Drama and Dance

The ACS Drama and Dance program is guided by the National Core Arts Standards for Theater and Dance. The Dance requirements are also addressed by the SHAPE America standards that provide guidance for the Physical Education program.

The standards are divided into 4 key areas:


Conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #3. Refine and complete artistic work.

Performing, Presenting, Producing

Performing (dance, music, theatre): Realizing artistic ideas and work through interpretation and presentation.

Presenting (visual arts): Interpreting and sharing artistic work.

Producing (media arts): Realizing and presenting artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #4. Select, analyze and interpret artistic work for presentation.

Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic techniques and work for presentation.

Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.


Understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.

Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

Anchor Standard #9. Apply criteria to evaluate artistic work.


Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context.

Anchor Standard #10. Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

For the complete list of standards from PreK through high school, please click below: