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Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance



The publication of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts in Dance: Grades PreK-12 in 2005 was truly a milestone for the New York City Department of Education. For the first time, schools at all levels can implement dance education programs that are both sequential and comprehensive. Teachers have been provided with guidelines for implementing rich and creative instruction, and supervisors have been given a template by which to structure and evaluate programs. Our partners in the cultural and university communities have worked with us to establish the Blueprint as a common frame of reference to advance our mutual goal: an excellent education for all New York City public school students.



We are proud to release the revised 2015 edition of the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts in Dance: Grades PreK-12. This version includes documents to address arts instruction in Pre-K settings, for students with disabilities, and for English language learners. The Blueprint also provides guidance for aligning the arts and the Common Core as well as the Specific Considerations in Dance for dance studio practice and observations. There are also revised bibliographies, website resources with active links and assessment guidance, and other useful resources. We are confident that the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts in Dance: Grades PreK-12 will remain an essential tool for New York City arts teachers.


Download the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance

Download the Specific Considerations for Dance


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Dance Education for Diverse Learners


A Special Education Supplement to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance


We are pleased to provide you with Dance Education for Diverse Learners: A Special Education Supplement to the Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Dance. This manual contains important guidance and tested strategies for teaching dance to students with disabilities in our schools. It is a practical resource for all dance teachers and other educators who use movement in the classroom.


This guide is currently out of print and can be downloaded only.



NYC Arts Commencement Assessment in Dance: High Schools


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Dance Units


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