The Benefits of Dancing

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

 

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

 

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 movement