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Dance Education

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 Under Review - Dance

Standards Review

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has a transparent and comprehensive process for reviewing and revising academic standards. The process begins with a notice of intent to review an academic area with a public comment period. The State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council examines those comments and recommends whether to revise those standards or continue with the existing standards. If a revision is determined to be needed, a state writing committee is formed to work on revision or development of those standards for all grade levels. That draft is then made available for open review to get feedback from the public, key stakeholders, educators, and the Legislature with further review by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council. The State Superintendent then determines adoption of the standards.

Public Input and Process - 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. This committee work proceeded through a regular and transparent review process to ensure all our children have rigorous and relevant learning experiences. 

INVITATION TO SHARE FEEDBACK - The Wisconsin Standards for Dance Draft is online for public review. Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments or information regarding the draft through an online survey at or email to The comment period is scheduled from January 28, 2019 to February 28, 2019. Comments received during that time will be reviewed and considered by the State Superintendent’s Standards Review Council (SSSRC) and the Department of Public Instruction. The Wisconsin Standards for Dance Draft is available online.  

There are two Standards Drafts Hearings scheduled for those who wish to provide their feedback in person.  
  • February 5, 2019 4:00-6:00pm at WI DPI, 125 South Webster Street, Madison, WI 53707
  • February 19, 2019 4:00-6:00pm at CESA 6, 2300 WI-44, Oshkosh, WI 54904

Specific information about programming and curriculum design is available through two publications: Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Dance Education (1997) and A Guide to Curriculum Planning in Dance (1988). You may purchase each guide at DPI Publication Sales or 800-243-8782. Districts are free to consider the standards of their choosing in their work.

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For questions about this information, contact Julie Palkowski (608) 261-7494