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Dance Education

Dance students

Dance Education offers additional dimensions of learning for students to participate in. The physical, mental, social, and expressive nature of this art form offers learners multiple opportunities to explore and develop skills. The full potential of a student involved within dance is realized when:

  • sufficient learning time is provided for the mastery of skills, techniques, and reflection of goals,
  • dance experiences are instructed by individuals with adequate training, and
  • broad in-depth learner experiences are encouraged by the school community.

New Academic Standards Adopted - Dance 2019

Standards Review

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction went through a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising the academic standards in dance. We are pleased to announce that the State Superintendent has decided to adopt the Wisconsin Standards for Dance. The Wisconsin Standards for Dance full document is available online at Visit the home page for the Wisconsin Standards for Dance at It shares videos, instructional resources, and other information about the standards. 

Districts are free to consider the standards of their choosing in their work.

Thank you to the writing committee, stakeholders, educators, the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council, and members of the public for the feedback shared to inform this work. For more information about the standards and process, visit the links.
Public Input and Process - This committee work proceeded through a regular and transparent review process to ensure all our children have rigorous and relevant learning experiences. The notice of intent online survey was scheduled for July 13, 2018 to August 13, 2018. The survey information collected was shared with the State Superintendent's Standards Review Council on September 11, 2018 who then recommended to the State Superintendent that a Wisconsin Standards for Dance Writing Committee convene. The writing team started their work in October 2018 and worked through the fall and winter on a draft. The Wisconsin Standards for Dance draft was online for public review. The public was encouraged to share their comments through the hearings scheduled, submitted written comments, within the online survey or email. Comments received during that time were reviewed and considered by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council (SSSRC), writing team, and the Department of Public Instruction. The State Superintendent adopted the Wisconsin Standards for Dance on June 3, 2019. 
Districts are free to consider the standards of their choosing in their work.
For further information about dance education in Wisconsin, please follow the links: 
For questions about this information, contact Christopher Gleason (608) 264.9554