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Search AgainMany schools around the world do not offer dance in their curriculum. This is because they do not have the funding means, they do not know the benefits of it, or they do not have the proper teachers to teach dance. However, with more studies to prove dance can be beneficial to their students and their learning experiences, they would reconsider. Arts and Education should be better funded in schools because the programs help improve social development, psychological development, and academic performance.
Learning how to be social when one is a kid is very important. Being social will help kids in the future, for example, be comfortable when speaking in job interview or audition. Dance is a good way for kids to be exposed to this social learning, but how will kids be able to dance if there is not a studio nearby? Dance should be offered in school. Dance in schools will impact one’s social development by enabling them to be in an environment where they have to think about and share their ideas. (Philosophy) It will boost their critical thinking skills which is used in schools worldwide. (Dance Education) By practicing critical thinking skills in dance it promotes problem solving skills, analysis, and decision-making which, in return, will help a student in the classroom. (Critical Thinking) It will also help develop their listening skills. (Dance Education) In dance, one is constantly listening to the dance instructor, music, and the other dancers. Listening and watching the instructor makes the child more disciplined and a good student. (Dance Education) Dance will also put kids in an environment where they can work cooperatively and collaborate with others taking the class. This teaches them to be open to listening to other’s ideas. It teaches them how to work with a group to reach a common goal. (Dance Education)
Having this form of art in schools with also allow kids to receive criticism in a positive way. The skill transfers over to other areas in one’s life, it helps one grow and mature, and it also is a way to receive constructive criticism. (Standards) In dance, the instructor wants one to succeed and be good at dancing. In order to do that, the instructor has to correct the dancers when they are doing movements wrong. Dance will also make kids develop skills such as respecting others, noticing how everyone is different, and gaining more friendships. (Marsh) Lin Marsh, singing leader with the British Council’s world voice program, wrote the article, “Why song and dance are essential for children’s development” which stated that kids today are socially isolated because they spend time in front of the TV and computer. If one decides to spend time dancing instead of watching TV, they would be introduced to different people that have different cultures. This would allow one to be comfortable being around those who have a different culture or race as them, hearing music that they don’t normally listen to, and dancing in ways they wouldn’t normally dance in. (Kassing)
Dancing also helps a kid to become more coordinated. (Standards) This is a social development because it teaches one to multitask and to use multiple senses. When one dances they have to move their legs in opposition or at different speeds than their arms making the dancer multitask. Dancers also use multiple sense such as the eyes, ears, mouth, and touch. By having and using these skills, it will create a very hardworking student or employee for a complicated task or job. “A study by the University of Maryland in partnership with the University of Houston reveal that dancers use multiple areas of their brain simultaneously.” (Brains Wired) “They are thinking about the sequence, focus, timing and qualities of lightness and strength all at once,” says Karen Kohn Bradley.
By having dance in schools, it can help one’s psychological development too. Any type of movement impacts one’s psychology, however, dance enhances it and brings it to another level. For example, dance influences many psychological developments in kids such as a sense of control, confidence, satisfaction, meaning, and person autonomy. (Bond) By having a sense of control, it allows a dancer to have control over the effort they put in, what movement they can do, and how much attention they put in to the class. When one dances, they have to put in a hundred percent every time they dance or they will not receive the joy and achievement by accomplishing what they want. They also get to control what movement they do because they have control over their body. When learning how to dance, one learns that they can move their body in ways they did not think they could. They also learn how to pay attention and control their mind from wondering. These are important skills to have because it will create a focused and calm student in the classroom. (Dance Education)
“It’s Work, Work, Work, Work” was a study on how young people dance and what it means to them. Karen E. Bond and Susan W. Stinson ran this study because they felt as if dance was impacting kids’ lives at very young ages. This study took place at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Their results proved that dance impacts kid’s psychological development by experiencing satisfaction, challenge, and accomplishment.
Dance offers a way for kids to express their emotions in a positive way. It allows them to become vulnerable and to get out of their comfort zone. It fosters physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development by making the kids more self-motivated, focused, disciplined, and expressive. (Standards) In the womb, the child is already introduced to rhythm and movement. (Marsh) When they first enter life, they move naturally. As they get older they move to achieve mobility, to express a thought or feeling, or just because it feels wonderful and joyful to. (Standards) When people dance it releases endorphins that make one feel good inside. (Release Endorphins) A recent study at the University of London tested anxiety-sufferers. He enrolled them in one of four settings, a music class, a math class, an exercise class, and a dance class. Only the patients from the dance class reported “significantly reduced anxiety.” (Release Endorphins)
Schools would have better students if they started offering dance classes because it is a very unique learning opportunity. (Standards) This would create a more diverse student because they will learn how to be able to retain information by being taught in ways they are not use to. Dance also impacts one’s memory. Dancers use kinesthetic learning which often helps them to remember easier. (Standards) Dancers have to learn and retain choreography in a short amount of time. When they have been dancing for a long time they get use to learning things quickly and remembering information well which soon meshes into their academic life as well.
Dance also affects students’ academic performance. 11 of 14 correlational studies of physical activity during the school day demonstrate a positive relationship to academic performance. (Rasberry et al., 2011). Work studies suggest that Children respond faster and with greater accuracy to a variety of cognitive tasks after participating in a session of physical activity. (Academic) When physical activity is used as a break from academic learning time, the effects include better attention, increased on-task behaviors, and improved academic performance. (Academic) Dance improves the integrity of brain structure and the functions that underlie academic performance. (Academic)
Dancing allows students to become more creative in their academic and social life. Dancers have the ability to remember chunks of steps and recognize their patterns. (Brain Wired) “The brain stores these patterns in lower parts, which opens up more room in the frontal lobe for expression and “creative reinventions on stage if something suddenly goes wrong,” Bradley says.
Every person learns differently and has different learning styles. Howard Gardner a leading researcher in multiple intelligences says that the different learning styles are visual, kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and logical. Dancing is a path to kinesthetic learning which will help the kids who need to learn with that style. (Multiple Intelligences) For example, a teacher who wants to help student remember historic facts can apply those facts to dance movement. The students who learn kinetically will be more likely to remember them.
“The vestibular (inner ear) and cerebellar (motor activity) system
is the first sensory system to mature. In this system, the inner ear’s
semicircular canals and the vestibular nuclei are an information-gathering
and feedback source for movements. Impulses travel through nerve tracts
back and forth from the cerebellum to the rest of the brain, including
the visual system and the sensory cortex. The vestibular nuclei are
closely modulated by the cerebellum and also activate the reticular
activating system, near the top of the brain stem. This area is critical
to our attentional system, because it regulates incoming sensory data.
This interaction helps us keep our balance, turn thoughts into actions,
and coordinate movements. That’s why there’s value in playground
activities that stimulate inner-ear motion, like swinging, rolling, and
jumping.” (Mind 104) Dancing also simulates the playground activities mentioned above.
In conclusion, dancing would help a student become more well-rounded by influencing their psychological, social, and academic skills. Teachers do not have the time to integrate this type of teaching tool, especially in such data driven school environments. If the number one job of and educator is to prepare a student for a successful future then innovative teaching styles should be a priority. Therefore, school systems should fund and create afterschool programs where kids can experience that new and efficient way of learning, dance.