Education in the art of dance develops the knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as a means of artistic communication. A comprehensive education includes improvisation, technique, choreography, performance, observation and analysis. Exposure to dance history and cultures, kinesiology and anatomy, and movement theories further enriches the dance educational experience.

Importance of Education in the Art of Dance….

Education in the art of dance engages the artistic processes of creating, performing and critical analysis. These processes require students to read symbol systems, use critical thinking skills, excel in nonverbal reasoning and communication, exchange ideas, work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, and interact within a multicultural society. More comprehensively, education in the art of dance develops kinesthetic and spatial learning as well as intra- and interpersonal knowledge of self and others.

Arts research shows that students who study dance are more

* Self-motivated, disciplined and focused in their everyday lives.
* Expressive in their communication of emotions, thoughts and feelings.
* Creative and imaginative.
* Able to critically analyze their own work and the work of others.

Courtesy of Mesa Community College (Karen Battaglini)

Individuals who study the artistic processes in dance become part of the Imagine Nation of the USA. They are catalysts for innovation, engagement, collaboration, respect and tolerance—values that will shape our 21st century society, global economy, and world cultures.