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”.