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Why dance is just as important as math in school

Dance benefits

  • In an evaluation of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, 95 % of teachers said that as a result of dancing together, there was a demonstrable improvement in students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate.
  • Dancing improves reading and math scores.  “physical activity has a positive influence on memory, concentration and classroom behavior.”
  • Arts benefit everyone regardless of their vocational pathways.

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Dancing

It is the physical expression through movement and rhythm of relationships, feelings and ideas.

Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools disrupted by violence and bullying.

Dance benefits

  • In an evaluation of Dancing Classrooms in New York City, 95 % of teachers said that as a result of dancing together, there was a demonstrable improvement in students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate.
  • Dancing improves reading and math scores.  “physical activity has a positive influence on memory, concentration and classroom behavior.”
  • Arts benefit everyone regardless of their vocational pathways.

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Vulnerable Time for Kids

A child's pre-teen and teen years are a high-emotion transitory period. This is due to shifting classmates, social pressure, multiple classrooms and a period of many 'firsts'.

Deep Friendships

A study on sixth-graders revealed that friendship is crucial and real for kids, and can be as deep as a parental relationship.

Most parents and teachers do not understand the importance of deep bonding among friends at school and tend to regard friendships as a distraction or a nuisance.

Social Isolation and Bullying

Social isolation is the dark side of the school, in which many kids with no friends are at risk of anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. There is a perceived sense of threat with being friendless, and the young, immature mind can deeply internalize the resulting difficulties, leading to depression.

Bullying at this age is also a major problem, with those who are socially isolated becoming the most vulnerable to being bullied.

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Dancing benefits
Dancing benefits
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Dancin’ In The (Virtual) Streets
Dancin’ In The (Virtual) Streets

The lockdown has resulted in restricted movement but has led to a rise in dance, as people strive for physical movement for fitness, stress relief, healing and human connection.

Da...

Dancers and Social Communicators

They have a common set of genes, according to a recent study published in Genetics Journal, and the evolution of these genes dates back 1.5 million years.

Our ancestors were good orators and dancers, having specific skills for social bonding, where celebration, healing and rituals (like the Rain Dance in some cultures) were accompanied by dance.

African Dance As A Mean Of Communication

The Guadeloupe island inhabitants in West Africa used dance as the main means of communication, with the art form of ‘Big Drum’ called Gwoka, which had different beat rhythms for different emotions.

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