Online Lesson Plans

Online Lesson Plans

New! 3/31 Click HERE for a Creative Movement Class with Daniel

Welcome to RDT’s resource guide and lesson plan repository. Included in these pages are numerous videos, lesson plans, activities, and ideas to engage your students as you work through the joys and challenges of teaching dance and dance education through online means.

The pages here are developing and growing with more being added each day. If there is a particular topic you’d like us to cover, please reach out. The company can be contacted at rdt@rdtutah.org.

For now, please feel free to use the resources here, link back to videos, copy ideas however you may need to serve your students and educational goals. Everything here is FREE and offered at no cost to you.


New 3/31! Creative Movement Class with Daniel

Join Daniel and enjoy a creative movement class.

New 3/31! Outdoor Workout with Daniel

Follow along with Daniel in a special outdoor workout routine.

New 3/27! Ito Lesson: Create Your Own Gestures

This is the fourth and final Ito lesson. Using Ito’s gesture phrase as an example, can you create your own gesture sequence? See what Elle put together and then build your own!

New 3/27! Michio Ito Gestures: Pavane

Explore the Ito Gestures further using the rhythm and counting structure from Taeko Furusho’s Pavane. Taeko was Ito’s niece who choreographed a homage to Michio Ito in 1997.

New 3/27! Michio Ito Gestures: A & B Types

Learn the basic Ito Gestures in their normal sequence. Pictures and a video will help you learn!

New 3/27! Strength and Balance Exercises with Dan

Follow along with Dan Higgins as he leads you through some strength and balance exercises.

Body Patterns for Yoga

Follow along with Jaclyn as she discusses Total Body Patterning and makes connections to yoga. Great for athletes, dancers, and anyone who moves!

Social/Ballroom Lesson: Cha Cha

Tyler teaches the basic Cha Cha step for students to follow and learn.

Core Exploration with Jaclyn

Follow along with Jackie as she talks about and explores the use of the abdominal muscles. She talks you through the muscles and then teaches and demonstrates a movement phrase with reflections questions at the end.

Drop Swing Combination with Tyler

30-minute Ballet Barre with Lauren

Spine Exercises – Seated & Standing

Following along and learn two-movement exercises for your spine – one seated and one standing. Movement breakdown and videos included.

Hip Exercises – Seated & Standing

Following along and learn two-movement exercises for your hips – one seated and one standing. Movement breakdown and videos included.

Feet Exercises – Seated & Standing

Following along and learn two-movement exercises for your feet – one seated and one standing. Movement breakdown and videos included.

Arm Exercises – Seated & Standing

Following along and learn two-movement exercises for your arms – one seated and one standing. Movement breakdown and videos included.

Steppin’ Lesson: The Basic Rhythm

Rhythms from Natosha Washington’s 2003 dance Steppin’ and broken down with sound and video demonstration. More rhythm’s to come

5-minute conditioning with Lauren

RDT dancer Lauren Curley leads a short, 5-minute conditioning routine. Follow along with her!

10 -minute conditioning with Lauren

RDT dancer Lauren Curley leads a long, 10-minute conditioning routine. Follow along with her!

Stretching with Lauren

RDT dancer Lauren Curley leads two stretching routines, one short and one long. Follow along with her!

Introduction to Michio Ito

Learn about Michio Ito, his life, his art, and his history. More Ito lesson plans will be added here including his 2 gesture phrases and more performance videos of his choreography – including some dances over 100 years old!