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Minton, Sandra L.

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The purpose of this research was to determine how the four skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are defined and how dance making and choreography might be taught to urban elementary students in a way that also teaches each of these four skills. The thesis attempted to answer the four research questions by reviewing existing literature and qualitatively mining and analyzing the data in order to discover techniques and ideas that could be used to design the desired curriculum. The researcher used a similar process to understand how dance making might best be taught to elementary school children, particularly urban elementary school children. The researcher was the sole participant in this study with an outcome in which she was able to design lessons for both younger and older children. Further research is required in order to determine how to teach dance making to young students so that the movements created are based on the students’ inner impulses. The lessons created also need to be taught to students, especially urban elementary school students, to assess their outcome and effectiveness for that student population.


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