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[CREATIVE DANCE]

Creative movement and dance represents the education of the whole child, in the deepest sense, for it utilizes every aspect of learning and touches every kind of learner.

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What is Creative Movement and Dance?

Creative movement and dance is all about mind and body working together. With emphasis on the word “creative,” the focus is on physical and creative expression, whole body movement demonstrating musicality and coordination, and awareness of dance making and dance appreciation. Moving with other people is also a social experience, a form of non-verbal communication that promotes positive, appropriate interaction. Dance requires focus, concentration, and the ability to make transitions from one activity to another, one place to another, and one grouping to another. Children learn to listen, watch, and understand through all the senses as they respond to instructions, sound cues and modeling. Movement requires self-control. Creative movement involves reflection and self-direction. Creative dance is imaginative. To make a dance, one problem solves within a structure, expands upon ideas, sets and breaks rules as the process unfolds, explores and takes risks. Within a group, this involves sharing and sorting, selecting and organizing ideas. All of these skills are profoundly important for learning and social adjustment.


Why is Creative Movement and Dance Important in the Education of a child?

We are experiential learners. When we do, we understand. When we interact, we improve our social skills. When we learn to think on our feet, we are empowered.

Creative dance provide students with the chance to use all the senses in combination with thinking skills. Exploring and problem-solving teach that there isn’t just one “right” way to get to an answer, nor is there only one “right” answer.

Through creative movement, students learn to take risks and express themselves appropriately. They also learn the value of cooperation over competition as they journey towards discovering their personal best in action and performance.

Creative movement and dance represents the education of the whole child, in the deepest sense, for it utilizes every aspect of learning and touches every kind of learner.


What is the Difference between Creative Movement and Creative Dance?

Creative Movement and Creative Dance are synonymous. “Dance” training alone may imply study of a specific set of teacher-initiated technical skills in a specific style (ballet, tap, jazz, modern) learned through repetition, such as turns, leaps, and leg extensions. Ideally, exposure to both technical and creative dance builds a well-rounded dancer. In school settings, creative movement is appropriate because it is inclusive, accessible, and can be taught by educators who do not have a classical dance background. Because the word “dance” is sometimes a turn off to boys in our culture, I may start with the word “movement” or “creative movement” to explain what we will be doing, and then introduce the term “creative dance” once everyone is hooked.

Call it “Movement,” “Dance,” “Creative Movement,” or “Creative Dance.”