth Brooks                                 Brooks and Dunn

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Callin Baton Rouge    Boot Scootin’ Boogie




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