Dance Communication and Cultural Education

This is something I wrote in 1995 for a Transcultural Studies Module when I was studying for my Masters Degree in Health Education. I have edited the very formal way of writing that we had to follow at that time such as substituting ‘I’ for ‘the writer’.

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“Long before the dawn of history, long before he could sing or even speak, man danced. Moving to his own internal rhythms, the pounding of his heart, the beating of his pulse, primitive man discovered dance. It is within us, always.”

Gene Kelly – from the film that’s dancing (1985)

Introduction

In this paper, I examine aspects of dance as a form of communication and as an aid to teaching about different cultures, in particular, the contribution that dance can make to the cultural education of school children. I discuss my own experiences of dance as a universal, nonverbal, language. Brinson (1993) in his book entitled Dance as Education wrote:-

Through cultural education, dance:

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Course bookings close Friday 2 April

Course bookings for the current two courses available to book, close tomorrow 2 April 2021. There is still time for you to book until the end of Friday 2 April. The two Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers starting on Friday 9 April 2021 are:

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Preparation for Performance – breathing

After our Wellbeing session today in energising movement and mindful relaxation, I am posting a link for you to download the booklet which contains a section on some of the breathing we did today. Although this booklet was written for Highland dancers the work is useful for dancers of all genres.

The next FREE Wellbeing session for dance teachers will be on Monday 12 April 2021 at 10am UK time. If you want to be put on the list and be sent the Zoom link for this session just put a message in the comment facility of this post. Or send Sho an email.

Free wellbeing session for dance teachers Monday 15 March

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Our next FREE session for dance teachers is on Monday 15 March. Are you joining Sho?

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Free wellbeing session for dance teachers Monday 15 February

Our next free Energising movement and mindful relaxation is on Monday morning at 10am (UK time).

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