Dance, Dance, Dance, We All Need Dance, Young and Old:
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Dance is good for you and great for the young people in your lives. Dance combines key elements: movement, rhythm, balance, creative expression. If music, necessary for dance, engages the whole brain, dance takes it a step further to the body-mind-brain connections.
Dr. Laura Chaddock-Heyman at the University of Illinois is a key research scientist looking at the impact of dance and other forms of movement and exercise on the development of children. This post, a share from Teacher Pop, a Teach for America resource, introduces us to the possibilities of dance in our classrooms through the experience of a TFA teacher.
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“Perhaps it’s the Ron Clark in me that loved a good classroom dance party during my time as a teacher and TFA corps member. On a bad day, happy day, or any day really, there was something therapeutic (for my students and for me!) about blasting the Kidz Bop version of some popular rap song and busting a move. Some of my happiest memories with my students are the moments we spent dancing…on our chairs, around the cafeteria, and occasionally, past the principal’s office. Dance parties were a big part of my classroom for a laundry list of reasons. They served as a powerful incentive for my students—and a free one, at that! They breathed life into my ELA block on rainy days. They improved my classroom culture. …”
Source: Science Says Your Classroom Needs More Dance Parties | TeacherPop
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