Dance: Poem Study (Grades 9-12)

Teacher: Jennifer Landa
School:  Ridgewood High School
Location: Ridgewood, NJ
Grade: 9-12
Subject: Dance
Lesson: Poem Study

One Semester Course – PEARLS Project Unit

  1. Limited Physicality Study
  2. Poem Study
  3. Portrait Study
  4. Solo Portrait Study
  5. Group Piece


  • Students will be introduced to the idea of using text in dance
  • Students will be able to create movement from text
  • Students will be able to create a short dance study illuminating a text

Duration: 4 Class periods

Materials: Music, Mirror, Poems and Graphic Depiction of Poems created by text from PEARLS Ambassador blogs


  • Students are exposed to the idea of using text to create dance
  • Students view video of various dance pieces incorporating text in different manners
  • Students reflect on what they have seen


  • Students create a short dance study from a particular text
  • Students create a movement vocabulary from their text
  • Students create a solo piece designed to bring their text to life
  • Students perform solos


  • Students and teacher give feedback on performance on performance.
  • Students reflect on the use of text in dance.

Student Outcomes/Assessment: By the end of the lesson the students will have created and performed a solo study illuminating a text source.  They will be assessed through verbal and written feedback, both self-assessed and teacher assessed.



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