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Standards, Resources, & Documents

The links below contain PDF versions of the National Core Arts Standards in Dance. To view and engage with the interactive version of the Standards, visit the NCAS website here.







Anchor Standards

Anchor standards describe the general knowledge and skill that teachers expect students to demonstrate throughout their education in the arts. These anchor standards are parallel across arts disciplines and grade-levels and serve as the tangible educational expression of artistic literacy.1

Click on the Standard to download a PDF version.

 Standard One  Standard Seven
 Standard Two  Standard Eight
 Standard Three  Standard Nine
 Standard Four  Standard Ten
 Standard Five  Standard Eleven
 Standard Six  


A young female dancer dressed in a black leotard and black tights with a high bun arches her back with her arms pulling behind herA young black female freestyles while a group of dancers cheer her on, all dressed in black tshirts and black pants.A young dancer with her hair in a high bun in a black leotard demonstrates a ballet first postion with her arms.two white females in black leotard and tights dance as a group of students watch on the side

Three dancers of different races in long skirts and blue leotards all hold the same pose of their leg up and bent at the knee to the side with their arms lifting to the skytwo asian women in long white and red dresses hold their arms at their chesttwo females with their backs to the camera dressed in a black leotards and tights are standing watching dancers on stage

A black male dancer dressed in dark clothes is in a pose with his legs bent and seperated with his arms reaching above his headThree young white females in yellow dresses all hold different poses.A white female and black male dressed in all black stand with their legs crossed and bent with one arm out to the sideOne black female and two white females in floral skirts and green ruffle tops dance on stage with their arms behind their back

Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCA)

In education, what is chosen for assessment signals what is valued. In other words, the evidence that is collected tells students what is most important for them to learn. If it is not assessed, it will likely be regarded as unimportant. Sample model cornerstone assessments are provided within the standards to illustrate the type of evidence needed to show attainment of desired learning. This idea is key to backward design; for example, the assessments bring the standards to life by illustrating the demonstrations of desired learning and the criteria by which student performances should be judged. Standards-based curriculum and associated instruction can then be designed “backward” from key assessments that reflect the desired outcomes.

Click on a grade level to download a PDF of the MCA.

 Grade 2
 Grade 5
 Grade 8
 High School - Proficient in Dance
 High School - Advanced in Dance
 High School - Accomplished in Dance


Additional Resources

1 NCCAS, National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning. Last modified February 18, 2014.
2 NCCAS, National Core Arts Standards: A Conceptual Framework for Arts Learning.