A dance curriculum can enhance a student’s performance in all aspects of life, socially and academically.
Offering creative dance to young children is a perfect vehicle for enhancing the mind-body connection and realizing its importance as part of the total education package.
Creative Movement lessons at IPS are concept based and open-ended, creating a spontaneous environment where improvisation and composition are taught and explored. Concepts presented are based on Laban Movement Analysis (LMA), the fundamental elements of all dance technique. Comprised of the what, where, how and with whom questions, children are guided to discover, explore and develop their choices throughout each lesson.
The format alternates between teacher-directed and student-centered activities, allowing children to construct their own learning, which increases their motivation and memory.
Some of the benefits of Creative Movement classes:
- Spatial awareness
- Motor planning
- Cognitive development
- Interpersonal intelligence development
- Rhythmic and musical development
- Vestibular development
- Can aid in sensory integration
- Language/vocabulary growth
- Fine motor development through manipulating props and instruments
- Gross motor development