Dana’s World of Dance Weblog

Dance Curriculum for Early Childhood

Posted on: November 5, 2008

As a dance instructor for young children, I find it very interesting to search for different curriculum standards and ideas for teaching my students. 

According to the National Dance Education Organization, “Dance helps children mature physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. These standards in early childhood address the developmental needs of the young child through the art of dance. They are guideposts for what every child should know and be able to do at ages: Birth –One (infant), two (toddler), three, four, and five.”

This is the National Dance Education Organization Standards Website:


Here is the page found on the site for Early Childhood Dance Standards:


I find the information I found on these sites to be very thorough and useful.  Everything and anything that needs to be explained is thoroughly discussed, from how to read and use the standards to a very detailed description of a child’s abilities in movement each year of their life.  The website not only describes the different elements of dance and the dance experience, but also uses circle graphs and tables to make the information even easier to understand.  The website also provides a list of the benefits of dance for young children and then uses the standards to further explain the benefits.


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