Dance class contributes for the creative development of a child growing up.
I am a firm believer in artists working in education, bringing creative practice from the dance studios and theatres closer to children. After touring extensively with a variety of dance performances in the U.K. I came to understand why children enjoy contemporary dance, precisely why sometimes it speaks directly to them like no other dance form.
1. Self-expression – children find in creative dance exercises, movement liberation. Sometimes a quality that ballet and other dance techniques can’t provide from the beginning. Contemporary dance is a fundamental practice to facilitate a child in finding a new voice inspired in natural movement so is accessible to all.
2. Collaboration – The interaction between children in dance class, or even during a performance is the perfect communication medium where creativity speaks by itself. My students discuss their ideas about dance in class in a relaxed environment – analysing, building and choreographing together. Teamwork and in this case, collaboration is really essential for the development of self-worth of the child within dance training.
3. Personal Development – I work in the same way with both professional dancers and young students. Through devising processes, the dancers and students contribute fully towards the development of a piece of choreography, voicing their concerns, interests, and curiosity. I often think of my job as more of an editor of dance and ideas, then of a choreographer. The work is always of my dancers and students and I encourage their ownership in the creative process leading up to a presentation or performance – this enables personal development from a very young age.
4. Creative activity/physical activity – Dance training is an invaluable tool for young people who have any type of processing or learning issue. Dance helps to train the brain. Preparing for a class performance teaches a child excellent skills of working in a group to achieve a common goal through many different interpretations.
5. Self-discipline – deeply linked to personal development, dance training offers discipline and creativity within the structure of a dance class. Children will develop an appreciation for music and dance while creating choreography. Additionally, the multitasking components of dance training offer a place to express ones creative self through determined and visually appealing processes.
FiveLines provides a range of dance classes for children as young as 7-years through to professional development programs for universities and dance companies. Further information on dance classes here.