Musical Theater Dance: 1950's - Today

by  The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

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Focusing on rhythm, musicality, and storytelling, this Musical Theater Jazz dance class starts with a jazz warm up and then takes off into an exciting tour of musical theater history. Tailor made for each group, this class introduces choreography from multiple popular musicals both old and new. The dance combinations will be inspired by the original Broadway choreography as well as catered to the dance level experience in your classroom. By the end of the class, students will have learned a short combination which can be shared with family or a small audience if applicable.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $150.00

An invoice will be sent within one week following the completed program session(s). For questions regarding your invoice, please email Tameka Davidson, education@thecowlescenter.org


60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Parent, Adult Learners Dance Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Brain Research, Career Education, Character Education, Community Interests, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Performing Arts, Problem Solving Dance

Program Delivery Mode

Zoom or Google Meet

Booking Information

This program is available Monday-Friday between 9:00-4:00 PM CST

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Minneapolis, MN
United States

The Cowles Center is a dance and performing arts hub that promotes movement and growth through supportive space to create and collaborate, engages audiences through dynamic performances, and educates artists of all ages through robust and inclusive education and community engagement programming.

We program an exciting season annually, representing more than 20 local artists and companies that showcase the depth and breadth of the Twin Cities' professional dance scene. 

We partner with artists and companies in our season by providing free marketing and production support, letting the artists focus on their performances. 

We educate through robust, high-quality arts learning programs serving students of all ages, statewide, via residencies, workshops, and student matinees. 

We support the growth and life-cycle of dancers and companies through our below-market-rate offices, studios and stages; and through community engagement programs, McKnight Fellowships, and our MERGES co-production program. 

Tameka Davidson

Program Details


1. Warm up the body so we are ready to move!
2. Learn a few dance steps that will be utilized in the combinations
3. Brief History of a musical and learn the first dance combination
4. Brief History of a musical and learn second dance combination
5. Practice each combination and examine the performance and story-telling that goes into each combination


1. Develop an appreciation for different Musical Theater Dance styles
2. Explore the use of musicality and counting to learn movement sequences and pair the movement to the music
3. Experiment with performing the dance sequences with acting and storytelling
4. Have fun!

Standards Alignment

National Standards

National Standards:
Content Standard: 1: Identifying and demonstrating movement elements and skills in performing dance
- Students accurately identify and demonstrate basic dance steps, positions, and patterns for dance from two different styles or traditions
- Students demonstrate accurate memorization and reproduction of movement sequences
- Students describe the action and movement elements observed in a dance, using appropriate movement/dance vocabulary

Content Standard: 3: Understanding dance as a way to create and communicate meaning
- Students observe and explain how different accompaniment (such as sound, music, spoken text) can affect the meaning of a dance

Content Standard: 5: Demonstrating and understanding dance in various cultures and historical periods
- Students competently perform folk and/or classical dances from various cultures; describe similarities and differences in steps and movement styles