Chapter 7 - Drama, Movement, and Dance
Although we use our bodies in all of the visual arts and writing activities, drama, movement, and dance are all about embodying our spirit and creativity.
Younger children are eager to move, but most youth lose this sense of bodily expression in our intellectual Western culture. Unless they participate in sports or dance, children do not use their bodies in this way, and they grow self-conscious as they get older. Leaders must give children permission to be silly and to stretch their imaginations through their bodies. The invitation to participate is vital; if the leaders are willing to move, the children usually will move too. Incorporate these types of activities into the weekly routine so that the children get used to moving as part of the class.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
- Spirituality and the Arts in Children's Programming
- About the Author(s)
- Chapter 1 - The Adult as Guide
- Chapter 2 - Ways to Help Children Find and Make Meaning
- Chapter 3 - Practical Keys to Working with Children
- Chapter 4 - How to Talk to Children about Their Arts Experiences
- Chapter 5 - Ways and Means Constructing Your Own Arts Activities
- Chapter 6 - Written Arts
- Chapter 7 - Drama, Movement, and Dance
- Chapter 8 - Concluding Remarks
- Making Music Live