WHY SHOULD CHILDREN DANCE
- increase their learning in other curricular areas when dance is integrated into the curriculum.
- Learn to solve movement problems that hone their problem-solving skills.
- Increase their listening skills and learn how to follow directions.
- Gain an understanding of dance history and world cultures.
- Sharpen their skills of observation and learn how to make informed judgments regarding performances and choreography
- increase their self-esteem through self-expression and the master), of movement concepts while being engaged in a positive and noncompetitive dance form.
- learn to take risks by mastering movement challenges and learn trust through activities that engage in weight sharing, partnering and group cooperation.
- Express their feelings verbally about their own and other people’s dances, helping them to put feelings and thoughts into words.
- Express their feelings through movement, becoming more attuned to the inner self.
- Experience contrasting movements which help them define their feelings.
- Learn body awareness, control, balance and coordination.
- Gain physical strength, flexibility, stamina and agility.
- Lessen health risks through movement and exercise.
- Release stress through positive physical activity.
- Increase their personal movement vocabulary as the work with other dancers and learn from other cultures
1. Discover the value of individual differences through creative exploration problem-solving and the study of other dance forms and cultures.
2. Learn to cooperate with others through partner and group work.
3 . Learn poise before a group through informal showings.
4 . Learn appropriate ways of touching others through gentle physical contact and weight-sharing.
5 . Bond with one another through positive physical contact and the sharing of ideas and space.
6. Increase leadership skills through partner and group work
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