Why Dance?

Over the last 10 years the profile of dance in education has been growing steadily and the subject is becoming increasingly important in the curriculum. Creating, performing and appreciating dance develops a wide range of skills to help young people navigate their way through the modern world. For example, dance develops:

  • Physical skills and spatial awareness.
  • Social interaction and self awareness.
  • Young peoples’ creativity and imagination.
  • A greater understanding of fitness, a healthy body and mind.
  • Understanding and appreciation of different cultures.

(Bhangra)

(Break Dancing)

In addition to physical skills, dance can teach essential life skills. The practical experience gained provides lifelong skills in self management, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership. Furthermore, its non-competitive nature means it can engage young people uninterested in sports. It is also very effective in increasing self-confidence.

(Carnival)

(Bollywood)

Dance has numerous cross-curricular links adding another dimension to the study of many subjects. For example:

  • History – Using music and dance to help recreate the feeling of another era and to give an insight into how people might have felt. Creating dances from photographs or pictures of historic events.
  • Geography – Music and dance can be very revealing about the life and culture of other countries.
  • Science – learning about the human body – muscles, diet and exercise.
  • Art & Design – Paintings, posters and sculptures make fantastic inspiration from which pupils can create their own dances.
  • Music – Pupils can explore their own ideas and feelings about music using movement, dance, and expressive language. Dance can develop a person’s rhythmic awareness and understanding of musical phrasing.