Why is Dance Important in Education?
Back then the focus was on acquiring skills that help run the economy. As a result, literacy and numeracy were the emphasis on education. Thankfully, times have changed and education has also emphasised play and the performing arts. After all, we don’t just need to acquire knowledge and skills. We also have to gain self-confidence, get along with other people and better express and manage our emotions.
Why is dance important in education
Dancing is a way of expressing emotions through an artful combination and sequence of movements. Also, dancing has been a way of telling a story and performing a ceremony. It’s more than just a form of art because dancing has been a crucial part of both ancient and modern culture. How a group dances tells a lot about their culture and history.
In modern times we often think it’s all about entertainment. Some might even think that dancing has no value to society. After all, the economy will run whether there’s dancing or not. It’s true that science and engineering are important in our survival and living. But what are we living for in the first place? The arts will help us find meaning and appreciation in life. It’s not just about entertainment, but also about connecting our souls to something meaningful.
In education, learning how to dance can also teach us to find meaning, especially in these chaotic and uncertain times. We can also learn how to develop appreciation for beauty and arts. Children might not yet realise that but surely their brains are getting wired for appreciation and meaning. That appreciation and finding meaning can help them better navigate the uncertain future.
Dancing can also help children develop confidence and social skills. It’s not easy to stand in front of a large crowd and many of us adults are terrified of that. But when children start to perform on a stage at an early age, they will feel comfortable early on and they will bring that confidence for the rest of their lives.
Dancing can also be a great way to explore interests and passions. This way children can immediately know which they like and parents will quickly notice if their children have talent for dancing. Instead of a narrow path early on, the early years of a child can be better put to exploration.
Perhaps it will lead to professional dancing or just a shallow interest that will fade once your child grows up and focuses on something else. Nevertheless, dancing will add flavour to your child’s learning experience.