Learning, thought, creativity, and intelligence don’t just come from the brain alone, but from the entire body. Movement combinations increase memory, order, and sequencing skills. Creating dances also increases self-esteem which is so very important to learning. We already witness the need for children to move throughout the day. Having experienced first hand the positive effects that music and dance have on students’ development, the importance of dance as a co-curricular activity cannot be overstated.
There are so many reasons why dance is important to the health and development of our young people. Above all, children need to move! Any way to get kids moving on their feet is a must (especially in a digital era). Dance burns calories, strengthens muscles, improves balance, increases flexibility, and gives the heart a good workout. Dance has also been proven to increase cognitive development. Current research documents the importance of exercise on the brain and supports what dancers have always known – the body and mind are connected in vital ways.
Utilising dance in academics also helps children develop skills that are necessary for learning such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration. Through the creative process, students are encouraged to use their imagination, collaborate with their peers to solve problems, and discover multiple solutions to challenges.
Dance teachers educate students in the technique, performance, and choreography of dance. Teachers focus on many forms, among them ballet, jazz, modern, tap, ballroom, swing, salsa, hip-hop, folk, and traditional dance forms from the various regions in India. Most classes involve some combination of warm-up exercises, technique-based drills, learning or practising choreography, and rehearsing for performance. Classes may also include the opportunity for students to develop their own choreography, workshop each other's pieces, or practice improvisation. For Puffins Kindergarten, dance teachers incorporate dance techniques in playtime activities, aiming to develop fundamental aspects of rhythm and movement.
Every year, the annual mega event, KEFI, consists of multifarious performances showcases the flair of students in various Indian as well as Western dance forms with great exuberance. Special assemblies are conducted to display the skill and finesse acquired by the students. Continual examination and revision of the curriculum is done to facilitate excellence in these budding professional arenas. In the pursuit of creating comprehensive personalities by seamlessly interspersing performing arts into the academic fabric, Mother Teresa Mission Higher Secondary School has set a benchmark of its own.
The hidden language of the soul, dance goes beyond verbal language in engaging dancers and promoting the development of multi-sensory beings. It helps students develop physical fitness, appreciation of the body and effective stress management approaches.