Dance Standards

North Carolina Essential Standards

Below are the Essential Standards that are taught for all levels of dance in North Carolina Public Schools.

Creation and Performance

1. Use choreographic principles, structures, and processes to create dances that communicate ideas, experiences, feelings, and images.

2. Understand how to use performance values (kinesthetic awareness, concentration, focus, and etiquette) to enhance dance performance.

Dance Movement Skills

Understand how to use movement skills in dance.


Use a variety of thinking skills to analyze and evaluate dance.


Understand cultural, historical, and interdisciplinary connections with dance.


Links to documents with Clarifying Objectives of each Essential Standard.

K-8th grade – North Carolina

9th-12th grade – North Carolina

National Standards – NCAAS