The performing arts share a common language and principles. Students who experience this wide range of learning can make connections, develop ideas and change in unique ways.
“Dance has changed the way I can express myself,” said Jacqueline, a Year 4 student at the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park.
“Dance has given me more responsibility to learn dances and memorise them,” said Shayna, a Year 6 student at the British International School of Chicago, Lincoln Park.
So how do we embed the performing arts in our schools and what will the reaction be? While many of us are used to having music in the curriculum, drama and dance is a new opportunity – and one that is being whole-heartedly embraced. In schools launching dance this year teachers say the student response has been positive.
“Dance gives students an opportunity to let go and express themselves though a medium other than speaking and writing, something they do so much of on a day-to-day basis,” said Laura Towell, NAE-Juilliard Regional Dance Lead at the British International School of Chicago, South Loop.