Dance and the Child II Summer Intensive offered by York University

York University is pleased to announce that it will offer Dance and the Child II Summer Intensive from July 4-15th, Monday to Friday 9a.m.-1p.m. This course is ideal for teachers wishing to learn more about teaching dance in an educational setting.


This course will provide a broad perspective on the theories of teaching dance to children in the age range of 6 to 13 (Grades 1-8), with an emphasis on creative dance forms. Students will be introduced to dance teaching philosophies and methods by specifically focusing on the dance curriculum as set out in the revised Ontario Curriculum Grades 1-8 The Arts. The creative process and critical analysis process as applied to the teaching of creative dance in the curriculum will be investigated.  Students will prepare creative dance lesson plans appropriate for the children of a specific practicum placement—be it a school, community, or studio setting.


Study, discussion, and experiential learning will broadly explore the following questions:


  • Why is dance important in the lives of children?
  • Which dance forms are uniquely suitable for children from 6 to 13 years of age?
  • What pedagogical considerations need to be taken into account when planning and conducting dance in elementary schools, community or studio settings?
  • How can the generalist classroom teacher implement dance in schools?    


The theoretical component will be covered predominately through experiential learning, class activities, discussions, films, videos, and assigned readings. Practical application will be made through in-class assignments and the student’s practicum placement.


Course Learning Objectives:


Students will be able to:


  • Develop an understanding of age/stage appropriate dance pedagogy.
  • Create a unit plan that will map out a series of dance classes for a select group of children in this age range.
  • Create and document ideas for lesson plans for a select group of children in this age range.
  • Teach a select group of children in this age range according to the unit design and lesson plans created.
  • Develop suitable evaluation tools for assessing the progress of the children taught.
  • Reflect on their own teaching; evaluate their strengths and challenges.
  • Teach dance to children, engaging them playfully and joyfully at their particular stage of development.


Dates: July 4-15

Lecture/Studio Times: 9:00 - 1:00 Monday – Friday

Practicum: TBA


If interested in enrolling, please contact the Dance Department at 416-736-5137 or email <> for further information and registration details.


Registration Information for In-Service Classroom Teachers


Returning Students: These students are required to reactivate their York file. They will need to fill

out the form at the following website:


Students New to York: These students will need to apply to York and are required to submit a transcript and a $90.00 dollar one time only fee.  They can log in to the following website for more information: