Creative Movement and Dance and the Body-Mind-Spirit Connection for Children and Youth
Mount Saint Vincent University
Emotional awareness and emotional expression are important aspects of children and youth’s social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development and well-being. This paper explores the social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual benefits of creative movement and dance for children and youth. Creative movement and dance as a means through which children and youth can self-express and embody their emotions, thereby developing emotional awareness as well as gaining the opportunity to be in tune with their spirituality, is be the focus of contemplation throughout this paper. Reflection based interviews with participants who instruct creative movement and dance will provide a basis from which to discuss common themes pertaining to creative movement and dance with children and youth.
Creative movement, dance, emotional awareness, emotional expression