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1) Dance education aids the development of kinesthetic intelligence. 2) Dance education creates opportunities for self-expression and communication within the constraints of the medium of the body. 3) Dance, whether representational, thematic, or abstract, is a repository of civilization that changes through time. 4) Dance education teaches the values and
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From the earliest moments of known human history, dance accompanied ancient rituals, spiritual gatherings and social events. As a conduit of trance, spiritual force, pleasure, expression, performance and interaction, dance became infused into our nature from the earliest moments of our existence – from the moment when first African tribes
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Both exertion and synchronicity play a role in the social effects of dance There is perhaps nothing more universal than the drive to move our bodies in sync with music. Studies show that dancing at parties and in groups encourages social bonding, whether it is a traditional stomp, a tango
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Dancers maximize cognitive function and muscle memory through practice. Dancing improves brain function on a variety of levels. Two recent studies show how different types of practice allow dancers to achieve peak performance by blending cerebral and cognitive thought processes with muscle memory and ‘proprioception’ held in the cerebellum. Through
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Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. Although originally informed
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If you have kids, you may be wondering what is the best way to channel their seemingly boundless energy. While traditional team sports are a good way to get your kids physically active, they may not be right for younger children. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports. Participating
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Many studies have found that dancing can improve balance, even in frail elderly people. Some have shown improvements in gait, walking speed, and reaction time, as well as cognitive and fine motor performance. Dance studies have included jazz, ballroom, tango, folk, and a series of slow, low-impact dance movements—though any
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Dancing “en pointe,” or on pointe, is a major goal in a ballerina’s dance life. Dancing on pointe, or your toes, requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet. Many ballet teachers have strict requirements for starting pointe work. How do you know when you’re ready for pointe shoes? Following
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Acrobatic dance or Acro dance is a fusion of classical dance forms and acrobatics. It is often seen that this form of dance has a unique choreography that is set on music, allowing the dancer to portray emotions and expressions while performing athletic acrobatic moves. Acro dance draws its inspiration
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The human body is an amazing machine and in everyday life we use merely a fraction of the muscles and movement permutations available to us.  Contemporary dance is one dance genre that constantly explores the movements of the body striving for innovation and originality. As knowledge about the body increases,