Learning - Dance/Music | 4-12 yrs

Dance Therapy And Its Benefits

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Apart from being an art and a great way to lift spirits, dance also has therapeutic benefits on children. It has amazing healing effects at the emotional, physical and psychological levels. In fact, exposure to dance is known to have positive effects on many serious illnesses such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and depression. Because of its numerous beneficial effects, dance/movement therapy is gaining popularity these days. It is especially useful for children with special needs.

Psychology Today, in an article, explains what dance therapy is: “As a form of creative arts therapy, dance/movement therapy occurs within a therapeutic relationship with a credentialed therapist and uses the expressive elements of dance and movement as a method of assessment and intervention.”

Dance/movement therapy is beneficial in many ways for children with autism. It teaches them to express emotions, increases gross motor development, encourages creativity and so on. A lot of recent developments in this field have taken place, which comes as a boon to the parents of autistic children. In India, commendable effort has been made in the direction of dance/movement therapy by the Chennai-based organisation RASA. It was founded by Dr Ambika Kameshwar, a renowned danseuse and musician who has extensively studied the use of theatre, arts and music in helping children with special abilities.

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