Launch of the New National Core Arts Standards


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National K-12 Dance Education: Standards in Action Conference

April 17-19, 2015

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Now that we have new arts (and dance) standards, plan to attend our conference to understand the standards in-depth and how to apply them in your classroom and/or studio. Also check our our Call for Presenters.
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NCCAS Launches New National Core Arts Standards
Representing 5 Arts Disciplines: Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts & Media Arts

Yesterday on June 4th, the National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS), of which NDEO is a member of the leadership team, launched
the new National Core Arts Standards via a live-streamed webinar.

To view and engage with the interactive version of the Standards, go to

This website is live, but still in test-mode, so some features may not be fully operational.


The National Core Arts Standards in Dance are designed to enable students to achieve dance literacy. In dance, this means discovering the expressive elements of dance; knowing the terminology that is used to comprehend dance; having a clear sense of embodying dance; and being able to reflect, critique, and connect personal experience to dance. The standards are applicable to any dance genre, style, or culture. The standards are designed to be taught across artistic processes. One well-structured class will address many standards as will choreographing one composition, dance study, or dance.

To download the specific Dance Standards and supporting documents, please visit our website at


To more fully understand all the background and details of the new standards, please review the FAQ found here.

Why are arts standards important? For several reasons:

1. The arts are core subject areas. Education experts and policymakers consistently identify the arts as core subjects – i.e., subjects that all students need to study. Every school has a responsibility to ensure that all of its students master a core curriculum that includes the arts.

2. Arts standards identify what is important for students to know and be able to do in the artistic disciplines of dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts. Practicing arts educators wrote the standards, with input from researchers and professional artists. This blend of classroom-based wisdom and scientific method enabled writers to craft challenging but developmentally appropriate standards for students at each grade and level.

3. Arts standards identify pathways for students to become creative thinkers, creative makers and creative responders to the world around them. As corporate leaders and policymakers demand a more creative and effective workforce, new arts standards define processes that cultivate our students’ problem-solving skills for success in college, career and life.

4. Arts standards emphasize the collaborative nature of artistic production. Teaching the Core Arts Standards develops collaboration and communication – key components of the 21st Century skill set desired by employers and higher education.

5. Arts standards reaffirm the importance of a comprehensive education that extends beyond reading and math. While federal and state education policy supports a broad definition of education that includes the arts, narrow accountability systems too often shrink the scope of children’s education to “basics.” Arts standards support the comprehensive education that students need for a successful life and career.


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