Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Benefits of Dance in the Early Years.....


Physical Development 


 Moving safely, imaginatively and with confidence 

 Moving with bodily control, co-ordination, flexibility and balance 

 The development of spatial awareness 

 Dancing with props; developing manipulative skills 

 Experiencing a range of gross motor movements and fine motor movements 

 Keeping healthy - dance as part of a healthy lifestyle 

Creative Development 


 Communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings non-verbally through movement 

 Using the imagination to create ideas, characters and narratives 

 Making movement responses 

 Having an enjoyable, exciting and motivating time 

 Working individually, with a partner and as part of a group 

 Developing trust and co-operation 

 Selecting and using movement ideas independently and with others 

 Exploring feelings and views of self and others - including other cultures and beliefs 

 Accepting the moral code on which discipline and courtesy within the group is based 

 Interacting with a new social group 



Communication, Language and Literacy Development 


 The use of sounds, music, words, poems, rhymes, texts and stories as stimuli for, and 

   accompaniment to dance 

 The use of language to imagine and recreate roles and ideas in the dance 

 Interaction - negotiating plans and activities and developing conversational skills 

 Appreciation - talking about personal dance performance 

 Observation - talking about the dance performance of others 

 Developing a vocabulary of movemen

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