Charting a Tool Box of Dance Elements

It is the first day of dance class, and many of Ms. Alvarado’s Dual Language students have never participated in formal dance training. Teaching Artist Jennifer Golonka clearly introduces her Toolbox of Dance Elements, allowing all of the students to participate in dance-making by the end of this first class.


  • Introduce concepts clearly in a variety of forms: say it, show it, write it, and ask the students to do it

  • Chart criteria so students can see it and refer back to it

  • Provide ample time for students to explore the concept(s)