Dance and Academic Programs

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Dance in Education

When I decided my career in Dance, I never thought it was going to be that difficult to find a state college offering this degree. I was surprised to find that the only one college having Dance in the list of academic programs was fifty five miles away from my home. This situation just reaffirms the wrong concept that society has about dance as a career. In fact, dance requires years and years of training plus the educational knowledge needed in order to teach one of the styles within it. The problem is that our society doesn’t understand why Dance is important in education and how this causes that students like me struggle to get access to academic programs in Dance. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the term dance refers to the following definitions: • To move the body and feet to music.

• To move quickly and lightly.
• A social occasion at which people dance, specially a formal occasion in a large room. • The art of performing dances, especially as a form of entertainment. For many people dance is simply a way to workout and they use it as such. For example, Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, and other gyms provide a dance class called zumba. In this class the instructor gives a couple of dance patterns to follow and the students do the steps for the whole class without any breaks. According to the criteria listed above, dance is nothing more than a way of moving your body to have fun and entertain. These definitions are in part true; however, dance has a more artistic meaning that describes the importance of it not only as a workout but as an art form. Dance as profession, is a way of expression that requires years of training the technique that will allow a dancer to execute the right movements at the time of performing them. Dance can be done with music or without it and almost always the intention of a dancer is to tell a story through his or her movements. All these training...
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