Dance in Education

4552068531_557x462While the idea of integrating dance into a broad educational program has been around for some years, at present time it does seem to be gaining traction in regard to being adopted in public schools. This comes at a time that advocates that educational art, be it dance, visual arts or music, is up against financial barriers and the precedence of standard core curriculum subjects.

Educational professionals note that teaching via dance integration shows that the more frequently children have these sessions, the better the teachers themselves seem to be at establishing intricate and deep seated learning. This form of education is regarded as an excellent vehicle for promoting various skills such as critical thinking and creativity.

Yet despite the great benefits of teaching dance at school including: exercise, artistry, musical appreciation, and better learning capabilities, it has taken a long time for this subject to be recognised as a “serious” and proper one, and it is only now that the impressive effects of dance integration are being acknowledged by those who are in charge of the curriculum. There are many qualified dance teachers who are members of well known societies such as the International Dance Teachers’ Association, and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, who are able to conduct lessons at schools in their respective regions.

This form of activity is strikingly different to other sports as it involves music, and allows the children the human exerience of expressing themselves in ways which would otherwise be almost impossible. It allows them freedom of mind and body, and takes them away from mundane learning and being face to face with a computer. It is also good for the way they carry themselves. When this is established at a young age at school, then it is likely to be continued in later life.