Movement, in general, and dance, in particular, is very healthy for our bodies and our minds. Indeed, just take a look at young children and you will often see them in some type of motion. Somewhere along the line we manage to educate the movement out of the bodies, to paraphrase Ken Robinson (whose talk you can see below). Well, undoubtedly you are sitting while reading this, but perhaps some of the places below will move you to movement!
~ Free to Dance, Public Television’s Great Performances “three-part documentary that chronicles the crucial role that African-American choreographers and dancers have played in the development of modern dance as an American art form.”
~ The Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts includes a section on teaching dance – explore the site using various links on the left and discover seemingly obvious pearls of wisdom like this, which I think is applicable to every educator in any field: “Dance teachers who actively explore and develop their own ideas of what it means to be creative will, in turn, model their beliefs and practices for their students.”
~ Child & Family CANADA’s article: Creative Movement and Dance in Early Childhood Education. This quote from the site says it all when it comes to kids of any age and physical movment: “Rudolph Laban, considered the founder of movement and dance education, stated in his book Modern Educational Dance (1948) that educators need to guide children’s natural urge to dance-like movement and preserve their movement spontaneity into adult life.”
~ Sudden Focus on Organizational Creativity: Seniors Dance out of the Box! – an amusing article about sports teams and half-time entertainment, proving one is never too old to shake, rattle and roll (and it’s probably very good for those who are doing so!) (Ah, had but the article included more about the health benefits, both physical and cognitive, for seniors…)
~ The Dance of Creativity – Mark Morris – portions of an interview from the Harvard Business Review.” Some snippets from Morris: …it’s important to distinguish between creativity and art. … The most common form of creativity is problem solving … By contrast, art depends upon whether you can invent something from very little.”