Washington State Dance Education Expectations

The Washington State Dance Education Expectations booklet is a document compiled by DEAW Board members, at the request of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, in order to provide guidelines for dance programs in Washington schools. It is intended:

  • To assist the school administrator in establishing an environment and atmosphere for nurturing academic excellence through a school or district’s dance program;
  • To support the dance educator in providing a well-rounded program of dance education for all students as well as advanced instruction for students wishing to pursue advanced study in dance;
  • To support the development of dance programs that meet Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements in the area of Dance.

These recommendations outline a model program in dance—a complete, sequential, comprehensive, district-wide curriculum extending across all grade levels and supporting the academic growth of every learner. A list of resources for gaining further information and support is also included.

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