It makes sense that dance would teach spacial awareness. Teachers help dancers understand their bodies and the relationship it has to the space around them. We help create the brain-body connections regarding directional movement and teach formations and transitions in relation to the other dancers around you. These are helpful physical lessons, but how can this help them in school or with friends?
Don’t we all get a little bit anxious when someone enters our “bubble?” Some people are “huggers,” but, by and large, the majority of our American population does not want someone else entering their space uninvited. Being spatially aware in the dance classroom starts to help dancers develop their understanding of their own space vs. someone else’s space. You need room to move, and you must respect the dancers around you so you do not get run over or hit someone in the face.
As dancers mature they may often be asked to do movement that does involve entering another dancer’s space, be it by physical touch or by closeness in formation, but then they are learning to do it respectfully and with trust. Physical interaction with friends is a huge social lesson that many people, from childhood all the way through adulthood, struggle to understand boundaries for. Dancers seem to have a good foundation for appropriate spatial and social awareness, and this comes from the lessons learned in the classroom. Interested in starting your dance journey? Click here to download a free trial coupon.