3: The perfect dancer!

 

Ok, I know there is no such thing but is would prove invaluable if students could identify the benefits of dance and the qualities which make an effective dancer,

They have built what they think is the perfect dancer…(and we did it to music).

I was interested they decided to make it a girl! They have identified the main body organs and so identified a dancer uses all of the body systems. Brain, muscles and bones, digestive system for food, lungs for breathing, heart to pump blood and there is even kidney to remove fluid waste!

Hear are some additional comments of my own

Physical Strength

Without physical fitness and stamina, dancers cannot successfully perform. Their art requires hours of workouts to maintain proper weight and fitness, as well as enough energy to physically withstand long hours of rehearsal. They must also maintain a high degree of physical flexibility for the many types of skilled movement expected of them. Another necessary physical characteristic for dancers is balance, so that they remain in symmetrical form, coordinated and staying in rhythm as they dance. Additionally, dancers need to be conscious of diet and nutrition to keep their physical systems intact.

Creativity

Dancers require creativity, which helps them to express the music and story lines they dance to using unique body movements. This artistic ability allows dancers to communicate ideas through physical expression, and come up with new ideas to add to dance routines. A sense of musicality, such as in rhythm, goes along with the creativity that dancers need to perform well.

Teamwork

Dancers almost always need to work with others, even if they occasionally perform solo. They must be able to take direction from their choreographer, and the characteristic of teamwork is equally essential for coordinating their dance routines with other dancers in their company or production group. Being able to communicate and respond to others’ cues on the dance floor is essential for flawless execution of often complex dance moves. A high degree of trust must also be developed as part of working with a team — for example, when a dancer performs a dangerous move that requires a partner to catch her or hold her in position.

Persistence

Dancers do not achieve seamless performances without careful and consistent practice — over and over again. It may take them years before they develop the expertise to perform professionally. They must have the characteristic of persistence or perseverance to keep rehearsing their moves and routines until they are perfect — with the ability to learn quickly and retain information. A “can do” attitude is the only one that ensures dancers succeed at their craft. They can’t give up until they achieve the goals of their choreographer or producer, and then must persist in learning the next step or routine for their next audition.

 

If a dancer decides not to pursue dance as a career. These life skills are essential to any job and any future pathway. These skills are highly advocated by CfE.

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