Why is Dance Just as Important as Maths?

By Stephanie Peters
‘’Dance can help restore joy and stability in troubled lives and ease the tensions in schools that are disrupted by violence and bullying.’’
Dance should have the same status as maths. Why? Because, although maths is of great significance to the creative development of the human mind, dance has proven to be ‘deep in the heart of every culture throughout history; part of the pulse of humanity’ and is important in the general education of every child (Ted Talks).

The low status of dance in schools seems to have originated from the high status of conventional academic work- where intelligence is viewed through verbal and mathematical reasoning. However, a deeper understanding of dance shows us that in fact this should be challenged. In fact, dance can help restore the joy and stability of an individual, particularly of a child. The trans formative power of movement can enrich social relationships, being inclusive for people of all ages and backgrounds and can enrich the culture in schools by cultivating collaboration, respect and compassion.

Some have even found that it has transformed some individuals- some children have gone from feeling a need to prove themselves, after a heavy past, to having a completely different attitude; an attitude that is kind and respectful and they carry themselves completely differently. 95% of teachers have also found that as a result of dancing, students’ abilities to cooperate and collaborate has improved greatly.

So, shouldn’t dance receive the same kind of praise for the development of well-rounded individuals?