THE DANCE ACCORDING TO H.GARDNER
In dance there lies a strong recreational component and the main educational values of this art lie in its being a quality of the experience, like the spontaneous game of the child. For this reason it is possible to live through the dance training and cognitive situations similar to those of the game: playing through the dance is an activity in itself educative. It is essential, however, that the dance teacher personalize the learning process, making the child create his own path , as suggested by H. Gardner in his “theory of multiple intelligences” how to combine different intelligences among them is different from person to person and therefore it is necessary “to try to understand the minds of children and customize, individualize the education as much as possible. Even if you want that everyone learn the same thing, you can teach it in many ways. ” According to this principle, in the case of the first approach to dance is especially important to adequately stimulate the kinesthetic, musical, spatial, interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligences, so to enable each child to combine them in a way that of his own.
Working with younger students is crucial to distinguish between the ability to educate through dance (with the discovery of the artistic quality of the movement) and the teaching of dance (the transmission of the principles and technical codes that concern the dance).
In the teaching program of our school the dance is similar to a game and performs the important function of bringing awareness to toddlers in this art through the creative and fantastic stimulation. thanks to a specific preparatory process your child learns to organize the space around him and get to know the movements and functions of his body expressing himself individually and collectively, but also learn to develop and use his creativity and imagination.
An innovative teaching methodology, challenging and not imposed attentive to the physical and mental development of the child.