Publication Date


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Elka Todeva


Although dance is an expression of culture, it has seldom been used in the foreign language classroom as a teaching tool. Using Patrick Moran’s Cultural Knowings Framework as an organizational foundation throughout the paper, the author shares why this topic became of great interest to her. She also addresses research and perceptions on movement and dance in an educational environment, and attempts to describe benefits and ways of including movement and dance in any foreign language classroom. Though this paper focuses on the author’s experience using merengue music and dance in the teaching of Spanish, it is intended for any teacher who would like a fresh approach to language and culture.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | First and Second Language Acquisition | Other Teacher Education and Professional Development