Dance and Education
Dance, as part of the education curriculum, celebrates unique ethnic and cultural traditions among students, which in turn promotes cohesiveness based on the respect of diversity. Students in schools that offer dance as part of their curriculum benefit with regard to physical development, which involves the development of muscle strength, flexibility, agility and coordination, etc. As a fun and enjoyable activity, dance also helps in the relieving of stress by invoking relaxation through the development of positive attitudes amongst students. With regard to sociological development, taking part in dance classes enables students to develop social skills such as communication and teamwork, which further empowers students to ultimately realize confidence and self-esteem. Aside from the physical benefits of dance, research shows that students who learn dance in schools often exhibit above average performance in their studies, in comparison to those who do not. This is primarily because students, more often than not, respond to creative arts with intensity, concentration and enthusiasm, thus increasing their potential of better performance in standard subjects. Therefore, assimilating dance into schools curricula creates a more profound understanding of concepts, aside from the development of student’s cognitive abilities, observing a mutual balance between the mind and the body.