ABOUT DANCING CAPITAL
Welcome to the ‘capital of dancing’.
“Dance is the only art of which we ourselves are the stuff of which it is made.”Ted Shawn
Ted Shawn’s words resonate with the vision for this website—to provide a space that values the art form of dance by providing exciting new ideas and resources for dance students and dance teachers.
Why is dance important in education?
Dance is a unique area of he curriculum that educates the body, the mind and the spirit. And it does this in a holistic way if it is taught well.
Sir Ken Robinson, recognised leader in educational innovation talks about the importance of dance in education:
“ But something strikes you when you move to America and when you travel around the world: Every education system on earth has the same hierarchy of subjects. Every one. Doesn’t matter where you go. You’d think it would be otherwise, but it isn’t. At the top are mathematics and languages, then the humanities, and the bottom are the arts. Everywhere on Earth. And in pretty much every system too, there’s a hierarchy within the arts. Art and music are normally given a higher status in schools than drama and dance. There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches dance every day to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why? Why not? I think this is rather important. I think math is very important, but so is dance. Children dance all the time if they’re allowed to, we all do. We all have bodies, don’t we? Did I miss a meeting? (Laughter) Truthfully, what happens is, as children grow up, we start to educate them progressively from the waist up. And then we focus on their heads. And slightly to one side.“
How will DANCING CAPITAL support dance in education?
You can find classroom activities and lessons that explore creating and performing dance, based on the elements of dance. These lessons will build into dance unit sequences with student outcomes and assessment. There will be dance site and resource reviews for teachers and webquests for students.
There will be a place to have some fun as well. Dance hubbub will have some of the latest ‘dance’ videos and a special section on ‘all things tulle’.