Headteacher’s blog: International Dance Day

It is vitally important that you achieve the right balance between learning and other activities. It is an important life lesson because we are all constantly balancing the demands of the world of work or the world of school, the pressure of exams and deadlines, our day-to-day commitments and our social life. In Monday’s assembly I talked to the students about the joys and benefits of singing and we heard a wonderful performance from our Junior Choir.

But what if singing isn’t for you …. well there are lots of other activities that you can get involved in to help you develop a healthy body and mind.

The end of April marks International Dance Day and dancing – whether that be in a school performance (remember all those amazing routines in Hairspray!), an extracurricular activity or just around your kitchen – enables you to not only engage with the creative side of the brain, but it also provides an ideal balance and break from study; it’s another great way to destress!

Just before Easter, pupils from mixed year groups worked together to develop an amazing dance routine as part of the ‘Girls Without Boundaries’ competition at The Emirates Old Trafford. And when I watched them rehearse it was clear that not only were they a talented bunch, they were really enjoying the whole experience.

Here are just a few of my thoughts on why dance is so good for you:

Dance creates opportunities for self-expression, it helps you learn to deal with emotions and how to communicate them – in a nonverbal manner. And of course, it is a great way to exercise and de-stress to prepare for lessons, tests and exams.

Creative expression is a great way to build self-confidence and problem-solving skills, as well as teaching discipline, as you must set aside your own time to hone and practice the craft.

Dance can also promote team work, if you don’t practice your steps, it affects the rest of your fellow dancers – making you think of others.

All of these skills are vital in later life. And for some dance may lead to a successful career in the sector.

There are many dance classes and performing arts activities in Urmston that pupils can get involved in – and I would really encourage that!

Our ultimate aim as a school is to provide students with a well-rounded education for a full life in the future – and taking part in activities like dance (or singinging, sports, debating..) provides a vital role in that.

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