Benefits to Students Involved in a Dance Program
By Debbie Byrd
Dance is a discipline, making the student practice and work on a desired goal and technique.
The study of dance elements, such as movement time, sound, pattern, form, space, rhythm, shape, and energy are concepts underlying other subjects.
- A student studying dance develops an aesthetic appreciation for the expressive value of movement.
- Dancing gives the student an opportunity to work with others, developing teamwork, cooperation, and sense of “belonging”.
- Dancing, like any other subject, provides the potential for feelings of success and the desire to improve.
- Dancing provides an opportunity for performance, a sharing experience, either as a participant or as an audience member.
- Dance is discovery. Working creatively, a student explores the mind and body. The student is allowed to make an individual statement - a discovery of self.
- Dancing involves the “total self”. It requires concentration and thought, feeling and emotion.
- Dance is a physical activity. Like sorts, dance requires efficient utilization of movement and emotion.
- Dance provides responsibility training by virtue of being part of a team. At the same time it permits the student the freedom to enhance his creative sense in his individual interpretation of the dance.
- Dance encourages effort. Students “try” and take risks without feeling “dumb”.