· It includes the exploration and expression of feelings through creative movement and dance with the support and guidance of a person trained in the connection between movement and feelings (Dance Movement Therapist).
· It provides the potential for personal expression!
· There is no right or wrong way of moving and the classes are conducted quite differently from traditional dance classes.
· It’s based on developing the individuals own dancing. This makes it an accessible form of dance for almost anyone, including people with no prior dance training and people with intellectual/physical disabilities.
Main goal à to communicate through movement: the dancer draws on their own inner resources to create and express through their own unique movement.
Benefits: mind, body and spirit.
•Enhanced physical fitness - including strength, flexibility
•Improved social skills – self-esteem, communication, working with others.
•Improved wellbeing - reduction of stress/anxiety
· To expand and extend movement range by drawing inspiration from a range of external stimuli including music, props, emotions and other dancers
· To achieve a body-mind balance!
· To develop self-knowledge, self-acceptance and personal development
· To develop responsibility and accepted ways of communication
· To manage your feelings and develop self-control
· To recognize and understand other people’s feelings
· To increase your self-respect and respect of others
· To discover your abilities and skills
· To develop your imagination
· To increase self-confidence, creativity, concentration
· To develop a positive attitude and optimism
· To develop critical thinking
· To decrease any behavioural problems