Dance is more than the exploring different ways to make a shape or learning a series of steps to music; it is a way of moving that uses the body as an instrument of expression and communication. Dance teaches students teamwork, focus, and improvisational skills. Dance awakens new perceptions in students, which help them learn and think in new ways.
Students need to express and communicate their ideas and to be given the opportunity to make creative decisions. This decision-making promotes self-esteem and independent thinking for all. Learning movement of others helps to expand the student’s movement vocabulary while creating one’s own movement putting the student in a leadership role and giving them a chance for their voice to be heard. Giving students freedom to make choices within a structure prepares them for great character and self-control as they grow and mature into creative-thinking adults; and to test their own personal boundaries.
Through the arts, we teach students to recognise the contribution of all individuals to the fabric of our society and increase understanding of those around them. Dance enhances skills of perception, observation, and concentration, which will undoubtedly help students in all of their school subjects.