Dance as Therapy

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Alivia Roscoe
WRT 100 B
10/30/2011
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Benefits of Dance
With all the different types of dance in the world the positive effects dance has on individuals are undeniable. Self expression is one positive aspect that dances has to offer, along with the face that dancers are able to express emotions and relieve stress in a constructive way. High self-esteem is gained along with confidence through dance. Dance is not limited to one type of person, mentally disabled, young students, young children and even people who only strive to be physically fit can all benefit from what dance has to offer. Alpert, Patricia T. “Alternative Exercise May Be Attractive to More Individuals” Preventive Care Corner 22. 4 (2010) 301-304

When most people hear the word exercise many negative things come to mind with that word even though being physically fit is desired among most Americans. Dance is an exercise that many people consider to be fun, and with that said it has great potential to be a successful form of exercise. In an article by Patricia Alpert dance is described as a form of expression and has been a method of expression all throughout history. Different types of dance provide different health benefits this information would be useful for someone looking for a fun way to get into shape. While folk dance is a fun type of dance you may not get the same benefits that you would get if you took a Latin American dance class. The more intense the class is the more physically active a person will be which can lead to many benefits. This article discusses several different types of dance including Jazz, Modern dance, Ballroom dance, and Latin American dance and their roles on fitness. An individual that is looking to become more physically fit and have a good experience while doing it may want to look at this article and see the different options that dance has for them. Lobo, Yovanka B., Adam Winsler. “The Effects of a Creative Dance and Movement Program on the Social Competence of Head Start Preschoolers” Social Development 15.3 (2006) 501-51. Print

In a study with conducted with low-income students over the course of eight weeks the effects of creative dance movement were discovered. Yovanka B. Lobo and Adam Winsler from George Mason University describe the forty preschoolers program where they were split up randomly and assigned to partake in a dance program or a control group. Before and after the programs went on the student’s parents as well as the teachers each had to assess their child’s social abilities based on the “English and Spanish versions of the Social Competence Behavior Evaluation: Preschool Edition.” The positive effects that the experimental group that participated in dance were undeniable. The instruction for the preschoolers turned out to be a perfect tool that can be used to better student’s behavior. Throughout the article it was clear that the authors from George Mason University did their research. Several different authors were cited in this, which sometimes made the article a little difficult to read, in one case eleven authors were cited for one sentence. This article makes the point of how dance has not been shown to be a modem to assist in social competence but it did prove that dance did have a effect on bettering the social skills of the preschoolers in the study. Yovanka B. Lobo and Adam Winsler help the reader understand that creative dance helps explain and express young children’s ideas and emotions through their bodies. Self-esteem along with other developmental challenges such as self-body awareness and self-image are all things dance has an effect on which is shown throughout the text. This study reveals how dance is an important aspect of young children’s lives and even with this tough economic time the text shows how the arts should not be the first activity cut in education. An individual reading this article would be able to...
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