Violet is Dancing Capital’s resident blogger. She is a passionate dancer and choreographer and designer. Violet began life as Deidhre Wauchop’s alter ego in dance. She continues the work Deidhre has done to position dance as an important learning domain for all children and young people in schools.
WHY IS DANCE IMPORTANT IN EDUCATION?
Sir Ken Robinson, recognised leader in educational innovation talks about the importance of dance in education: “Every education system on earth has the same hierarchy of subjects. Every one. Doesn’t matter where you go… At the top are mathematics and languages, then the humanities, and the bottom are the arts. Everywhere on Earth. And in pretty much every system too, there’s a hierarchy within the arts. Art and music are normally given a higher status in schools than drama and dance. There isn’t an education system on the planet that teaches dance every day to children the way we teach them mathematics. Why? Why not? I think this is rather important… Children dance all the time if they’re allowed to, we all do. We all have bodies, don’t we? Did I miss a meeting? Truthfully, what happens is, as children grow up, we start to educate them progressively from the waist up. And then we focus on their heads. And slightly to one side.”