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Dance Using Still Art Sources (PDF 1.8MB)

This resource of looking at dance via still art could suggest a way to link aspects of visual arts to dance. The 3 1/2 page resource shows 3 examples of still art (sculpture and stained glass painting) from the New York Metropolitan Museum that depict dancers and/or dancing. There is some background information about each art work and some starter questions to ask children. Suitable for primary-intermediate teachers.

En Pointe!

This is a link to a video that shows a dancer preparing her ballet shoes for a performance. This would be interesting for students doing ballet for externals.

Explore Dance

For teachers and/or interested senior primary/intermediate students this webquest provides some ideas for independent dance activities and links to a variety of dance genre sites. These include Ballroom Dancing American Folk Dance Association Archives of the Early Lindy Hop (the Original Swing dance) and Modern Dance. After exploring sites students are given some activities to do.

Fosse’s Snake in the Grass and Jackson’s Billie Jean

Where did Michael Jackson get his ideas for choreography and his dance style? Could Bob Fosse have been an influence? Have a look at this You Tube clip and note the similarities between Fosse's Snake in the Grass and Jackson's Billie Jean. This would be a good clip to show students to introduce them to the work of Bob Fosse. To see complete versions of Fosse's dance - Google Fosse Snake in the Grass.

Fusion Dance - Dance Styles

This web page provides information about Indian dance styles including Indian classical dance Bharata natyam Kathak and Bollywood. It is part of the teachers' notes for the New Zealand Ministry of Education video and DVDs "Discovering Dance: Dance Styles in Aotearoa New Zealand" and includes links to related tracks on the video/DVDs.

Japanese Dance

A Kids Web Japan website for Primary teachers (or students) that has several pages explaining Japanese dance. Very useful for an integrated dance and social dance unit.

Jazz Dance Sequence Examples

Included in the video clips on this site is an example of a beginning jazz sequence that might give ideas for a Year 9/10 dance. The dancers use a hat as a costume and prop.

Lighting Design for Dance

This website provides some photos and annotations of a lighting designer's work for a variety of small-scale contemporary dance works. The notes about the choreographies and the lighting choices would be useful reading for senior secondary dance students.

Moko 'Opening Excerpt' - Atamira Dance Company

This is good material to support the teaching of Kura. The clip is from Moko, another dance by Moss Patterson.

Moko 'Red Dress Duet' - Atamira Dance Company

This is good material to support the teaching of Kura. The clip is from Moko, another dance by Moss Patterson.

Māori Dance - Dance Styles and Props

This web page provides information and a selection of related websites about Māori dance styles and props. It is part of the teachers' notes to the New Zealand Ministry of Education video and DVDs "Discovering Dance: Dance Styles in Aotearoa New Zealand".

Māori Song and Dance

This web page provides an overview of Māori song and dance and some of the body movements that are incorporated in it. It is part of the teachers' notes to the New Zealand Ministry of Education video and DVDs "Discovering Dance: Dance Styles in Aotearoa New Zealand".

Satyagraha: Mahatma Ghandi's Life in Dance

In this unit for the performing and visual arts students research the life and work of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. They create a four-scene dance drama that depicts aspects of Indian culture and selected incidents in Gandhi's life. They also research Indian art and architecture in preparation for designing and creating props backdrops masks and costumes. At the end of the unit the students present their work in front of an audience. Includes a case study. Intended for level 4 for years 7–10 of the New Zealand curriculum.

Teaching Channel

The teaching Channel has more than 20 videos of dance lessons on its website. Some show learning in primary classrooms often integrating dance with other curriculum areas.  There are also videos of teachers working with secondary students.

Theatrical Jazz Dance

A comprehensive article on the history of jazz dance. Please be aware that as Wikipedia is a public document accuracy of information cannot be guaranteed.


Art and Creativity in Early Childhood Education

This site has lesson plans as well as handouts on art and literacy and how art impacts on overall learning.

Arts Queensland

Arts Queensland involves students in five arts disciplines: Dance Drama Media Music and Visual Arts. This site contains information on Arts Curriculum Support Policies and Procedures Arts Programmes and Arts Resources.

Creative Waikato

Creative Waikato supports the development of the creative arts in the Waikato for the benefit of the greater community. We can help with information, advice, support and funding for your arts or cultural project. The Waikato has a thriving and distinctive creative sector and our communities treasure its essential contribution to our lives. Our purpose is to strengthen, develop and invigorate the creative sector in the Waikato for the benefit of all.

Education and Disability Resource Center

Use this British education site as a reference tool for various issues in education that affect the entire community- Including Job Tips Neurological Developmental & Learning Disabilties Salary Statistics SATs Classroom Management Home Schooling Lesson Plans Bullying ADD Student Loans and Articles in Education.

Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plans - Arts

The Educators Reference Desk Lesson Plan Collection contains more than 1000 unique lesson plans which have been written and submitted to AskERIC by teachers from all over the United States. This page is focused on the Arts.

Exploring Te Ao Kori

Te Ao Kori (the world of movement) is a Māori celebration of life through movement and its many expressions. This resource describes learning experiences derived from customary Māori cultural practices and integrates the arts with health and physical education.

Figure Drawing Lab

A useful and comprehensive guide to drawing the human figure from the University of Evansville Indianna.

History of New Zealand Theatre

Arts and culture, the guide to top websites: visual, performing & literary arts.

Integrated Arts Programme - Arizona

This video and accompanying materials describe and justify an arts-integration programme in primary schools. While the programme relies on visiting arts specialists in the classroom there are ideas and rubrics that could be adapted by generalists.


Register to find information about past and upcoming arts virtual field trips. Registration and enrolment in all trips is free for New Zealand registered teachers teaching in New Zealand schools.

Manaakitanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of manaakitanga in arts classrooms. Mannaakitanga is about values of integrity trust sincerity and equity. Through manaakitanga the teacher and fellow students recognise and affirm the identity of each student in open and trusting relationships.

New Zealand Curriculum Resource Bank

This tool organises resources and information that support professional learning and leadership as schools implement The New Zealand Curriculum. There is a selection of resources for The Arts in this database.

Nga Toi Online

This site contains materials for teaching Ngā Toi in Māori medium schools in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Secondary Education Portal

Information resources and guidance to support secondary teaching and learning.

Secondary Schools Arts Coordinators’ Funding

Since 2009, schools have no longer been required to apply for their allocated funds or to provide activity reports to the Ministry. All state and integrated schools have received tagged funds for the Secondary Schools Arts Coordinators Project in their operational funding in instalments in January, April, July and October. The amount they receive depends on the number of students in each school, with a base amount of $1,000.

Schools determine how they use the funding – this may be to employ an Arts Coordinator or may also be used for their students to attend Arts events or to have artists/musicians come into their school.

Read the 2004 Evaluation Report of the project here.

Success for Boys

This New Zealand Ministry of Education website is intended to help teachers build on existing practice to create opportunities for all boys to succeed.

Tales from Te Papa

This teaching resource features 100 Tales from Te Papa mini-documentaries that showcase many of the unique pieces that Te Papa holds in trust for the nation. Each Tale is supported by curriculum links questions for students response templates teaching resources and links to relevant material on the Te Papa website. This resource is the result of a partnership between TVNZ 7 Vero and Te Papa.

Tangata whenuatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Tangata whenuatanga represents place-based socio-cultural awareness and knowledge of the whenua or land we come from.

Te Manu Aute

Te Manu Aute is a centre for gifted and talented students in the arts. Teachers and students can register for classes and materials that are multi-cultural and based on the Aotearoa New Zealand and Pasifika experience.

Theatrical Resources: Music Theatre International

This site provides resources to go with many of the most well-known shows like Fame Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. The study guides explore issues that are pertinent to the era and themes of the shows. A great resource for teachers who want to use the school show as an assessment tool.

Tino rangatiratanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of tino rangatiratanga in arts classrooms. Tino rangatiratanga is the principle of relative autonomy – the goal is to gain relative control over one's own life and cultural well-being.

Unravelling the Mystery of Avant-Garde Art

Whanaungatanga - Senior Secondary Teaching and Learning Guides for the Arts

Examples of whanaungatanga in arts classrooms. Whanaungatanga involves relationships (between students school-wide and with the community) based on high expectations.

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