Dancing is the closest thing to magic. Dancers don’t need wings to fly.’ Advaith offers diverse styles of dances and encourages students to showcase variety of dance styles they are admire. Whoever wrote these lines must have experienced the captivating and enchanting power of dancing. Dance is an art that involves perfect, rhythmic and synchronised movement of human body usually to music. The art form of dance delights both the performer and the spectator. The performer finds pleasure in expressing the intense feeling and the spectator absorbing the gratifying visual presentation. According to the English ballet master, John Weaver, “Dancing is an elegant, and regular movement, harmoniously composed of beautiful Attitudes, and contrasted graceful Posture of the Body, and parts thereof.” India, a land of diversity, doesn’t fail to amaze us with innumerable forms of dance practised here. From Bharatnatyam to Kathak, Kathakali to Manipuri, Kuchipudi to Odissi, India is the wealthiest in its traditions and culture.
The term ‘dance’ requires no definite definition to understand it, it is a way humans have invented to express their essence. Humans find comfort in self-expression through dance. Dance is interwoven in almost every aspect of our life such as communication, celebration, learning, belief systems and relations. Dance is what dance is. It can be an art; it can be magic; but, most of all, it is an experience to be prized for itself. Advaith school in Hosur offers dance as a full time programme to our students. Dance is human thought and behaviour that awakens a new perception and lead to higher cognitive, spatial and emotional development. In Advaith, dance is taught and promoted as one of important performing art. We, at Advaith, believe dance contributes to aesthetic, moral and intellectual values as well as to enhancing physical adeptness and overall well-being. Other schools might find dance frivolous as compared to more orthodox subjects like science, mathematics that are part of our educational curriculum.
Advaith International Academy foresees the exhilaration and joy that dance brings, providing an ideal means to attain self-awareness, self-development, and self-fulfilment. Through dance students learn to explore their inner strength and develop self-discipline by learning to control their body movement. Their perception is sharpened too, as they begin to understand the coordination and master the various movements, decoding the expressions involved. They become attuned with their subjective reality, using dance as a medium to communicate bridging the gap between inner and outer reality. Clearly, dance is related to well-being and even to health, although the exact nature of that relation has yet to be made explicit. Dancing helps young student with development of their gross motor skills. It builds their fundamental abilities and skills through a creative approach of exploration and experimentation. Dance not only helps student to voice their ideas, opinions, emotions through movements, it also guides them to build social connections. Dance is usually done in unison with others, it is a co-operative endeavour, it prepares the individual to engage in group dynamics. It inspires everyone, even those who are not touched by verbal means. It makes students more aware of their environment, thus making them physically, emotionally and aesthetically stronger. It works effectively to educate students with physical and mental challenges making them part of social interactions.
Dance promotes a deeper understanding and acceptance of the similarities and differences among races, religions, and cultural traditions. It promotes team spirit and unity among students, they learn to respect others individuality. It enlightens them to understand the necessary connection between the self-space and social-space. Advaith anticipates the need to raise individual capable of differentiating between their rights and responsibilities. Dance helps students understand the significance of fulfilling our obligation towards the country and cherishing the liberty it gives us. Dance teaches you to take charge of the situation, remain calm, composed and confident. It teaches the student the importance of setting the vision and having a goal. It makes them mentally and physically agile. They learn to think clearly and take leads. It makes them work in unity and reflect on the gravity of working in a group to achieve success. Through dance students learn focus and improvisational skills. It makes their thinking more coherent and concentrated. Dance helps to relieve mental stress, giving an outlet to inner emotion and pent up feelings. Dance also enhances skills of perception, observation, and concentration which will undoubtedly help students in all of their school subjects.
Dance helps students develop their creative, analytical and critical thinking, making them disciplined, committed and gracious. It teaches them about music, rhythm and beat, enhancing their understanding of spatial relationship and use both sides of brain capturing the maximum functioning. It keeps them fit, they learn to take turns, share attention and to co-operate with others. To conclude, dance has exceptional and extraordinary benefits for the social, mental, emotional and physical well-being of the student. Introducing dance as an important part of performing arts would help students achieve its dream to produce overall performers.