Traditional Dance of Western North Carolina

Asheville Dance









Grade Level: Fourth Grade Lesson Plan

Subject: English/ Language Arts, Social Studies, Math, Healthful Living, Computers and Technology

By Michele Medford

Central Elementary School – Haywood County Schools

Traditional dance forms are a direct reflection of the rich cultural heritage of the mountain region of North Carolina. From early settlements through today, a mixture of dance styles from Native American, English, Scottish, and Irish influences have shaped the unique styles of dance that have been passed down through generations. The major forms present today are Clogging and Square Dancing. Fourth graders will learn the influence of traditional dance of Western North Carolina through literature, discussion, writing, math, computer/technology skills, and instruction in the basic styles of these dances.

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