Typhani Harris | August 2015

Studio STEAM-up: Arts & Dance

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Studio STEAM-up Series!

Each week, we explore arts integrated lessons that connect dance to the STEAM subjects.  This week is Arts and Dance!  There are so many opportunities to integrate dance with the arts which makes this so exciting! We will be using the National Core Arts Standards.


Media Arts:

NCCAS Media Arts




NCCAS Theatre

Visual Arts:
NCCAS Visual Arts

Lesson Seeds

Media Arts And  Dance

Media Arts and Dance can collaborate in many ways.  For instance, one simple in class integration technique can be student marketing.  Have students use design strategies to market their artistic abilities by creating business cards with slogans and logos.  Or use media arts as inspiration for movement.  In a larger format, students can use media arts to design promotional tools for performances, such as tickets, programs and posters.

Music & Dance

Music and dance have such a seamless relationship already. However, we can build more rigorous partnerships by having musicians and dancers work together on collaborative compositions, where the making of the movement and the making of the music is happening simultaneously. Also, have musicians share their repertoire with the dancers and have the dancers select pieces to inspire their compositions.  Moreover, you can even have the musicians become a part of the choreography by incorporating them into the choreography by performing the music on stage while the dancers perform through and around the musicians.

Theatre & Dance

Theatre Arts and dance share so many attributes, like the ability to breathe life into a character and take the audience on a journey.  Collaboratively, actors can design scenes with full character profiles and have dancers recreate those scenes through movement alone, paying special attention to the characters created.  Furthermore, theatre and dance can also take a larger role by collaborating on full musical productions.

Lesson Plan
Visual Arts And Dance
Art in Motion Lesson Plan

art in motion lesson, Studio STEAM-up, Arts and Dance, Education Closet

There are so many opportunities to connect all of the arts in collaborative ventures.   If you have an arts lesson you’d like to integrate with dance, or if you try one of these here, please drop me a comment below or email me at [email protected], I would love to hear about it!

Piquès & Pirouettès

Next Week: Studio STEAM-up: Arts and Math

About the Author

Dr. Typhani Harris, author of Putting the Performance in Performance Task and Stop Teaching, brings over 2 decades of educational experience to The Institute. Originally a high school English Language Arts teacher, Dr. Harris transitioned into a dance educator who cultivated an award-winning collegiate style dance education program at a public school in California. Prior to joining the Institute, she was an educational leader and instructional coach specializing in preparing new teachers in secondary urban schools.  As the Executive Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Harris maintains courses, conferences, and the accredited certification program at The Institute.