There aren’t that many art programs in the South where I’m from, and those that are around don’t include, which is a shame. Many people don’t realize the full benefits of dance. I’m proud to say my original alma mater (the University of Alabama) actually has one of the better programs in the South. My current school, UAH, not so much.
Dance has many benefits. Of course there are the physical benefits such as increasing flexibility and improving your posture, however did you know that it can improve your cognitive acuity and can be used as a means of therapy? Truth. Last year, one of my friends and I wrote a research proposal on using dance movement therapy as a tool to decrease prejudice in small children. Oh the power of dance!
Yet all of this being known, dance programs and other performing arts are seriously underappreciated and many times are the first to be cut when there is a budget crisis in schools. Unless attend a performing arts school like Julliard or NYU’s Tish, or your school has a rigorous dance major, chances are that dance or the performing arts in general do not get enough TLC.
I am very grateful that although my alma mater Colgate University did not have an official dance program, we…
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