EXPERIENTIAL DANCE FOR KIDS

The dance training for children is divided in two parts. Before the children are allowed to dance, they are introduced by means of a animated story, a range of experiential basic principles for dance. Materials from nature are the toys and there is a great attention for ‘feeling’ and ‘breathing’. These  guided exercises always find a final point in the second part : a ‘crazy’ dance party in which the children always find new ways to move. Dance is not limited to a particular style. Within this rich and free way to move, Pé focusses especially on detail and rhythm.

Also for children, it is important to originate a dance from a sensitive experience of the body.  This focus on the importance of sensitivity in dance offers a very different perspective on dance than learning dance steps or expressing emotions. With this approach, the child learns to rely on sensory impressions and experiences his body as ‘wise’ and ‘precious’. Body awareness and fine motoric skills are being developped within this approach.  As there is much attention to body work in pairs or in groups, sometimes blindfolded, the children also learn to take care for each other and discover the vulnerability, beauty and danger of a ‘blind’ world. In this way we develop a way to deal with the other in a soft and respectful way, very essential to develop dance.

Pé developped this method for the first time in 2006 while working with 350 kids participating in the project KLIK/ Lichtervelde.

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