ERIC Number: EJ852237
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 40
Why Are We Doing This?
Journal of Dance Education, v5 n3 p82-89 2005
Those who have advocated for dance in public education have also found their discipline to be easily malleable to fit whatever goals and values seem in style. In different times, dance education has been marketed as a way for students to become healthier, better adjusted, better problem solvers, better critical thinkers, better team players, more creative, and more appreciative of diversity. Like all the arts, it has been sold as a way to help keep kids in school. In this paper, the author discusses the significance of dance and dance education to students and educators and what drew them to dance and dance education as a career. The author also discusses the advocacy efforts on dance education and contends that advocacy efforts should extend beyond dance education, to the whole purpose of schools, and what people want for "all" of their children. The author stresses that people should be mindful of the happiness they experience in dance, and savor it; and consider the ways in which learning and teaching this art have played a role in their meaningful lives.
Descriptors: Dance Education, Advocacy, Public Education, Dance, Critical Thinking, Scores, Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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