Historically, dancing has been a part of our established society since the days of the primitive man. In the old civilizations, dance was always a signal that proves for something important had happened, will happen or is happening. There have been dances that thanked the universe for bountiful harvests while there have also been dances that sought respite from drought and famine. Dances were also used to prepare warriors for battle, to crown Kings and to celebrate marriages. Since time immemorial, dance has been the expression of our lives.
Essentially, dancing has been and is important because it is part of us as humans, we live, we love, we laugh and we dance. Dancing contributes immensely to the personal improvement of the child and thereby enhances all types of skills that are required for better education. Research has shown that dancing boosts child’s self-esteem and enhances confidence in them.
Dancing requires memorization and so helps children improve their overall memory when trying to remember steps. Dancing improves listening skills in children, whether it is for the instructions or for the beats. Dancing imbibes social skills in children and teaches them how to interact with their peers in a positive and a non-competitive manner. By participating in dance events, they experience what it is to participate in pure cooperative and collaborative group endeavors. They best learn to be supportive, to truly work as a team and to compromise. Dancing, in any form is an enjoyable and a wonderful form of exercise. Dancing helps the body’s circulatory system and improves cardiovascular health.
Dance improves the flexibility and helps with a much better posture and improves muscle tone. The lack of physical activity and consequent obesity problem amongst children can be offset by dance. Dancing helps to relax, reducing stress and tension. We can undoubtedly say that dancing is tantamount to children’s overall education, personality development and well-being.
Friedrich Nietzsche rightly reflected, “Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education: dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that, one must also be able to dance with the pen?”
We offer learning in both Indian classical and western dances as an integral part of the curriculum.