Man uses his own body in order to occupy space and interact with each other since the world is a world. At first, instinct followed; little by little, he discovered pleasure; and for centuries it has used techniques and styles specially developed by dance to explore the wealth of possibilities inherent in the human body. Because dancing is much more than moving your arms and legs under the stimulus of a rhythm. “Dance allows you to get to know your own body and, with that, expand the individual’s ability to express and communicate, creating the self-esteem that will serve as a basis for his whole life”, stresses Carmen Orofino, dance teacher at Atelier -Escola Viva, from São Paulo.
The simple act of walking is already powerful enough to serve as food for the brain and, as a table, contribute to our health. The dance? “His movements are more refined, which determines the quality of food he provides to our body”, guarantees choreographer Ivaldo Bertazzo, who has been working with dance for over 35 years. The conclusion is one: the sooner a child learns to dance, the more possibilities he has to make his body “intelligent”.
Dancing also helps to develop emotionally those who are young, fighting insecurities and encouraging them to share experiences with the group to which they belong. Children can exercise in Dance since the early years of Early Childhood Education – and thus improve fundamental motor skills for evolution. With the help of specialists Carmen Orofino and Ivaldo Bertazzo, we highlight the main benefits of the activity. Find out below:
1. Develops typical human skills
Dance has the ability to stimulate the so-called “fine psychomotricity” – it concerns the peculiar abilities of the human race, such as writing, sounding a word, peeling and cutting vegetables, etc. Dance serves as an instrument to “tune” the most varied movements that the individual makes in his daily life, something of enormous value throughout his life – if learning to dance during childhood, perfect!
2. It feeds the functioning of the brain machine
Any type of movement serves to convey information to the central nervous system. Walking is a form of food for the brain, cycling is another, as is dancing. It turns out that Dance manages to feed this nervous system in an even more refined way with the series of movements tied to it. Thus, the sooner a child learns to dance, the more “intelligent” his body becomes due to the quality of this stimulus – another type of wealth that is noted throughout its trajectory.
3. Helps maintain the body’s health
Posture is a basic structure, a kind of musculature that keeps the individual in an upright position. It requires daily attention: taking care of posture is taking care of the maintenance of the body, or even of your health. Without posture it is not possible to organize in space – to dance, in short. Thus, those who dance learn to move their bodies according to techniques that need to be performed with the proper posture – positioning that becomes automatic, a habit, for those who enjoy dancing since they were little.
4. Stimulates motor coordination and other skills
Dancing regulates the tone of muscle strength by a musical rhythm, as well as awakening different perceptions of the body, such as the organization of the look at each movement or the different sensations of the feet pressed to the ground due to this or that step. It also stimulates motor coordination – fundamental to the child’s evolution by freeing him from a series of physical and emotional insecurities. As? When exploring new ways of moving and expressing themselves, Dance classes enable children to enrich their personal repertoire of movements, incorporating notions of rhythm, balance and fluency – skills that can serve as a basis for building more elaborate movements, improving their individual growth throughout life.
5. Collaborates in the formation of the individual
Every kind of experience is a source of knowledge for a child. This means that everything it receives as information will in some way influence its development. In the case of Dance, it contains bodily, social and emotional information that can contribute to child growth. Aspects such as subtlety, organization, attention stimulation and observation power present in dance education positively influence the child’s performance, even in other school activities, facilitating the understanding of more complex contents.
6. It serves as a tool to express yourself
The child uses the body to know the world from an early age. It is the senses that give her the perception of what is around and it is with them that she begins to elaborate the first concepts. In a second stage of its development, this child is already able to perform bodily activities, in case of running, stretching, rolling, bending and jumping. The body shows natural aptitude to perform these movements, it just needs the opportunity to practice. Well-oriented, the child receives stimuli to research the possibilities of physical movement, building ways of relating to the other and the surrounding environment. With Dance, she gains awareness of being able to express herself, using her own body.
7. Values personal language
During the dance class, the child will collect pieces of information and assemble a set that makes sense to them. This means that she will test movements and gradually discover the enormous diversity of possibilities inherent in the use of the body. It will be this body awareness that will allow you to express yourself in an unprecedented way – it is up to the teacher, in this moment of great significance, to stimulate individual construction, respecting each child’s time.
8. Stimulates aesthetic knowledge
From the bodily experiences activated by Dance, the child has the opportunity to relate to the beautiful, the harmonious – and also to the ugly, the chaotic. Gradually, she will express her understanding of what is beautiful and what is not. Dance can, therefore, be understood as a form of poetic knowledge – and the methodology of working with the child must prioritize the ability to improvise. Because it will be by testing her own body, understanding its limits and its functioning, that she will feel free to get involved in the creation process, revealing a 100% personal aesthetic.
9. Encourages emotional control
Dance classes encourage children to have a partner in their body – an instrument that helps them to convey the most intimate ideas and emotions. She learns to make body movements a source of fun and pleasure, being encouraged to share what she feels with the group and to live with their differences. It is a far-reaching emotional learning, even able to combat shyness and insecurity