Program Objectives and Outcomes
At the end of SSBD, through the ballroom instruction (taught by the ballroom instructor) in combination with the lessons presented of related subjects students should:
• Have an understanding of the curriculum’s steps and know the timing and rhythms associated with each dance according to curriculum for the year.
• Be able to demonstrate the steps and appropriate timing in varying sequences without visual guidance both with and without a partner.
• Be able to identify the proper vocabulary for each dance step.
• Be able to answer basic questions regarding the history and/or origins of each dance and identify the countries of origin on a map.
• Increase and demonstrate their knowledge of healthy eating habits and the importance of exercise.
• Increase and demonstrate their socio-emotional skills (including respect, communication team work, goal setting, personal responsibility, confidence and manners).
• Have participated in 50 minutes of physical activity each week.
• Complete their evaluation components related to health, fitness and nutrition.
WHY the emphasis on physical fitness?
This program must be heavily evaluated on its benefits towards fitness, nutrition, and socio-emotional development. The 50 minutes per week of dance instruction is related to the federal recommendations that students receive physical activity on a regular basis. Therefore it is extremely important that all students participating be involved for the duration of the class period.
Is ballroom dance considered a sport or physical activity?
Yes! DanceSport is the term used to describe ballroom dance in its competitive, athletic form, which in 1997 was recognized by the International Olympic Committee as an Olympic non-medaling sport. While it is also an art, it is extremely physical and professionals in the field must be in top shape in order to participate at their fullest.
Where are good health related lesson plans beyond this guide?
We suggest trying the following websites, though there are many others available!
USDA Nutritional Guidelines
Kids Health Guidelines
Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 12:15