Dance embodies one of our most primal relationships to the universe. It is pre-verbal, beginning before words can be formed. It is innate in children before they possess command over language and is evoked when thoughts or emotions are too powerful for words to contain.
Children move naturally. They move to achieve mobility, they move to express a thought or feeling, and they move because it is joyful and feels wonderful. When their movement becomes consciously structured and is performed with awareness for its own sake, it becomes dance.
Dance is a natural method for learning and a basic form of cultural expression. Children learn movement patterns as readily as they learn language.
At Kimberley Park State School all of our Prep to Year 4 students attend a 40 minute dance lesson weekly. We have a long association with dance in our curriculum and acknowledge the benefit of dance to children’s learning. Each Prep to Year 2 class performs twice per year at our Junior Dance Showcase and our Year 3 to Year 6 classes perform in our annual Musical.