Dancing is therapeutic

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 26 Sep 2018 10:30:30


 

By shiamak davar,

Children are more receptive to the process of learning during their growing years. When I decided to make dance my career, my primary aim was to set up a dance academy that furthers Dance as Education. The goal from then on has been to provide quality dance education through a well-structured syllabus, inculcating correct technique and providing wholesome training to children of all ages.


Using dance as a medium of physical activity and creative medium, this program aims at channelising their energy in a resourceful manner. This is where the art of dance and the performing arts help children develop skills, knowledge and understanding that goes beyond the classroom. The expert faculty is personally trained by me and specialises in teaching children of all age groups, understanding their individual requirements and ensuring that they learn in a fun and friendly environment.


In times where kids are constantly on their mobile devices, dance is a great hobby where they learn, enjoy and work out at the same time. Each class targets towards skillful progression to improve fitness levels, confidence, focus, concentration, team spirit, positive thinking, discipline, all round development, posture and body language.


Dance is a great way to release energy, shed inhibitions and vent out emotions. When you dance you sweat, and you release ‘feel good’ endorphins that make you happy. Good music, good dancing is a great way to be in a happy state of mind. The teaching pattern is interactive and communicative ensuring that the learning process is fun. Technical terms are taught via dance rhymes making it easier to remember and exciting to learn. The faculty is equipped with visual placards and thematic material to keep the interest of the students.


Dance helps improve overall fitness, endurance, muscle toning and strengthening. It involves cardio vascular/ aerobic fitness, core and strength training and stretches for flexibility. Students work together in a group and this sense of team spirit encourages them. Different styles of dance are also different forms of work out. While ballet works completely on inner strength, balance and posture, Hip Hop / Bboying have exercises that require stronger arms and legs. Even Indian Classical Dance forms are strenuous work outs for the quadriceps with all the squats. When I teach students the Shiamak Style of contemporary, my work out includes a combination of plies, abdominal exercises and stretches. Dance requires a lot of stamina which ensures the body is agile and light.

There has been an overwhelming response by the parents and often tell us that their children have improved in their academics because of the dance classes. The reason behind this is primarily that their focus increases, they have something to look forward to and they get to do what they like. Also, many students who were introverts get a platform to express themselves and their personality shines after attending these classes. Not only to they learn dance, engage in a physical activity but also experience something that highlights their spirit.


Music in itself is therapeutic. Dance is a physical interpretation of what the music says. It is a holistic art form that stimulates the mind, engages the body in a healthy activity and is an artistic expression to uplift the spirit.

How it helps in reducing stress
Music in itself is therapeutic. Dance is a physical interpretation of what the music says. It is a great way to release energy, shed inhibitions and let your emotions out. When you dance you sweat, and you release ‘feel good’ endorphins that make you happy. Good music, good dancing is a great way to be in a happy state of mind. The teaching pattern is interactive and communicative ensuring that the learning process is fun and stress free.

How it boosts their confidence
In times where kids are constantly on their mobile devices, dance is a great hobby where they learn, enjoy and work out at the same time. Each class targets towards skillful progression to improve fitness levels, confidence, focus, concentration, team spirit, positive thinking, discipline, all round development, posture and body language. They are encouraged to learn in a healthy environment where no one is judged. My motto has always been ‘Have Feet.
Will Dance’, therefore each student is given equal attention and the entire group grows together.

How it helps them overcoming difficulties
Dance is a holistic activity for the mind, body and the soul. It aligns all these, and the student is then more aware of their strength and weaknesses giving them an opportunity to identify them and work on them. With a dance class, they have something to look forward to and they get to do what they like. Also, many students who are generally introverts get a platform to express themselves and their personality starts reflecting positively after attending dance classes. Not only to they learn dance, engage in a physical activity but also experience something that highlights their spirit.

Why is it necessary to dance as a routine
Any activity that you engage in, needs to become a part of your regular schedule to really experience and appreciate its impact. It is a form of art that evolves constantly and continuously, so to imbibe the maximum, it is essential to make it a part of the routine. There is a progression in your the to grasp choreography, understand movement and realizing the positive impact it has on your personality, that one can only achieve by making it a part of their lifestyle and routine. l